Montjuic Mossen Costa i Llobera Cactus Garden near Miramar
Updated: Sep 20, 2021
by: Barcelona Travel Hacks
Summary: The Mossen Costa i Llobera Gardens offer a spectacular panoramic view of the city's coastline and port. The garden specialises in low water consumption succulent plants.
Address: Caratera de Miramar 38, Barcelona. 08038
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About Montjuic Cactus Garden:
The Mossen Costa i Llobera Gardens (Montjuic Cactus Gardens) were inugurated March 1970 and have been recently refurbished with additional access gates from caraterra Miramar. The refurbishment was to fix the structural consolidation of the space and the replanting of a large part of the plants that had been victims of the cold.
The winters of 1985 and 1987 were particularly cold with frost. Climatic obstacles that meant a significant reduction in the number of species. When the space opened in the early 1970s, about eight hundred different species grew there. In the winter of 1985, for about a week, the city recorded temperatures of six degrees below zero on a sustained basis. The second frost, that of 1987, was a new blow, which was deadly for many of the plants and reduced their variety by almost 40%. It also caused the sudden death of many of those who had been resting after the first frost two years earlier.
The Jardins Costa i Llobera are a joint project between architect Joaquim Maria Casamor and Joan Panella (Teacher and specialist at the gardening school).
It had been several years since work was being done to plan the adaptation of these species to the city. When the option of arranging the Montjuic area where the gardens are located today was considered, there was already a significant collection of species from the Canary Islands, Andalusia and other nurseries in Mediterranean cities. Some plants from the Pallanca collection from Italy had also arrived.
The Jardins Costa i Llobera are 3.16 hectares of some of the most exotic species on the planet, species that we can find in subdesert, desert, tropical areas and in high mountain areas.
There are 4 Attractions Nearby:
Montjuic Castle Fortress
1640 Military fortress, former prison and execution site from the civil war. Army Barracks till 2007 when ownership transferred to Barcelona city council.
Updated: Sep 18, 2021
Montjuic Funicular and Cable Car
1928 TMB mountain railway from Metro Paralelo to Montjuic. Gondola cable car from Montjuic station to Montjuic castle.
Updated: Sep 18, 2021
Scenic romantic gardens with multiple city viewpoints. Early Gardens built for 1929 International Exposition with more recent gardens for 1992 Olympics.
Updated: Sep 18, 2021
Miramar to Port Cable Car
A 1931 cable car that runs from Miramar hotel and gardens to Barceloneta with a mid-point tower at the world trade centre Ferry and cruise ship terminal.
Updated: Sep 18, 2021
Visiting Montjuic Cactus Garden:
Montjuic Cactus Garden opening hours:
November 1st to March 31st: 10:00h to 19:00h.
April 1st to October 30th: 10:00h to 21:00h.
Species in the Montjuic Cactus garden (Jardins de Costa i Llobera):
Aloe (Aloe ferox)
Crocodile teeth (Aloe brevifolia)
South African, Mexican Cylindropuntia rosea, African azoaceae, Australian Xanthorrhoea, Euphorbia resinifera from Morocco
Cereus jamac of large size - barrel cacti -Ferocactus glaucescens of the Mexican state of Queretaro
large collection of cacti of the genus Echinopsis - Echinopsis santiaguensis, native to South America (Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay) They grow in sandy and gravel soils, and stand out for the size and beauty of their flowers. They can have a tree or balloon shape and have an especially high floral tube.
Genus Echinocactus. They are Mexican and southern United States cacti, which have a kind of wool on their upper body. This is where the flowers are born, with a very bright coloration ranging from yellow to purple pink. Its name etymologically evokes sea urchins (echi-nus).
Astrophytum miryostigma, which owe their name to their starry shape, from which radiate yellow flowers of great beauty.
Ferocactus, popularly known as barrel cactus. They come from the deserts of California and south California, Arizona, southern Nevada and Mexico. They are cacti that take on the shape of a wine barrel in adulthood.
Mammillaria. It is one of the most widespread genera, with more than 350 recognized species. They are cacti that grow in the form of tubers. Inside they store the liquid needed to survive. These plants can have a conical, cylindrical, pyramidal or round shape. The Mammillaria are found in Mexico, the southern United States, and the Caribbean.
Adult specimens over five meters high. Together, they manage to generate a small forest. These are cactus plants of the genus Euphorbia. We can see specimens of Euphorbia in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa or Madagascar.
Dracaena (Dracaena draco), agave (Agave americana) or prickly pears or prickly pears (Opuntia ficus-indica). A dragon from Mossen Costa i Llobera comes from a private garden in a neighborhood in Barcelona, which he gave to the city.
Agaves are native to Mexico and have adapted perfectly to the Mediterranean climate until they become part of the landscape of the margins.
Figs grow spontaneously along the entire Mediterranean coast, but we can also find them in Mexico, Peru and Argentina, which are, in fact, their countries of origin.
wide variety of trees typical of the Mediterranean climate, such as carob trees (Ceratonia siliqua), olive trees (Olea europaea) and shrubs such as ficus (Ficus sp), bottle trees (Brachychiton populneus). , Australian oaks (Grevillea robusta) and cow legs (Bauhinia grandiflora).
12 different species of palms such as the Phoenix dactylifera, the date palm, of the arecaceae family and native to Arabia and North Africa. Phoenix canariensis, Washingtonia filifera and Washingtonia robusta. In addition, they contain the only native palm species in Europe, the Chamaerops humilis palm.
Getting To Montjuic Cactus Garden:
Nearest metro is Drasanes or Parallel on the green (L3) line.
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There are 2 PDf documents:
PDF: Montjuic Public Transport and Attractions Map
Author: Barcelona Travel Hacks
PDF: Metro Map Parallel Drassanes
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