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Montjuïc Mossen Costa i Llobera Cactus Garden near Miramar

One of Europe's largest gardens of low water consumption succulent plants (cactus) with spectacular panoramic view of the city's coastline and port

Updated: Mar 10, 2023 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.8k

About Montjuïc Cactus Garden

The Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens, Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera, more commonly known as Barcelona Cactus Gardens are 3.16 hectares of some of the most exotic Cactus species on the planet, species that we can find in sub-desert, desert, tropical areas and in high mountain areas.

Barcelona Cactus Gardens History

The Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens (Montjuïc Cactus Gardens) in Barcelona, were inaugurated 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 de Mossèn Costa i Llobera are a joint project between architect Joaquim Maria Casamor i d'Espona (architect and landscaper) and Joan Pañella i Bonastre (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 Montjuïc 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.

Visiting Montjuïc Cactus Garden

What to take with you for Montjuïc Cactus Garden

The Montjuïc Cactus garden has step free access from Passatge de les Bateries with the main paths being ramps.

I recommend taking a water bottle because there is no drinking water fountain inside this garden.

Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual FREE Child T-familiar FREE

Getting to Montjuïc Cactus Garden

Address: Caratera de Miramar 38, Barcelona. 08038

Nearest metro is Drasanes or Parallel on the green (L3) line.

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