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Montjuïc Joan Maragall Gardens & Albéniz Palace

Neoclassical royal pavilion residence built for the 1929 International Exposition with ornate French landscaped fountain gardens and classical statues

Updated: May 19, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 98

About Joan Maragall Gardens

The Montjuïc Joan Maragall Gardens, Jardins Joan Maragall is a captivating tranquil oasis of elegant landscaping that is little known by tourists and Barcelona residents because until about a year ago the gardens were permanently closed to the public. Today the gardens have limited weekend opening hours.

The gardens are arranged around Albéniz Palace, Palauet Albéniz, that was built as a royal pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition, being held in Montjuïc. Palauet Albéniz was built in a Neoclassical style by the architect Joan Moya. The gardens were designed by Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier.

Jardins Joan Maragall is named after the renowned Catalan poet, and is made up of broad lawns, several ponds, ornamental fountains, colourful flower beds during summer, numerous sculptures and plants with a layout inspired by French landscape gardening during the 20th century.

Palauet Albéniz, along with Pedralbes Palace was one of the official residence's of Spain's royal family on their visits to Barcelona.

Visiting Joan Maragall Gardens

Unfortunately, you cannot enter the Albéniz Palace because it is only used for special occasions such as private functions and government meetings.

However as you stroll around the gardens you will find some statues and sculptures by renowned Catalan artists (many female), 32 in total.

  1. Feminine Figure (1970) by Joan Borrell i Nicolau
  2. Two Triton (1929) statues by Josep Viladomat i Massanas
  3. La aiguadora (1862) statue by Louis Sauregeau
  4. Two Dona amb Nena (1970) sculptures by Luisa Granero Sierra
  5. Serena (1970) statue by Pilar Francesch i Ventalló
  6. two Nu femeni (1965) statues by Eulàlia Fàbregas de Sentmenat
  7. Susanna al bany (1896) statue by Théophile-Eugène-Victor Barrau
  8. Two Nu a la estany (1970) statue by Antoni Casamor d'Espona
  9. Al·legoria de la Sardana (1965) statue by Ernest Maragall i Noble
  10. L'Tardor statue by Alfons Borrell i Palazón
  11. Two Dona ajaguda (1970) sculpture by Enric Monjo i Garriga
  12. Venus Italica statue by Jaume Duran i Castellanos
  13. Diana de Gabies statue by Josep Miret i Llopart (also made the Tibidabo church bronze jesus statue)
  14. Noia ajaguda (1950) statue by Joan Rebull i Torroja
  15. Noia amb casquet de bany (1970), de Marifé Tey Planas

Joan Maragall Gardens Opening Hours

  • Saturday & Sunday only: 10:00h to 15:00h

What to take with you for Joan Maragall Gardens

it is not permitted to enter Jardins Joan Maragall with a dog which makes it a very serene place ideal to take a picnic blanket and a book.

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 Notes Free entry. Limited opening hours

Getting to Joan Maragall Gardens

Address: Avenida Estadi 69, Barcelona. 8038

The only entrance that is open on the weekends is that in Avenida Estadi 69 on the corner with Passeig de Santa Madrona which is opposite the Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch.

The nearest bus stop is the Olympic stadium stop on the 150 bus route from Plaça d'Espanya, However, I walked from Plaça d'Espanya to MNAC then along the side of the MNAC museum up the escalators to Avenida Estadi.

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