The Historic Botanical Garden, a little treasure among the gardens of Barcelona, is nestled in the site of two old quarry pits in the Foixarda sector of Montjuïc, behind the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC).
Because it is enclosed by steep slopes and situated on Montjuïc's shady side, cold air accumulates at its lowest levels. Temperatures can be four degrees colder here than those in higher parts of the garden, favouring the growth of Euro-Siberian plant species typical of colder climates.
Note: last admission half an hour before closing time.
Closed: January 1, May 1, June 24 and December 25
L1 and L3 to Plaça Espanya. In Avinguda Maria Cristina, take the escalator up to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). The entrance to the Garden is behind the MNAC car park, between the escalators that go around the monument to Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia.
By car: The entrance to the Garden by car is through Avinguda dels Muntanyans, behind the MNAC car park.