Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera Cactus Park
Barcelona’s Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera is one of Europe’s oldest and largest publicly-accessible collections of cacti and succulent plants. Recently renovated, the gardens are situated in the Montjuic area of the city and offer a breath-taking panoramic view of Barcelona’s coastline and port.
One of my all-time favourite places on Earth, Mossèn Costa i Llobera’s gardens officially opened in March 1970, initially stocked with around 800 species from “an important collection … originating from the Canary Islands, Andalusia and nurseries of other Mediterranean cities”. Several plants also came from Italy’s Pallanca collection. Despite serious continuous frosts in 1987 and 1987 killing roughly 40% of the park’s varieties, today it is a beautiful and thriving oasis on the edge of Barcelona city!
Most recently, I went to pay my respects to the cacti of Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera in March of this year. As usual, I forgot to take my good camera, so these pictures taken with my camera phone will have to do until my next visit. I’ve also included a few nice Public Domain shots too to provide a better representation of the gardens and the rich variety of species contained therein.
The park’s 3.16 hectares are home to exotic cacti, succulent, shrub and tree species from around the globe – drawn from desert, sub desert, tropical and high mountain regions. This degree of biodiversity is assured by the inclusion of genus and species including: African stone plants, Agave Americana, Aloe brevifoliam, Aloe ferox, Astrophytum miryostigma, Bauhinia grandiflora, Brachychiton populneus, Ceratonia siliqua, Cereus jamacaru, Chamaerops humilis, Cylindropuntia rosea, Dracaena draco, Echinocactus, Euphorbia resinifera, Ferocactus glaucescens, Ficus, Grevillea robusta, Mammillaria, Olea europaea, Opuntia ficus-indica, Phoenix canariensis, Phoenix dactylifera, Trichocereus macrogonus, Trichocereus santiaguensis, Trichocereus spachianus, Trichocereus terscheckii, Washingtonia filifera, Washingtonia robusta and Xanthorrhoea!
If you want to visit the gardens yourself, it’s free and they’re open 10:00-dusk. They’re located on Carretera de Miramar (next to Plaça de l’Armada, near the front of the Hotel Miramar). You can get the funicular from Parallel and walk to the park from there, take a cable car from Barceloneta to the hotel, take one of many buses or (my recommendation) walk…
Incidentally, if you’re after some good quality Trichocereus seed, we recommend taking a look at Arkham’s Botanical.
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