The Mirador de l’Alcalde (‘The Mayor’s Viewing Point‘) garden, located on the mountain of Montjuïc very near the castle at the top, honours its name by the exceptional views of Barcelona it provides. This is possibly its most exceptional feature, along with the mosaic that paves the large part of the space, as well as being a peaceful, light and sun-drenched park.
There are many points from which to enjoy a view of the city but the Mirador del Alcalde not only has both a spectacular view of the port and the city but also is an attractive place in itself. It was designed by Joan Josep Tharrats in 1969 and was remodelled in 2009. It comprises various terraces at different levels, has areas of pavement fashioned from fragments of recycled glass, while gardens, sculptures and fountains complete the design. A piece called Homenatge a Barcelona (‘Homage to Barcelona‘) by the sculptor Josep Mª Subirats demands particular attention, and this same sculptor is working on the decoration of the Sagrada Familia, and on a popular work called la Sardana, by Josep Cañas.
The sardana is a type of circle dance typical of Catalonia. The dance was originally from the Empordà region, but started gaining popularity throughout Catalonia during the 19th and 20th century. People join hands and dance in a circle in sync with the drum taps. The Sardana Dance Statuary is dedicated to celebrate this form of dance. It was created in 1966 by Josep Cañas. Mannequins dressed up in traditional gear against the back drop of well manicured and lush green lawns, makes a pretty picture and it truly represents the ancient dance form.
Tip: this garden is located in the Montjuïc area where there are many attractions and museums so it might be worth to plan a combined visit. In particular, it’s a stone throw away of the Castell de Montjuïc at the top.
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