Looking for the perfect plan for a sunny weekend? Today we propose you spend the morning in the park L’Oreneta, a park located in the neighborhood of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi. The park is perfect to enjoy with the your family because various areas and options for playing. An oasis in the center of the city, a fun forest that is full of activities for all ages awaits you. If you are looking for a different park to go with your children, you will also be interested in our post with the 10 best parks for children in Barcelona.
THE “PARQUE de L’ORENETA”, BARCELONA
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The Oreneta Park is ideal because it is located in a forest in the district of Sarrià – Sant-Gervasi with several entrances, accessible to all ages. With its views of the city, picnic areas, play areas and, best of all, the miniature steam train. The park offers so many possibilities so that families with children have the opportunity to enjoy a perfect morning or afternoon.
The park is situated on a “little mountain” and you have to walk up to reach the biggest attraction (the little train). We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and suitable shoes so you can move around without any problem.
Children can choose between several “routes” to walk up and along the way one will find several playgrounds and areas to rest.
CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS AND PICNIC ZONE
Scattered around the park there are some areas with swings and zip lines, some with wooden structures, others with rubber jumping mats and slides. Each area is surrounded by sand so that children of all ages can play.
For warmer days , the whole forest is full of pine and oak trees creating several shaded areas. Another plus, is the picnic area located in the highest part (near some play areas and the train) where you can eat, snack and enjoy while the children are still playing.
THE TRAIN OF L’ORENETA, A MINIATURE TRAIN
One of the main attractions of the park is the L’Oreneta train. Located “on top” of the park is a miniature steam train, that can be ridden by both adults and children. The train follows a short 5 minute circuit, making it enjoyable for all ages.
As you may have seen in other posts, we love miniature trains, such as the one in the Tren del Parque Can Mercader de Cornellà or the one in el Parc de Catalunya de Sabadell.
The l’Oreneta train has been open to the public since 1978 and is a gem for train lovers. The steam locomotives are the most beautiful, although there are also other types of classical trains.
The train follows a route of more than 600 meters and passes through tunnels, bridges and a viaduct. The price is affordable, 3 euros for both adults and children over 1 year, and the ride is unforgettable as children experience an adventure by holding their classic brown tickets between their hands that was previously purchased at a station. (Be sure to bring cash as they do not accept card.)
It really is the recreation of a full-fledged trip, with the station, a conductor, an engineer, a whistle and even a bell to which no child can resist when getting off the train. It is a perfect and fun way to show children how others once traveled by train . The train is only open on Sundays and holidays.
You can find all the information about their collection of the trains as well as their schedules on their website: Train of the Parc de l’Oreneta: Tren del Parc de l’Oreneta
OTHER PLANS FOR TRAIN LOVERS
If you like trains, another plan that you will love with children is to visit the “Museu del Ferrocarril de Vilanova i la Geltrú” as well as the Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia where they have several models.
Note: Before the park offered an area with ponies, where children could ride a pony. However, the license was not renewed by the City Council and is no longer available.
HOW TO GET TO PARC DE L’ORENETA
You can get there with the train/metro (stop Reina Elisenda) or with the bus (V3 Esports- Ronda de dalt) or the bus 75 / H4 at the stop Pg. Reina Elisenda Av. J.V. Foix. If you take a stroller, we recommend that you access the park from the entrance on Esports Street, since the path up from Gaspar Cassadó is not paved and has a steep slope.
Address: C Montevideo, 45- Sarrià- Sant Gervasi