Opuntia species at Montjuic, Barcelona (Spain, January 2020)

15/01/20 – Wintering in the Montjuic Cactus Park…

Hi everyone,

This week we took a visiting friend to the incredible Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera, at Montjuic, Barcelona. As those of you who’ve been following our blog likely already know, this cactus park is one of our favourite places in the world, as well as being one of the best in Europe!

Even though it’s currently winter here in Spain, it’s been fairly warm and sunny up until the past few days, hence we thought we’d chance a brief visit to see how the various cactus species were handling the relatively mild winter of this locale… Unfortunately (proving one should always check ahead), we arrived at the park only to discover it closed for essential improvements – apparently mainly to the paving of the various paths.

If you’re living locally or are planning a visit to the area, the Montjuic cactus park is closed until the end of January (2020), but is an easy and pleasant stroll from – for example – either Poble Sec or Plaça Espanya stations, featuring a shed-load of possible shortcuts! While not all of the plants are clearly labelled (presumably due to vandalism, theft, etc.), we’ve spotted several of our favourite cactus species during our many visits to this park, including (we believe) Trichocereus bridgesii, Trichocereus pachanoi, Trichocereus spachianus, Trichocereus macrogonus, Trichocereus terscheckii and (amazingly) Trichocereus validus.

Anyway, here’s a few quick photographs (including of a lovely Elaeagnus angustifolia, the ‘Russian Olive’) which we grabbed through the fence on our abortive visit to the Montjuic cactus park. We can’t wait for it to reopen in February so we can get a proper look at how all of the plants are doing!

All the best,
Arkham’s

Trichocereus cactus species at Montjuic, Barcelona
Opuntia cactus species at Montjuic, Barcelona
Elaeagnus angustifolia (‘Russian Olive’) at Montjuic, Barcelona
Elaeagnus angustifolia (‘Russian Olive’) at Montjuic, Barcelona
Elaeagnus angustifolia (‘Russian Olive’) at Montjuic, Barcelona
Elaeagnus angustifolia (‘Russian Olive’) at Montjuic, Barcelona