What to do in Barcelona – part ii


A little out of town, Montserrat is a crazy mountain made up of weird crags that give it a strange air of the prehistoric. Montserrat is also home to a monastery. To get there take a train from Placa d’Espanya station to Montserrat Aeri which will take a little less than an hour. A cable car known as the Teleferic de Monsterrat Aeri runs between 10hrs and 18hrs takes you the rest of the way. Or you can walk if you are trying to burn off some chocolate con churros. See images of Montserrat by clicking here.


Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (aka MAC) was built in 1995 as part of the government’s attempts at rejuvenating the once-sleazy barrio of El Raval.

The giant stark white building houses great collection of twentieth century art with particular attention to artists from Catalunya and Spain.

A large square in front of the MAC attracts groups of garrulous students and skateboarders.


Parc de la Ciutadella

This central park nearby to Barceloneta is a particularly pretty little park that houses baroque fountains, a small zoo, and a lake amongst other things. The park attracts everyone from tourists to dog walkers, contorting yogis, ropewalking cadets, trysting lovers and picnicking friends. Oh and a woolly mammoth.
Palau Guell

Another of Antoni Gaudi’s stunning works is the Palau Guell which was commissioned by one of Barcelona’s wealthier patrons in the late eighteen hundreds.

This decorative creation is unique in its ornate use of iron supports at a time when most architects were disguising these, Gaudi made them a feature.

The roof terrace of Palau Guell bears all the hallmark surreal twists and decorative turns that have become synonymous with Gaudi’s work.
La Seu

Barcelona’s cathedral is one of the most beautiful gothic buildings that Spain has to offer. Building work began in the 1200s and completed some 150 years later, the building is a stunning piece of architecture with a delicious fourteenth century cloister and gardens full of palm trees and chatty geese.
The Picasso Museum

Barcelona’s most popular tourist attraction is bizarrely (considering some of Antoni Gaudi’s magical creations) the Museu Picasso. Housed in a medieval palace, this collection is one of the most important collections of Picasso’s work in the world. However, if you are expecting to gawp at Picasso’s most famous works, then you will be disappointed. Museu Picasso contains much of the artist’s work from his blue period and more than fifty of his interpretations of Velazquez’s masterpiece – Las Meninas.


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