The steep Montjuic that rises out from behind El Raval like a leviathan is Barcelona’s best and largest green space. Catalan’s come here to picnic, walk their befurred progeny, or to jog, cycle or skate. Tourists come for its museums, art galleries such as Fundacio Joan Miro, to experience Poble Espanyol (Spanish village) and to ride the cable cars up to the castle (castell de Montjuic). Lovers come here to kiss.
You can walk up to Montjuic easily from the centre of town or from Placa d’Espanya or you can take the funicular from Parallal metro station.
Castell de Montjuic
Enjoying a handsome location overlooking the port and Poblesec, the eighteenth century Castell de Montjuic was built upon seventeenth century castle ruins. Today it houses a military museum – which is cool if you are into cannons, armour and guns and also houses the Sala Montjuic outdoor cinema during the month of July. Read more about Sala Montjuic by clicking here.
Yet another boringly awe inspiring example of Antoni Gaudi’s fantastic work. La Pedrera (aka Casa Mila) on Passeig de Gracia is probably the second most delightful work you can experience in Barcelona after the Sagrada Familia (see above).
This apartment block is so modernistic and surreal in its design that it’s hard not to think Gaudi was using hallucinogenics when he conceived the design. The building’s design is said to have been inspired by the peculiar rock formations of Montserrat (see above).
The roof terrace is not only stunning in itself but also allows tremendous views of Tibidabo and the delightful city of Barcelona below.
Stop it Antoni Gaudi. Enough already with the amazing structures.
Parc Guell in the barrio of Gracia was Gaudi’s most ambitious project after the Sagrada Familia (see above). Commissioned by Eusebio Guell the park consists of decorative walkways, monuments and mosaics constructed from fragments of broken crockery.
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If all that gets too much for you then head for the beach via Barceloneta – a former fishing village where washing still dries in the street and traditional restaurants peddle fresh fish and tapas.