Barcelona #2 – Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Writing these posts is making me want to go back asap. Barcelona was such a mecca of great art and food with nice chilled vibes. If you missed my exploration of Gaudi’s work check it out here. This day was spent running around like a headless chicken trying to fit in all my other recommendations. Pictured above is the fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella and a must to check out. It’s a lovely place to take a book or your breakfast and relax.

From there I walked through the Arc de Triomf to the beach and wandered along the promenade. I’m sure any other time of year it would’ve been buzzing but unfortunately I went in the middle of ‘winter’ and only the tourists were out swimming (the locals were clearly tutting and shaking their heads). I love that this beach is so sandy and clean compared to Brighton’s pebbly junkyard (I love you Brighton really). The fact you can be clubbing one minute, at a top notch art gallery and then sunbathing on the beach is a huge selling point for this city.

A big highlight of visiting Barcelona is checking out the Gothic Quarter. It is the old part of the city and full of little streets opening out to squares. There are tons of cafes, shops, cathedrals and impressive architecture to keep you busy for hours. Barcelona Cathedral is probably the most famous and most extravagant. Of course it is Gothic and looms over you like a powerful headteacher. The inside is gorgeous and make sure you look up at the ceiling! A place to potentially grab some lunch would be Mercat de la Boqueria. It is a large, public market full of food stands and stalls. You can find fruit, vegetables, paella, tapas, sheep heads galore! I’ll save you from seeing the latter as it still upsets my stomach now thinking about it.

I then headed up to Montjuic, which is a mountain looking down on the city. To get to the top you can grab a cable car or funicular. Once up there it’s a large park perfect for running, picnics and exploring. At the very tippy-top is Castell de Montjuic an old fortress base. It isn’t the most interesting place but the views are incredible and for the small entry fee I think worth it for that alone. Also on the mountain is the Olympic Stadium used in 1992. It’s free to roam around and explore so if you’re a bit of a sport nut or want to see some more futuristic architecture, go!

It is without doubt a city I will be returning to (probably in the summer for some beach time). No matter what your interests are, you’ll find something here to entertain you. There’ll be a video coming in a few days and I hope you enjoy!


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