This is a small travel blog series on Barcelona. This is part two and there are four parts in total;
- Sagrada Familia, Arc de Triomf and Parc de la Ciutadella
- Port Vell, Parc de Montjuïc and the Font Màjica de Montjuïc
- Park Guëll
- Ciutat Vella, el Gòtic and La Ramblas
Rather than my usual blog type stuff, these will be more informational and tailored to those wanting to explore Barcelona. I am not an expert on anything in Barcelona, these are just my opinions of what is worth a visit and what is not.
This area of Barcelona is down near the coast and is a beautiful area to sit in the sun and watch the world go by. The fact that it used to be a rundown part of the city with factories is crazy to me, as now it is filled with yachts and Europe’s largest aquarium!
I would definitely recommend strolling around the area as it is really near the main shopping area of Barcelona (La Ramblas) and the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona (el Gòtic), making it really easy to get there. The promenade that the port is on is really stunning and reminds you that you’re in one of the nicest cities in the world.
Parc de Montjuïc
Where do I even begin to talk about Parc Montjuïc? There is so much to do and it is humungous! Make sure you give yourself at least half a day, if not a whole day to explore this. Stupidly, I did it in two hours, in the afternoon I arrived in Barcelona, and felt myself rushing around.
I also (extremely stupidly) hadn’t done my research on this park and didn’t realise it was on a huge hill. So after climbing for about an hour around the edges, I finally got to the main parts of the park. The benefit of that, however, is that I got great views. If you don’t mind getting a little sweaty and/or don’t want to pay for the bus, you can climb up it. Click this link for some information on how to get up by bus.
I walked along from Port Vell and followed the map around the edge of the park until I found a main site on my map and then explored the other sites in the park. There is a lot of housing around the park where I walked up the hill and I got to do a lot of people watching on my way up too, which was great. I also got this view from half way up:
Your map will guide you around the park and there are so many things to do there with museums, palaces, a castle, lots of mini parks and of course the olympic stadium. I would research which buildings you would like to go in to before you get there so that you can arrange how much time is needed to explore and visit everything you would like to do. The olympic stadium is free and pretty breathtakingly large so I would recommend popping in there to have a look around.
The other major thing to do whilst you’re in the park is simply just stroll around (my feet were killing me after I walked around the park for around 10 miles). There is lots to see and the views are incredible from every part of the park.
After you have visited everything you’d like in the park, the next closest monument is the Font Màjica de Montjuïc, which is in the most northern part of the park.
Font Màjica de Montjuïc
This is a beautiful fountain in walking distance from (within?) the park. I would highly recommend finishing off the walk of the park by this fountain. If possible, it’s better to see this at night I believe. And I can imagine that in summer, it will be beautiful to sit around and enjoy the warmth of the summer nights.
Your map will give you a better idea of where it is situated in relation to the park but if you can, I would add this to your list of things to do.
Part 3: Park Guëll