Our adventures in Barcelona continue! One afternoon, we decided to take a walk to the Parc de la Ciutadella where the Arc de Triomf is, as well as the Parliament of Catalonia. Something that surprised me throughout our week in Barcelona and that is worth mentioning is how clean the city is! Much cleaner than Montreal, even in the neighbourhoods outside of the touristic areas. And this park was no different!
The entrance with the Arc de Triomf was so majestic – especially with the beautiful blue sky. The atmosphere was so relaxing and it reminded me of parks I saw in Paris. People were having picnics and hanging out with their friends everywhere. There was even a beautiful small lake where people were taking boat rides. One of the main reasons I wanted to go to this park was for its famous fountain. I was not disappointed by its impressive statue but I’m still wondering where the water was – the fountain was completely empty! If I went back, I would make sure to have a picnic in the park and then go for a boat ride in the lake.
Since I had heard so much about La Pedrera and Casa Batllo I was very excited to visit both projects by Gaudi. As they were walking distance from our Airbnb, we went there on our first two days in Barcelona. Both buildings were pretty crowded but a lot of fun to visit! We could access the rooftops and the views from there were so beautiful. I just stood there for awhile admiring Barcelona from above for the first time. The ticket included an audio guide so I enjoyed listening to all the details about the architecture and the history. It made the visit so much better and more interesting! My favorite one turned out to be La Pedrera, which is the one with the statues on the roof. Can you believe people actually live in that building today?
Montjuic is probably one of the most well-known places in Barcelona. At the top of the hill, there is the Catalana National Art Museum and behind it the Olympic stadium. The entire area is quite large and is surrounded by beautiful parks. However, there aren’t many locals around so it’s not to best place to go eat or drink – it’s perfect for a nice afternoon of visits!
I enjoy art museums, especially when it comes to paintings and sculptures. This one had a lot of very nice exhibitions and we had fun walking through it. While in the museum, we decided to go check out the roof and found a Moët & Chandon lounge bar! I still have no idea why it was there but I didn’t even bother asking the price for a drink – even less for a bottle of champagne!
Funny enough, we went to Park Guell twice since the first time around I had bought the wrong tickets. I thought I bought the ones for the park, but instead I got the tickets for the Gaudi House Museum. However, I’m glad I did since the Museum was fun to discover. The only disappointment is that when we went back for the park visit, it was extremely crowded so we weren’t able to take proper pictures.
The park itself is a lot bigger than I had anticipated and the views are stunning. It is up in the hills so it was definitely a good workout to get up there but so worth it! To be honest, I preferred the free access part of the park. The views there are even better and there are musicians playing on their guitars so the atmosphere is very nice.
One café I will for sure miss in Montreal is Buenas Migas, a delicious and healthy coffee shop chain in Barcelona. My only regret is that we discovered it two days before leaving the city – otherwise I would have had lunch there every single day! Their menu consists of healthy quiches, focaccias, salads, lasagnas and pasta as well as delicious desserts – all for good prices. I seriously want to start one here!
Another foodie suggestion is Tosca, a tapas restaurant right in front of the Palau de la Musica Catalana. Can you believe we went there on four different nights?! We couldn’t get enough of the wide variety of tapas that were all delicious and affordable. Our favorite ones were the catalan-style bread and the Swedish meatballs. They also have a super good mojito. Make sure to check it out when in Barcelona!
I hope you enjoyed the posts about our trip in Barcelona 🙂 Stay tuned for an upcoming post about our long weekend in the beach town of Sitges!