Thursday, 26 June 2014

Barcelona: 4 days and 8 sights - day 3 and 4

Day 3 & 4: Seeing the city from a completely new perspective

Sightseeing and its bustling crowds of tourists can eventually take their toll on any traveller, even in a vibrant city like Barcelona. It was therefore no wonder that, as our departure was rapidly approaching, we decided to distance ourselves from the usual tourist hot spots and take the scenic route for once. And what could be more scenic than the breathtaking Montjuïc? With an overall height of 184,8 m, the hill, whose name translates to “Jew Mountain” in medieval Catalan, is sure to offer any traveller a unique way of experiencing Barcelona, namely through a panoramic view of the city’s hardbound and skyline. Several fortifications were built on top of the hill, the latest of which, known today as the Castle of Montjuïc, is today open to visitors. 


 

Perhaps what impressed me even more than escaping the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, yet still discovering a new side to it, were The Botanical Gardens. An oasis of tranquility and home to an overwhelming variety of Mediterranean and exotic flora from all over the world, The Botanical Gardens are the simplicity we easily seem to overlook as we let ourselves caught up in the rollercoaster of the busy city life. My advice? Take your time, make the most of your walk and enjoy the stunning views you will get to discover with every step.









When walking around gets too exhausting, do bear in mind that buses, and even cable cars, run regularly and can easily take you back to the bottom of the hill. I am happy to say that for those of you who prove to be real troopers right to the very end, the bottom of hill Montjuïc will reward you with one of the city’s most prominent sights, namely the Palau Nacional (National Palace), a stunning embodiment of neo-Baroque architecture, and home to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.




Our visit in Barcelona concluded with what could only be described as a well-deserved “siesta” on Badalona’s sandy beach. No trip to Spain would truly be complete without it, so make sure you take a step back and enjoy the simple moments.



Travel Tip Day 3 & 4: When taking pictures of the new places you visit during your holiday, try capturing those sights the way you see them, and not the way they would appear in a guidebook. Whether it’s a different angle, a detail you particularly like, photography “has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” (Elliot Erwitt)






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3 comments:

  1. This blog is both informative and engaging. I was not aware that Montjuïc meant Jew Mountain. Your grasp of the English language is excellent. I admire your description of the Botanical Gardens as an 'Oasis of Tranquility', that is superb. This is a wonderful article, I will be reading future publications.

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  2. Thank you so much for the kind words! I really do hope other future posts won't let you down, Jim!

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  3. Great post, a fresh perspective to Barcelona. Great photos too, they took me back to when I visited this wonderful city.
    Barcelona should be on evey travels list.
    Cheers

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