If you want to see a mixture of sport, culture and nature I suggest you one of the best places in Barcelona, a place full of history: Montjuic.
Montjuic starts off in ‘plaza España’ going through the two magnificent Venetian Towers (which are copies of the towers in San Marco square in Venice); from there you will see the magic fountains (the ones I described to you in a previous blog). At the end you will see the amazing National Art Museum of Cataluña. At the sides of the museum there are two big buildings where almost every weekend there is a fair. Some of them are very popular like the fashion fair Bread & Butter, cars exhibitions and many more.
If you go up the hill to the right you can find Pueblo Español. It is a little village where you find a reproduction of the most important buildings and monuments of Spain. You can find also bars, shops and clubs at night time. ‘Pueblo Español’ is like a small town with bits of every part of Spain. My favourite street is the one that represents a street from Andalucía, it is really narrow and with the windows full of beautiful flowers. You will feel like you had been travelling through Spain in a few hours.
Then you will find the Olympic Stadium, ‘Palau de Sant Jordi’ where the Olympic Games of 1992 took place. Now the stadium is mainly used for huge concerts, shows, parties, etc.
I hope you still have energy because there is much more to see!!! The botanic garden! You will find there plants and trees from Australia, Africa, Chile, Canary Islands and the Mediterranean.
And the best is still to come… The magnificent Montjuic castle!!!
The castle was built in 1751 and it has always been a strategic point for Barcelona. The castle was used as fortress and later on as a prison. If you go to the back of the fortress and look carefully you will see some of the bullet holes from the Spanish Civil War. From the castle you can enjoy a superb view of barcelona city, the sea is just amazing!!
So now is the time to decide how you want to get there.
Take the tube to Plaza España (L1 or L3) and if you don’t want to get too tired (as all the way is uphill) I would recommend you to walk from plaza España until half way to the top of the Montjuic hill and take there the cable car. Or you can do all the way up walking, sure you will need a drink or two after that but the views are worth it!