On Sunday, we had another beautiful day to explore the city. We spent a majority of the day in Montjuïc, which is a hilltop area overlooking the city and the sea. We took the Metro to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the National Art Museum. We didn’t go into the museum, as Christian already had an outdoor itinerary planned for us!
Not far from the museum is the Poble Espanyol, which is where you can see Spanish architecture recreated from different areas of Spain. This is very much like Skansen in Sweden & Molfsee Freilichtmuseum in Germany. Although, I found this version lacking in comparison to the other two. They had many restaurants and shops but it didn’t feel as authentic as it could have and I was a bit disappointed. Although, we did get some great views of the city.
Our next stop was the Olympic Park, the area built for the 1992 Olympics. The Olympic Needle, is a telecommunications tower that was built to transmit the summer games.
We continued our hike up the hill to the Castell de Montjuïc, which is a 17th century fortress. We didn’t go in the fortress but took in the views of the port and sea before heading a little bit back down the hill to the Transbordador Aeri (cable car).
We wanted to take the cable car from Montjuïc to Port Vell. I think most people take the cable car in the other direction to be transported up the hill but we did it the opposite way!
After our ride, we walked along the beach to the W Hotel, which is pictured below for lunch.
We ate at Pez Vela, which was not located in the hotel but nearby. It was excellent and based on the fact that they had only bar seating available because the tables were fully booked, I would say it is a popular place. We had lobster paella and it was delicious.
After a filling lunch, we walked back along the beach and took the Metro back to our hotel. Our feet were pretty tired from two full days of walking and we headed to the airport. I was sad to leave the warm weather, palm trees, great food and amazing architecture, but I am not done sharing everything there is to see with you! Tomorrow, I will show you some pictures from the La Sagrada Família.