Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Barcelona Take Three - Beautiful Sites to See

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A city famous for its ornate architecture; countless parks and beautiful coastline, Barcelona is not short of sites to admire. Here are a few that I recommend seeing (not all in one day!).

Parc de la Ciutadella

The park is located in the Ciutat Vella area of Barcelona and is a must go for anyone craving some down time. Now known as an open-air museum the park contains many sculptures and two museums, the most prominent feature of the park being The Cascada, a waterfall structure created by architect Josep Fontsére.


Cascada
Whilst in the park I recommend hiring a rowing boat for use on the lake; however avoid doing this in midday sun (I learn from mistakes) and when there is a school trip on the lake unless you want to be bombarded. Just as you think there is nothing this park doesn't have they throw in a zoo! Barcelona's zoo is a most go if you have children and definitely go to the dolphin show, you will love it!

Plaça de Catalunya

Less of a "place to see" and more of a place to sit and watch time go by Plaça de Catalunya is a facinating place to sit both day and night. By day the city centre is buzzing with business folk, street sellers and buskers; it's nice to just sit with a cold drink and be thankful that you are relaxing in the heat when everyone else seems to be dashing about. I had a man come up to me, ask what language I spoke then proceeded to rap the work of God to me then just disappear, much of a "did that just happen" moment. 

Plaça de Catalunya by day
By night it is somewhat a different scene, for a start it is much more relaxed, the only dashing about being by young people on roller blades.

Plaça de Catalunya by night
Funetes de Montjuic

Funetes de Montjuic

Montjuic is a hill in Barcelona easily accessed by public transport or alternatively a more scenic route by cable car. The hill holds the most fantastic fountains I have ever seen, anyone going to Barcelona MUST go to see the lights show on Montjuic. In the summer months light shows are every 30 minutes 9:00pm-11:30pm Thursday-Sunday. The photos below will give an idea as to how popular the shows are:

Funetes de Montjuic

Crowds

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