Saturday, March 15, 2014

Simple plan for Barcelona visit - Day A - Montjuic Area

Please see here for overall index for other areas of town.

Note 1: The order you do this is a bit up to you. If you got your hotel close to this area, you can just do this anytime. But if not, you may want to plan to finish at night and stop by the Magic Fountains.
Note 2: times indicate my guess on how much somebody would spend there...
Note 3: click on the map below and a Google Maps route should open up.
  • Spanish Square (Plaza de España / Plaça d'Espanya). Subway stop, red line (#1). Head towards the two towers you see there, which mark the Fira (trade fair) entrance and the path to the mountain (most of the stuff to see in the area...).
  • Las Arenas: in the Spanish Square (actually, one exit of the subway is there), it is a bullfighting ring remodeled into a mall. You can go to the roof top (for free if you do it from inside the mall) and enjoy the views, food, etc... or the shopping, if you like :). Maybe something to do when you want to take a break.
  • Olympic ring: 1-2hr Take a stroll around... There are mechanical stairs up to here, from Plaza España:
    • Estadio Olimpico. Check the cauldron where this happened
    • Estadio de Sant Jordi - Basketball
    • Torre de Calatrava - I like this one
  • Castillo de Montjuic (a castle to city and sea views): you can walk to here or take a lift - 1hr
  • Poble Espanyol: a display of other regions in Spain.
  • Diving Pools (Piscinas de salto) : Where during the Olympics you could see this beautiful background. I believe now most of the time they are close so you can only see from the fence...
  • Greek Theater Gardens - 30 min
  • Magic Fountains: A must see, at night. - 1hr... till you get tired. Show/music changes along the night... I copy schedule below in case the link gets broken but it may get out of date (so, better to Google it). Notice that during most of the year, they only run them from Th. through Saturday, so, plan a visit to this area in that time of the week...
    • Operating hours from 30th April to 30th September:
      • Thursday to Sunday, 9pm – 11:30pm
      • Musical displays: 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm and 11pm
    • Operating hours from 1st October to 30th April:
      • Fridays and Saturdays, 7pm – 9pm
      • Christmas and Easter:
      • Thursday to Sunday, 7pm – 9pm
      • Musical displays: 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm
  • B-Hotel: I am not endorsing this hotel by no means and I make no money with this site... Do your research. But some friends of mine were there and liked it, specially the rooftop pool! Truth is that no one has so far complained about their hotel, wherever they stayed. 
  • There are many other things to do and see in the area: Miro Museum and many others (see the links on the right side of this page)

View Montjuic route in a larger map

Hope you enjoy!!

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