Parks and Squares in Barcelona
With a total length of 1.2 kilometers, it may not seem as lengthy as you are picturing, but once you see it for yourself you will soon understand why it has become such a main attraction of the city. With so much to see and do, you could easily spend an entire day wandering throughout the shops, dining in the restaurants and exploring the bars by night.
Though it of course depends on what you like and what you are not particularly interested in, there is still so much that Las Ramblas has for anyone and everyone that chooses to spend so me time there. The Wax Museum is a fun place for families and those intrigued by the idea to head into for some quick and interesting fun. Along your way there you will most likely run into several live attractions such as the famous number of human statues that tend to park themselves throughout Las Ramblas. From Galileo to completely white painters, you are sure to never be too far from some good entertainment.
If you are hoping to get some shopping done while visiting Barcelona, rest assured that Las Ramblas has got what you are in search of. From international retail stores to locally owned that sell handicrafts, you are sure to walk away with plenty of treasures to take home for yourself and for your family and friends.
When you head to Montjuic, there are some absolute must see places and sights to see along the way. First stop may very well be Palau Nacional, otherwise known as the National Palace where you can see a place that was originally built as the central pavilion for the International Pavillion. Inside this neo-Baroque style structure, you can find a collection of Roman, Gothic and Renaissance art that belongs to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC).
Next, stop at the Pavello Mies van der Rohe, a uniquely designed German pavilion created by Ludwig Mies. Reconstructed in the 1980’s due to being his most influential work, you can make your way through to wonder at the beautiful glass and marble walls that make this structure all the more special. Wander through the gardens where you will find yourself surrounded by thousands of different types of plant species and pure natural beauty at every turn. Visit the oldest sight on the Montjuic hill, the Castell de Montjuic; an 18th century built fortress built by the Bourbons.
If you so happen to make your way to Montjuic right before or after the sun has set and it is beginning to get dark, then find a spot in front of the beautiful Magic Fountain. Located in the center, you will have a great view of the palace and gorgeously illuminated waters shooting up into the air.
PARC DE LA CUITADELLA
Parc de la Ciutadella is undoubtedly one place that you will not want to miss out on while in Barcelona. With a rich history dating back to 1869, where the park was in fact used for the demolition of the military citadel and built by Philip V, this is not your typical park.
Within the park, you will find multiple beautiful sights where you can spend hours wandering about and exploring. There are even relics of the exhibition from nearly 150 years ago such as the Castell dels Tres Dragons, which as of today occupies the original restaurant that was built long ago. There is also a waterfall and a lake within the grounds of this amazing park and a fabulous plant house to admire called the Umbracle.
Once you are finished exploring those sights, then head over to the Hivernacle, a uniquely designed glass house. For kids, this is an excellent area for them to get outside, run around and let out all of that energy they have been keeping in all day. Allow them to discover the giant mammoth and an entire total area of 18 hectares that make for the perfect outing in Barcelona.
Whether you are with yourself, with your loved one or with your entire family, Parc de la Ciutadella is a great place to enjoy a picnic, a bottle of wine or some tapas you just picked up from down the street. If you are looking for something more to do while there, head just across the street from the park where you will find the Barcelona Zoo. Standing since 1892 and filled with great animals and loads of fun for everyone, it allows for a two-event sort of day while you are out exploring all that beautiful and vibrant Barcelona has to offer its guests.
PLACA DE CATALUNYA
Placa de Catalunya is the main square of Barcelona that is often referred to as the city center and also where both the old city and the 19thcentury-built Eixample meet. Not only is it a place where there is so much to see and do at nearly every turn, it is often the arrival place for many travelers coming into Barcelona seeing as it is also the city’s main transportation hub. It is the perfect place to be dropped off after a long journey where you are in need of some delicious tapas and refreshing drinks.
Wandering through the circular shape of its large center, you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful fountains, large sculptures and inviting grass verges. Throughout the day, chances are you will be able to experience musical performances during fiesta times that are guaranteed to have you tapping right along to the melodies. If it is shopping that you are hoping to do while in this beautiful part of Barcelona, then you are luck. With numerous large department stores like FNAC, Habitat and El Corte Ingles scattered throughout, you will find that there is shopping for any and all styles and tastes.
When you need to take a break from all of the exhaustion that comes along with shopping, then you can easily walk by foot to the famous Las Ramblas that joins Placa de Catalunya at its South West corner. Here, you will find a plethora of inviting cafes and restaurants all ready and willing to serve you that perfect tapas you have been in search of and plenty of beer and wine to go around. No trip to Barcelona would be complete without exploring the beautiful streets of this main city center where you will be able to gain a better feel and understanding of the rich culture and lively vibe that seems to exude every inch of this place.