Barcelone Plaça d’Espanya & Montjuïc

We get slowly at the end of my series on my trip to Barcelona. On our last day, we went to the south of the city to see the Plaça d’Espanya, Montjuïc with the Olympic and Botanical Garden. A busy and sunny morning! Let’s start with the Plaça d’Espanya.

To appreciate everything offered by this great place, go to the Barcelona’s arena that they transformed into a shopping mall. Time is running out and because we had a wonderful weather, we just got on the roof that offers an incredible panoramic view. 2 ways to get there: a staircase accessible from inside or elevator you see in photos that only costs a few euros. I say no more, enjoy the view.

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We then headed to the Montjuïc.

Called Mountain Jews following the discovery of a medieval Jewish cemetery, Montjuïc overlooks the harbor and the old town. There are many monuments, including the National Art Museum MNAC.

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And we couldn’t go to Montjuic without visiting the Olympic Stadium which hosted the Games in 1992.

I think it was the first time I visited a stadium of this kind and I confess I was a little disappointed. I thought it was much bigger …. And a wink for a scene from the opening ceremony: the torch that was lit by a flaming arrow here.

Well you saw the sky was threatening at that the time of our visit but we were lucky, it cleared up soon enough!

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To finish the morning, we strolled to the botanical garden.

For those who know the one in London, you will most certainly be disappointed. Smaller, less well maintained. That said, I must admit that I had a good time under the sunny skies and the entrance was really cheap.

To visit the garden, be prepared: there are very few benches inside the garden and very few are housed. Beware of sunburn! And there’s nothing to eat! No drink or ice! And the last post on Barcelona arrives very quickly and we talk about the basics: Spanish food! At least from what I’ve tasted!

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