Breathtaking Barcelona Spain Travel Guide- Part II

Amazing Europe | | August 11, 2009 at 9:17 am


castell de montjuic fossat entrada barcelona cataloniaBarcelona is an overwhelming feast to all the senses and an entirely different world of inconceivable shapes, vibrant hues, serpentine streets and a lot more to be discovered.

Barcelona has the grandest castles in all Europe. The 370-year old Montjuïc Castle is a 173 metres high fortification atop the Montjuïc hill proffers splendid views of the city and the Barcelona port. It was once a political jail and site for ghastly executions during the reign of the tyrant Franco at the time of the Spanish War who also aided in the construction of the Military museum. There are huge cannons surrounding the statue of a naked woman paying tribute to the premier California governor, Gasper de Portola. Verdant vegetation encircles the bastion with an archery range located adjacent to it.

Other prime places of interest in Montjuïc are the Magical Fountains, the font magica del montjuicCatalan National Art Musuem or MNAC and the Olympic Stadium. The spell bounding musical magic fountain with its overall lighting and water spurts is best enjoyed after dusk with the best views from outside the MNAC museum located atop the Montjuïc Mountain that houses relics from primeval era to the 19th century.

poble espanyol courtyardhalfThe Spanish Gothic styled small quaint village of Poble Espanyol de Montjuic built in 1929 comprises of more than a hundred structures with varying sections depict the model authentic village lifestyle of different areas in Spain. It is the famed venue for the Flamenco Show where one can revel in the ardour and melody of Spanish Flamenco. There are numerous dedicated craft shops and a museum to explore.

The Barcelona Zoo is world renowned for being the abode to the once zooexistent sole confined albino gorilla. It has wide-ranging animals on display including the sights of dolphins giving performances. A host of activities for the kiddie brigade like picnicking spots, eatery, electric cars, horses and a ride on a mini train is sure to perk them up. The IMAX Cinema just a hop away from the Zoo is the ideal place to view deadly jaws in action in 3D and then see the real thing in the zoo close by.

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  1. If you are in Montjuic and enjoy art, I believe you will enjoy visiting Fundacio Joan Miro. It is the gallery of the famous Catalan, surrealist artist Joan Miro(1893-1983).

  2. Regarding Montjuic I would add also the Fundacio Miro, one of the most interesting museum in town. It definitely worths a visit.
    The Olimpic Stadium, it has been Barcelona’s second soccer team stadium for the last 10 years, but Espanyol just moved to Cornella.

  3. paul richard says:

    Barcelona is the best city for travel and its very beautiful city to visit
    thanks for sharing this travel guide

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