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The National Art Museum of Catalonia seen from the Barcelona Tourist Bus (Barcelona, Spain)

We start the day early, even though we’ve spend too much time in the hotel bar last night. :) At the Barcelona Tourist Bus we take the red route, which mainly has stops at the Montjuïc hill. From the top deck of the bus we have an excellent view at the beautiful National Art Museum of Catalonia and Jochem and I have a small contest of who can make the best picture from the moving vehicle.

We get off the bus at the stop at Poble Espanyol, an outdoor open-air architectural museum that is located on Montjuïc hill. It was constructed in 1929, for the Barcelona International Exhibition. The idea behind the museum is a town in which the architecture, style and culture of various locations in Spain are preserved.

The National Art Museum of Catalonia seen from the Barcelona Tourist Bus (Barcelona, Spain)
The result is a lovely, very atmospheric village that is full of nice terraces, restaurants and quaint shops.  There is a small glass company where you can see how glass is made and a leather shop, where Jochem and Rens buy hand-made belts that are made on the spot. There are several mouth watering jewel shops, clothing and hat shops, a shop that sells candles and paper, and it is all hand-made. It’s truly a joy to stroll through the narrow streets and explore the nice buildings and attractive shops inside.  

After a couple of hours of wandering around Poble Espanyol we move on and take the Tourist Bus to the bus stop ‘Telefèric de Montjuïc’. From here we take the skyline cableway (even though Carol is scared shitless!) to the top of Montjuïc hill.

The National Art Museum of Catalonia seen from the Barcelona Tourist Bus (Barcelona, Spain)
At the height of 173 meters there were several fortifications, today the Castell de Montjuïc.

This fortress was built in the 17th century and has 18th century additions. It served as a prison and until the time of General Franco it often held political prisoners. The Castell de Montjuïc was also the site of numerous executions. On different occasions during the Spanish Civil War, both Nationalists and Republicans were executed here, each at the time when the fortress was held by their opponents.

The history and numerous stories about the Castell turn out to be far more interesting than the sight itself. We walk around and mainly admire the view over the city, there’s nothing else that grabs our attention.

Our last stop of the day, and our visit to Barcelona, is the Gothic Quarter (in Spanish: Barri Gòtic).

The National Art Museum of Catalonia seen from the Barcelona Tourist Bus (Barcelona, Spain)
This is the centre of the old city of Barcelona, stretching roughly from La Rambla to Via Laietena and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere.

Many of the buildings in this quarter date from Medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. There’s a labyrinth street plan with countless narrow streets and alleys that open out into atmospheric squares. Most of the quarter is closed for regular traffic, making it an ideal place to tuck away our map and get lost while admiring the beautiful buildings and tasting the ancient ambiance.

The highlight of the area is the Catedral de Santa Eulàlia, a huge church that was named after the sacred Eulàlia, who died as a martyr in the year 304. The construction of the church started in 1298, but the biggest part of the church was finished in the 15th century. At the start of the 20th century the last building assignments finally took place: the finishing of the three towers at the Westside of the church.

We end up at La Rambla, from there we take a metro to the Hard Rock Café to have our last dinner in this beautiful city. The next morning we will leave Barcelona, but I have no reason for sadness. I’m sure I will return and explore even more of this vibrant and unique city.

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