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Barcelona - Around Town - Montjuïc (part 2) - Parks & Gardens, Restaurants, Cafés, Bars & Clubs

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A Day in Montjuïc

Morning

To get to the Fundació Joan Miró before the crowds and with energy to spare, hop on the funicular from Parallel metro station. From here it is a short walk to the museum, where you’ll need an hour and a half to absorb the impressive colllection of Miró paintings, sketches and sculptures. When you’ve had your fill of contemporary art, refuel with a cafè amb llet on the restaurant terrace before backtracking along Av de Miramar and jumping on the cable car up to Castell de Montjuïc . Wander the castle gardens and look out over the city and the bustling docks. Return to Av de Miramar by cable car and follow the signs to the Palau Nacional , where you can lunch on typical Catalan cuisine with a modern twist in the elegant Oluem.

Afternoon

Afterwards, spend an hour perusing the MNAC ‘s extraordinary Romanesque art collection. When you exit, turn right and then follow the signs to the Olympic complex. The Estadi Olímpic is worth a look, but the silver-domed Palau Sant Jordi steals the limelight. Nearby, at Bernat Picornell, spend the late afternoon cooling down with a dip in the fantastic open-air pool. If it’s summer, there may even be a film showing. From here it is just a short stroll to the Poble Espanyol where you can settle in at a terrace bar in Plaça de Mayor and sip a cuba libre as night descends.

Parks & Gardens

  1. Jardins Mossèn Costa i Llobera

    These are among Europe’s most important cactus gardens. They are particularly impressive as the sun sets, when surreal and shapes and shadows emerge.

  2. Jardí Botànic

    These wild gardens offer splendid vistas and hundreds of examples of typical Mediterranean vegetation.

    • Open Feb, Mar, Oct: 10am–6pm daily; Apr, May, Sep: 10am–7pm daily; Jun–Aug: 10am–8pm daily; Nov–Jan: 10am–5pm daily

    • Adm; free last Sun of month & every Sun from 3pm

  3. Jardins Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer

    The best time to visit these wonderfully elegant gardens is in spring when the plants are in blossom and the colours and aromas are in full force.

    Jardins Mossèn Jacint Verdaguer
  4. Jardins del Castell

    Cannons among the rose bushes, and pathways along the walls of a flower-filled moat, are the highlights of these gardens, which ring the castle.

    Castell Jardins
  5. Jardins del Teatre Grec

    Reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, this gracious oasis surrounding the Greek amphitheatre is officially known as La Rosadela.

  6. Jardins de Miramar

    Opposite the Miramar, these gardens are scattered with stairways leading to enchanting leafy groves with vistas.

  7. Jardins Laribal

    This multi-level park hides a small Modernista house, by Puig i Cadafalch, and the Font del Gat – a drinking fountain, which has inspired many local songs.

  8. Jardins de Joan Maragall

    An avenue lined with sculptures by Frederic Marès and Ernest Maragall is the main delight here. The garden also has the last of the city’s ginjoler trees.

    • Open 10am–3pm Sat & Sun

  9. Muntanya de Montjuïc

    A multitude of secret paths leads through wild gardens on Montjuïc’s south side, the only part of the mountain that remains untamed.

  10. El Mirador del Llobregat

    A viewing area with small gardens nearby, this is the only place in the city where you can see the plains of the Llobregat stretching below.

    • DA

Unless otherwise stated, parks & gardens are usually open 10am-dusk daily.


Restaurants, Cafés, Bars & Clubs

  1. Oleum

    Dine on refined Mediterranean cuisine under the dome of the Palau Nacional and enjoy amazing views across the city.

    • Palau Nacional

    • 93 289 06 79

    • Closed Mon, eves

    • DA

  2. Brasería Cañota

    Cañota’s superb, traditional, and supremely economical cooking includes excellent game dishes and chargrilled fresh fish and meats.

    • C/Lleida 7

    • 93 325 91 71

    • DA

  3. Fundació Joan Miró Restaurant

    A great terrace, views of Miró’s sculptures, plus well-presented modern food with an Italian accent.

    • Parc de Montjuïc

    • 93 329 07 68

    • Closed eve

    • DA

  4. Rias de Galicia

    A giant aquarium is full of lobster, crabs and more, all waiting to be plucked out and served up sizzling on a plate.

    • C/Lleida 9

    • 93 424 81 52

  5. La Tomaquera

    A neighbourhood classic that serves Catalan home cooking at bargain prices. Arrive early or be prepared to queue.

    • C/Margarit 58

    • Closed dinner Sun, Mon, Aug, Easter week

  6. El Lliure

    The Lliure theatre has a good-value café with an adjoining restaurant. In summer there are tables on the terrace.

    • Passeig Santa Madrona 40-46

    • Closed Mon eve, Sat lunch, Sun

  7. La Terrrazza

    Techno music rules at one of Barcelona’s most popular nightclubs, housed in a Balearic-style mansion inside the Poble Espanyol.

    Poble Espanyol

    • Closed Sun, mid-Oct–mid-Jun

    • Adm

  8. Font de Prades

    By far the best food in the Poble Espanyol.

    Poble Espanyol

    • 93 426 75 19

    • Closed Mon, three weeks Jan

    Interior, Font de Prades
  9. Restaurant Forestier

    Located in the AC Miramar, this elegant restaurant has wonderful views over the harbour and city.

    • Pl. Carlos Ibáñez, 3

    • 93 281 16 00

  10. Quimet & Quimet

    This tiny bodega has standing room only, but serves tasty tapas and wonderful wines.

    • C/Poeta Cabanyes

    • 93 442 31 42

    • Closed Sat eve, Sun, Aug

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