Barcelona: sights up the hill, museums and salsa

Sunday 14th

Today, again, I ended up packing up my day and walking masses around most of the city. First, I headed west to see the Magic fountain at day time, which wasn’t as spectacular because not all the fountains were on but it still looked magical in front of Museu Nacional d’art de catalunya. The building was high up with the cascading fountains glowing in the bright sun. Luckily, I didn’t have to walk up as there were escalator up to the museum.

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Font Magica and Museu Nacional d’art de catalunya

I had decided that morning, I was going to a massive loop seeing some on the sights and views from the hill. From looking at the map I had, I couldn’t tell how spread out they were or how steep the hill was. If you don’t mind a little hike and walking then it isn’t too bad. Otherwise you can get a cable car from the port up to the hill.

As I strolled around the museum and through some grassland, a building slowly appeared in front of me: Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic (Olympic stadium). The gates in front of me where opened to look around the arena (I’m not sure if I was allowed to do this but I did). Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to look in the stadium as it was closed: I think it was due to it being Sunday. From here, I could see Torre de Catatrava and in the sea in the distance. It was an incredible view.

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Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic

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Torre de catatrava

After getting slightly lost and finding the correct path, which was hilly and windy, I eventually got to Montjuic castle and to the picturesque views and surrounding areas:

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Next, I scurried down the hill to the port to get a spot of lunch. Once I had rested and my tummy was full, I wandered around the Picasso Museum and History Museum, where you can see the Romans ruins from under the Cathedral. The Picasso museum was well worth seeing as I saw how his art developed but didn’t have any of his well known paintings. Both of these museums are free on a Sunday afternoon after 3pm but be warned there will be a huge queue at Picasso’s museum. I would recommend getting your ticket before but say you want to enter after 3pm to take advantage of the free admission.

Here are a few sneaky shots of Picasso Museum (ssshhhh you’re not meant to take photos):

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After all this sight seeing and being on my feet, I had a short nap back at the hostel.

In the evening, I hung out with the girl from Taiwan, where we headed to the Travel Bar as we were given a free food voucher from the hostel. I ate a pesto and cheese pasta with a Sangria.

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The two Australian girls from the night before joined us, where we thought we would do something spanish: Salsa dancing. That is exactly what we did and it was so much fun. Fortunately, I had done some salsa lessons in the past so quite a few people asked me to dance salsa and bachata. It was a fantastic last night in Barcelona.

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