Welcome to BCN - day four
this day mainly consisted of visiting and exploring the old olympic park Montjuic. Again, we travelled there from our Hotel on the Passeo de Gràcia by foot. We were completely exhausted after making it all the way to the top - we had to take a taxi back to the hotel.
I strongly suggest visiting the park and looking around a little, all of the integrated gardens are amazing and very serene and call for hours spent within the lush green and the benches over-looking the rooftops of Barcelona. Very nice indeed! Many say to take the funicular up half way to the park so that you don´t have to walk up. Of course we did NOT do that, and opted for the other way around. Which was fine though, and in my opinion was even better. We started by going to the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza and then walking to the amazing and very grand Museo Nacional d´Art de Catalunya. There are escalades OUTSIDE! Imagine that. That would be unthinkable where I currently live. On a summer´s day with temperatures around 35°C I was quite glad not to have to walk stairs all the way up to the museum. Some escalades further take you to the main park, which is where the smaller and more intimate gardens / jardins start. As I said, they are at places quite magical, so take a look around if you happen to be there.
Once you made it to the top of the park and decide to venture back down, the view over the ocean and sea port is also worth hiking up there. We made it to the lower funicular that would take us down to the harbor, as was planned. We even bought tickets, which were completely overpriced! We stood in line and were told that it would take about 20 minutes until it was our turn. When we saw how extremely packed the carriages were, however, we bolted. No way were we going to let ourselves be pushed and shoved into the overly crammed carriages in that heat with so many other sweaty people. No way in hell! That was just too much and I don´t get how so many other people did this for the steep price. We returned our tickets and took a taxi, which ended up being way cheaper than the funicular would have been. And the taxi had air-conditioning!!! Best decision ever (in that moment, anyways) So I strongly advise against that ´joy´ride during high-season!
Other than that, another great day in Barcelona!