It’s a grey day here in London today, so let’s go and follow the sun in Barcelona.
We’re setting out from the Magic Fountains and taking the grand staircase (or helpful escalators) up to the top here, to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. I’m on a mission today so I’m skipping the museum, and the inviting chairs and tables with their tempting drinks and ice creams, and I’m heading for a ride across the harbour and back to sea level.
But first of all, we’ll enjoy the views down from the top of the water cascade, and pause a moment to take in the musical accompaniment.
This flat-topped hill of Montjüic used to be heavily wooded and agricultural area. In the 1890s some of the forest area was cleared to provide open space for parks and gardens, and soon after that the site was chosen to host the 1929 International Exposition which saw the start of buildings appearing up here.
Now the area provides a good mix of museums, galleries, gardens and views. So come get lost with me. And you can take this literally. Finding the cable car, and the right cable car at that, is not an easy task. Why do none of the signposts guide you to these key points? But never mind, it’s a lovely area to wander around and simply gaze.
There are several motorised methods of returning to the city, including the good old hop on hop off buses, plus a funicular and the cable car. The element that adds to confusion, though (personal experience and frustration creep in here), is that there are two cable cars. One of them departs from above the funicular station and heads further up the hill to the castle.
The cable car that will return you to sea level is further on, next to the Miramar Hotel. There is a ticket booth here, and a sign that gives you an idea on waiting time to board the vehicle.
I’m off to join my 40 minute queue, but I’ll leave you to enjoy a drink and snack at the cafe on the edge here and relish the views. You can give me a wave as I fly out along the cables!
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 17 April 2017
Posted as part of Monday Walk