A Day Out in Barcelona

1st Suggestion: Art & Sport   Montjuic (Port Area)

From the World Trade Centre, cross the road and with the Maritime museum on your left, look for the metro station Dressanes.

Take the Line 3 train in the direction of Zona Universitaria for one stop.

Get off at Paral-lel & transfer to the Funicular to Parc de Montjuic (2 min ride)

Miro Foundation (45 mins)

Lots of signs outside, but head left out of the station and walk for 2 minutes. The Miro Foundation is on the right.

Olympic Museum (45 mins)

On leaving Miro, turn right and continue up the hill. The Olympic Museum is on the left.

National Art Museum (1 hr)

Leave the Olympic museum, have a look at the stadium next door that was built for the 1939 Olympics (that were cancelled). The cross the road and head for the National Art Museum. This will involve outdoor escalators – or lots of steps if you’re fit! (but going down, so you don’t have to be THAT fit!)

Make your way across the terrace, but have a look at the fabulous views before going in.

When you’ve finished, make your way down to Placa Espanya and catch a bus in the direction of Placa de les Drassanes (number 57 or 157) or get on the metro at Espanya back to Dressanes (3 stops on Line 3/green line, direction of Canyelles)

 

2nd Suggestion: History, Shopping & Art    Gothic Area

Maritime Museum (30mins – 1hr)

From the World Trade Centre, head across the road to the big converted warehouse style building – which is the Maritime Museum.

La Rambla

On leaving the museum, cross over to the Monument a Colom (Christopher Columbus, big column, cant miss it!) and head up La Rambla. Walk through the living statues, and stalls. The shops are much more bargain basement at this end – the best is to come!

Pass the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the metro, and on your left is the market – Mercat de la Boqueria. Meat, fish, greengrocers and patisserie – well worth a look. (15 mins)

Cross over La Ramblas and walk down Carrer de la Boqueria, turn left onto Carrer d’Avinyo, and follow to reach the Cathedral. To get inside, look at the cathedral steps and then head down the right hand side of the building. This will get you to the cloisters. (20 mins)

Head back towards La Ramblas and you should find Placa Reial. Lots of pavement cafes, street entertainers and Gaudi’s lamp posts – good place for a break. (30 mins)

Walk back towards the Cathedral along Carrer de Ferran, which turns into Carrer de Jaume 1 which turns into Carrer de la Princessa. Turn right into Carrer de Montcada, where you’ll find

Museu Picasso (30 mins)

From here, wander through the Gothic Quarter and visit the lovely little shops in the back streets.

Make your way outside the city wall towards the sea, and stroll back along the harbour side (20 mins)

3rd Suggestion: Music & Architecture

Placa Catalunya

From the World Trade Centre, head up La Ramblas to Placa Catalunya. Tourist information is here (underground), El Corte Inglese (fab department store), the Avenue del Portal de L’Angel (Door of the Angels) is one of 5 ways into the Gothic Quarter. Turn left into Carrer Comtal, to the main road, cross to find Palau de la Musica Catalana (Tour 1hr, just looking – 15 mins)

From Palau de la Musica Catalana, go back to the main road and turn right. Go straight on passing Urquinaona metro station and continue two blocks to Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes. Turn left here and then right onto Passeig de Gracia. On the left is Casso Battlo (45 mins) after this turn left onto Carrer D’Arago for the Antoni Tapies foundation (45 mins) and the retrace your steps to continue along the main road to find La Pedrera (1hr)

4th Suggestion: Football, Religion & Art!

La Sagrada Familia (1 hr)

From the World Trade centre, cross the road at the Monument a Colom (Christopher Columbus, big column, cant miss it!) Keep the Maritime Museum to your left and head for the metro station Drassanes. Take Line 3 (green) towards Canyelles. Change at Diagonal (4th stop) and take line 5 (blue) in the direction of Horta. Get off at Sagrada Familia.

Don’t be put off by the queue – it moves fast. Visit the main part of the cathedral, look at both facades, look at the exhibition and go into the crypt.

 Camp Nou (1.5 – 2hrs)

Many would say this is also religion and art – but probably mainly sport!

Go to the metro at Sagrada Familia and take Line 5 (blue) in the direction of Cornella. Get off at Collblanc (8th stop) Given how huge Camp Nou is, it’s now surprisingly difficult to find! Go slightly to the right as you come out of the station to find Carrer d’Arttistides Maillol – this should lead you to the tours entrance for the stadium which is at Gate 9.

 When leaving, find Gate 9 and head down the road opposite until you get to the Palau Reial metro station. Take Line 3 (green) in the direction of Canyelles and get off at Dressanes – brining you back to the bottom of La Ramblas.

Religion and Art bit!