If you read my recent Travel Diary post, of our week in Calella, you’ll know we made a spontaneous last evening trip to Barcelona on the train. it was only €10 return on a direct 1 hour train, and neither of us has been before, so we had to make the most of the opportunity. The main reason we went was to see the magic fountains, but we also had time to wander around the busy city. But, apart from this we didn’t have any other plans for the evening, so we just went with the flow. We remained within the Montjuic area of Barcelona, which is spread over a mountain and known for being relatively green and sustainable.
After a brief wander around, we came across Barcelona Arena and the 360oc viewpoint. it was only €1 each to go up, and it allowed us to view miles and miles of busy Barcelona. There is also so many restaurants at the top from Japanese to Italian. We then headed toward where we knew the fountain display would be, so we could find our bearings and knew where we would be going later in the evening. We walked up the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, the building (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) and gardens were beautiful, and made for a great photo opportunity. There is escalators up and down, which is amazing for accessibility, but I couldn’t help but think this took away from the historic feel of the area. We then walked around looking for somewhere to eat, we were both a little sick of seeing burgers and pizza at the hotel, so wanted to opt for something more Spanish. We found a lovely little restaurant, which made the most delicious paella; we shared the meat one. The portions were huge, but so tasty. For pudding we shared a homemade Catalan custard cream, which was equally as amazing. After a little souvenir shopping, we headed back towards the Magic Fountains of Montjuïc. I mean I expected it to be busy but the crowds were insane, and we were there 30 minutes before it was due to start! The display started at 9.30pm, and it was truly breath-taking. This was the perfect end to our holiday, and you definitely have to go to one of the shows if you’re ever in Barcelona…just don’t get caught out like we nearly did as the display is only on Wednesday to Sunday during the summer! Once the display has finished we headed back to the station to get our train, with a smashed snow globe (yes, Adam is truly the clumsiest person I have EVER met) on route and then and a missed train as neither of us can read a word of Spanish (logically, this was the second to last train so we had a back-up!), before arriving back in Calella at just gone midnight with a ice-cream pit-stop on the walk back to the hotel.It might have only been a short period of time, but those 5 hours in Barcelona was a true highlight.