If You Have more than 24 Hours…
If this is not your first time in the city, we recommend you widen your sphere of interest to take in one of the mountains that flank the city on either side. Montjuïc and Tibidabo are the city’s perfect viewpoints; from the first the foreground view is of the port and neighbourhoods such as Paral·lel, from the latter one overlooks the higher part of the city. From both, the entire city is spread out below with the city’s most emblematic monuments breaking the skyline. What is more, both mountains can be reached by way of some of the city’s most unique modes of transport. To reach the summit of Montjuïc there is a funicular railway and a cable car, while to scale Tibidabo the visitor can take a ride in the “tramvia blau” and a funicular, both of which are renovated relics of a bygone age.
A great way to spend the afternoon is in wandering the narrow streets of El Born, taking in the bars, taverns and restaurants. The neighbourhood is pure medieval Barcelona, replete with splendid buildings such as the Gothic church Santa Maria del Mar and the Museu Picasso for admirers of the versatile painter from Málaga.
And when evening arrives search out a concert in the Palau de la Música, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent building by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner encapsulates everything that is modernism. If its façade seems spectacular enough, wait until you see the interior decoration. The Palau was and remains the meeting point for Barcelona’s music lovers whether fans of choral music, jazz or singer-songwriters. Concerts normally begin at 9pm, but we recommend getting there an hour early to enjoy a glass of cava and a bite in the Palau’s foyer. The perfect aperitif.