This hill is home to the Olympic Village, the National Museum of Catalan Art, the Magic Fountain, and also many beautiful parks and gardens. We spent time taking in the views of the city, enjoyed the art museum, and also joined the crowds for the weekly Magic Fountain show.
This park, designed by Gaudi in the early 1900's, is situated on El Carmel. It was actually home to Gaudi and his family for a short period of time. We arrived early in the day and waited in the long line for our tickets. When it's sunny and warm, lines don't matter. We hiked, watched pigeons fight over a baguette, and managed to find a spot to sit on the famous curved bench overlooking the city. Again, we were in awe of Gaudi's imagination.
This is the old city of Barcelona. The streets are made for wanderers. Some highlights are the Cathedral and Placa Reial. The buildings are very close together and filled with black iron balconies, plants, and laundry. We also stumbled upon a few markets.
This modernist building was Gaudi's last work and built for a wealthy married couple. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage sight in 1984. Unfortunately, the outside was under construction during our visit, so we were only able to see the inside and the rooftop. Still amazing!
This is the area near the beach. Christopher Columbus point to the New World and palm trees line the streets. We walked along the beach were surprised to find sea glass!
That's all from Barcelona - next stops, Montserrat and Girona!