Museums, Parks

In this section we´ll be adding all of the other stuff that people have recommended (and that we like of course) in the guest book.

So parks, museums, walks, places of interest etc.

Cosmo Caixa
One of our favourite places to visit (especially with kids) and which is unbelievably undersold (the locals all know about) is the CosmoCaixa science museum up near Tibidabo. (website in Spanish).

We can say without hesitation that this is the best science museum we have been to (and this is from 2 ex London residents). And there´s a great café on the roof.

It always seems to get rave reviews in the guest book. Take the L7 train from Provença (just up the road) to the end of the line (5 or 6 stops), then take the tram (Tram Blau) up to Tibidabo and go for a beer at Mirablau and maybe even lunch at La Venta if you are feeling flush.

Address:
Isaac Newton, 26,
Barcelona
Tel. 93 212 60 50
OPen: Tuesday to Sunday 10 to 20 h
Only open on holiday Mondays: Easter, Christmas etc.,
Closed Christmas Day, 1 & 6 January
(Correct at time of writing).

Parc Güell
A must for all Gaudi fans and not a bad one for Gaudi Sceptics either. These gardens with their architectural gems are on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona: designed by Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. The park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí". Eusebi Güell commisioned Gaudi to build a garden based on the English model of city-gardens in a large estate in the north of Barcelona. Unmissable.

Carrer d’Olot, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 08024
Metro stop "Lesseps" (Green Line, L3) Follow the signposts for the park
Open hours from 10:00 to around 19:00.
Entrance – Free

Telefèric de Montjuïc/ Cable Car
This cable car heads up to the castle at the top of Montjuic- the hill that overlooks the Med and which held the 1992 Olympics when they came to Barcelona. It´s not that cheap, but it´s definitely worth a ride for the views over the city alone. There´s often stuff going on at the castle (check in Guia Ocio, which is like a mini Time Out sold in most kiosks), and is you get off halfway down, there´s a great outdoor bar/café with views over Barcelona. A great place if you´ve got kids, as well, by theway- there is a good play area, slides and lots of toys.

Address
Avinguda de Miramar, Barcelona, Spain, 08038
Nearest Metro: Parallel L3 8the green line).

There´s also a cable car across the port from Montjuic. We have to confess, that we haven´t been on this one. It looks a little scary if we are to be honest. The one up to the Castel is a modern ski resort type cable car.

 

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