Sightseeing and its bustling crowds of tourists can eventually take their toll on any traveller, even in a vibrant city like Barcelona. It was therefore no wonder that, as our departure was rapidly approaching, we decided to distance ourselves from the usual tourist hot spots and take the scenic route for once. And what could be more scenic than the breathtaking Montjuïc? With an overall height of 184,8 m, the hill, whose name translates to “Jew Mountain” in medieval Catalan, is sure to offer any traveller a unique way of experiencing Barcelona, namely through a panoramic view of the city’s hardbound and skyline. Several fortifications were built on top of the hill, the latest of which, known today as the Castle of Montjuïc, is today open to visitors.
Perhaps what impressed me even more than escaping the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, yet still discovering a new side to it, were The Botanical Gardens. An oasis of tranquility and home to an overwhelming variety of Mediterranean and exotic flora from all over the world, The Botanical Gardens are the simplicity we easily seem to overlook as we let ourselves caught up in the rollercoaster of the busy city life. My advice? Take your time, make the most of your walk and enjoy the stunning views you will get to discover with every step.
Travel Tip Day 3 & 4: When taking pictures of the new places you visit during your holiday, try capturing those sights the way you see them, and not the way they would appear in a guidebook. Whether it’s a different angle, a detail you particularly like, photography “has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” (Elliot Erwitt)
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