Barcelona has so many great events, museums, restaurants, bars, theatres… the list goes on. Sometimes though, it’s better to take it outside and get some oxygen into the blood. There are as many beautiful sights to be seen outdoors as there are entertainment options indoors, so for those who want to take their family on an outdoor adventure, here are a few ideas. Hotel Grums is a great solution if you are looking for family hotels in Barcelona.
Hike for a new perspective of Barcelona
Carretera de les Aigües (meaning ‘road of waters’) trail is famous for its mesmerising views. The scenery will be sure to stamp itself upon your memory indefinitely and this 10km trail should be manageable by most, especially if time is taken to rest and enjoy the many visual delights en route. Located in Serra de Collserola natural park at the north west side of the city, this trail runs down the side of the mountain known as Tibidabo. Here you will find not only spectacular vistas but plenty of company in the form of cyclists, joggers and others who are taking their time to hike the trail. Here’s how to get there.
For those that are more serious about hiking, there is Montserrat Mountain, which means taking a little trip outside of Barcelona (approximately 65km). At Montserrat you are immersed in the beautiful nature of the Catalan region; you’ll also be privy to some of the most awe-inspiring views in Spain. For a little break along the way, you might consider visiting the Benedictine Abbey. There are various routes you can take up this mountain, but the most famous and impressive one is that toward Monserrat’s peak, known as Sant Jeroni.
Peruse the Parc de la Ciutadella
If you have children whose little legs can’t cope with such a climb, you can still find beauty and greenery in the Parc de la Ciutadella. Here you’ll still be close to the Pyrenees, so you can enjoy the mountains from a lower perspective, and the Parc de la Ciutadella has its very own hill – called Montjuïc – if you do feel up to an ascent. Montjuïc Hill has more to offer than just wonderful views, though; here you will find the National Museum of Art and a castle, among other interesting landmarks. The park is situated on an old military citadel (the clue is in the name) and also features both a zoo and a lake, which the children are bound to love. As if that weren’t enough, you can even find Catalan’s parliament.
You can find the Parc de la Ciutadella at Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona; alight at Espanya metro station.