Day four… the final day. I was feeling glum as I had fallen in love with Barcelona all over again, and even Mr Travelstodge didn’t want to leave… and he had a cold! Today, we went to Poble Espanyol de Barcelona and the light show at the Font Màgica. As Poble Espanyol de Barcelona was quite far away, we spent most of the day there and because Mr Travelstodge was full up with a cold at this point, we didn’t want to rush around like we had been doing the previous days.
Poble Espanyol de Barcelona is an architectural museum in the El Poble-Sec area of Barcelona. It was built in 1929 to represent what an Iberian village could ideally look like, and has 117 full size replicas with over 40 craft workshops where you can buy anything from bags to chocolate, soap to jewellery and so much more. I loved it! Some of the shops there do not allow photos of their items or the shop in general, so please bare that in mind. There should be a sign in the shop window stating this. When you enter Poble Espanyol, you walk through a castle entrance, which is very grand, which then leads into a square. All along the streets are wooden pillars with little decorative metal sculptures on, which were interesting and cute so make sure you keep your eye out for those dotted around. The architecture is beautiful and the views are amazing from here as you are high up overlooking the city.
We got the metro to Espanya and walked there, but you can get buses 13, 23 and 150 along with the tourist buses which will take you more or less straight there.
Once we had finished here, we made our way back to our hotel room to freshen up and have something to eat before we made our way over to the Font Màgica located in the Montjuïc area. On certain nights of the week they do a light show on the fountain and they program the formation of the water shoots to move alongside the music they play, which for us was Barcelona by Queen, followed by Flash Gordon also by Queen. Before the show, there was a breakdancing group who performed a few dance routines which entertained the scores of people who were turning up to see the fountain show. Two words of advice. Number one, turn up nice and early to get the best spot as the area fills up quickly and you will be hard pushed to see much. Number two, be prepared to get pushed and shoved as everyone wants to get the best position to see the fountain. The first time I went to Barcelona, I stood to watch the show and I got a tap on the shoulder by a father who complained I was blocking the view for his child…. Now, as I was there first, I politely told him I was here first and stood my ground. Unfortunately, it is still exactly the same now, overcrowded!
For details of how to get there and when the fountain light show is on, go to their website
So, there you have it… my trip to Barcelona. I absolutely loved every minute of it. The food, the culture, the people… everything! I would go back in a heartbeat, and so would Mr Travelstodge. We have brought back some good memories from here which I haven’t put into this blog as they are our memories that we will treasure deeply. If you are planning to go to Barcelona at any point, DO IT! You will not regret it at all. If you are going, or have been, let me know what you think and let’s compare stories. Next stop… Copenhagen…