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Plaça d'Espanya and Aerial Tramway Trip to Montjuïc

January 23, 2014

After having gotten back to Barcelona from Lisbon, I engaged into further explorations, attraction-hunting...
I remembered the peculiar pyramid-topped towers at my first entry into the city (the ones I saw when we passed the Plaça d'Espanya at night)... I definitely wanted to take a look at this part of Barcelona!

My trip started out at Plaça d'Espanya subway station, went all the way up to the Catalan National Museum of Arts (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya), then proceeded to walk a bit and then took the cable car all the way up to Montjuïc (where I visited the fortress).

It was a rainy and a bit foggy grey day. I apologize for the poorer quality photos. My camera wasn't the best type either - a mere Canon EOS 400D with the basic 18-55 mm lens. I did my best to immortalize the moments and the places.

Plaça d'Espanya towers

The Venetian towers at Plaça d'Espanya

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Plaça d'Espanya was built in 1929 during an international exhibition.

The two sharp towers with pyramid-like tops resemble the Venetian Campanile of Saint Mark (which I later visited in May 2011).

The two towers at Plaça d'Espanya have a height of 47 meters and they visually dominate the square... By the way, the Venetian campanile is a single tower and has a height in excess of 98 m!

A beautiful water fountain lies in the center of the circular square (funny how its sounds - "circular square"...doesn't it?). Rather, call it: "circular plaza".

Catalan National Museum of Arts

Heading towards the Catalan National Museum of Arts

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This time I didn't visit the gigantic Catalan National Museum of Arts (but I did enter later, in 2010). It holds rich collections of works by Picasso, Dalí and lots of classical paintings as well. A truly rich arts museum...

The building itself is impressive... It flaunts the weight of Catalan culture. Let's keep in mind: Catalonians are a separate nation, they don't like to be confused with Spaniards. Although, they are closely related: their languages are very similar and the architecture also bears close resemblance.

Catalan National Museum of Arts from close

The feel of the entire area was so uplifting! The bushes, the statues, the stairs, the palace and the view towards Plaça d'Espanya...

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I admire the splendid view towards Plaça d'Espanya once I have reached up there...
Beautiful indeed, but the weather was grumpy... Still, this is one of my favorite places in Barcelona.

Plaça d'Espanya view

View towards the Plaça d'Espanya from the palace with Mount Tibidabo in the far background

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Walking further and further uphill I was looking for the telecabin or aerial tramway.
This one had a much shorter route than the one on Madeira (also check out my Madeiran telecabin trip, which I took exactly a day before this one in Barcelona!).

The white cabin took me all the way to the Montjuïc Fortress. Check out that article for images and info about the massive fortification above Barcelona.

Aerial Tramway in Barcelona

The cabin flew me above palms and I also got a unique view of the cityscape

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View towards central Barcelona

The telecabin turned here...
Foggy view towards the distant central Barcelona and the marina.

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Barcelona skyline

Barcelona's skyline through the fog

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