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Barcelona is one of the most relaxing places in Europe!
If you are in one of the most cosmopolitan and cultural cities in Europe then finding a place to relax may not be high on your list of activities to do but sometimes, finding somewhere where you can just enjoy your holiday and take a break from sightseeing is perfect. In Barcelona, with its beautiful summer weather, there are a number of places that will allow you some relaxing time and who knows, some people find these spots more enjoyable than seeing the sights.
One of the most relaxing things to do for me is to find a nice spot on the beach or on the promenade and just sit back and enjoy looking out to sea and becoming mesmerised by the waves breaking on the shore. Even in winter, as long as you bring a coat then you will still find the experience realxing and the perfect way to chill out after a stressful day of sightseeing. The sun also rises over Barcelona over the horizon so is a incredible sight for those early to rise or those who have not gone to bed yet. My favourite time to visit the beach is sunset as even though the sun sets behid you, the contrasting colours in the sky and in the sea make a fantastic view.
The hill of Montjuďc is most famous for being the home of the Olympic site that hosted the games in 1992 and also the famous Castell de Montjuďc on the top of the mountain offering stunning views of the city. The gardens of Montjuďc are the relaxing spot on the mountain though. The gardens underwent a massive restoration and clean up operation before the Olympics in 1992 and new gardens were also added. A trip to the lake and sitting on the grass enjoying the joys of silence knowing that below you is one of the world´s most visited cities.
While Montjuďc is located to the side of Barcelona, the huge mountain behind the city and looking out to sea is Tibidabo. To get to the top of the mountain then take the finucular to the top and enjoy the stunning views of the city. The perfect place to relax while analysing the cities and finding the many sites of the city in tiny miniture detail.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Another great experience in Barcelona is to visit the Parc de la Ciutadella. The park includes a zoo, a lake, a large fountain and several museums. The Catalan Parliament is seated at a building in the center of the park. The park is great to relax in and take in the beautiful architecture particularly the impressive Cascada fountain which will take your breath away with the beauty of it.
This may come as a major surpirse to most people who have visited Barcelona as La Rambla is the street that is full of life all day and all night but there is something relaxing about grabbing a drink and then watching the world go by. If you are a fan of people-watching then there are few places to go in the world, better for people-watching then the street of La Rambla, just ask the locals seated in the chairs at the top of La Rambla near Plaza Catalunya.
I love Barcelona and I love to explore the city and all of its hidden treats but I also sometimes like to take a step back and just enjoy being in such a incredible city without the stress of having to force through crowds and just want to relax and these are the places where I love to go.
Article written by Sean, writer and blogger from homesearchbarcelona.com, providers of buy apartment barcelona.