Barcelona, Spain is a great tourist destination because not only is it an urban vacation, it also has the beach on one side and mountains on the other. It’s suitable for practically all types of travelers, but what if you just want to relax? Many guides on Barcelona, Spain will tell you the best places to see, but not many will tell you the best places to chill out.
Relaxing In Barcelona, Spain
First and foremost, if you’re coming to the city for peace and quiet, it’s definitely not a good idea to follow the advice of the mainstream which is “Stay near La Rambla or around the Gothic District”, whilst these places have character and are well connected; it’s also where the nightlife is most active, where you’ll find the most crime, and where you might just end up having some sleepless nights! If you’re looking for some nice places to stay, the most recommendable place to stay is in Eixample and Gracia. They’re central districts (Eixample more so) and are a lot better noise-wise when compared to the Gothic district.
What about if you’re looking for Barcelona attractions but don’t fancy the hustle and bustle of the beating track? For the thousands of tourists that flock to Park Guell, you’ll barely notice even a handful at Park Laberint D’Horta, a beautiful park that has been featured in films like Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. It’s the perfect place to take pictures, have fun with the family in the maze, or feed the geese, ducks and peacocks. The best part is while they will soon be charging for entry to Park Guell at some point this year, the Park Laberint D’Horta is free to enter on Wednesdays and Sundays. Definitely the perfect place in Barcelona, Spain for partners to take a romantic stroll as the park theme was built around love.
If you go to Montserrat, make sure you don’t go with a tour group. Not only will it be cheaper, but you can also go at your own pace and use the cable car to get magnificent views. You can catch a train from Plaza España and the return ticket for a 30 minute trip is €24.25. It’s wonderful to go in the mornings on a weekday because it is more peaceful. Otherwise you may have to face trains crowded with tourists later in the afternoon. The monastery also gets really crowded so you may want to keep your personal tour away from that area. It is a shame that this location gets more and more crowded each day, but keep in mind that Montserrat is a mountain that you can hike at your own pace. At the top you can sometimes see Majorca (depending on visibility) and if you’re willing to venture, you can find tranquility here. Keep in mind there are uncharted woodlands that surrounds the area. So stay safe.
So make sure when you come to the Catalan Capital, you take a day off for yourself. In the end, it’s not that hard to find peace in Barcelona, Spain – you just have to know where to look.
Having been an expat in Barcelona for over 5 years and eventually entering the tourism industry; I made it my priority to become somewhat of a guru on all things Barcelona. As an accepted expert on Barcelona at allexperts.com, and a frequent blogger on the city; I aim to keep all of my readers in the know about the Catalan Capital.
Barcelona is truely a beautiful place, enjoyed reading your article
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Candice. I love that park so much. I can’t think of a better place in the city to just chill out and forget about the world.
Cathy, thanks! If you want travel advice about your stay in Barcelona, send me an email (sent you a facebook message)!
Honeybee, the city really is a nice place. There is a huge contrast of architecture depending on your area, from the mansions up in Sant Gervasi, the neogothic buildings of the gothic district, the maritime feel of barceloneta, and more!
I loved Laberint D’Horta Park! It really is relaxing and beautiful.
Good tips for Barcelona. I’ll be visiting there soon, but don’t know how much time I’ll have in the city and have been considering various accommodations. This is helpful information.
Hope you will get to visit these places in Barcelona. If you’re looking for hotels in Barcelona, see if this will help – http://www.agoda.com/europe/spain/barcelona.html
beautiful place. i would love to visit this place one fine day :)