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Off The Beaten Track In Barcelona

Here at Wowcher, we’re all about thinking outside the box and nothing changes when it comes to our summer holidays. We like to maximise our beach breaks and city vacations by getting a real flavour of the area and exploring hidden gems as well as the major tourist attractions. Bustling Barcelona is one of Spain’s most culturally-rich hot spots for beach bathing, nightlife and history – but again, we strive to bring you the freshest and most exciting excursions… 

Montserrat
What better place to seek out solitude than at a Benedictine monk mountain retreat, just one hour from central Barcelona? Attainable by rail and cable car, the Montserrat mountain measures up at 1200 metres in height, offering breath-taking views of the Catalonian countryside and the chance to explore the mountain-side monastery. Highlights include admiring the 12th century black Madonna statue – often visited as a pilgrimage by religious types from all over the globe – and embarking on one of the many mountainside walks, scattered with points of natural interest and magnificent views for miles around.

Parc de Montjuïc and Bernat Picornell Pools
There’s nowhere more apt to celebrate Barcelona’s triumphs than at the scene of the former 1992 Olympic Games, based in the serene Parc de Montjuïc. Home to the eye-catching Olympic statue, you’ll admire the impressive 136-metres tall sculpture representing the curving figure of an Olympic body, boasting mosaic detailing to symbolize the work of Gaudi. Need to escape the heat of the city? Take a dip in the decadent Bernat Picornell swimming pools which held the swimming, diving and water polo heats during the games. They were good enough for Kylie to film her 2003 video Slow so we’re certain they’re good enough for us too! Perhaps more body-confident Miss Minogue’s cup of tea than ours, the water holes are also known for their special nude events…

Montjuïc Outdoor Cinema
Dating back to 1640, the enchanting Montjuïc Castle tells tales of historical battles fought from its lofty position on Montjuïc hill. Whilst the majority of tourists flock for its daytime delights, the locals know that the best time to visit is at night. With magical views of the city and coastline illuminated, when the summer rolls around the atmospheric castle becomes home to a quirky outdoor cinema showing subtitled favourites – everything from Grease to the Godfather! Just a short stroll from the Olympic stadium and swimming pools, arm yourself with blankets and deckchairs for an intimate night under the stars…

Dali Museum
Based just outside of the city in the village of Figueres lies another of Catalonia’s gems. While it may be slightly off the beaten track in Salvador Dali’s hometown, don’t let the train ride deter you from exploring the largest collection of the surrealist’s work. Both avid fans of Dali and those simply with an appreciation of the art world will marvel from the moment they arrive. Coloured with terracotta and decorated with golden eggs, the museum itself is an elaborate display of Dali’s handiwork and gives a taste of what’s to come inside. From his earliest paintings to final work, this one is certainly worth the journey…

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