Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world. The vibrant blend of sea scape and mountains, mix of cultures, and warm Mediterranean air gives it a unique flair. Plus, the food is absolutely amazing, too, especially if you like seafood.
We took several unique forms of transportation to reach the top of Montjuic. From our hotel, we rode the inexpensive and efficient metro. Then we transferred to the funicular, an incline train that took us part of the way up the mountain. A cable car led us to the summit, where the views of the sea and the city astounded us.
We entered the Montjuic Castle at the highest point on the hill. Like most castles that we saw in Spain, a moat surrounds the strategically located fortress. I love how the moat area serves as a beautiful garden now.
After we walked up the steep entrance to the castle and climbed several more flights of steps, we reached the outdoor lookout on the top of the castle. From these observation points, we saw Barceloneta beach and the W hotel where we splashed in the Mediterranean earlier in the day.
From all four sides, I observed wonderful views. The Mediterranean breeze blew on the top of the hill and I had to watch the full skirt of my Kate Spade dress so that it didn't fly up in the air! Don't we look like some tough look-out guards?