A Lazy Saturday In The Parc De La Ciutadella
During our preliminary see-the-sights bike tour of Barcelona we passed through this awesome park that housed the Arc de Triumph, the zoo, a few museums, plenty of places to play, a lake with row boats, and a huge and gorgeous fountain. After seeing it briefly on our ride through we knew we needed to spend more time there.
One Saturday not too long after that we wanted to get out but didn't necessarily want a full day of activities so we decided to head to the Parc de la Cuitadella.
Conveniently, the park sits right next to the De França train station so as soon as you get off the train you've basically arrived and just need to walk through the gates.
The park was filled with local families as well as tourists and there was a general feeling of well-been being. If you go on a weekend there will very likely be people performing and blowing giant bubbles along the main walking path. We saw all sorts of things but the most notable were definitely the numerous giant bubble blowers and some incredible puppeteers putting on a show of piano playing/flamenco dancing puppets.
On our bike tour we learned that when they were taking submissions from architects for what to put where the Arc de Triumph is they received a submission from Mr Eiffel. He wanted to build a very tall tower that reached up into the sky...that idea was turned down flat but would later be accepted as a temporary installation for the worlds fair in Paris. The Arc here is very nice, but it's no Eiffel Tower.
After meandering through the park, climbing some trees, playing with bubbles and running up and down the sides of the fountain we were ready to find something yummy to eat. We looked up some highly rated places but upon arrival realized that you needed a reservation to get a seat. So we headed to Muack which was also highly rated but where no reservation was required. Note: lots of places in Spain require a reservation even for casual dining, most of the time you can do it through Trip Advisor.
Muack is what I would call a modern take on South American food. Everything we had there was excellent so I imagine you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
If you wanted to make a whole day of it there were places you could rent bikes or gocars to take a little sightseeing trip around the area for fairly good prices but honestly we had a great time just enjoying the park and area directly surrounding it for the day.
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Muack Coffee Bar - Carrer de Buenaventura Muñoz, 12-14, 08018 Barcelona, Spain