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Beyond the four columns standing guard at the Plaça Espanya, beyond even the extravagant and colourful fountains guiding your way up the boulevard, stands the impressive and towering structure of the Palau Nacional, the national museum. At this very spot in front of the cascades of the central fountain, Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe gave the performance of their lifetimes to welcome the 1992 Olympic Games to this magnificent city. And true to its anticipation, the games transformed the city, reimagining the mountain of Montjuic with the development of an arena, stadium, and many other sporting facilities that are open to visitors year-round. Surrounding the adjacent side of the plaza are well-established hotels catering to business guests and a shopping mall transformed out of a historic bullfighting arena.
"Terrace views superb; art exhibits mixed but generally good"
reviewed yesterday by Taughboyne
We visited on a day when rain was forecast but lucked out with bright sunshine that sparkled off the taller buildings laid out for miles below this hillside vantage point. A folk-singing troubadour on the lower terrace played his guitar for an appreciative audience that had gathered to take in the view and enjoy snacks from a food vendor's stand...
I love Miro! What a painter/philosopher. Great museum with wonderful views over the city. We walked up the hill to find the museum. Quite the climb. There are other ways up though, so don’t be held back.
Some restaurants are about more than the dishes. For example the famous Jay Fai in Bangkok: visiting one of the world’s only Michelin starred street food joints was a truly memorable experience, but what lasted with me beyond the dishes was the joyous nature of the chef Jai Fai herself. She was clearly someone who had found herself preparing her...
$$ - $$$ • Pizza, Mediterranean, Italian, European
"Quirky & fab"
reviewed 1 week ago by wiggywheels
We found this restaurant on trip advisor as it was near to the magic fountain - slow 10 minute walk.
Lovely little gem! Quite small, but they were able to seat us after a short wait without a reservation.
Nice food and good atmosphere - with quirky decor. Limoncello shots with the bill was a nice touch!!
My brother read something about amazing carrot cake so we trekked here. Inside it is cool and calm, nice and quiet. The decor a teeny bit questionable.
The carrot cake lived up to its expectations. We brought a mini one for €4.50 which we were eating all the way to the airport home the next day. The chai “tea” and...
My daughter lives in the area and had always wanted to try this place so we made a reservation to avoid disappointment as it is quite small.
The lovely professional Amaia looked after us explaining in perfect English with the utmost patience any dish we wanted to know about, and taking great care with any allergies we had (my daughter...
I am not a creature of habit and like to switch up my experiences, but the Brummell has won my heart. I anticipate yet another visit in 2019, on my way to an annual bike trip in southern France. Honestly, the Brummell (and Barcelona) is taking me out of the way from my starting point! What a great and chill...
The Crowne Plaza hotel is in a very good location with excellent transport links. We were only a 5 minute walk to the Magic Fountain.
We were here for 5 nights and we managed to do a lot of sightseeing.
I would recommend you all to book this hotel as it’s 5 stars from me!
We had a very nice stay at this hotel. Very kind staff, nice room. The bed was convenient and the closet as well. Our room was located at the side of the street. I do not mind the sound of traffic but if you are sensitive to sound during sleep; ask for a room not located at the side of...
I booked the room through hotels.com and got a room with two twin size beds. The room was a decent size and was cleaned every time I got back to the hotel. It is a few minutes away from the metro and has quite a few restaurants around it. The staff was very friendly and spoke English very well. Would...
We were located in a room on the 4th floor to the front of the building overlooking a busy main road. Because we were in this room, during the night there were many interruptions of our sleep because of noise from the traffic.