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Head for the Hill

Recommended for : Outdoor & Adventure
Barcelona is an urban center, but it also has attractions for outdoor types who need some fresh air mixed in with the parties and culture. Check into Park Hotel near Ciudadela Park and a 15-minute walk to Barceloneta Beach. The hotel also rents bikes and offered eco-tours.
Take a day out to explore Montjuïc Hill, the broad flat mountain that rises as a sheer cliff from the harbor. The fastest and easiest way to get up there is the Montjuïc funicular that connects with the Metro at Paral-lel Station, Lines 2 & 3, which takes just two minutes  and is included in your regular ticket. A cable car goes on up to Montjuïc Castle where Bus #150 also stops. There's also a 10-minute cable car ride from Barceloneta Beach with a great view of the seaport.
Once up there, it's up to you to decide how to spend your day. You won't be able to see it all. Montjuïc Hill, a favorite destination for amateur cyclists, is where many of the 1992 Olympics events took place and a number of cultural attractions are located. Check out the Olympic and Sports Museum for an overview. Nearby the old botanical gardens is a good place to stroll and is free on Sundays after 3 pm. Feeling more active? Try rock-climbing at Climbat, the largest  "rocòdrom" in Europe. The Montjuïc Park is a pleasant spot for a picnic or a stroll or a visit to the Fundació Joan Miró
As you're winding down, stop at one of the cafes at Poble Español,  pass by the Magic Fountain and make your way back to the hotel by Metro from Plaza de España.
The Ten's tapa restaurant in the Park opens at 8 if you're ready to call it a day or the bars, restaurants and clubs of Gaixemplo are only a five-minute Metro ride away.