Hiking to the top of Parc del Guinardo
The city of Barcelona is a chic, historical, yet shockingly modern metropolis – recognized widely by an array of counter-cultures alike. This Mediterranean urban jungle seems to encompass all the Spanish elegance one may hope for when hopping along their European cities tour, but spits you right back out with its ultra-hipster appeal and undeniable surf & skate shredability!
From the booty-bakin’ bikini vibes littering the coastline of Barceloneta Beach, all the way
down the drug-pushers ‘diagon alley’ of Las Ramblas and architectural dreamland of the gothic quarter, this epic city-of-cities boasts more options for flavor than a Baskin Robbins!
But if you’re anything like us, and tend to crave a little break from the cig-smokin’ urbanism of European city life from time-to-time, then a quick hike through Parc del Guirnardo to Turo de la Rovira (Bunkers del Carmel) may provide just the fresh air escape you need!
Now there’s two ways we could go about this…
I can either sit here and write out a long and thorough explanation outlining exactly how to get there by means of all your most popular options (i.e. by foot, bus, drive, metro, etc), but let me break away from the typical pack of bloggers for a second and get real with ya’ – Do I look like Google Maps??
I mean come on guys, its 2017 and every single one of you have a freakin’ iPhone.
I say we cut the crap and get right down to the point.
GIMME THE DEETS:
Opting out of the overcrowded tourist trap of Parc Guell and –instead, taking a quiet stroll along the seemingly empty paths of Parc del Guinardo, will reward you with epic views of the city and its coastline through solemn green openings of pines and flowering rosewoods – entirely unpolluted by the distractions of camera flashes and selfie sticks. Take your time exploring the beautiful forestry and discovering the subtle surprises of fountains and little waterfalls alike.
Once you’ve cleared your mind and embraced the relaxing vibes of this gorgeous little slice of Spanish paradise, take a scenic walk over a gorgeous wooden bridge and up just a few more steps for a reward well worth the journey endured. Take a deep breath and behold – a 360 degree view over the entire city, whilst standing atop the bunkers and battered gun emplacements left behind from the Spanish Civil War.
Look to the South and enjoy a view stretching across the tops of Sagrada Familia and stretching out beyond the breathtaking Mediterranean coastline.
Slowly turn your attention to the North as the view transforms – reaching out across Costa Maresme and all the way out to Mataro.
Upon reaching the summit, do as the locals do – finding your own little slice of heaven atop the world to sit with a loved one and enjoy the sunset over some fresh tapas and a smooth bottle of Spanish red.
And all though this does tend to be a place of solitude/escape from the flashes and floating cell phones in front of everyones faces, the subtle selfie is always acceptable… (Scott sneakin’ one in for the ladies on Snapchat).
An experience – similar to that of our own – you’ll surely never forget!
Let us live… The Wanderful Lyfe.