Most people in Barcelona traditionally take the month of August off, but for many people who are not able to plan their holiday in this month, there is the option of at least having a long weekend of free time. With the Feast of Assumption taking place on August 15 (a Thursday), this means that taking the Friday off leaves you with a nice, long weekend to enjoy Barcelona’s surroundings. Finally, you will be able to have a short holiday and enjoy these four days of rest.
And that is why today, this article by ShBarcelona will give you a few ideas on how to spend a short holiday in and around Barcelona.
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What to do near the city of Barcelona on your short August break
There are many possible activities in and around Barcelona, if you are staying in the Catalan capital during this long weekend in August, and you can also give them a go if you already live in the city and want to enjoy a few days of relaxation. We have a short list of suggestions for you to disconnect from your usual rhythm and learn more about Catalan culture.
Visit Montserrat (main photo). The monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat is a Benedictine abbey, located in the Montserrat mountain range. This mountain range belongs to the Bages region in the province of Barcelona. It lies 720 metres above sea level. And even more specifically, it is located in the municipality of Monistrol de Montserrat. It is a symbol for Catalonia, and for many people of faith it has become a place of significance on their pilgrimage. Tourists interested in knowing more about the spiritual past and present of Catalan people should absolutely pay this monastery a visit.
- Tibidabo Amusement Park. This is one of the most charming and historic amusement parks, and it enjoys the best views of Barcelona. You can find it in the Collserola hills in the district of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi. It is the oldest operating amusement park in Spain, the third oldest in Europe, and it is actually one of the most historic amusement parks in the whole world. There are some vintage attractions that give it a special charm, but you will also find modern and exciting attractions. Its house of horror is one of the most famous you will encounter in Catalonia.
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Visit Montjuïc Castle. This is an old military fortress, located on Montjuic mountain, in the upper part from Plaça España. This fortress belonged to the Spanish Army, although it was later handed over to the city council, who still manages it today. On a historic note, the castle has played an important part at various moments in Barcelona’s past. This monument has extensive gardens surrounding it, and you can enjoy some spectacular views of the sea and the city of Barcelona.
Several bars near this location have terraces, from where you can witness a perfect sunset and relax during warm summer nights. You can also opt for a guided visit to Montjuïc Castle, which lasts about one hour. The tour allows you to discover the history and architecture of the castle, while visiting places that are normally not open to the public, such as the dungeons, the watchtower and the water reservoir.
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