Poble Sec is an up and coming neighborhood in the Sants-Montjuic district, located southwest of Barcelona’s city centre. It is a popular area with young people with many bars and restaurants located throughout. But where do you go if you want to escape the crowds? Where do you go to get a bit of peace and quiet?
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Mirador del Poble Sec
Mirador del Poble Sec at Paseo de Montjuïc. It is an urban forest park, hanging from the side of Montjuic hill. Paths weave in and out, with a variety of plant species climbing up the terraces. It is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle, an area of complete tranquility. Behind you is the hill itself, so if you want to venture further there is plenty of greenery to explore. But if you just want to sit and relax for a while, there are plenty of benches and patches of grass to sit on.
Plaça de l’Armada
Just a little further up the hill sits the plateau of Plaça de l’Armada. It is a popular viewpoint, looking out over the city and the sea, from a height of 60m above sea level. There is a beautiful garden to indulge yourself in, with an array of scented flowers to stimulate your senses, as well as a fountain and trees.
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Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies
Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies is a park which was built on the site of an old power station in 1995. It is located between Av. Parallel and Carrer de Vila i Vila. The park features a pond, several paved squares and a skate park. Throughout the year, many competitions are held in the skate park, as well as graffiti contests on the walls separating the squares. It also plays host to small music gatherings, as well as breakdancing exhibitions. But for most of the year it is a peaceful place to escape the city, with many benches to recline on in amongst the poplar trees.
As you can see, Barcelona is a very busy city, but there’s always somewhere close by to find sanctuary and relax!
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