When the monastery on the square was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, a Roman cemetery with well-preserved tombs was found. In 2003, the square Plaça de la Vila de Madrid was redesigned by BCQ architects. The Roman necropolis can be reached via a bridge that spans the square.
The Parc de la Ciutadella was built in 1870 on the site of the once largest star-shaped citadel of Europe. In 1888 the World Exhibition took place here. Today, the park is the largest green space in the center of Barcelona. On the grounds, next to the zoo, is the Catalan Parliament.
The Tramvia Blau and the Funicular de Tibidabo lead to the 512 m high Tibidabo mountain. On the city side, there is an amusement park for children. On the back side you will find deep looks into the Catalonian hinterland.
Until the Olympics in 1992, Barceloneta was a social hotspot. For the Games the beach area has been redesigned, since then the quarter is very popular. There is a landmark sculpture on the beach, called "L'Estel Ferit" (the wounded Shooting Star) by Rebecca Horn.
Free time in Barcelona
If you are looking for some relaxation after the sightseeing program, you will find many beautiful parks and gardens in Barcelona. If you want, you can climb the Tibidabo or the smaller Montjuic. The terrain in Barcelona rises from the sea towards Tibidabo. The beach promenade and the cycle paths around the historic old town are ideal for cycling.
You can get bicycles in many places, the best thing to do is ask at the hotel.
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