Back to slightly more familiar territory, i.e. a wee entry about the place 5 minutes walk from my front door. If you are on a tight budget then an early evening spent at Pl Espanya is an option. A trip up to the Museum that overlooks the city is a pleasant way to spend an hour or so.
The reason I mentioned an early evening visit is that, at night, the fountains are switched on and coordinated to the sounds of classical music and erm. theme songs from famous films. May sound a little cheesy but it’s actually no’ bad. As it is free it’s a nice experience for no dinero. My only tip is that the park hasn’t much in the way of public toilet facilities, standing for half an hour watching gushing water could have you reaching for the aul’ tena pads or polythene undercrackers if you haven’t planned ahead
A short stroll from the Plaza, along Gran Via towards the airport are a couple of places where you can fuel up without spending huge amounts of cash. One block from the plaza there is a stretch where you can get a decent pizza, a nice cake shop and a frankfurt bar that does a perfectly acceptable sanger.They also get round that occasionally problematic situation where many places don’t serve food between 4 and 8pm.
Dinina Stefy does a good sized pizza slice for 3€ and a full pizza for 7.50€, all freshly made by yer actual Italian sorts from up that Napoli. Two doors down, Mas Frankfurt does a good selection of sandwiches for the 3/4€ mark, with a bottle of beer at 1.75€ it won’t be a painful experience calling for the bill. Sandwiched (sorry)in between is a newly opened coffee shop that, unusually for the city, serves tasty cakes. From a man with a yum-yum addiction I have been horrified at the poor quality of cakes and biscuits here. (If anyone from Greggs is following this blog, please please please consider opening a shop here)
One last thing about this entrance to Montjuic park if you have a bit of time (or energy) behind the art museum you’ll find the Olympic stadium and museum. Again not the worst waste of an hour so wandering round the stadium and its environs (I should point out that there are escaltors that save that pesky walking up stairs malarkey). Keeping within a budget and still getting value for little or no money is possible when there are things like this available.