Full summer mode in Barcelona and I have to admit that this is my least favorite season here. I enjoy long summer nights, the sea and the full range of events to be discovered, but my head, my lungs, my hair and my skin really struggle with this humid heat.
It is also very crowded and while I do like to observe people and just listen to very different languages, living in a very “touristy” spot is not very nice, to put it mildly. From the noise to the dirty streets they leave behind, I sometimes feel that I need to escape.
Hence, I recommend today a place which is not so well-known by tourists. Even barcelonians 🙂 don´t go there that often: Monestir de Pedralbes.
First thing first, some photos I took last winter (unfortunately I did not go there this summer yet, I´ll have to take my own advice and visit soon 🙂 ).
Getting there is not particularly easy. Location on Google Maps here and my recommendation is to also cross by foot the neighbourhood, because the buildings are nice and one can see how the people who can afford paying veeery expensive rents live 🙂
On the first Sunday of the month and each Sunday after 3 p.m. you can enter for free, otherwise the admission is 5 euros and there are multiple discounts, which you can find here. Now it is open every day except on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, to 7 p.m. on Saturday and to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
They always have some sort of exhibition, but I mainly recommend this place because it is generally quiet and it is an oasis where you can just relax and disconnect from the city buzz.
The internal patio is just beautiful and columns leading to the green and full of plants square are so relaxing to walk through.
I cannot say that I enjoy cooking too much, but for some weird reason I absolutely love kitchens. Strange thing, I know. I think this was triggered by my Downton Abbey binge watching so many times, but it was always there. Therefore, I just love to visit as many famous, historical or just important kitchens. The one from the Monastery is worth to add on any kitchen fanatics list (I am hopeful there are more out there).
I hope you´ll visit this very special place and that we´ll all have a great next week!