With the sea, the mountains and green spaces, there are plenty of options should you choose to spend your time outdoors in Barcelona. There's an enviable coastline, with a stretch of sandy beaches close to the city center—and the area of Barceloneta and Port Olympic showcase how much this region has improved with extensive development and regeneration
There are green spaces galore, especially at Parc de la Ciutadella on the city's edge, the "lungs of Barcelona" which also houses the zoo. Closer to the center is Park Guell, where Gaudi's undulating, mosaic creations and sculptures blend into the natural environment.
To get an overview of the city, you could jump into a Teleferico to whizz you up to Montjuic. At the top of this hill you can enjoy the "Spanish Village" El Poble Espanyol and, at night, the enchanting Font Magica de Montjuic.
And, if you still have time, you can take an even more dramatic journey to Montserrat, with a cable-car taking you to the hilltop monastery, a popular pilgrimage place. It's certainly a world away from the big city.