Feeling a little bit like Christopher Columbus, we set out to explore Barcelona as we know it. ( In our case very little having succumbed to laziness the week before re googling places to visit) When we got out of the train station, we spent a few minutes staring and sniffing the air. No reason but it felt ( at that time) like the right thing to do. This hill caught our eye. I now know it's called Montjuïc which is described as a shallow hill with a broad top. It felt STEEP especially in the scorching sun and I have tan lines on my feet to prove just how hot that day was.The climb up was helped by a few small escalators to the side. But oh boy...the view from the top was amazing! Certainly worth the tan. At the top of the stairs is the Palau Nacional and if you turn 180 degrees you will get a breathtaking view of the city centre. QUite the right way to introduce Barcelona to us.