Undeniably, sightseeing is one of the favourite pastimes of tourists, and even though it might sound obvious, this statement becomes particularly true in cities like Barcelona, where there are plenty of landmarks worth seeing.
For those who have already seen and loved triumphal arches across Europe because of their magnificence and sculptural decorations, a somewhat different one is awaiting in the Catalan Capital, erected back in 1888 on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition.
In spite of showing a clear classical influence in its shape and proportions, the colourful and symbolic decorative motifs set Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf apart from all other triumphal arches to be found in the world.
Presiding over a pedestrian avenue known as Passeig de Lluís Companys –in tribute to a Catalan politician and leader who was imprisoned and executed due to his political views-, it serves as main entrance to a fantastic green lung in the middle of the town, where both the Parc de la Ciutadella and the Zoo of Barcelona (http://www.zoobarcelona.cat/en) can be visited as well.
What to do at Arc de Triomf in Barcelona
Arc de Triomf is one of the Barcelona areas with the greatest concentration of people practising sports and physical activities: walking, running, roller skating, skateboarding and cycling (http://www.biketoursbarcelona.com ). But you may also bring your yoga mat with you and find a spot to stretch out your body or even meet new yoga companions and join them on a session.
However, not everything at Arc de Triomf requires sweating: the green spaces expanding from it towards Parc de la Ciutadella are simply ideal for a picnic or for simply reading a good book in the shadow of trees. Once you are well rested, take a walk up to the end of the park and visit the animals in the Barcelona Zoo, they are so nice that you won’t regret it!
How to get to Arc de Triomf
In order to get to the Triumphal Arch in Barcelona, you will need to take Line 1 (L1) of the tube system or any Rodalies train stopping at Arc de Triomf. For further info on Barcelona’s public transport network, visit www.tmb.cat.