If you are a solo (female) traveler, you probably know what you can see in a solo trip would be totally different from a trip with your buddies! If you are never a solo traveler, I’m writing here to show you what I saw in my solo hike to Barcelona Castle


如果你曾有过或正在经历着一段一个人的旅行,你也许看到标题就知道我的言下之意了。几个人的旅行可以看到很多美丽的东西,挖掘很多深远的意义;一个人的旅行可以看到很多别人不觉得特别,对你却意义不同的东西,别人不许挖掘,而你却要打破砂锅的。如果你从来不曾试过一个人旅行,也许我的这段小历程会是你的小小动力

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

Kids fun: football, laugh and buddy time

It was my starting point of this solo hike all the way from the city centre towards the top of the hill where Montjuïc Castle is located. Those super active kids were by their 3-people group. Just narrow street and wall? No problem.


孩子们的快乐时光:足球、笑声、儿时的称兄道弟

从市中心向安静的巴塞隆纳后山走去便是上山前往Montjuïc Castle的入口,这是我的第一个停留点。孩子们实在是精力十足,虽说是早上10点的点,初夏的巴塞隆纳已经是个盛夏的样子,烈阳下、狭窄的死巷子,没有像样的球场甚至球门,三人一组的孩子们照样踢的好似世界杯一般认真。

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

Secret garden with nobody just flowers!

The garden is on your way where you won’t miss it after a small fountain. It looks a bit ‘abandoned’ but out of expectation, it was very well organised with tidy cuttings and design of gardening. A walk in the garden gives a really peaceful mind-break with hints of wild flowers.


秘密花园:只有花,没有人

花园就在一路向上的路上,很难错过。里面没什么人逗留,三三两两的,静悄悄的走过,意料之外的,这里的花圃维护的相当不错,精心修剪的造型可以从花丛整齐的末端看出来。放慢脚步,只是在这里停留片刻,享受一个人的时间。

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

Lazy cat in her noon nap

I didn’t see a lot of kitties in Barcelona, while this one was an exceptional. Guessing she’s one part of this romantic botanic garden, because she doesn’t mind anyone’s bothering, but enjoying her noon nap with warm sun, fresh flowers and cool stone-floor.


慵懒的猫:午睡中

在巴塞隆纳逗留的那几天里,我并没有看到什么游荡在街头的夜猫或是偶尔掠过的家猫。又一个意料之外,发现一只午睡中的姜黄色野猫,旁若无人的打着盹,就算不是这个秘密花园的官方园主,才想也是个VIP了。

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

Cold drink break with Barcelona city view

The sand-land with a small kiosk was my first break after getting almost the Castle. The view from that point was wonderful with a natural curtain of those greens making their lives on the cliff. It was the whole Barcelona, sea on the right hand side, mountain all around the city, if you have the landmarks of Barcelona in your brain, try to find out Gaudi’s masterpieces.


中途休息:冷饮+半山美景

扎营在沙石地上的小店是我第一个歇脚点(其实离城堡只有一点路程了),近中午的温度让我脑子里只有冰到极点的可乐这一个念头,四周无人,拉多张折叠凳把腿放上,想象着自己窝在沙发里的那种慵懒,叹一口冷饮,发现树荫摩挲之后的巴塞隆纳城密密麻麻。

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

Roman theatre & random music show

Couple of visitors were relaxing here, and so did I. I didn’t expect to get the closest view of Roman-style theatre here in Spain, while even it is a super mini one. Have a walk and explore those old memories from this theatre. The young local musician was practicing his own songs here, while it was indeed a music show by the theatre’s natural function of amplifying the sound.


罗马式下沉式剧院:随性而来的音乐会

稀稀两两的,这里坐着几对恋人,我单打一个也不怕丑。本没打算探索下沉式剧院,没想到在这里却意外碰上了(就算是个特别迷你的)。下沉式的设计自然形成声音扩张器,剧院里坐着的最年轻的一对恋人估计是音乐学院的学生,男生即兴拨起木吉他,这场随性而来的音乐会实在难得。

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

Green garden & yellow stone-wall of the Castle

Instead of spending time in Montjuic Castle, I took more to those colours! It was a nice walk around the beautiful and elegant royal garden, while in the central of the Castle, the walk became a little tough with nothing green but sands. One of my favourite walk was the one around the outside-wall of the Castle. The wall was like a smelly old book with all the yellow pages. Walking in the shadow, the track leaded me to the hidden cave where people could get the best and stunning view of blue sea.


绿色花园 & 土黄色的城堡外墙

比起在城堡里晃悠,我的大部分精力都用在发现城堡周围的各种颜色上了!围着静心修剪过的“皇家”花园走一圈实在是养神,柔和的绿意印在脑子里,带来一片清凉。城堡里巨大的开阔场地全是土黄色的沙石,一阵风起,掀起一片“风暴”,踩着高跟鞋的女士们对这样的场地要望而却步了。我最喜爱的地方是城堡外墙的那一段小路。小路一边是高墙,另一边是大海和港口,尽头是好像一个避风港一样,阶梯状的岩石形成天然的瞭望台,走累了,大家都在这里坐一会,吹着海风,看着远处的蓝色。

What I see in a solo hike to Barcelona Castle

Modern port view with the killing blues

It was like another new world after getting around all the historic buildings. Here, at the back side of the Castle, we were facing to the new port straightly. The stunning sea blue was connecting the mild sky blue, and in the shadow, I felt a nap was coming to me soon.


现代港口和那一片迷人的蓝色

“避风港”看出去的这一片景和一路上来看到的历史建筑完全相反,在这座高高在上的城堡脚底下,我看到的却是巴塞隆纳的现代化。这个新港口,聚集着大小不一的集装箱。迷人的蓝色大海在最远处和蓝色天空连起来,连接处看起来有些迷糊。清凉的海风从底下吹上来,温和中带着海的味道,在树荫底下的我,昏昏欲睡了。

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