The name CosmoCaixa intrigued before I knew what it was, maybe by as much as this blog post does to you!
When you’re in need of a place to go with your child that will keep them occupied and not require much work of you, go there.
What is cosmocaixa?
A Science museum!
From my own experience of science museums in different countries, they are always a great place to go. You press lots of buttons, take photos, see crazy inventions and unique mechanisms.
There’s such a diverse mix of things to see that it helps to encompass all types of people.
So when it comes to children, it’s perfect! They get to experiment, learn and play.
How is COSMOCAIXA?
It’s huge, and I’m sure when Riley and I visited it, we missed things. The missing things is how they get you to come back again!
When it comes to the basics of a science museum, this place ticks the boxes of what I’d personally look for: buttons, wheels and cogs, optical illusions and wildlife. But then they threw an little (HUGE) extra thing into the works….
You don’t just get all the standards, but you also get an aquarium/rainforest experience; climate and all.
How to get there
There’s always a few ways to get anywhere but personally I always find easiest to just go by train. So, we went by train. We headed to Av. Tibidabo and then walked up the mammoth hill to be greeted by another hill and a bridge (top picture). So just be prepared if you decide to not take a taxi, bus or tram up to the top. All in all, worth it though and can’t go wrong with a bit of exercise.
The other day I headed a bit further afield via the wonderful train system and stepped off the platform at the one and only Castelldefells.
Fortunately, I managed to pick a sunny day to go out exploring a beach area, except the walk from the train station to Platja de Castelldefels got a little warm.
If you have a scooter, bike or any other means of transport, I’d recommend using it in this case (or walk slow!)
Once at the beach, I just walked around a little bit, took in the sun, watched people play, saw dogs run, and took shots.
It’s great to explore the area you’re in, but sometimes you just need to go out further and see something different. Castelldefels is only about 20 minutes on the train and yet feels like a whole new place, despite still being classified as Barcelona.
Even though there’s good chunks of beach near where I’m living, experiencing the same concept elsewhere helps to bring a renewed sense of energy.
It’s like a four hour holiday because you break entirely from your current life’s location.
I like waking up early in the mornings, not because it makes me more productive, but because it allows me to take my time to get things done. When this comes to work, it’s not such a good thing, I work a lot better under pressure.
However, when it comes to exploring (which I hope will be my full time job one day) the scenic routes always require a lot of time, there’s just only so fast you can walk before it becomes running, then things just get way out of hand.
In my last travel category post, I wrote about Palau Nacional but I didnt’ mention where I went on my way over there because it deserves its own spotlight. My early morning walking allowed me to stop by Parc de Joan Miró which is known for housing the 22m high sculpture known as Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird).
The structure was designed by Miró but the colourful tiles on the outside was the responsibility of Joan Gardy Artigas and was created as a means of welcoming visitors to Barcelona via land. It was a part of a trilogy of sculptures for land, sky and sea with this one being the last.
This isn’t the only thing to do there though, there’s a park (clue’s in the name), a few ping pong tables, a playground and palm trees which should meet the minimum requirements for having fun outside.
Moving on from there, I stopped every two minutes to take a shot down towards the Plaza and then turned around and took one of the palace, back and forth. There’s just a whole lot in one area.
Here’s what I could have seen on the way to Palau Nacional, if I hadn’t stopped, in about 15 minutes of walking:
Parc de Joan Miró – Dona i Ocell
Arenas de Barcelona – The Old Bull Ring and now shopping mall
Torres Venecianes (The Two Towers)
Font Mágica de Monjuic (Magic Fountain)
As sightseeing goes, Barcelona makes it pretty easy to do!