7 days in Barcelona, where the Catalan heart beats.
The architecture, the walks you have to do, tapas bars, cathedrals, monuments and beaches to visit. Barcelona , the capital of Catalonia, is a colorful, glamorous city that does not look like any other. Travel destination was relatively recent, as it was “discovered” after the excellent organization of the 1992 Olympic Games – this was also the model supposed to follow and Athens. Having had plenty of time at our disposal, we did not leave pending and we turned the Old Town, the modernist Esambul and the Montjuic hill without … chuckles. The Old Town is one of the largest medieval centers in Europe and its most famous part is the historic La Rambla, the heart of Barcelona. Thousands of people cross daily the avenue leading to the sea, which is full of vendors, street artists and, of course, pickpockets. Look for the Guell Palace, the first large building designed by Antonio Gaudi in the center of Barcelona, and with that his fame has begun – you will get only a small taste of what the wonderful architect created. Real Placa is the liveliest square, where late evening it becomes an entire business to be cleaned by the … souvenirs left by the not sober visitors of the bars and clubs of the area. What you should not miss is to take a stroll to La Buqueria, the city’s most picturesque food market, located in the middle of La Rambla. Fruits cleaned, fresh juices, shells, smoke, sausages – they can always be consumed on the spot and believe me, that’s what will happen. At the end of La Rambla is the Christopher Columbus Monument, which the Catalans consider their own people. At the landing point, the seafarer came to the land in 1493, returning from America, and if you climb up the lift at the top of the monument, you will enjoy the great view even without hundreds of stairs. Barceloeta, the fishing village of Barcelona, is very close and the fishermen seem to have taken a step back as the area is particularly popular and full of restaurants and café. We were more fascinated by Bari Gottik, the Gothic and oldest district in the city. Here is the impressive cathedral built in 1298, the medieval Palau de la Zeneralit, which houses the cathedral of Catalonia, the 14th-century Casas de la Sujat (the town hall), and the Palau Reaal Mazor, the palace in which Ferdinand and Isabella accepted Columbus when he returned from his journey. Before you continue your wander around in the slightly darker sights, choose one of the atmospheric wine bar and sip a glass of frozen wine cellar, the most famous, sparkling wine of Catalonia, made like French champagne, without being as expensive. The next stop is the Picasso Museum, which is housed in three medieval palaces and features a series of particularly important early works by the great painter who arrived in the city with his family at the age of 13 and was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts among adult students , thanks to his great talent. In Bari Gottik you will find a lot of tapas bars to try out all the amazing bites that have conquered Europe. In one of these, we sat, giving the order for drinks to the gentle gallon, which explained to us the system with which the shop worked: you get what tapas you want from the full platters that are on the bar and in the end you pay according to the toothpicks you have on your plate.
The Old City is full of monuments, but Barcelona has become famous for the buildings of Esambul, a result of the artistic explosion of Modernism. In 1854 the medieval walls of the city were demolished so that it could be further developed for the new extension, the plans with the strict design being of Ildefones Centers i Sunnier. The wealthy bourgeoisie, which consisted mainly of rich merchants, immediately displayed its preference in the region and began a peculiar competition for the most distinct building. The absolute freedom given to the architects resulted in Esambul being concentrated amazing modernist buildings. Ilia de la Discordia is the most famous complex of modernist buildings that impress with their wide range of styles – including Kaza Batola, also known as the “Bone House” due to its appearance that resembles bones. Another house of Antonio Gaudí, the architect who transformed Barcelona, is a pole of attraction on Passeig de Gracia’s main boulevard: Casa Mila, commonly called La Pedrera (a quarry in Catalan). The pioneering building with perfect ventilation is made of iron and concrete, and nowhere has straight lines, it impresses with its surreal roof sculptures, which in fact are the air vents and chimneys of the block of flats. In Esambul, the emblem of the city is Sagrada Familia, the most peculiar church in Europe that has been the magnum opus of Gaudí. The church, where the architect lived as a hermit for sixteen years and was eventually buried, is full of symbolism inspired by nature and is expected to be completed in 2026, when it completes a hundred years from the death of its inspirer. The interest is mainly on its external appearance, which looks like a fairy tale, while you can climb the towers with the spectacular view – only four hundred steps.
The Montjuic Hill is located on the south side of the city and became popular in 1929 when the International Fair was held there. It was then that the Spanish Village was built there, a “village” made up of replicas of buildings from all parts of Spain, bringing visitors into touch with the local Spanish architectural and craft styles. At the top of the hill stands the 18th century castle, while the Olympic Stadium, the facade of which was built in 1936 for the “alternative” Olympic Games that were canceled due to the Civil War, is located here. The hill is popular and fun, but what I personally enjoyed most was a visit to the Juan Miro Foundation, whose work I love very much. Here you will see graphic designs, paintings, sculptures and impressive tapestries of the great surrealist, and worth a visit to the museum shop – it is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. In Monzouk there is the Archaeological Museum and the National Art Museum of Catalonia which are of interest, provided there is time and mood. If you’re tired again, a good idea is to go to Guell Park, Gaudi’s most joyous creation and one of Europe’s largest architectural complexes. Climb the high staircase with the colorful salamander that became a symbol of the park and end up at the Gran Square, a colorful mosaic open space with stunning views of the city and the world’s longest 152-meter bench, designed by Zuzep Zuzol. Inside the park there is the house where Gaudi lived with his father and niece from 1906 to 1926, the work of Francesco Berenguer. In case you prefer the water element, you will be impressed by the Aquarium of Barcelona, the largest marine park in the Mediterranean and the second largest in the world, with sharks swimming over the heads of the visitors. Barcelona is a seaside town so don’t forget to go for a swim. In Barceloneta is the closest beach, where you go and walk, even have a drink or a delicious frozen creamy catalan. Wonderful, this is the capital of Catalonia.
Cheap Flights to Barcelona
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