A printable barcelona guide in PDF
Hi, I discovered this new website www.takeoffguides.com, it has a travel guide of Barcelona in PDF format, really complete with pictures, travel tips, maps, I recommend it to all vt's! I am using it myself for my trip to Barcelona, and also all the tips from virtual tourist of course. Thank you. Currently travelling in Barcelona
The view from my balcony wasn't too good (that's usually what you get in a big city!), but the stunning sunrises made up for that.
Every morning around 8.45 I watched in awe the skies unfold.
This country is known for great wines, not beer, but obviously they do have some nice beers as well and especially on summer holiday in a hot city it was excellent to have from time to time an excellent cold beer, as San Miguel and Estrella.
Touristy, yes, but worth it
A day trip to Montserrat is a must. Only an hour outside Barcelona, and a world away both spiritually and geologically, this cliffside monastery has been drawing in outsiders for centuries.
This monolithic mini mountain range has a reputation for startlingly still air - a peaceful, introspective and healing spot for those pledging themselves to God. Thus, the monastery. And, though the Monastery still operates, the entire bird's nest of a plateau is now a huge tourist draw. Arriving is beautiful, the views are gorgeous, the cathedral is marvelous, and rock climbing a short hike away. It's a strange mish-mash of spiritual site and tourist mecca, but it works, besides itself.
Naturally, there are many day tours to Montserrat, via bus. But, you can do it yourself on the wonderful commuter rail systems of greater Barcelona. FGC from Plaza Espanya will put you at two access points to the monastery(Aerial Tram or Railway) within 1.5 hours. It's a direct run, and there are always employees in the ticketing area, ready to help. IF you are a wiz at mass transit, you can cut off fifteen minutes by changing from RENFE at Martorell - contact me directly and I'll give you the lowdown.
Please note: The Aerial Tramway is not for those afraid of heights(see second pic)
More on the Exterior of the Montserrat Basilica
The facade of the basilica at Montserrat was built in 1900 and 1901. It features sculptures of the apostles by Agapit Vallmitjana, whose brother designed the reliefs in the tympanums. I thought this was one of the most beautiful church exteriors that I have ever seen!