The Torre Agbar is a unique skyscraper situated at Plaça de les Glòries at Barcelona. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and built by Dragados and opened to public in September 2005. It is named after its owners, the Agbar Group
While walking down the streets I came across this beautiful house which is not a Gaudi creation. Well as I already said, i have no idea about architecture whatsoever, but this house looked very appealing to my eyes. It was built in 1906 by architect Lluis Domenechi Montaner, a contemporary of Gaudi and stand one house next to Casa Batllo.
On the 9th floor of the big shopping centre at Catalunya, there is a restaurant, a cafe and a self service canteen. From there you can have an amazing bird eye's view of the city, take in many beautiful architectures.
I had a choc cream cake - it was too sweet for me though...
very popular with locals at lunch time, and the window seats are taken most of the time. Avoid weekend.
I know this tip will be not everyone's taste... but for the ones who think of death as part of the life, and how to cope with death as part of every human culture, a visit to a local cemetery may be a very interesting experience. Not to say if the cemetery is loaded with artworks!
Barcelona has a few cemeteries, but the most interesting are Cementiri de Montjuic (the best known, and the one you may have seen in many films) and the smaller, but very interesting, and even more "Gothic", Cementiri de Poble Nou
Both are open to the public daily from 8:00 to 18:00.
Some tombs are great artworks and there are even guided tours sometimes (you may ask at the tourist offices for schedule if interested)
We got the Barcelona card which cost us 34 EUR for 4 days and including all metro and bus rides for the duration of our trip as well as free entry into quite a few museums and also a boat ride from the port. The Barcelona card also gave discounts from other tourist attractions and restaurants as well as a 10% discount on the Aerobus that takes you on the 30min ride into the city centre (placa de Catalunya), so we paid 3,20EUR, not bad!
If you can try seeking out this card online , you need to book it a minimum of 24 hrs before you are due to arrive in Barcelona and it can be retrieved from the Tourist Office in terminal B of EL PRAT airport as well as in the town centre.
Situated in the Ciutad Vella areas, this marked have been renewed by architects Muralles e Tagliabue in the past few years.
The 5,500 square metre roof is builded by 200.000 small ceramic parts in 67 different colors.
Since 1.929, The Maritime Museum of Barcelona takes visitos through the History of the city and the sea.
How to get there:
Av. de les Drassanes, s/n
Fax: (+34) 93 318 78 76
Metro: Drassanes (line 3; exit Portal de Santa Madrona)
Bus: 14, 18, 36, 38, 57, 59, 64 and 91
Very close to Cristóbal Colón Statue, so, close to Las Ramblas.
These pics show the Royal Galley (Galera Real) of Don Juan de Austria.
Mançana de la Discordia means Block of Discord. At the beginning of the XX th century, there was, let's say, a special rivalry among the jet set to build the most odd buildings. The most famous are in this part of Passeig de Gràcia.
This house was built by Domènech i Montaner.
Address: Passèig de Gràcia, 35
Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (lines 2 and 3).
If you see a sign in the pavement with, at least, two different years on it and the name of the shop, granja, etc in front of you then you got something interesting in front of you!
The signs was distributed by the city of Barcelona during three years after the Olympic game in 1992. They say that the shop has been "the same" for more than 50 consecutive years. Enter and you walk in to something with big history and culture!
Inside the Columbus Monument at Plaça de la Porta de Pau (at the end of La Rambla) there is a small elevator in which you can take a ride up to the top of the monument. The view is spectacular and it is really wirth a trip up the elevator.
However if you suffer from claustrophobia I think you should not take this ride. It is small and narrow.
On the Passeig de Gracia, a big avenue going from Plaza de Catalunye and north, you can find these marvellous marble benches. They have recycled small pieces of marble and put them together and formed these benches. Nice to sit on, pleasant to look at, who can ask for anything more :-)
When i came to Barcelona I went with quite bad spanish knowledge (unfortunately). Even worse was my knowledge about Catalan. I came down to Barcelona and noticed that all the streets (almost) was called Carrer instead of, what I thought I knew was the name for street, Calle. It took me a few days before I understood what the different was.
Carrer is the catalan word for street while Calle is the spanish word.
During the 19th century (if my memory don't fails me) the chaos in the oldest part of the crowded and narrow city became increasingly worse. A lot of horse carriages was driving around with no structure what so ever, combine this with a lot of people, narrow streets and the imagination tells you it could have been better.
To do something about this, the city goverment put up som one-way signs in order to direct the horse carriages and bring some order in the chaos. They put up two different signs, on Entrada and one salida.
Entrada meant that you were allowed to drive your carriage down the street the man at the sign was ponting. Salida meant that carriages was coming out of this street so you are not allowed to enter it from this end. An effective and beautiful way of controlling the traffic!
This street (Carrer de Petritxol) located in Barri Gotic, har two different attractions. First it is known as "the sweetest street in Barcelona" with its many shops selling different kind of choclates originating from different parts of Spain.
Second, it has some beautiful tiles with scenes from the every day life in Barcelona during the 19th century.
Fantastic place where both your mouth and eyes can be satisified at the same time!
We stayed at my wife's relative's home which is adorn with paintings like a museum. In the morning, I walked through the village, which includes an updated church. The first view is from the rooftop of the former salami factory, with the tower of the church in the distance.
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