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.
The Arc de Triomf was built for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888), as its main access gate by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas.
To the east from Barri Gotico there is Parc de la Ciutadella. In 1889 the World's Exibition took place here. To its opening the Triumphal arch have deen constructed at the entrance into the park. It is decorated by sculptural allegorical bas-reliefs. The arch is built in reddish brickwork in the Neo-Mudéjar style. The front frieze contains the stone sculpture "Barcelona welcomes the nations".
You can watch my photo of Barcelona on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 23' 29.60" N 2° 10' 47.59" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Arc de Triomf.
There are hundreds of medieval stone villages perched on rock ridgetops and nestled into valleys. They can be discoverd by narrow but well paved roads into the foothills of the Pyrennes Mountains. At one village, we asked a woman if we could look inside the church, so she fetched the keys and opened the door. Inside was a beautiful altar.
A cousin of my wife took us to the summer house that she and others had rented for the summer, and then later we visited a nude beach, saw some small fishing boats, and had coffee in a village restaurant along the Costa Brava. I don't have directions for this trip, but basically we took a rail line out to the Costa Brava and walked from there. So good luck finding it, and I don't have pictures from the nude beach. However, I do have some photos of the summer house, which was very interesting. The entrance to the property was a tree lined driveway like any country villa, but the stone house itself was lodged on a knoll that allowed it to view out across the landscape. Below was a wine cellar with arched brick ceiling, and the main level was stocked with wide plank flooring, then there was a third level of several rooms with central hallway. What was really stunning though was that the actual front door, on the side opposite from which we arrived, open into a medieval village. As I walked along the narrow cobbled streets, where some restoration work was clearly in progress, I realized that all the homes were arranged in a circle along the top of the knoll, for defensive purposes, and at one end there was a small church. The restaurant was at another nearby village that had a number of small shops. The boats weren't at the nude beach. The nude beach was a series of coves between sandstone cliffs and dead coral was in the water along most of the coast.
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!
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).
For those looking for a different way to see the sites in Barcelona and various other cities in the world, check out http://www.space-invaders.com/.
Someone has hidden pictures of aliens made from bathroom tiles all over the city and has made a game out of finding them. See how many you can find in the city.
He sells maps but there are sites with pictures on them but you can also find pics at www.flickr.com if you search Barcelona Space invaders.
I hope you enjoy finding these as much as I did.
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.
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.
It appears that when most people come to Barcelona they stay a lot closer to the city center then we did. But in our case it was a conscious decision to stay a little farther out from the hustle and bustle of the big city and enjoy some time, especially in the evening, in a nice quiet area. Thus we ended up staying part of the way up on Mt Tibadabo.
On the top of Mt Tibadabo is a century old amusement park still in operation during weekends during Spring and Summer and a very nice small church, Sagrat Cor, or the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I will add more to this tip once I uncover the small brochure I picked up while I was there. In the meantime here are some views from both inside the church. It was actually my favorite of the churches we visited because it was small, with not a lot of people visiting, but still filled with a number of inspirational scenes inside as I hope you can see from the pictures.
Walking into the square in front of the cathedral we found a camera crew getting ready to shoot an advertising campaign. They had no dearth of spectators, there were hundreds waiting to see what was being done. As you can see they "hung" this model up on the billboard with a special type of harness concealed beneath his clothing. WHAT they were advertising I have NO IDEA, so if anybody sees this ad, let me know.
We also had a funny incident when we entered the square. The camera crew had just arrived and begun setting up as we arrived. We thought it was a crew filming a travel sequence and did not pay much attention. I stood next to a large billboard, using the billboard as a base to steady my camera for a photo of the cathedral and as I leaned on this enormous billboard, it MOVED.....one of the camera crew ran up to me and said, "Please do not lean on this it is only a flimsy PROP for the filming"....I almost destroyed their stage unknowingly.
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.
This is a secret you won't find in any guidebooks, but its such a nice place to sit and watch the boats and seagulls go by in the harbor. Go into the Maremagnum mall (yes the mall). Find Desigual on the directory, and head inside. There is a staircase inside. Go up it. There is another staircase. Go up that one too. On the very top level of the store, you won't find any clothes, only a giant pit of oversized pillows and huge windows that look out onto the port. Hop into the pillows (they might be a little gross, but come on, they're pillows you've got to jump on them) and relax while you watch the boats silently load up and float away.
You can also get a similar view (but no pillows!) in the H&M dressing room in the same mall.
Why not discover BCN at night by bike ?? Something different for a change.
Meeting point is Passeig Maritim, it takes you along all the popular places for about 2 hours. For only 18euro/person, bike, guide and aperitife inlcluded.
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.
This is a beautiful property with a modern, luxurious feel. For those of you who want a more...more
We spent 3 nights at this hotel , which is very well located for most things Gaudi and the city...more
This is a funky 25 room hotel in Barcelona. It's produced and run by the Spanish shoewear giants...more