Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Guide to Barcelona

Barcelona is located in the northeastern region of Catalonia in Spain. Visitors will be able to walk around the city, known for its architecture and its many cultural landmarks.

Walk around the Gothic Quarter.

The Gothic Quarter, located near the city center, is one of the city's most visited places. The city's ancient Gothic Seu cathedral is located in this area and visitors will be able to visit the cathedral and the cloister. This area is known for its narrow streets that are filled with bars, cafeterias and lounges.

Explore Gaudí's architecture.

Many of the city's landmarks were designed by Antonio Gaudí. The city's symbol, the unfinished cathedral of the Sagrada Familia, is known for its Nativity facade, decorated with carved statues. The cathedral's interior has thin bony columns. There are several towers and one of the towers is used as an observation deck.

In the centric Eixample district, where the chic shopping area of Passeig de Gràcia is located, visitors will find two other buildings designed by Gaudí. Casa Batlló used to be a private residence. The building has a sandstone facade covered in trencadis, a local type of colourful tiles. There are several iron wrought balconies in the shape of skulls. Nearby visitors will find the Casa Milá, a building that is known as the Quarry for its large, stone facade. There are no straight lines in the building, which has a wavy facade. Visitors will be able to explore the rooftop of this building, where the chimneys are warrior statues.

Taste the local food.

Spain is known for its food and those who want to travel there will be able to taste its cuisine. In this country visitors will be able to enjoy tapas and pintxos, a local variety of appetizers served in bars. The region of Catalonia is known for its food, and most traditional dishes are made using ingredients from the mountains and the sea. The crema catalana, a type of custard covered in sugar, is a typical dessert. Near the Las Ramblas main streets there are many tapas bars and restaurants.

The city has many markets filled with colourful stalls selling fresh and local products. The ancient Boquería Market is located off Las Ramblas. Visitors will be able to enjoy authentic tapas at El Quim bar. Another main market, located near the Ronda Sant Pau, is the Sant Antoni Market. This market is larger than the Boquería. There are many stalls and a tapas bar in the middle of the market. Near the market visitors will find a coin market and a market where comics, magazines and postcards are sold.

Enjoy a stroll in the city's parks.

After a long walk across Las Ramblas visitors will be able to enjoy a picnic in one of the city's parks. The Güell Park is one of the city's most visited parks, which was designed by Gaudí. The park has a tiled square decorated with sculptures covered in trencadis mosaics. Below the plaza there is a large porch area held by bony columns that is used for events. Gaudí's residence has been transformed into a museum dedicated to the architect. Near the city center is the large Ciutadella park, where visitors will be able to see another one of Gaudí's designs, the Cascada fountain. This fountain is an artificial waterfall flowing from an arch. The Martorell Museum is located on the park's territory. The Laboratory of Nature is another museums where visitors will be able to see many exhibits from the city's Natural History Museum.

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  1. Thanks for that quick walk. At least, I know something about Spain now.

  2. Spain is a very romantic place, IMHO.