Barcelona Journals

Barcelona at the tips of your toes

A July 2001 trip to Barcelona by ManFriday

Barcelona Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: 4 days is far from enough to saturate yourself with Barcelona, but ample time to lose your heart there (reward given).

Barcelona at the tips of your toes

Overview

Barcelona Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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One word - Gaudi. This city is saturated by the works of that man. See it all even if it kills you - you'll die happy. But Barcelona is a city of arts and amazing architecture. Take your time and wander the city, soaking it in through your pores.

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Getting around on the subway is easy and fast. Walking is by far the best way to explore the city. Spare the feet and spoil the soul.
Hostal Lausanne Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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A decent place in Bari Gòtic, friendly, central and quiet. The rooms are small, but clean and the staff helpful. Plenty of backpackers provide a funky atmosphere. The view from the rooms are limited at best, but if you're expecting panorama windows, you're most probably in the wrong price range, bub.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 25, 2002

Hostal Lausanne
Avinguda del Portal de l'Angel 24
Barcelona, Spain
93 302 1139

Quatre Gats (Els)

Restaurant | "Els Quatre Gats"

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Once a meeting place for the leading modernists in Barcelona, Els Quatre Gats (The Four Cats) is one of the more expensive places in town, but well worth it. Once a meeting place for leading and aspiring artists, Els Quatre Gats can boast of being (among others) the place of the first exhibition of a young Pablo Picasso.

Restored to its original appearance by the current owners, the restaurant offers great atmosphere, good food and excellent service. It can get pretty packed tho, so choose your time carefully.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2002

Quatre Gats (Els)
Montsió, 3 bis
Barcelona, Spain 08002
+34 93 3024140

La Sagrada Familia

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Attraction | "La Sangrada Familia"

La Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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You can't visit Barcelona without visiting Sangrada Familia. The building of this amazing cathedral was initiated over 100 years ago and will most probably not be completed for another 20. Gaudi's last and greatest project, Sangrada amazes visitors with sheer monumentality of the steep towers, the gothic magnificence which leaves one speechless even before one has time to take in all the details of the structure. Several pages are not enough to describe La Sangrada Familia - it has to be experienced, climbed, touched and absorbed. If you've seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about. If you haven't seen it, you're still a clean canvas that Sangrada can leave its eternal imprint on. Enjoy. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2002

La Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401
Barcelona, Spain 08013
+34 93 2073031

Castell de Montjuic

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Attraction | "Castell de Montjuïc"

Castell de Montjuic Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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A brief but scienic ride by a funicular gets you up to Montjuïc Castle, once a watchtower for the city and an excellent place to stow away and eventually exterminate unwanted elements in the city. Novadays, the castle houses Museu Militar, are worth visiting, if you happen to be nuts about old melee weapons or are simply curious about human creativity in dismembering each other through the ages. The view from the castle grounds is breathtaking - the entire harbour is just beneath you, with Barcelona stretching away to the other side. Massive artilery pieces point toward the luxury cruisers packing the harbour area - unlike the panorama binoculars, those were not coin-operate...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2002

Castell de Montjuic
Carretera De Montjuic 66
Barcelona, Spain 08038
+34 93 3298613

Parc d'Espanya Industrial Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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A public park/area in modern style, which mainly translates to a lot of concrete, metal sculptures and towers and a large pond/fountain system. Quite unique in its own way - if you're into gray concrete, this is right up your alley. Quite nice and shady greens provide a good place to take a short rest and consider the huge variations in definitions of beauty.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 28, 2002

Parc d'Espanya Industrial
Estació Sants
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)

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Attraction | "La Pedrera - Gaudi galore"

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Also known as Espadi Gaudi, Gaudi's place, this is arguably one of the most famous buildings in Barcelona, designed by the everpresent Gaudi, of course. Wavy design combines with organic shapes and bright colors to give the entire building an appearance of a huge live beast. The uppermost story is converted into a display of Gaudi's design techniques, where you can admire his distinct broken arches and the ideas behind the architecture. A staircase leads into the roof and its fantastic chimneys perched on top of the curvy structure like medieval crusaders in waiting in silence for a heathen heretic. The trip through the house gets you through an elegant apartement ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2002

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)
Passeig De Gracia, 92
Barcelona, Spain 08007
34644 291 481

Museu Marítim

Attraction | "Museu Maritim"

Museu Marítim Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Placed near the southern end of La Rambla, the huge, gothic structure of Royal Shipyards house Museu Maritim. The buildings are worth a look in themselves, dating back to the 14th century and being once among the greatest in Europe. Many a galleon left those walls to be packed full with conquistadores and eventually exchange its cargo for gold and silver of the newfound americas. Lifesize replicas and real examples of ships, boats and sea wessels of all ages fill the halls. Walk-in dioramas present you with examples of life aboard the ships, sailing adventures and, not least, the underwater trips of Narcis Monturiol, one of the first successful submariners of our times. All in all the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2002

Museu Marítim
Avinguda Drassanes, 1
Barcelona, Spain 08001
+34 93 3429920

Montserrat

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Attraction

Montserrat Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Inspiration for Gaudi's Sangrada Familia, the Montserrat mountain is an oddly-shaped mountain of towering sandstone pillars given their shape by changing winds and rains. The mountain is a mere 40 minutes away from Barcelona by train, with a selection of hiking tracks, magnificent views of Catalunya and great rock-climbing possibilities, it's a great place to visit, if you're longing for a trip back to nature from the busy night and cultural life of Barcelona. Arriving by train, you'll embark on a brief journey by a free-swinging cable car, bringing you up into Montserrat Monastery, which is worth a look or two. The basilica of the Monastery dates back to the 16th century and featu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2002

Montserrat

Barcelona, Spain

La Manzana de la Discordia

Attraction | "Manzana de la Discordia"

La  Manzana  de  la  Discordia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The 'Apple of Discord', Manzana de la Discordia is a set of three contrasting buildings in Modernist style. Walking up Passeig de Gracia from Placa de Catalunya, you're bound to come across nr 35, Casa Lleo Morera, at first. Designed by Domènech i Montaner, it features an beautifully decorated Art Noveau facade and stands in sharp contrast to Casa Amatller at nr 41. Sporting a distincly neo-gothic look, the building bears resemblance to a middle-ages castle taken straight from a knight story into the middle of modern-times Barcelona. Casa Batlló at nr 43 was designed by the ubiquitous Gaudi and bears his distinctive, flowing lines. The wavy and colorful facade is topped wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2002

La Manzana de la Discordia
Passeig de Gracia 92
Barcelona, Spain

Museu de la catedral de Barcelona

Attraction | "Catchy Catedral"

Museu de la catedral de Barcelona Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The gargoyle-specked cathedral of Barcelona is a sight to behold. The richly-decorated front facade contrasts with the clean and bare lines of its entrances. Gothic arches, slim pillars and high space combine to make an impression of grandeur, taking you back in a flash to ages past, where a trip to the church was about best thing you could do on a lazy, sunny sunday afternoon.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2002

Museu de la catedral de Barcelona
Plaça de la Seu
Barcelona, Spain 08002
+34 93 3151554