A July 2001 trip
to Barcelona by ManFriday
Quote: 4 days is far from enough to saturate yourself with Barcelona, but ample time to lose your heart there (reward given).
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 25, 2002
Avinguda del Portal de l'Angel 24
93 302 1139
Restaurant | "Els Quatre Gats"
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
Attraction | "La Sangrada Familia"
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.
La Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401
Barcelona, Spain 08013
+34 93 2073031
Attraction | "Castell de Montjuïc"
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-operated, so we had to leave them dissapointed without firing a single shot.
The Military Museum houses an amazing selection of artillery pieces, firearms and - best of all - melee weapons through the ages. An amazing selection of bladed weapons include everything from moorish scimitars and arabian axes through european broadswords, halberds and maces to japanese katanas and battle armour. There are also several halls filled with military paraphenalia.
Should you get weary of your long wanderings, a small but decent restaurant in the castle courtyard caters to your tastes (as long as they're fairly simple).
If you're not weak of foot or naturally lazy, the road back down can take you past Anella Olimpica for a quick look at the olympic complex. From there it's a short walk to Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and back to city life.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2002
Castell de Montjuic
Carretera De Montjuic 66
Barcelona, Spain 08038
+34 93 3298613
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 28, 2002
Parc d'Espanya Industrial
Attraction | "La Pedrera - Gaudi galore"
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 in style of the early 20th century. Now that's living! A few floors down you encounter a small souvenirs shop, where you can fill your greedy pockets with all things Gaudi and leave a few of your hard-earned bucks behind.
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
Attraction | "Museu Maritim"
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 museum is well worth the time spent there - and should you tire of the relentless onslaught of the historical facts, La Rambla is just nearby, ready to take away your sore feet in a jug of sangria.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2002
Avinguda Drassanes, 1
Barcelona, Spain 08001
+34 93 3429920
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 features, among others, the works of Joseph Subirachs, who is also responsible for the Passion Facade of Sangrada Familia in Barcelona.
From the monastery, a funicular will carry you up to the top station of Sant Joan--you can also take the road up for a brisk 3km walk. Several walking routes are avaliable from Sant Joan--a 1-hour walk can be made toward Sant Jeroni, Montserrat's highest point, or a shorter stroll towards Sant Joan hermitage for those with less stamina or patience. Past Sant Joan you can enter short, and at times, steep mountain trails, which, with a bit of patience and careful navigation, can lead you to some of the most magnificent views off Montserrat. Definitely worth checking out.
The walk down from Sant Joan leads halfway around the face of Montserrat and gives you a breathtaking wiev of Catalunya--a perfect way to finish off your trek. Munching back on home-made chocolate from the monastery provides a quick and welcome way to replenish your energy reserves after a day out.
Attraction | "Manzana de la Discordia"
The name of Manzana de la Discordia never changed from its original spanish version throughout the wave of catalanisation of Barcelona names. The spanish name is a pun on words, meaning both 'block' and 'apple' and refering to the (in)famous Apple of Discord, which started the war of Troy and send Odysseus on his ill-fated trek around the ancient world.
La Manzana de la Discordia
Passeig de Gracia 92
Attraction | "Catchy Catedral"
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