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Bittersweet Barcelona- Walkers’ City

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A September 2003 trip to Barcelona by travelprone

La Boqueria Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Superb markets, expansive, clean beaches, the unique houses on the "ruta modernisme', Picasso Museum, an historic castle, replicas of Spanish regional architecture and the Olympics and, above all, the panorama of Tibidabo--in Barcelona, you’ll see unforgettable art and architecture everywhere!

Bittersweet Barcelona- Walkers’ City

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Barceloneta's Columbus statue commemorates Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Don't miss the Sagrada Familia, the Manzana de Discordia, the Boqueria, Santa Maria del Mar at night, Ciutadella, the beach area, and, above all, The Barri Gotic with night views of the Palau Musica. Barcelona really got under my skin unlike any other city I've been to. There's so much to see and do in Barcelona that you need to really do marathon walking. The street art here is just unbelievable and exists everywhere in the Old City.Quick Tips: Barcelona is an easy city in which to book rental apartments. On Google you'll find scads of sites with lots of listings. Minimum rental time is from three to five days and arrival days can be any day. Payment details can be handled via e-mail and ...Read More

Beachfront Barcelona

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Beaches are for lovers- Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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On our first morning in Barcelona, we visited Ciutadela Park, taking the main central paths for an overview of this attractive city park. We lingered at the St. Catherine’s Market, then walked south past the zoo where we left the park and headed towards the beach, south east of the park. As we reached the beachfront, it began to rain a little more heavily and we ducked under the entrance of one of the modern business buildings in the area. The entire beachfront was overhauled for the 1992 Olympics and, as a result, considerable contrast exists here between the old and the new, as well as some distinctly unusual architecture. One of the highlights of our walk was seeing the Hotel Arts Casino and Ga...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2004

Tibidabo

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Tibidabo Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Tel 93 211 79 42 Hours Vary with season-in Oct. Sat, Sun noon-8 only Because it was there, our son just HAD to go to Tibidabo. However, because he was using an old guidebook he did not know that the Parc is only open on weekends during October when we visited. The tram that takes visitors up to the top where the Parc is located doesn’t run during the week. So, when he arrived at the terminus of the FGC funicular, he saw the only way to go further was by climbing. Even he balked at doing so, and he was glad he hadn’t when he met a group of British tourists who had gone up and down in a taxi. They informed him that none of the rides and attractions were open. If you are in Barcelona...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2004

Tibidabo
Sarrià Sant Gervasi
Barcelona, Spain 08035

Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)

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Attraction | "Museu de Picasso"

Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Composed of five rare, preserved Renaissance buildings, this museum is the most frequently visited tourist site in Barcelona. Its location near Santa Maria del Mar and the Catedral make it quite accessible to strollers in the Ciutat Vela Though he was born in Malaga (where a new Picasso Museum recently opened), Picasso came to Barcelona when he was 14. His father found work as an art teacher in an academy where Pablo studied for a while. In his youth he frequented Els Quatre Gats, the legendary café that was a hangout for the city’s artists and writers; many of the museum’s drawings are of habitués of the café immortalized by his fast hand. The collection in this museum stems from his earliest...Read More

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Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)
Montcada, 15-19
Barcelona, Spain 08003
+34 93 3196310

La Boqueria

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Attraction | "The Mercat de Boqueria & Mercat Gotic"

La Boqueria Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Justly world-famous, this premier venue for fish, meat, produce, and a variety of the best comestibles Barcelona can offer, also contains lots of cafes where you can eat if the sight of all its plenty makes you too hungry to wait! Not only are the prices lower here than in other outlets, but the freshness and quality of the foods offered in clean, gleaming surroundings make this the favorite of locals as well as strolling visitors like us. We had seen the St. Catherine’s Market on our first day and been impressed by its displays, but the Boqueria’s displays are much more dazzling. The Thursday we visited this world famous market, a goodly crowd of housewives were shopping for dinner, dragging th...Read More

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La Boqueria
La Rambla, 91
Barcelona, Spain

La Manzana de la Discordia

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Attraction | "The Eixample - Manzana de la Discordia & Casa Mila"

La  Manzana  de  la  Discordia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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After we left the Sagrada Familia we strolled through the Eixample west towards Casa Mila. We took Carrer de Provenca till it ends at Diagonal. Then we headed south on Carrer Roger de Lluria to pick up Carrer de Provenca again, walked that for three blocks and voila! Casa Mila appeared before us on the corner at 92 Passeig de Gracia, a main north south boulevard. After we had marveled at this Gaudi creation, we walked four blocks south on Passeig de Gracia to see the trio of architectural contrasts dubbed the "Manazana de Discordia because here you can see near each other examples of the Modernisme of Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch. My favorite of this trio is Casa Amatller (#41) b...Read More

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

Montjuic Hill

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Attraction | "Montjuic- Poble Espanol (Castell & Olympic Stadium"

Montjuic Hill Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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This "ciutat dels artesans was created for the 1929 World’s Fair to celebrate in miniature the varied architectural styles of the Spanish provinces. Of course, it’s faux, faux stone, wood, and brick. But it was designed by a number of the most prominent contemporary architects who had the financial wherewithal to enable them to construct it quickly, yet accurately in a year’s time. The then dictator of Spain, General Primo de Rivera, felt its construction would help his attempts to emphasize the unity of the country when Catalans were clamoring for independence. Instead of being dismantled after the Exhibition closed, it proved popular among locals and visitors and so it remained though in the ‘80’s ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2004

Montjuic Hill
Southwest of City Center Overlooking the Harbor
Barcelona, Catalonia