Barcelona Journals

A City Break in Barcelona

Best of IgoUgo

A March 2006 trip to Barcelona by Drever

Hotel Tryp Apolo Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Barcelona is the ideal city for a short city break. It is close to the airport, friendly and can be investigated and explored easily.

Hotel Tryp Apolo

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Hotel Tryp Apolo"

Hotel Tryp Apolo Photo, Barcelona, Spain
Quote:
Hotel Tryp Apolo could appropriately be called the Three Chimneys because viewed from some angles it has three factory chimneys sticking out of its roof, giving the impression it is steam driven. This proves an illusion for the chimneys are the remnants of a nearby factory. Built for the 1992 Olympics, it’s a four-star hotel with screeds of marble, plenty of space and comfortable rooms all with en suite bathrooms with shower over bath. A taxi from the airport to The Hotel Tryp Apolo took about 25 minutes and cost €18. Not being part of a tour package on this occasion, booking in proved quick as there was no queue. Better still reception offered a room upgrade to a mini-suite for only €33 pe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

Hotel Tryp Apolo
Avda. Paralelo, 57-59
Barcelona, Spain 08004
+34 (93) 4431122

Museu Marítim

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Museu Maritim"

Museu Marítim Photo,
Quote:
The Museau Maritim is outstanding both for what it displays, and its manner of doing so. Its range of nautical treasure includes: model ships, instruments, maps, charts, drawings, replicas, paintings and figureheads. The virtual reality exhibition Sea Adventure lets visitors imagine life as a galley slave on the Don Juan of Austria, stride the stormy decks of a Cuban-bound corvette and experience crewing the first submarine in history.Appropriately the museum is contained in The Drassanes Reals. This former royal shipyards built between 1283 and 1328, is the biggest and most complete medieval dockyards in the world and a superb example of Gothic architecture. Its majestic arches, columns, an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

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

Museu d´Història de la Ciutat

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Museau de la Historia de la Ciutat"

Museu d´Història de la Ciutat Photo, Barcelona, Spain
Quote:
The medieval square of Plaça del Rei is a time capsule for successive towns have been built on top of each other. Excavations carried out for the foundations of a building, the Casa Clariana Padellas, uncovered the remains of the old Roman village of Colonia Iulia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino founded by emperor Augustus. This led the authorities to wisely make the Casa Clariana Padellas a Historical Museum. This museum building is a typical medieval merchant’s house originally built nearby in the 15th century but rebuilt here in 1931.Now a large section of the Roman village stands revealed in a subterranean cavern covering a large area under the Barri Gotic. Standing on the square of Pl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

Museu d´Història de la Ciutat
Plaça del Rei, 1
Barcelona, Spain 08002
+34 93 3151111

Museu d´Història de la Ciutat

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Museu d' Historia"

Museu d´Història de la Ciutat Photo, Barcelona, Spain
Quote:
The Catalan History Museum in Port Vel is a treasure trove easily missed. Fitting as it does into a former warehouse the Palau del Mar, the museum isn’t conspicuous with only an unobtrusive sign marking its existence. With redeveloped of this port area for the 1992 Olympics, a marina and recreational area now surround the Palau del Mar. It is a long Venetian-like building with arches dating from the late 19th century. The museum’s information boards are mostly in Catalan but you receive a free guide available in several languages, which you return at the end of a tour. A booklet ‘A Journey Through History’ also helps. The museum starts with the areas prehistory, sections deal with ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

Museu d´Història de la Ciutat
Plaça del Rei, 1
Barcelona, Spain 08002
+34 93 3151111

Monumento a Colón

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Monument a Colom (Columbus Monument)"

Monumento a Colón Photo,
Quote:
The 197 feet tall Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument) is an eye-catching navigational landmark. Often visitors exclaim, ‘Oh there’s Columbus so it’s this way.’ It is made of iron and covered with allegorical figures. Around the base is a series of relief’s depicting important stages in Columbus's life and voyages of discovery. On the top of the column is an 8m/26ft high statue of Columbus pointing out to sea. Local wits are quick to point out that because of an error Columbus looks towards Sicily rather than the Americas. As Columbus stumbled across the New World while vainly searching for India this blunder is fitting comment. He died in 1506, in Valladolid, Spain, still believing that he ha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

Monumento a Colón
Plaça del Portal de la Pau
Barcelona, Spain 08002
+34 93 3025224

La Sagrada Familia

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Sagrada Familia"

La Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
Quote:
Just as Paris has the Eiffel Tower and London has Big Ben, so Barcelona luxuriates in the presence of the Sagrada Familia, the defining masterpiece and lifelong project of the world-famous architect Antonio Gaudi. He undertook the task in 1883 but died in 1926 at the age of 74 after a car accident, his work uncompleted. Gaudi’s intent was to blur the distinction between building and decoration, and this makes Sagrada Familia as much a feast for the eye as an imposing creation. Successive generations of architects have strived to turn his vision of an all-encompassing '20th-century cathedral' into reality. Completion date is now set for 20 years time but even at the moment there is plenty to marvel at....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

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

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Las Ramblas"

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall Photo, Barcelona, Spain
Quote:
Las Ramblas is the biggest and best pedestrian experience one can imagine - the culmination of culture and activity in Barcelona. You want colour? You want humanity? You want to shop? You want to while away time? Las Ramblas awaits you. This famous avenue is a bustling centre from the early morning to the wee hours of the night.You can find nearly everything under the sun on Las Ramblas and its street performers are spectacular. There are: lizards in cages, huge bunches of roses, newspaper sellers, Chinese buildings with dragons, unbelievably elaborate water fountains, artists doing portraits, street cafes, flower sellers, break-dancers and prostitutes touting for business after dark. Added ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall
Central Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Aquarium of Barcelona (L’Aquarium de Barcelona)

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "L'Aquarium"

Aquarium of Barcelona (L’Aquarium de Barcelona) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
Quote:
One of the most impressive testimonials to sea life opened in 1996 in Barcelona's Port Vell, a 10-minute walk from the bottom of the Rambles. With over 10,000 fish it is the largest aquarium in Europe. It contains 21 glass tanks positioned along both sides of a wide curving corridor. Each tank depicts a different marine habitat, with emphasis on everything from multicoloured fish and corals to seagoing worms to sharks.The highlight is a huge ‘oceanarium’ representative of the Mediterranean as a self-sustaining ecosystem. This underwater world shows what snorkel divers see in the surrounding seas. You view it from within an 80m glass-roofed, glass-sided tunnel that runs along its entire lengt...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

Aquarium of Barcelona (L’Aquarium de Barcelona)
Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell
Barcelona, Spain
+34 93 2217474