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Fun Experiences in Barcelona

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An April 2008 trip to Barcelona by airynfaerie

La Boqueria Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Here is a little taste of those places in Barcelona that are more of an experience than just a visit to a site. From fish heads and bacon gelato to Catalan dances and boardwalks, a visit to one of Spain's most popular cities is an explosion of the senses!

La Boqueria

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Attraction | "A Market for Your Senses"

La Boqueria Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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A place where senses are overwhelmed (in a good way) is none other than the famous La Boqueria Market in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. From fresh fruit juices, candied almonds, and warm baked bread to fushia dragon fruit, fish, and cheeses, this market has it all. Filled to the brim with locals doing their weekly shopping, as well as plenty of tourists all vying for a peek at the colorful wares.Located just off Barcelona's most popular avenue, Las Ramblas in the Ciutat Vella district, this market began back in the early 1200s, but it wasn't until the 1800s that the building and location of today was founded.I love this quote from the chairman of the market - he says on their w...Read More

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La Boqueria
La Rambla, 91
Barcelona, Spain

La Sardana

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Attraction | "Circles of Dance in the Plaza"

La Sardana Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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If you happen to be in Barcelona on the weekend, definitely try to make your way over to the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia (or "La Seu" in Catalan). In he large plaza in front of the church, known as Plà de la Seu, traditional Catalan dances are held on Sundays at noon and sometimes on Saturdays around 6pm as well.We didn't know that this went on, and just happened upon it - and glad we did, for it's a wonderful spectacle to witness. On those days the people know to come out, and slowly crowds gather, form large circles and start dancing to the live band of Catalan music players who've showed up as well, siting on the steps to the church. The dance that commences is that of the most traditio...Read More

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La Sardana
In front of La Seu
Barcelona, Spain

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall

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Attraction | "Barcelona's Most Bustling Street"

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla, is bustling with activity no matter the hour, and a must-walk for any visitor. Because this avenue is really a series of smaller streets, it's sometimes referred to in the plural, as Las Ramblas. Either way you say it, this street offers many sights, sounds, and smells to take in. Separating the Barri Gotic quarter and El Raval districts of the city, this avenue features a grand, tree-lined sidewalk in the center of the wide stretch of concrete and pedestrians crowd the center walking past street performers and flower carts. you'll not be at a loss of things to look at, as everything from chipmunks in cages, live music, painters at work and mimes ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2009

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

Platja de la Barceloneta

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Attraction | "A Day at the Beach in Barceloneta"

Platja de la Barceloneta Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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If you want to get out of the city streets of Barcelona, take a short walk south to the lovely harbor area and Barceloneta beach. Renovated in for the 1992 Olympics, this entire area is very pedestrian friendly and offers wonderful open boardwalks with cafes and shopping to enjoy. Known as La Barceloneta, this neighborhood in the Ciutat Vella district is easily reach on foot or by metro. As it was a clear spring day when we visited, we decided to take a nice stroll along the boardwalk. Starting at the southern end of La Rambla by the monument honoring Christopher Columbus, known as Colom, we crossed the main street and headed towards the beach. It seemed as if we had no choice, as on top o...Read More

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Platja de la Barceloneta
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta
Barcelona, Spain 08005

Belgious

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Restaurant | "Experience for Your Tastebuds"

Belgious Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The sign on the door said, "Unusual, Exotic, Delicious". Sounded good to us, so on one evening during our stay in Barcelona, decided to try the Belgious cafe next door to our rental apartment for dessert. The apartment owner had recommended it to us, and everytime we'd passed it, the smell of waffles with Nutella lingered in the air. Earlier in the afternoon, we'd stopped in to check out the menu, and when we returned later that night we were in for a tastebud treat! There was a list of waffles or crepes with sweet toppings (fruit, marmalade, Nutella...) and salty toppings (cheeses, onion cream spread, salsa...), lots of fun fruit drinks and chocolates......then there was the gelato....Read More

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Belgious
Carrer d'Avinyó 50
Barcelona, Spain 08002
+34 934 124 965