Barcelona Journals

Catalan culture, distinctive architecture and sandy beaches

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A December 2012 trip to Barcelona by marif

Casa Batllo, Barcelona Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Think Antoni Gaudi and his legacy of architectural innovations. Think mild winter days graced by a Mediterranean climate. Think tracts of greenery and long sandy beaches. Add to this an intact historical centre that embraces the richest Gothic buildings in Europe. This is Barcelona, the avant-garde cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia.

La Ribera

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Gothic features, Picasso museum, Barcelona Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Via Laietana is a busy interconnecting thoroughfare that runs northwest from Barcelona’s seaport to Placa Urquinaona. Here, it changes its name to Carrer de Pau Claris and continues straight to Avinguda Diagonal, the city’s widest avenue and its most important commercial gateway. West of Via Laietana is Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, a zone of snaky narrow streets and quaint plazas that are a delight to hang around in and cherish. East of Via Laietana is the district of La Ribera, another medieval quarter of typical narrow streets that seem older and more characterful than those within Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Although La Ribera is only a subsequent extension of the Gothic Quarter, it is undoubtedly m...Read More

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Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter)

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Attraction | "Getting lost in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter"

Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Tucked between La Rambla and Via Laietana, El Barri Gotic is Barcelona’s answer to Madrid’s historical centre. Not as large as the capital’s equivalent, neither as pretentious, yet Barcelona’s Old Quarter is equally impressive and perhaps more pleasurable to explore. Wandering around its narrow alley-like winding streets without map in hand is synonymous with getting lost several times… but, persisting on your way along history-steeped backstreets and quiet intriguing lanes is a guarantee of finding a fair share of hidden historical treasures that would otherwise remain undisclosed. Joining a group on a walking tour is tantamount to getting a general overview of the place with ease but more often than...Read More

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Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter)
La Rambla To Via Laietana
Barcelona, Spain 08002

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Attraction | "Out at sea in Barcelona's harbour"

Maremagnum Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona’s cool and vibrant Mediterranean atmosphere reaches a peak of leisurely indulgence on the shoreline of the city’s graceful harbour. Like most Mediterranean beaches, Barcelona’s coast offers excellent opportunities for swimming and boating but this aspect of recreation is merely one facet of Barcelona’s seaside entertainment scene.The soaring structure of the Colombus Monument marks the southern end of La Rambla and the first step on the quayside of Barcelona’s seaport. Jutting out of here into the sea is a wood-and-steel overpass, long enough to afford a ten-minute stroll over the water. Known as the Rambla de Mar, this undulating walkway is graced with lovely views of the harbou...Read More

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Moll d'Espanya, s/n
Barcelona, Spain 08003
+34 93 2258100

Soaking in the essence of Barcelona

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Barcelona's Moll de la Fusta at night Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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A one-mile stroll along La Rambla from Placa de Catalunya to the Monument a Colom takes less than an hour but the surprises and attractions that spring along the way make lingering around necessary if one wishes to relish the experience and get more than a general overview. My first stopover was at the Palau de la Virreina, a baroque and neoclassical mansion that similar to other buildings in the area succeeded in thriving through more than two centuries of weathering and environmental pollution. The building’s exterior though majestic and enchanting is presently black and dirty and is urgently asking for a facelift. But this should in no way deter you from setting foot inside (entry is fr...Read More

Barcelona: a city with diverse facets

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Casa Batllo, Barcelona Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid is undeniably a city of culture and art par excellence. The capital of Catalonia although likewise graced with scores of museums and artistic centres does not transmit a feeling of enlightenment or artistic enrichment that is so manifestly evident in Madrid. Coming to Barcelona from Madrid is a culture shock. Whereas Madrid is endowed with historical buildings of tradition that reflect the potency and wealth of imperial Spain, Barcelona is more unrestrained and open to change. Although the Catalan capital has likewise a fair share of rich medieval heritage (maybe modest in quantity but perhaps more exquisite with regards to aesthetic beauty), the latter is a hidden asset, not a predominant fea...Read More