Hola Spain: Barcelona (3)

Chapter 3: Barcelona

Beautiful and breathtaking Barcelona is a beach town on the heart of northeast Iberian Peninsula coast. This mesmerizing heaven is in the Catalan City which is famous for its flavors and colors. It has laid back beach culture, rich history, exotic buildings and delicious Spanish cuisines.  The city allures all.

Barcelona is surrounded by Collserola mountain range that attracts hikers, bikers and all nature-lovers. To a side is the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea, to its north flows the Besos river and Llobergat river to the southwest where boaters enjoy going.  Cruise ships arrive at the marina with hundreds of tourists from around the world.

Tourists like it for its warmer weather, cooler beach and economical shopping options.  There is only one airport in Barcelona. It is located 13 km away from the city center and its code is BCN. The code helps tourists in booking their flights.

Sights worth-watching

Barcelona, as mentioned before is full of ancient buildings as many of them belong from the Roman and medieval times. Works of Antoni Gaudi, a remarkable architect can be seen all around the city. One of his most celebrated creations was the Sagrada Familia. The building is still under construction since 1882.  It is scheduled to finish by 2026. Not only this, there is a lot to the wandering eyes in the city from sandy and soothing beaches to the serene and scenic sunsets. Walk to the La Rambla and find natives enjoying everywhere. Barcelona is an ideal place to stroll down to the hidden squares where local singers, musicians play melodies for onlookers. There are delightful surprises at every nook.

Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

UNESCO listed Casa Mila is a unique creation by Antoni Guadi. It is situated on the Passeig de Gracia.  It is famous as the ‘La Pedrera’ meaning “The Stone Quarry”. It is because the building seems like a quarry. It resembles a sculpture than an operational dwelling.

Gaudí’s Surrealist Park

Whimsy, colorful and cheerful Parc Guell is a superb attraction park that was created from 1900 to 1914 by Antonio Gaudi. Grottoes, winding staircases, viaducts are all scattered here and there in the park. There is a spectacular patio which offers panoramic scenery of the limitless sea and the city. The structure is made using colorful ceramics, decorative material, vibrant furniture and objects.

La Rambla

La Rambla is considered as a heart of the city for its social life. It is basically, a broad avenue that had tree shades everywhere. One interesting thing about La Rambla is that it is a combination of five streets rather than one and is the most appealing place for gathering, shopping and socializing.

 

It offers a variety in the form of many cafes, shops, restaurants and all. It is a favorite place for all to enjoy their time in the city.

Barri Gotic

Barri Gotic is also known as the Gothic Quarter. It is regarded as the secular and spiritual center of the city. Ancient Roman relics can still be found at the place. No doubt, it is a masterpiece of the Gothic art. There is Monte Tabor which is the highest point of the town. It is the same point where Columbus was first received by the Monarchs. The city’s administration still sits here.

Basilica de la Sagrada Familia

Perhaps, the most favorite and most attractive Barcelona’s visiting place is the Sagrada Familia. It is an unconventional church. It is situated to the north of the city. It has sky-soaring 18 towers that seem like soldiers to guard it. Do check the place if you love fascinating stories and places. Familia is no less than a story-book building.

Other best attractions of Barcelona are: Montjuïc’s amusement park, Monestir de Pedralbes, Casa Batlló, Quadrat d’Or and Museu de Zoologia etc.

Hotels, restaurants and clubs

Based on tourist reviews, some of the best hotels to stay in Barcelona are: Catalonia Portal de L’Angel, Hotel The Serras, Casa Camper Hotel, Mercer Hotel, ABaC Barcelona, El Palace, Hotel DO and Catalonia Magdalenes. Restaurants that are worth going are: Can Sole, Cinc Sentits, El Atril, Les Tres a La Cuina.

Catalonia Portal de L’Angel is situated near the city center. It is economical and has a courteous staff. It was built in the 19th century and so has a historical significance. It has a modern outlook and is hardly 7 minutes from the Sagrada Familia and city metro. It has cozy bedrooms, cool environment and pets are also welcomed with nominal charges.

On the other hand, people who love the Gothic Quarter must stay in the five star Hotel The Serras. It is also great choice for visitors who want to enjoy walking to the city’s best attractions. Casa Camper Hotel, is another great option located at Carrer d’Elisabets. The hotel has friendly environment, good food and vast and clean room choices.

Can Sole is Barcelona’s one of the best restaurants, located at Barceloneta near the glassy water. It offers delicious and yummy food. There is variety in the menu and the environment is traditional yet subtle and unassuming. Can Sole is a great choice for seafood lovers because the restaurant offers fresh from water fish and food that tastes totally different.

Cinc Sentits is situated on Carrer d’Aribau and offers some of Barcelona’s best wines for the customers. Cinc also offers food variety made from fresh ingredients and most experienced chefs. The restaurant is a must to go for dinners because it offers unique dinner dishes and extra-ordinary service. The environment is romantic, clean and full of energy which makes it a great choice to go with your spouse or on date.

Barcelona wins over others when it comes to nightlife. The city awakes at night and is never short on dancing clubs, bars and pubs. There is a pub, club or a bar nearly in the every nook. However, there are some “must-go” clubs that offer everything one needs, rhythm, melody, music and of course, girls. These names are: BeCool, Sala Apolo and La, Macarena Club, Moog, Razzmatazz, Row 14 etc.

Other useful information

Barcelona beaches are considered as the best beaches all over the world. However, some of the most entertaining are Barceloneta, Nova Icaria, Bogatell beaches. (to be continued..)

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