Un lugar para soñar – Barcelona –

Barcelona is a typical mediterranean city perfect to relax, stroll around and enjoy. Barcelona has its own way of life which makes it unique.

Major attraction

I started my first day in Barcelona on La Rambla to feel the warm Mediterranean air of this beautiful city. In the end of Barcelona’s La Rambla is Port Vell where you can see Columbus Monument, a major city landmark since 1886. I finished the day walking on Barceloneta, a triangular spit of land that cuts into the sea boats in the old harbour, or Barcelona’s Port Vell, on one side, and sandy beaches on the other where I could watch the sunset while I was enjoying delicious tapas (snacks that can be cold such as mixed olives and cheese, or warm such as chopitos, witch are fried baby squid or battered).

Port Vell
Barceloneta

Second daySagrada Familia

In 1882, the original Sagrada Família Gothic church project, designed by Francesc de Paula Villar, was taken over by the young Antoni Gaudí, who transformed it into the most fascinating church of all time. An architectural bible called the Sagrada Família which has become a Barcelona icon.

Sagrada Familia
View from inside Sagrada Familia church

The Catalan Antoni Gaudí, one of the most eminent architects, designed buildings such as the Casa Milà (known as La Pedrera, the Catalan for stone quarry), the Casa Batlló.

Gaudi’s home & Casa Batlló

Third dayGràcia & Park Güell

No other neighbourhood in Barcelona better encapsulates traditional charm and vibrant modernity than Gràcia. The centre of the neighbourhood of La Salut is home to one of Antoni Gaudí’s most outstanding masterpieces: Park Güell. Every detail of Park Güell expresses Gaudí’s desire to integrate architecture into the surrounding natural setting. Hereally made his mark here and the result is a public park full of imagination, fantasy and colour. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is magical, with twisted stone columns supporting curving colonnades or merging with the natural structure of the hillside. Its peak is marked by a large cross, and offers an amazing panorama of Barcelona and the sea beyond.

Long way till Park Güell 🙂
Funny graffiti
View from above
Park Güell
Detail

What to do on 1 JANUARY in Barcelona?!?  Thought the city sleeps??? Well, NOOO so we decided to stroll along the sea on Maresme, a beautiful county that stretches along the north coast of Barcelona. We took the train and we stoped in Mataró. Long, sandy beaches, pine woods and good weather. ❤

Sunset

Art in Barcelona can be found inside and outside its museums. Outside, in its landmark buildings, such as CaixaForum, the MACBA, the Fundació Miró and La Pedrera. Inside, on a journey through art from the dawn of time to the most cutting-edge, contemporary works.

Look at all the art Barcelona offers you:

MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

La Pedrera

CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Casa Museu Gaudí

Museum of Contemporary Art
Street art

Let’s not forget about Barcelona’s biggest ornamental fountain, which was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, offers a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics and lights which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues. The Montjuïc Magic Fountain has become one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions and is where the “Piromusical” is held, a true balletic spectacle of water and light. I really enjoy it!

Montjuïc Magic Fountain

Everybody loves leisure and having fun and Barcelona offers fun for everyone, you can go shopping, swimming or take a head-spinning ride on a roller coaster or enjoy the magnificent views of Barcelona and peaceful atmosphere of the parks. Although the best thing is to try and fit them all in.

Bullring converted into mall 🙂

Can’t wait to get back to this wonderful place and get pampered with a real paella and a glass of sangria!

Paella & dessert…yamyyyy

Hope you enjoyed because for a moment I was there again!
Love,

A.

 Photo credit: Barcan Cristian

Edited by me

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