Barcelona; creative, gastronomic and bold
If you spend a weekend in Barcelona the only regret you will have afterwards is not having stayed longer. But, just one day can be enough to breathe in the atmosphere of a different city and understand a little more about its culture.
La Rambla, swarming with tourists and natives at all hours, night and day. The old neighbourhoods, with their winding, narrow streets that border the great avenues of Eixample and its modernist buildings. Since 1992, which brought the Olympic Games and some tidying up along the coast, the beautiful beaches extend spring and summer and survive the autumn and winter thanks to our moderate climate. Montjuic, with stunning views over the city from so close to the harbour. And Tibidabo, the old amusement park with plenty of green space overlooking Gracia, the local’s neighbourhood maintaining its bohemian spirit of the 30s.
The Catalonian land has many contrasts. The sea and the mountains cohabit so harmoniously, from the steep coasts of the Costa Brava to the endless beaches of the Costa Dorada. Culturally and artistically, all kinds of architectural style are here that comes from over two millennia of history, from the Roman vestiges to the medieval towns and the Cistercian monasteries to the modernist and avant-garde monuments. And let’s not forget that Barcelona and Catalonia offer a culture deeply rooted in its gastronomy, which is envied the world over.
Barcelona was born in the Gothic Quarter. Around the cathedral of Santa Eulalia meander narrow cobbled streets hemmed by prestigious Gothic buildings, that gave name to the neighbourhood. Three icons of the neighbourhood shine brightly: Plaza Real, with its arches and palm trees, the vibrant Plaza del Pi, and of course La Rambla, the artery that separates the Gothic Quarter from the neighbourhoods of Raval, and Poble Sec in the foothills of the mountain of Montjuic. The neighbourhood here has become fashionable thanks to Ferran and Albert Adrià, who by opening restaurants have reanimated the area that was previously falling behind and Raval is reborn thanks to the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona).
At the top of La Rambla, Plaza Cataluña acts as the epicentre of town and the majestic Passeig de Gracia emerges to the north, perhaps one of the most beautiful avenues in Europe. Strolling and discovering the splendour of the buildings thanks to their modernist, neocentist and avant-garde facades, is a beautiful experience. The great Catalan architects let their imagination fly, and as a result, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà (Antonio Gaudí) or Casa Atmeller (Puig i Cadafalch) testify to its their genius. You can shop here during the day but to live its magic during the night is something special. And across the Passeig de Gracia, throughout Eixample, the stunning architecture continues, spearheaded by the Sagrada Familia.
Barcelona sea front
The old port, Barceloneta and the Olympic Port, offer three very contrasting views of the maritime side of Barcelona.
Built under the guidance of the architects Martorell and Mackay, and escorted by the twin towers, the Olympic Port is a symbol of modern Barcelona. It represents the changes of 1992 and Barcelona’s arrival as an international tourist destination.
Barceloneta retains its traditional feel despite the tourists who line the harbour edge that the surrounds the area of the old streets, and the old port still offers a traditional and picturesque Mediterranean character.
Large parks such as Park Güell, Montjuic or Collserola, are very popular during the hottest months but are also wonderful on a sunny winter’s day, of which we have many. In Park Güell you can enter fully into the universe of Gaudí. The mountain of Montjuic is perfect for walking and offers views of the harbour and a feel of the real Barcelona. The more adventurous might prefer to escape through the Collserola mountain range to experience nature.
Barcelona by night
At night, Barcelona awakens in El Born, one of the most fashionable neighborhoods that borders the east side of the Gothic Quarter. Both day and night it is a neighborhood in which visitors, and locals, like to get lost in the alleyways in search of surprises. Bars, pubs, chic restaurants and concerts in basements are intermingled to guarantee a night that rivals that of any city in the world. If you crave an even more lively and chic experience, things really turn on in the club district where you’ll find all the big names of the clubs in Ibiza.
If there is an art that the Catalans have preserved and reinvented, it is that of the kitchen. Between the sea and the mountains, between its heritage and its innovation, Catalan cuisine is rich, diverse and often breathtaking, and each region offers its specialties. Traditional and family oriented, or creative and modern, our recipes do not leave anyone indifferent.
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