Advice about Barcelona, Spain.

Advice about Barcelona, Spain.

The Barcelona Aquarium is one of the most important centers in the world for the study and preservation of underwater fauna of the Mediterranean Sea. The exhibit is presented as 14 separate ecosystems: rocky and sandy coastline, algae thickets, underwater caves and grottoes, coral reefs, etc.

Las Ramblas

Spain’s most famous street the Rambla runs from Plaza Catalunya to the Old Port. There’s always a lively atmosphere of fun, festivities and delightful mystery. The center of the boulevard is pedestrian.

Gothic Quarter

Once the heart of Barcelona and the hub of its medieval attractions, the Gothic Quarter is between the Rambla and Via Laietana. Despite the fact that many of the buildings here date back to the 14th and 15th centuries, the Gothic Quarter is filled with cozy restaurants and expensive stores.

Casa Batlló

One of the most famous mansions bearing Gaudí’s signature on its plan, Casa Batlló is located on Passeig de Gràcia, in the heart of Eixample. Looking at Casa Batlló from the street, the building seems to be living, breathing and intently following the movements of its guests.

Casa Mila

An apartment building and an architectural monument… Rarely do these concepts come together, but there are exceptions. The case of Casa Mila, or Casa Mila in Spanish parlance, is just such an exception. It is not for nothing that this Barcelona landmark in 1984 became the first structure of the 20th century to be included in the UNESCO List.

Gaudi House Museum

We recommend that you continue your acquaintance with the life and work of Antoni Gaudi in the Parc Guell, where the House Museum of the great Catalan architect is located. It exhibits the master’s personal belongings, a rich collection of furniture and other artistic masterpieces created by Gaudí.

Barcelona Cathedral

Walking through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, look for the Carrer del Bisbe, which starts from the Plaza Sant Jaume. It’s pedestrian, so nothing will distract you from contemplating the cathedral slowly opening in front of you.

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Montjuïc

“The Jewish Mountain is a literal translation of the name of this 170-meter hill located to the southwest of the Old Port. There was once a Jewish cemetery and possibly a settlement.

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona

Connoisseurs of art should not miss one of the most popular museums in Barcelona. The Picasso Museum was opened in 1963 in the old mansion Berenguer d’Aguilar (XV century) upon the initiative of Jaume Sabartes, secretary of Pablo Picasso.

Park Guell

In 1900 Eusebi Güell bought 62 hectares of land on the outskirts of Barcelona to create a garden city, which was very popular at the end of the 19th century. Gaudi was to create the infrastructure.

Plaza Catalunya

The vast Plaza de Catalunya is the place where the Passeig de Gràcia and the Rambla converge. It is, if I may say so, the Red Square of Barcelona, the only difference being that there are no government buildings or military commanderies around.

Boquería Market

The colorful and bustling Boquería market is one of the most colorful places in Barcelona and a true paradise for gourmets. In terms of variety and quantity of goods on display, it is not without reason that it is considered one of the best markets in Europe.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is a truly unique architectural phenomenon, a bridge that connects generations and eras, and a rare opportunity to experience history, but also to be part of its creation. For two centuries the structure has been building, growing and changing.

Barcelona Stadium

The Camp Nou stadium was designed by the architect Francesc Mithans. It opened in 1957 and since then has been owned by FC Barcelona, the stadium’s first official name being Estadi del FC Barcelona.

Old Port of Barcelona

Once a shameful patch on the bright dress of Barcelona, the Old Port received a second birth in the 1990s: the unsightly-looking promenade was covered with new wooden sidewalks, shopping centers, a mass of cafes and restaurants, the Aquarium and an IMAX cinema were opened.

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Tibidabo

Haec omnia tibi dabo (“I will give it all to you”) were the words with which the devil tempted Christ when he showed Barcelona and its surroundings from the high hill of Tibidabo. The view from here is really breathtaking: from a height of 512 m the Catalan capital appears in all its glory.

Illa Fantasia Water Park

Illa Fantasia has water slides for everyone. The Kamikazes slides drop from 18 meters high and reach speeds of up to 60 km/h; the Zigs-Zags slides make you dizzy, the Multipista has a three-man race and those who like to bounce on the waves will find them in a special pool.

Barceloneta

To visit La Barceloneta means to plunge into the leisurely rhythm of the old Catalan quarter, wander its narrow streets, taste fine fish dishes in one of the many seafood restaurants, feel the light breeze and velvet sand on the best beach in Barcelona.

Agbar Tower

One of the most singular landmarks of Barcelona is the Agbar Tower that at night looks like a giant cucumber illuminated in blue, red and purple. Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the shape is meant to resemble the stone monoliths of Mount Monserrat and Barcelona’s famous geyser fountains.

Belésguard Tower

Located at the foot of Mount Tibidabo, the Torre Bellesguard is one of Gaudí’s small but precious creations. Unusual for the master straight lines of the facade, however, with characteristic architectural oddities inside.

Perhaps Barcelona is one of the most lively European cities, where everything is arranged for the people. Beautiful but not pompous, bustling with life, but in the Spanish way unhurried, a city of businessmen and street musicians, narrow streets and wide avenues, a huge and comfortable city with a rich cultural and nightlife. In Barcelona is not possible to come for a couple of days, this city should be experienced, and then you’re unlikely to fall out of love with it.

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Where to walk in Barcelona

Everywhere. Barcelona is beautiful from almost any angle and at any time of day: there are many ancient and modern neighborhoods, parks, embankments and cozy streets. But the first place to start is Plaza Catalunya. Here converge Passeig de Gràcia and La Rambla. It’s a kind of “Red Square” with the only exception that there aren’t any government buildings here, but there’s a fountain where Barcelonans traditionally meet in the evenings to go partying. Buses to the airport and to neighboring cities also leave here and it’s a great place for shopping: those who prefer shopping malls should go to El Corte Ingles, and those who get tired can walk down Carrer de Pelai with stores and cafes where you can have a coffee or wine between shopping.

The Ramblas is the local “Arbat”: a pedestrian street with vendors selling flowers, souvenirs and ice cream and at night there is a bacchanalia in the best sense of the word: street musicians, mimes, theater performances and dancing. And the pickpockets are on the prowl, too, with their artistry on point. During the day on the Ramblas, the Boquería market is a must for great jamón, fresh seafood and vegetables. Due to its location, it is partly turned into an attraction for tourists: there are many cafes, bars, even its own culinary school, but has not lost its authenticity. Catalan housewives still come here on weekends for fresh asparagus and mussels, and to chat with their neighbors and vendors.

The Ramblas is the local “Arbat,” a pedestrian street with vendors selling flowers, souvenirs, and ice cream. At night it becomes a bacchanal in the best sense of the word.

The Gothic Quarter begins on the other side of the Ramblas. Once the center of the city, it has all the medieval beauty of Barcelona: narrow streets, old buildings, museums, and the famous Barcelona Cathedral. When darkness falls, especially on weekends, the neighborhood turns into a big nightclub. If you walk from the Gotic Quarter to the Raval District, you can find the oldest bar in town on Sant Pau Street, where Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali liked to drop in for a glass of absinthe. The bartenders still pour absinthe and love to tell stories about the place.

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Gaudi Architecture.

You can’t just come to Barcelona and not look at the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. The most famous creation of the master, which unfortunately he did not manage to finish in his lifetime, is also one of the symbols of the city – the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Barcelonans joke that the meaning of this construction is that it will never be finished. So far, everything adds up – the cathedral has been under construction for more than a hundred years, and there is no end in sight. In the Passeig de Gràcia you can see the equally famous Casa Batlló and Casa Milá. If you go to the Lesseps or Valcarca metro stations, you can visit Park Güell with its gingerbread houses and mosaic lizards.

Museums of Barcelona

Barcelona has always been an advanced city in terms of art, so there is a lot to see in the museums here. First of all, there are paintings. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is one of the most visited in the city and in Spain in general. There are more than 3500 works of the founder of cubism: from children’s drawings to the famous interpretations of Velazquez. Also worth seeing is the Spanish Village – an exact copy of the country in miniature, recreated by Spanish architects, the National Museum of Catalan Art, the Museum of Olympic Games and Sports, the Museum of Modern Art of Barcelona and others.

Soccer Capital

At the Camp Nou Stadium, owned by FC Barcelona, the tribunes say: “More than a club”. And it’s true, soccer in Barcelona, as well as in the whole of Spain, is not a game, but a religion, and Lionel Messi is a national hero, who every self-respecting man over the age of four aspires to be like. It will be great if you are lucky enough to get to one of the matches, these impressions cannot be conveyed by words. But if not, you can limit yourself to the soccer club museum, where all the awards, boots and other personal belongings of players, photos, and there is a huge multimedia screen with the recording of all the best moments of matches since the founding of the club. And you can also go into the players’ locker room, where everyone has his own locker and one jacuzzi for everyone.

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