Article by Gaizka Pujana
However long your stay in this beguiling city, there will always be something new to do or somewhere different to explore.
Barcelona’s foremost street, for example, Las Ramblas. How could you tire of strolling the length of this wide pedestrian boulevard, looking at the ever-changing street performers, entertaining and bewitching the passers-by?
How, indeed, could you lose your sense of fascination when wandering through the narrow, medieval passageways of the Gothic Quarter, suddenly opening out into delightful, serene, shaded squares with atmospheric bars where you can sit and catch a glimpse of the impressive Gothic Cathedral? Then, of course, there is the amazing modernist architecture of Barcelona’s favorite son, Antoni Gaudi, and his contemporaries. La Sagrada Familia, the city’s most recognisable building, with its outrageously eccentric colors and shapes and the incredible Parc Guell are the most enduring examples of Gaudi’s not inconsiderable legacy. The Parc Guell really should not be missed; it has incomparable views across the city, curved mosaic-tiled terraces, enchanting gardens and a surprise to bring a smile to your face around almost every corner.
Then there are the delights to be encountered up on Montjuic, overlooking the city, the marina and the incomparable Mediterranean. Here you’ll find the Spanish village, with its many different styles of Spanish dwellings and interesting craft displays. Also, the incredible open-air Greek Theatre and, of course, the Olympic Stadium and Pool which brought the world those unforgettable photographs of the divers on the top board with the city spread out behind them.
Montjuic has been called the ‘mountain of the museums’ but, in truth, the whole city of Barcelona is full of fascinating museums. Of course, the most famous are those dedicated to Picasso, Joan Miro and Barcelona Football Club, but there are many, many others Maritime, Chocolate, Footwear, and the superb Museum of the History of Catalunya.
Barcelona, of course, is a city by the sea and the port and beaches are worth spending time at and sitting besides in some of the fabulous bars and restaurants serving the freshest possible fish and sea food dishes. Down by the Port Vell, on the Moll d’Espanya, is perhaps the best aquarium in Europe with an awe-inspiring glass tunnel walkway, which leads you through a host of underwater worlds, including a pathway through the sharks!
One of the hottest tickets in town is the one that gets you into the Camp Nou the largest soccer stadium in Europe where you can, if you’re lucky, get to see currently the best team in Europe, Barcelona, and sample some of the uniquely partisan support the team generates in its fixtures. Even if there is no game, a visit to the stadium is worthwhile; if there’s a match, then it’s unbelievable.
There are so many other aspects of Barcelona that could be mentioned here the shopping, the nightlife, the parks. My recommendation is to get yourself an apartment for your stay here it’s so much more relaxing and liberating than the confines of a hotel and use it as your base and discover for yourself just what an incredible city this is.
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