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We're in Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, northeast of Spain. Open to the Mediterranean, it is one of the most touristy cities in the world. Especially known for being architecture And his gastronomy.
To visit it quietly, we recommend that you go at least 3 days. Discover Barcelona through its history, its culture, its traditions, its people … We will show you some of them essential places you should visit and the most typical dishes to try. But keep in mind that Barcelona can offer you endless activities depending on your taste.
The Ciutat Vella
Every city has its own history and you need to know a little bit to understand what we see. Discover Barcelona through it as you walk the streets.
Barcelona is also called Barcelona because in the 9th century the north of Catalonia was a land of counties. However, history does not go back to that century, but much further back. Walking through the Gothic Quarter, we will find in the remains of the Roman settlement of Barcino. I one. C. It all started here.
On the remains of the Roman Barcino, the Medieval Barcelona, considered one of the times of greatest magnificence. During the XV to XVIII centuries, the city became an economic, political, cultural and social center of the western Mediterranean. Evidence of this can be found in the Gothic Quarter, one of the four neighborhoods that make up the Ciutat Vella (Old Town in Catalan).
The gothic quarter
The narrow pedestrian streets and hidden squares make it one of the most charming neighborhoods. It contains one of the symbols of the city, Barcelona Cathedral.
Also known as La Seo (pronounced as Seu), The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia started to be built on an old Romanesque church in the 13th century and were not completed until the 20th century. It is a clear example of this Catalan Gothicaway from the verticality of the French, although the facade and the tower were built under the influence of the Gothic Revival style.
Very close we can also see the famous one bridge which crosses Bisbe Street, built in 1928. At the end of the same street we find Plaza Sant Jaume, known for being the Palace of the Generalitat and the City Council of Barcelona. Out of curiosity, although this square dates from the Middle Ages, it was also the Roman Forum in which the Temple of Augustus was located.
The Gothic Quarter also has many hidden squares that deserve to be found. One of the most characteristic is the Plaza Real. It was built in the 19th century on an old Capuchin monastery to raise the monarchy. It is very close to La Rambla and is best known for its palm trees and the Fuente de las Tres Gracias. Also because of the crowds, especially at night, because under the porches are bars, restaurants and some of the most popular nightlife spots in the city.
We also recommend that you search for the Sant Felip Neri square, an essential and overwhelming angle. It is very quiet and you can still see the traces of the bombing it suffered in 1938 on the facade of the Baroque church.
It is worth getting lost between the adjacent streets until you enter the street old Jewish quarter called El Call (street or alley). Of all the Jewish communities living in Spain, Barcelona was one of the largest and most powerful. Currently we can only find the remains of one of the five synagogues that was originally there. It is located on Marlet Street and is considered one of the oldest in Europe.
La Rambla in Barcelona
We meet on the right side of the Gothic quarter La Rambla, the most famous street in Barcelona. It is a walk of just over a kilometer that connects Plaza Cataluña to Maremagnum, the city's old port. It is always very busy with tourists and street performers, with bars and shops on both sides. From this we want to mark a part of the street known as The Rambla de las Flores. It is full of flower and plant stalls and also because it is where the Boquería market is located.
Opened in 1840, it is the city's most famous municipal market. Among other things, it has become a tourist attraction due to its location. It has more than 300 stalls where you can buy everything gourmet products.
Access to the La Boquería market
If we continue down the street, we will also find the Liceu Theater. Since 1847 it has been the scene of the most prestigious works performed by the best singers in the world. It is still active and considered one of the most important in the world.
And already in the last part of La Rambla, before we reach the sea, the Columbus Monument. It is 60 meters high and also makes viewpoint.
El Born and La Barceloneta
When we cross from the Gothic quarter to the other side, on the left, via Vía Layetana, we reach the Born neighborhood. It is also medieval, although to this day the Bohemian air it got when artists settled there in the 20th century is still breathed in today.
The main symbol of this neighborhood and emblem of the Catalan Gothic architectural style It is the basilica of Santa María del Mar. It was built in the 14th century, in just 55 years. It is majestic and worth the tour as the view from the roofs They are privileged and their history will not leave you indifferent. And it is that, although it is hard to believe, this neighborhood, which was a sailor at the time, was only 50 meters from the beach at the time of its construction.
Other places we should use are the Palau de la Música Catalana, the famous Picasso Museum (which houses more than 4000 works by the author) or the old Born Market, currently transformed into a cultural center.
Behind the latter is the Ciutadella Park, which was built on the site of the old city fort for the 1988 World Fair. It was the first public park in the city and it houses 17 hectares. In addition to a pleasant walk, it is worth visiting the monumental waterfall (inspired by the Trevi Fountain in Rome), the Castle of the Three Dragons, the Arc de Triomphe, the Museum of Natural Sciences or the Zoo of Barcelona.
From here we can approach walking along the boardwalk Barceloneta, the old fishing district and where the main one is located Barcelona beach. Over time, the people who lived there because they engaged in the crafts of the sea left room for the workers of the metallurgies. As early as the 20th century, when the city opened up to the beaches, the gastronomy near. With the 1992 Olympics, it was surrounded by modern buildings and striking architecture, such as the frank gehry fish (a large golden fish that seems to float over the Mediterranean) or the large candle in Hotel W.
The 20th century marked an important urban transformation that culminated in The Eixample (the extension), consisting of six neighborhoods. Discover Barcelona easier thanks to street layout which is always in a straight line and forms grids. Each block has an internal patio and this makes it very easy to find places.
What really makes this area famous, and especially it Grace walk, that's most of the here Masterpieces of Art Nouveau from Barcelona. It is a luxurious residential area with many shops (including large companies), well-known international bars and avant-garde restaurants.
Exactly in that street are two majestic architectural works, the Casa Batlló and the Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera) by Gaudí.
Antoni Gaudí He was a Catalan architect, internationally recognized as one of the greatest representatives of modernism. The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia (also located in the Eixample) is his best known work. The artist died in 1926 from a tram and had only had time to create one of the 18 towers of the temple he designed. Thanks to the plans that have survived and the donations and visits that the temple receives every day, his dream is slowly being fulfilled.
Other of his works that are also worth a visit, in the city, are the famous Park Güell (located above the Barrio de Gracia), the Güell Palace (on La Rambla) or the Casa Vicens, Gaudí & # 39; s first home in Barcelona .
Los Miradores and other places of interest
Discover Barcelona through some too unique views. We recommend four views that will not leave you indifferent:
For its privileged view from the Castle to the city, the port and the Mediterranean.
It is the highest peak in the Sierra de Collserola. In addition to providing the best view of the city, there is one theme park and the temple of the sacred heart.
- The Basilica of Santa María del Pi
Long time from him spire It was the tallest building on which the city could be seen.
- The Carmel Bunkers
At the top of the Turó de la Rovira are the bunkers from the Spanish Civil War which house the anti-aircraft guns and from there you can see the whole city.
If you stay more days, discover Barcelona outside the city center. We also recommend that you Labyrinth d & # 39; Horta, Colonia Güell or go to Sitges or Castelldefels to spend the day.
Discover Barcelona through its gastronomy
The Catalan cuisine You will also discover Barcelona. It stands out for its rich taste, for the quality products and because it is 100% Mediterranean. Located between the sea and the mountains, Barcelona receives the best fruit from both places and combines it perfectly with the excellent wines and cava & # 39; s from the earth.
One of the most notable dishes to try is the famous one For amb tomaquet (tomato bread), the escalivada (which is a plate of roasted vegetables), the cocas (bread doughs that can be salty or sweetly spiced), the bikini or mixed sandwich, the white beans with butifarra or the black rice and the Fideua, along with the aioli sauce as a main dish.
Black rice with shrimps
Catalan cream and cookies (especially in the fall) are some of the desserts best known.
All this together with the vermouth, brand beer Moritz and Estrella Dammas well as the came and the cava, are inseparable in the rich Catalan gastronomy.
It is difficult to make the choice best Catalan cuisine restaurants in Barcelona Because there are many, but some of the most traditional and famous are the Els Cuatre Gats restaurant (located on Montsió street, very close to Plaza de Cataluña) and 7 Portes (very close to La Barceloneta).
If you look haute cuisine, Discover Barcelona because it is the city with the most awarded restaurants. In total we can only find in the center and the surrounding area 22 restaurants with a Michelin star. Lasarte by Martín Berasategui and ÀBaC by Jordi Cruz have three stars; Angle, Enoteca, Moments, Enjoy and the Cocina de los Hermanos Torres stand out with two stars and there are 15 more restaurants with one.
In addition, it is also one of the cities where most gastronomic events and fairs are celebrated. Alimentaria and Forum Gastronomic Barcelona are two of the most important.
We hope this article encourages you traveling through Spain. Discover Barcelona to your own taste, because it has a lot to offer.
Leave us a comment to tell us what you would like the next city we visit. If it's yours, we would love to know which places you would recommend us to see, and most importantly, what are the most typical dishes you recommend us to try.
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