Spain, Barcelona: Catalan Capital I.
Welcome to our series dedicated to the fascinating Spanish city of Barcelona, which about we will be following three parts. In them you will know that it is a city that you should see at least once in your life.
Barcelona! Such a beautiful horizon
Barcelona! Like a jewel in the sun
Words of same named songs know many of you and who ever been in Barcelona gives them certainly agree. Barcelona is the capital of the province of Catalonia sprawling 32 thousand km². Province that has the highest GDP in Spain, occupies approximately 7,5 million people, of which in Barcelona lives 1,6 million people. Catalonia itself is, together with the French region of Rhone-Alpes, Lombardy Italian and German Baden-Württemberg to the four motors of Europe, or to highly industrial regions.
The overwhelming majority of people in Catalonia are Catalans, an ethnic group with their own language, which belongs to the family of Romance languages. In Barcelona you will know that the Catalans are proud of their identity and yet, they are mostly due to the use castellano (Castilian or Spanish) bilingual, prefer to use their own language. Their capital city, which lies in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula, is truly cherished gem. When you will go from the airport located several kilometres outside the town by one of the buses that will usually take you to Plaza de Espana, you are fascinated to see how in the growing urban areas many an interesting building stand.
It is on our circumstances bold architecture of Barcelona is not far from unusual. If you should see all the city, one week won´t be enough, so if you are going to visit the Catalan capital just a few days, it is definitely a good idea to create a list of priorities for what you want to see. Awaiting you is of such construction as Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Torre Diagonal Zero Zero, Casa Batllo, Barceloneta Market, Santa Caterina Market or Barcelona Pavilion. Given how large the city itself, it will be practical if you buy the Barcelona Card. For a fee, which is differentiated depending on how many days you buy a card (more info here http://bit.ly/PbMo2O example), you can within its services free travel with Barcelona's public transport. In addition, the card also offers a discounted or totally free admission to many different museums.
Infinite number of monuments and museums in huge area is one of the compelling reasons to buy the above mentioned tourist card. The city is offering a comprehensive and functional public transport system, which is the backbone of Metro de Barcelona, which has been in operation since 1924. Today it is made up of eleven lines with 166 stops. To explore the city center you will be interested primarily in the station Espanya, Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, Sagrada Familia, Arc de Triomf and Ciutadella Vila Olímpica. From these stations you get to the most interesting and the most important sights of the city.
But you have to count that travelling by subway can be sometimes quite lengthy due to long and crowded transgress between stations and intricate passages in the stations themselves. Time spent there make little shorter local musicians, at least, whose rhythms are resound by low corridors. Big novel feelings are temperature differences. From the nitrous air platforms and corridors at stations with cold air moving into the metro trains. However, this is only a small tax something to know this fascinating city.
In the following parts of this series will explore such famous landmarks as the more than one hundred years unfinished Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's famous Casa Milà or breathtaking aquarium.
In the next part you will read about one of the largest Christian world churches and other buildings of famous Gaudi.
Text/Photo: Maxim Kucer
Finally, we arrived to Spain, in the course of the third day!
In narrow streets of historical center in Barcelona is really easy to get lost. However, you can be sure that you would always end up at some cathedral or, at least, small shrine. They are hard to see from distance, they just suddenly pop up in front of you. On the other hand, famous Sagrada Família is easy to see from distance.
I visited the Catalonian capital with my family for a week in the time of Christmas holidays. I like to learn about culture of the country I spend my time in so I spent lot of time wandering in the streets, in parks or had breakfast in back-alley cafes with locals. I enjoyed hours-long dinners having great tapas and even better wine. I tried to met as new people as possible. True, only disadvantage was that I didn’t speak Spanish or Catalonian.
Whether you are lured by noisy streets of Sevilla, rhythm of flamenco and Sevillans, mystery of Cordoba, charm of Cadiz, or beauty of Granada with the Sierra Nevada in the background. You simply can’t let this slip away...
My trip to sunny Andalusia, rhythm of unbounded and wild guitarist Paca de Lucía, flamenco dancers, people of Sevilla goes on and this time it takes place in marvellous Granada.
I believe I will visit Granada one more time at some point in the future. Yet now I head to Málaga and Córdoba.
Cordoba was the richest city of the West and the center of Islamic culture. First emirs resided in Seville. In the sixth year of Arab occupation (716) Emir Alhor moved his court to Cordoba. The ruled as deputies of the caliph of Damask. They were military warlords subordinated to the might of the House of Umayyad.
It is time to move on in the direction to Cádiz. Everybody recommended me to see it. So why not?
On my road from Cádiz to Toledo, I spent couple of days in Lisbon. I think I really deserve some comfort and a shower. Thus, I would live in a hostel this time.
From old fortress of San Servando I look deep down to a canyon between the rocks where the Tajo River flows. I admire the vista from the rock surrounded with the wall.
I walk in the park around Museum Prado. It is the temple of the art. Yet even the greatest of the art enthusiasts would get tired after couple of hours.
There is a small British enclave in the southernmost tip of Spain (Andalusia region known for the cities of Cordoba and Granada mostly). The earliest finding of human settlement dates back to the Stone Age here. A skull of a Neanthrtal man was found there. Later, armed struggles were led over the this strategic area which was annexed by the United Kingdom eventually.
On this very day we take you to the Spanish island of Mallorca situated in the western regions of the Mediterranean Sea. It belong to the Balearic Islands autonomous region. As it is winter now, the beginning of the year is the best time to plan a summer vacation. The following lines should introduce you to this amazing, shiny island.
Having 512 meters, Tibidabo is the highest summit of the Serra de Collserola. Therefore, you should miss it if you want to enjoy one of the best vistas over Barcelona. Tibidabo is on city’s northwest. You can easily distinguish it for its white temple on the top.
Spain’s second largest city, the center of Catalonia, popular destination of digital nomads, and mostly the place from where you bring countless great experiences. Barcelona is very kind to any type of traveler and you can visit it in any season.
Our trip to sunny Spain will be the last remark on summer this year that for the last time shows itself as the weather is really good this week.
In the second part about the beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast you can find out more about the beautiful villas that the famous architect Gaudí left here.
In the third part of our series you can learn about other notable references genius of Antonio Gaudi, which are the Sagrada Família and Parc Güell.
This rich city boasts with more than just architecture of brilliant Antonio Gaudí. In today’s part we will visit local aquarium and Barcelona coast promenade where are berthed historical ships and other interesting things.
We bring you the last part of our series on sunny a shinning Barcelona. The trip will end on Montjuïc.
«To the Prado Museum, to which I owe so many hours of happiness».
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Many people may have heard about Seville before. Many of them are accustomed to see its image represented along with the Giralda, watching the city aware of all what may take place, from its 94 meters heights.
«I believe in eternity», said the American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson when proclaimed to see the genius of Greece, Italy and Spain. Without any doubt, Emerson knew Granada or, at least, he had a feeling of how it would be like.
There was a time in where it was a village. That village was called Benidorm. We are talking of the years 1950s. Suddenly, I mean s-u-d-d-e-n-l-y, the Spanish government of that time decided that as we had such a lovely weather and those lovely beaches why were not we to use it to attract tourists.
Certainly I am not the only one who used services of a lowcost airlines. To be honest, I have never regretted doing this. I was pleasantly surprised that such a journey gave as a bonus.
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