Spain, Barcelona – The Catalan Metropolis IV.
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.
As you may read in some of the last articles on Barcelona, among the most valuable sights in modern history of Barcelona are buildings projected by Antonio Gaudí. However, if you focus only on them, you may miss many other interesting places worth seeing
One of them is L'Aquarium Barcelona. It is basically located on a wharf and you can reach it easily for example after few minutes of walk from Barceloneta metro station. The aquarium is considered to be the world’s largest institution studying organisms in the Mediterranean Sea. While walking in the aquarium you can see up to 450 sea species (together the aquarium holds more than 11 000 sea animals. The specialty of the aquarium is an 80 meters long tunnel. Through the tunnel leads a moving carpet that will take you slowly through the attraction and will help you to avoid long queues of inquiring visitors. Seeing sharks, rays and all kinds of fish swimming next to you or above you is a unique spectacle.
When entering the aquarium you will certainly notice an amazing seafront of Barcelona. It is hard to resist a small walk there. Activities there are somewhat magnetic – you will hear dozens languages from all around the world; you will see artists not only from Spain but also from Latin America in their attempt to catch your attention (and perhaps some Euro) by their music, paintings or performances as living statues. When you will ramble there you will have on your right side the Catalan metropolis bursting with life and on your left you will have peaceful Mediterranean Sea. Nevertheless, this is not everything that will impress you during your walk on the seafront of Barcelona. For example, you can see replicas of 15th and 18th century ships. They are imposing and if you pay the entrance fee, you can walk on their decks.
Very important sight you may not miss is the monument of Colon (aka Christopher Colombus), the Italian sailor who in service to Spain unexpectedly discovered the New World . Mighty lions guard a monumental column that has circular base with 20 meters in diameter. The monument was built in 1888 on the occasion of a world’s fair. More than 7 meters tall statue of Christopher Colombus stands on the peak of a 40 meters high column.
From the monument you can continue on one of the most famous European boulevards – La Rambla. 1,2 kilometers long La Rambla is the artery of Barcelona that connects the Columbus Monument with the Plaça de Catalunya. It is the liveliest, the most colorful and the most famous street of this city. You will pass by original living statues or endless stands where you can buy almost anything from newspapers to domestic animals (mostly birds). Right along La Rambla are located some important sights such as an opera house first opened in the middle of the 19th century - Gran Teatre del Liceu; Centre d'Art Santa Mònica – which is a museum of contemporary art; or Palau de la Virreina – a baroque palace, which is today a museum. Tourists will, most likely, appreciate Mercat de la Boqueria – a huge roofed marketplace tradition of which begins somewhere in the 12th century. At the market vendors are selling not only sweets, but also dozens types of fruits and vegetables, meats and other products. Most certainly you won’t regret spending few minutes there and feast your eyes and give your stomach a hard time.
In the next part: Montjuïc
Text/photo: Maxim Kucer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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