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.
This time I spent there Christmas. Therefore, I was excited. It was not only because of the sun, great wine, food, beautiful sights, and interesting galleries. More important to me were friendly people and peaceful atmosphere...
The best way to get to Barcelona is by plane - from Prague couple of airlines fly there. You can easily get a return ticket for around 4 thousand crowns (150 €). If you fly from Munich, you would easily pay a half of it. Great adventure can be a train ride. You would mostly travel on high speed rails, at least in France trains can go as fast as 300 km/h.
A city with more than 1.5 million people is set on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, right in the center of the Spanishprovince of Catalonia . It was founded in the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus. Its role had been important in the history of the region. Today it is not only center to the culture and tourism but also an important university hub. Its rich natural resources make it also an important industrial port.
The greatest influence on Barcelona’s architecture had Gothic - labyrinth consisting of narrow streets reminds perfectly the Middle Ages. Towards the end of the 19th century, Art Noveau architect Antoni Gaudí and his colleagues left also their unforgettable und hard to miss imprint on the city. Gaudí is the author of the famous Sagrada Família cathedral. It still hasn’t been finished but it is truly monumental. You can find many houses scattered across Barcelona designed by Gaudi. Many of them were built thanks to his patron Eusebi Güell. Very famous and impressive is also Park Güell. Gaudí himself lived there. Today his house is a museum about his life and work.
Another museum worth visiting hides in the city center in its narrow streets. It is devoted to Pablo Picasso - famous proponent of cubism (even though he was born in Malaga but died in France). Other interesting pieces of art are to be found in the Museum of Catalonia and near Joan Miro Museum.
Should you travel to Barcelona, don’t miss the mount of, Tibidabo. From there, you can see whole Barcelona and large share of Catalonia. If good weather, you can see even the tops of the Pyrenees. On the top, is a beautiful church called Temple de Sagrat Cor, and also an amusement park.
Greatest attraction in Barcelona is the city itself and its inhabitants. Local people love great food and drinks, meeting friends, sitting in front of restaurants, walks along the shoreline, and beautiful parks… They will be excited to talk to you (however, not everyone speaks English, but knowing Spanish will do) and you will feel like at home after just couple of days.
The monastery high in the mountains has for centuries been a refuge for the Benedictine monks, who are here guarding the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna of Montserrat. Maybe you belong to pilgrims who will go to her to worship. But even if you do not believe in miracles, take a day trip here from Barcelona. It is an exceptional and impressive place.
Salvador Dalí. A name that lives 30 years after the death of its bearer. This eccentric artist has left an indelible surrealistic footprint not only in painting, sculpture, photography and literature, but also in architecture. And it was in this area that it was most realized in its homeland, the so-called Wild Coast (Costa Brava) of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia in the north of Spain.
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.
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.
A beautiful city scenting with orange trees is located in Andalusia, south Spain - Cordoba (Córdoba in Spanish). The city is protected by UNESCO. Tourists are lured in for its Arabic architecture originating around the year 1000. The city was an important part of Islamic cutlure back then.
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.
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...
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.
«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.
The visitor will feel at home in the Patio de los Leones whose fountain, surrounded by a slim gallery of 124 columns, provides a humane architectonic space put to the service of men, in a miraculous mixture of geometry, light and rhythm.
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.
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.
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.
This small article is dedicted to Spain, better to say to the whole Pyrenee Peninsula (even Portugal will not be forgotten). I try to describe the places, which I had to make acquintance with during my stay in Spain. Nevertheless, it would be useful to say a few words about Spain in general.
Huge almost 350 hectares area, a number of charming nooks, adapted shrubs, flower beds, shady forest and the sun-heated artificial lake with romantic boats, rare statues and memorials or musicians. Such is the Madrid Retiro Park. Lots of visitors come there to find a respite, a romantic atmosphere, opportunities for active sports or cultural enrichment.