Barcelona, what a cosmopolitan city! I spent three full days there and explored the metropolis of the Basque country extensively. Incredible the weather I had and this in November during my stay!
I wrote in other blogs that I have now come to the taste in the meantime to do a bike tour in the city to get a first overview. Get on the bike! That's how my day began in Barcelona. A big city like Barcelona has the best bike paths for me, sometimes they are implemented in the middle of the street. Unique! You can see my tour (Highlight on the Internet) at the bottom of the photo! I'm a bit proud of me: 21.9km routes to admire the main attractions of the city. The advantage is, you can always develop and take great photos. You also find the flair of this vibrant city intensively.
If you do not feel like cycling in the city, I can recommend very good Barcelona City Cards. Not only is doing this save you money, but you can also classify your trip more individually. Public transport, entrance fee to 25 museums - no queuing, sightseeing tour in a hop-on-hop-off bus, harbour tour, 60% discount on gastronomy and much more is included in the price.
- Barcelona Express Card: 2 Days of Transport & Discounts
- Barcelona City Pass: Free Entrance and Public Transport
- Barcelona Card: 3, 4, or 5 Days with Discounts
Barcelona is part of Europe's vibrant cities, with innovative architecture and design, special cuisine and nightlife. It is one of the most fashionable cities in the world and it is not hard to see why. The city attracts with its bustling ambience, lively beaches and numerous attractions, such as Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. A great experience to see the house of worship from the inside as well. Do not commit the mistake of standing up to 1 hour or more to get a ticket! Here buy the ticket in advance (is also cheaper) and directly in the cathedral Sagrada Familia without standing in line. The Basilica Sagrada Familia is almost as famous for its construction cranes as it is for its lofty towers. The construction of the gigantic church began in 1882 and was supervised by Antoni Gaudi. The massive project is ongoing and work is expected to continue until 2026.
Apart from modernist architecture, the city has a number of contemporary art museums, including the Museu Nacional d'Art Catalunya. Even the sight of the fountain "Font Magic de Montjuic" is so overwhelming that you just want to look at more. The Museu Nacional d 'Art de Catalunya at the foot of the hill Montjuïc was built-in 1929 for the World Fair. The museum houses work by artists of the Modernisme Català, such as Antoni Gaudí and Ramon Casas I Carbó (Ticket for the Museum € 12,00).
The Museu Nacional d'Art Catalunya offers you a great view of Barcelona. In the picture below you can refer to the towers "Torres Venecianes", in the background the "Placa d'Espanya". The Venetian towers are the popular name for a pair of towers at the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina at the intersection with Plaça d'Espanya. There is a tower on each side of the street. The towers are 47 m high and is under a square cross-section of 7.2 m. If you look closely, you might spot the cycle path in the middle of the road. Simply awesome and perfect for taking a terrific picture!
The best sights in Barcelona
Parc de la Ciutadella (Citadel Park) with the Cascada Monumental is the greenest park in Barcelona. The park is a popular destination for the locals. You can see a lot of young people there and the older generation enjoy sitting in the shade under the various trees. If you wish to relax and escape the hustle and bustle, this is the place. The park also houses the zoo, the parliament, the Museu de Geologia, and a sports complex. A great hotspot where you can put an end to the day.
Barcelona and the 1992 Summer Olympics. In 1992, I had the pleasure to see the summer game myself. The ship I was currently working on was chartered for the entire summer games by a well-known beverage company. Simply unforgettable! Back then, I would welcome people like Carl Lewis, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson on our ship. Twenty-six years later I looked again at the facility on the 173 meters high Montjuïc and it was just cool to see everything again. The sights and beautiful parks on this mountain are a magnet for tourists and locals alike. On the mountain, you can be on the Montjuïc funicular or the cable car. I conquered the mountain by bike!
Olympia Park 1992 with the Torre Telefónica on the Plaça d'Europa. A wonderful place with a view to the west of the city. I still remember what it was like back when - the park was filled with crowds and you could feel the spirit of the Olympics with athletes from all over the world.
Barcelona is well known for street art! La Carbonería adorns the facade of the decommissioned coal factory, which was artistically transformed until the eviction of residents in 2014, and is currently empty. The colorful, but fading exterior decoration stands out clearly from the neighborhood's surrounding neighborhoods. The coal factory, located in the corner of Urgell and Floridablanca, is the oldest building in the Eixample district and was not subject to demolition due to its classification as a historically and artistically interesting building. So the building and the multicoloredl hot air balloon with a pirate flag is one of the few graffiti that remain.
Experience is the sunrise in the port of Barcelona. The harbour is the most important in Europe. A walk in the evening on the Rambla de Mar (wooden bridge). To the shopping center, Maramagnum is worth seeing. At the shopping center on the promenade, there are some great and super cheap restaurants. I did not think that you can eat so good and reasonably priced there and also directly on the water. After dinner, I recommend a digestive walk around the corner in Port Vell, where the yachts of the super-rich park.
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