Romantic places in Barcelona

28 September, 2011 0 comments

Barcelona is a city full of culture, but it is also very romantic. It is an ideal destination for those who want a romantic get-away with their loved one. The city is full of amazingly beautiful sites that we will only want to share with our sweet heart. For instance, some parks and gardens are reminiscent of past times. One of the most romantic ones is Laberinto de Horta, this labyrinth set in the middle of a large green field copies the Italian gardens of the Middle Ages. You will be able to walk around inside the labyrinth. Read full entry

Cervantes Garden or the Rose Garden

25 September, 2011 0 comments

At the top of the city of Barcelona, otherwise known as the “Ciudad Condal”, in Avenida Diagonal, next to the University, there are some very beautiful parks. The Cervantes Park or as it is popularly known the “Rosaleda” or the Rose Garden is one of the most beautiful of the city. In this park we will find a great collection of roses brought over from many different countries in world. These flowers can be found all around the park and in the top area mixed in with other species. All the different rose plants have been labelled, explaining their name and the country they came from. The best time to visit the park is spring, because that’s when most roses open and brighten up the park with their fantastic colours. With more than 10,000 rose plants of about 2,000 different species and varieties offering more than 150,000 open flowers. Read full entry

Enjoy the Tourist Night-Bus

11 September, 2011 0 comments

Barcelona is a 24 hour city. The popular day Tourist Bus also runs at night during the summer months. So, you will be able to enjoy this service until 18th of September. It will take you around the city, to see the most important sites, at night. Seeing the city lights in Barcelona is another important sight and there is nothing better than seeing them from a modern open-top bus sitting on the upper-deck. Read full entry

Literary Barcelona in la Barceloneta

24 August, 2011 0 comments

Pepe Carvalho is a famous fictional detective that was born from the pen of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán. This detective not only brought fame to his author but also to the many small areas that where his usual haunts in the books. If we want to follow his steps, why not starting the route in the Ramblas, this long avenue with its many shops, kiosks, cafés and bars. Going down the barrio de la Barceloneta we will find many fantastic fish restaurants that are commonly known as “merenderos”, this means the place where one eats “merienda”, the traditional evening meal, the Spanish version of the British high-tea at 5-6 pm. Of course merienda is not just tea and biscuits but some more hearty local delicacies. However, merenderos nowadays are open most of the day and serve all types of meals, the name did stick though. Some of the establishments we find in the area nowadays opened as simple cafés and have evolved into fully fleshed restaurants with tablecloths and menus priced accordingly. Read full entry

Frederic Mares Museum in Barcelona

23 August, 2011 0 comments

Frederic Mares, the founder of this museum was a sculptor, a historian and a professor. His collection includes pieces that all quite heterogeneous. It is the largest Hispanic sculpture exhibition from the 12th to 19th century. The entrance to the museum is through its courtyard, cool in summer and therefore perfect for a break during your visit to the Gothic Quarter during the summer months. Situated in Plaça de Sant Iu, 5 in the Gothic area of Barcelona, entering this museum is like entering the mind of an eccentric collector. The feel of its many rooms is that of eclecticism. The collector, Mares, went through times when he would obsess about one item and collect it compulsively. You can find entire rooms filled with umbrellas or pipes. Read full entry

Casa Batlló

8 August, 2011 0 comments

Casa Batlló is one of the most visited buildings in Barcelona and one of the great modernist works of Antoni Gaudí. Batlló’s House shares the spotlight with Ametller and La Pedrera or Casa Mila, all located on the fashionable Paseo de Gracia. La Casa Batlló is an outsanding piece and is always packed with tourists because of its unique architecture, recreating inside a universe where modernism is king. It was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. The inside and the outside of the building are spectacular, they offer a unique spectacle of light and colour-laden allegories of nature and a dream image in which Gaudi was able to play freely with his palette. Guided tours to visit the inside of the building of what was once the home of the bourgeois family Batlló are also available. Thus, diverse mix of materials, from wood interiors, wrought iron balconies on the façade, and even the technique of trencadís resulting in a colourful mosaic. It is this lively and cheerful tone of the modernist style that catches the attention of the tourists, resulting in buildings of great beauty and charm. In the guided tour, we will be able to enjoy the lobby, the main floor, the patio lights, and even the roof where the chimneys are so characteristic and loaded with symbolism. Read full entry