Category: Catalonia

Costa Daurada

| February 15, 2012
Costa Daurada

Costa Daurada is the name given, in the world of tourism, to the stretch of coast lying east and west of the city of Tarragona —and its hinterland—, between Cunit and L’Hospitalet de l’Infant. It has few hills, long beaches of fine golden sand —hence the name “golden coast”— and shallow waters. Continue Reading

Barcelona Sagrada Familia

| January 31, 2012
Barcelona Sagrada Familia

Antonio Gaudi is Barcelona’s patron architect. Much of the city bears his stamp. Nowhere is this more evident than in his unfinished masterpiece, The Temple of the Holy Family. Work began in 1883 but halted after the architect’s untimely death from a tram accident in 1926. Continue Reading

Barcelona Port Vell

| January 27, 2012
Barcelona Port Vell

Barcelona is a city by the sea, the Mediterranean Sea to be exact. Like most coastal towns its history and ambiance are affected by that fact. For centuries the harbor was the scene of seafarers and townspeople bustling about on the traditional business that takes place at any port. Continue Reading

Barcelona Catalan National Art Museum

| January 24, 2012
Barcelona Catalan National Art Museum

The Catalan National Art Museum offers a complete history of native art from the Romanesque period through the 1940s. In between are hundreds of samples of the finest art Barcelona has to offer. Continue Reading

Barcelona Montjuic

| January 20, 2012
Barcelona Montjuic

At the base of Montjuic in Barcelona, while standing in the Placa d’Espanya, visitors see before them two majestic towers. Constructed in 1929 as part of the Palau Nacional for the World Exhibition, they form the entrance to this Spanish city’s magnificent hilltop park. Continue Reading

Barcelona Parc Guell

| January 16, 2012
Barcelona Parc Guell

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Parc Guell is yet another of architect Antonio Gaudi’s great gifts to the city of Barcelona. Built between 1900-1914, this 20-hectare park sits on the hills to the north of Barcelona’s main areas. It provides a peaceful oasis of lush greenery and outstanding architectural elements. Continue Reading

Barcelona Las Ramblas

| January 12, 2012
Barcelona Las Ramblas

Once exclusively a flower market, the bustling Las Ramblas area of Barcelona is the perfect place for shopping and people watching. Once lined with convents and churches, the streets are now thronged with performers, magazine vendors and a hundred other things. The convents and monasteries were all closed by 1830. Continue Reading

Barcelona La Boqueria

| January 8, 2012
Barcelona La Boqueria

La Boqueria, Mercat de Sant Josep, St. Joseph’s Market. Whatever name you use to describe it the sights and smells will be the same. This bustling conglomeration of food stalls, restaurants and tapas bars is one of Barcelona’s most often visited attractions. That last fact is all the more interesting since relatively few tourists seek fresh produce on their wanderings. But here one can find that and a great deal more. Continue Reading

Barcelona Cathedral

| January 1, 2012
Barcelona Cathedral

In the center of Barri Gotic, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, is one of the most outstanding examples of medieval architecture in Europe: La Seu. Officially known as Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia. Continue Reading

Montserrat Royal Basilica tour from Barcelona

| December 28, 2011
Montserrat Royal Basilica tour from Barcelona

Getaway to the Montserrat mountains on a half-day trip from Barcelona. You’ll visit the Royal Basilica with its 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin and perhaps hear the children’s choir sing. Continue Reading

Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava

| December 23, 2011
Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava

History may have given way to high-rise hotels, and fishing to foam parties in this former Catalonian trading port, but the region’s fiery spirit is still evident, which is why Lloret de Mar is regarded as the liveliest holiday spot on the Costa Brava. Continue Reading

Barcelona Barbier-Mueller Museum

| December 17, 2011
Barcelona Barbier-Mueller Museum

Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a picturesque city. Also the capital of Catalonia, it is Spain’s second largest city after Madrid. The origins of the city go back to 4,000 years and it was later a part of the Roman Colony and finally under the Moorish rule. Barcelona has witnessed huge amount of turmoil in the form of sieges, wars, occupations, destructions and finally in the year 1975 it became an autonomous democracy. Barcelona city has always held a prestigious place in the political and cultural arena of Spain and it boasts of some finest quality historical buildings, museums and places of interest for tourists. Continue Reading

Barcelona Zoo

| December 14, 2011
Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo receives over a million visitors per year. It isn’t hard to see why, once you know about all the things it has to offer animal lovers. Built in 1892 these 13 hectares located in Ciutadella Park house thousands of animals from 400 different species, many of whom are not typically found at other conservation facilities. Continue Reading

Aigua Blava Hotel, Costa Brava

| December 11, 2011
Aigua Blava Hotel, Costa Brava

If you are looking for a haven of peace and tranquility in one of the most spectacular settings anywhere on the Spanish coastline, then look no further than the renowned Aigua Blava Hotel. Continue Reading

Visiting Girona, Figueras and Dali Museum from Barcelona

| December 10, 2011
Visiting Girona, Figueras and Dali Museum from Barcelona

On this day trip from Barcelona, you will explore the historical city of Girona and see the hometown of renowned surrealist painter Salvador Dali including a visit to the Teatre-Museu Dali. Continue Reading

Barcelona apartment rentals

| December 8, 2011
Barcelona apartment rentals

Barcelona is a fascinating city, with a buzzing rhythm reigning in this cosmopolitan heart of the Mediterranean. There are always lots of things to explore and to visit: the Roman origins, the great medieval old city, fishing quarters, the newer modernist district, the impressive urban architecture that arrived with the Olympic Games, the design shops, the parks, the beaches, the markets. And if you suffer of a culture overdose, just enjoy Barcelona’s rich gastronomy, one of its many terraces or look for a live concert in one of its many bars, theatre halls or churches. The last thing you should have to worry about is your accommodation. Continue Reading

Barcelona bike tour

| December 7, 2011
Barcelona bike tour

There’s no better way to see the sights and learn the history of Barcelona than by joining a bike tour! You get to have fun and socialize, have some exercise and be entertained by your knowledgeable English-speaking guide. This enjoyable and informative outdoor experience also gives you the chance to meet other travelers. There’s no doubt it will be the best day youll spend in Barcelona! Continue Reading

Gaudi architecture in Barcelona

| December 3, 2011
Gaudi architecture in Barcelona

The architect Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926) didn’t create Barcelona. The city is over 2,000 years old and the famed artist was active around the end of the 19th century. But much that is worthy in this Spanish city is the result of his efforts. Just a list of the works he created that are still extant here would fill pages. To describe them would take volumes. Continue Reading

Barcelona Casa Mila

| November 29, 2011
Barcelona Casa Mila

In the ultra-fashionable neighborhood along Passeig de Gràcia stands one of the most unusual examples of Barcelona architecture – or anywhere else in the world: Casa Milà, otherwise known as La Pedrera. Continue Reading

Barcelona Gothic Quarter

| November 27, 2011
Barcelona Gothic Quarter

Between Las Ramblas and the Passeig de Picasso lies one of Barcelona’s most famous areas: Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter. Its fame is well deserved. For, here, visitors can find streets and buildings from the Middle Ages that will provide hours of fascinating exploration. There are small winding alleyways where tourists can find all manner of Gothic-era buildings, shops housed in centuries-old structures, cafes and much more. Continue Reading