Category: Catalonia

Costa Daurada

| February 15, 2012

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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