Barcelona at a Glance
The first thing you feel upon entering Barcelona is her frenetic energy. This is a city on the move, always reinventing itself. The Olympic Games was her latest incarnation in a process that began over two thousand years ago when the Carthaginians and Romans first settled these shores. Barcelona is without doubt one of the most eclectic cities in the world.
Barcelona’s natives love doing things their own way. They are, like their city, a unity of wonderful contradictions. Composed, yet eccentric. Sophisticated, yet earthy. Distant, yet affectionate. All at the same time. And you see her dynamism everywhere you look. Barcelona offers an unparalleled mixture of architecture styles, from her modernist designs to a stunning concentration of Romanesque and Gothic Palaces to its medieval and unique Cathedrals.
Gaudi has endowed the city with a legacy of his unique creations. Like Barcelona’s landmark, La Sagrada Familia Basilica and its Museum. Then there is beautiful and unique Parc Guell and La Casa Gaudi, built and designed at the turn of the 20th century or La Casa Baitlo or La Pedrera building, to name just a few of his wonderful creations.
The city has many promenades like Las Ramblas Boulevard, full of cafes, restaurants, shops and cultural institutions. Las Ramblas runs into the elegant Paseo da Gracia Avenue. This avenue is lined with buildings designed at the turn of the 20th century by master architects Gaudi and Montaner. Both Las Ramblas and Paseo da Gracia are a favorite of pedestrians and people-watching on outdoor cafes.
The historic Gothic Quarter is full of narrow streets that take you along Barcelona’s Cathedral, the 13th century Generalite Palace and the Tower of Marti. During the evening you discover that the Gothic Quarter has pockets and areas that come alive with rows of historic Tapas Bars.
The city is perfect for art lovers, with Museums like the Picasso Museum home to the largest comprehensive collection of his art, or the Miro Foundation featuring not only his paintings but an array of his creative tapestries as well.
Barcelona an ideal destination for Foodie Lovers
Whether you choose to dine in a traditional historic place or a Michelin Star restaurant, the gastronomy found here will satisfy the most demanding palate.
A visit to the turn of the century La Boqueria Mercado is a great place to learn of the ingredients that have made Spanish Mediterranean Gastronomy one of the world’s premier cuisines. Here you will find an assortment of the best Catalonian produce and wines. This is one of the markets where local Chefs choose their daily ingredients for their cuisine.
Barcelona is also ideally situated to enjoy day visits to The Wine Valley of Penedes, Medieval Girona, Figueres and Montserrat to name just a few.