Barcelona, a two hour flight from the Netherlands, is a great idea for a weekend getaway. Good city-tours are organized. You can shop endlessly. Sangria on a terrace drinking or eating tapas in the historic center. The Sagrada Familia, the football stadium of F.C. Barcelona and the old harbor are just some of the numerous sites in the vibrant city of Barcelona.
Barcelona is, after Madrid, the largest city in Spain. It is the capital of the Catalonia region and the province of Barcelona. Barcelona lies on the Mediterranean. In the north the Costa del Brava and in the South the Costa del Garraf. It has an area of 101.4 km2 and has 1.6 million inhabitants. The population of the metropolis and suburbs together is over 4.8 million. The official language is Catalan. There are Spanish speaking. In the hotels and restaurants there is usually someone who speaks English and sometimes French. The currency is the euro. There is no time difference. The climate is Mediterranean. In the summer it is around 24 degrees and in the winter around 11 degrees. The kitchen is Catalan: Mediterranean with French and Italian influences. Specialities tapas, pa amb tomàquet: Bread with tomato, garlic and olive oil. Paella. Crema Catalana. Romesco.
Visitors from EU countries have an ID card and other countries require a passport.
To my mind, the city bus is the best way to explore the city. It is also possible to take the subway or bus and taxis ride anywhere in the city. There are bicycle taxis, there are even hiking and bike rides organized by the city. Trails are present. The paths have been constructed for the population. They can take an annual subscription bicycle rental and many places in town to pick up a bike and drop.
We visit a flamenco show, dinner inclus. This has a good reputation and is quite pricey. The food is not like it, the show is not special, but nice to have seen once.
The life work of Antonio Gaudi and the main symbol of the city. There is a wait of more than two hours to check in and we give up halfway. The exterior is also more than worth it but I would imagine that the view you have from the Sagrada, is stunning as the building itself. The Basilica of reconciliation is under construction and the construction and restoration will still take until 2025, one hundred years after Gaudi at the street corner by a train was run over.
In the Gothic Quarter, you can discover the medieval Barcelona. Palaces, courtyards and churches. Interesting buildings are the cathedral, City Hall, Palau de la Virreina, La Boqueria market, Teatre Liceu and the Museu d ?? Historia.
Jardins de Montjuic Miramar-
Montjuic is the oldest inhabited part of Barcelona and this area has been refurbished for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. From the 213-meter high hill you have an impressive view over the city. There is a botanical fourteen acres of park landscaped with palm trees and cactuses Jardins de Miramar. There is the possibility to increase accompanied by a funicular from the port. Or to stay in the heart of Miramar hotel.
Plaza de las Arenas Torres
Bullfighting is part of Spanish culture. Since 1900, found here bullfighting. During the Spanish Civil War arena served as a military barracks. In 2004 the Barcelona City Council banned the first city bullfighting. Meanwhile, the beautiful arena has been converted into a shopping mall.
The old port of Barcelona extending from the Columbus Monument to the Barceloneta district. Nice to visit but also for shopping, a bite to eat or go to the cinema. From here you have also the possibility to make a boat trip.
Barcelona has organized include the world exhibitions in 1888 and 1929 but is touristy blossomed after the organization of the Olympic Summer Games in 1992. The stadium has a capacity of 55,000 spectators.
The largest football stadium in Europe and the bidet seat more than 100,000 supporters. Around the stadium you'll find countless delights that sell articles of FC Barcelona. Also, honor and museum that tells the history of FC Barcelona. Unfortunately, there is no play football. I can imagine that it is impressive to attend a match in this stadium.
One of the renovation works of Gaudi, now owned by the Bernat family, known for the Chupa Chups lollipops. The building, characterized by its rounded shapes, is like the Casa Mila's famous Passeing de Gracia where you can find many luxury shops.
The Agbar Tower, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. A cylinder of 144 meters high which has 38 floors. The exterior is completely covered with aluminum awnings. Daytime reflect this ?? sunlight and at night they are illuminated by LED lamps. It seems that the architect has to register with the colors inspired by the ocean. The tower is not in view and is in use by the water company. A souvenir shop is also there to find it.
Nice to do: Tibidabo amusement park, the zoo, the beach or the aquarium, flamenco performances.
Barcelona is a vibrant city and a great idea to make a weekend out of it. It's crowded, but there is a relaxed atmosphere. There are plenty of sights, architectural delights and attractions. Until late hours, the terraces filled with people for a snack and a drink. The weather is usually pleasant. Barcelona is quite pricey but that is often the case in tourist resorts.
Weekend out: City Barcelona