|Barcelona Spain - That Sensational
Second City of Spain
by Linda Plummer
What more could you want out of life than
a tremendous trip to Barcelona?!
Second city of Spain and major Mediterranean
port, bustling Barcelona incorporates a delightful
historic mix of Roman remains, medieval quarters
and 20th century avant-garde art. It also
possesses beautiful beaches nearby!
Nature lovers need not travel far to be able
to hike through hills that are part of the
Coastal Mountain Range and Catalonian Pyrenees.
Not only is Barcelona a tremendous artistic
source, there is also penty for the children
to do. How they will love the beaches that
surround the city, the Aquarium, Zoo, Maritime
Museum, Museum of Barcelona Football Club,
Olympic Stadium and nearby theme park!
For shopoholics, the Barcelona Shopping Line
will greatly appeal!
The velvet night vibrates with night clubs,
discos, shows, restaurants, bars, cafés
... not to mention theaters, cinemas, opera
and classical music concerts.
Needless to say, Barcelona is a culture-vulture´s
dream come true with most places of historic
interest being situated in the Old Town.
The Old Town spreads north-west from the harbor
and, at its heart, is the Gothic Quarter or
Barrio Gótico. El Arco de Triunfo can
be found there, plus the impressive Cathedral
of Ciudad Condal.
Adjacent to the Gothic Quarter is the Barrio
de la Ribera, also of medieval origin, where
several historic buildings have been turned
into museums, such as the Palau Aguilar which
is, nowadays, the Picasso Museum.
The renowned Las Ramblas of Barcelona is a
series of lively streets that combine to make
a broad avenue leading to the harbor and Mediterranean
Sea. What a superb atmosphere they possess!
To the south-west lies the fortress-topped
hill of Montjuic, where the Barcelona Olympic
Stadium and some fine museums are located.
At the southern end of the Ramblas lies Barcelona
Harbor and Port Vell. This area now combines
high-class restaurants with trendy clubs and
To be found in the central area of Barcelona
(the Eixample) are the fantasy works of Gaudí
such as Park Güell, Palau Güell
and Casa Milà La Pedrera.
However, Gaudí is best remembered for
the part he played in the construction of
the Cathedral of Barcelona - La Sagrada Familia.
So ... boomerang on over to Barcelona and
get to know Gaudí!
About the Author
Linda Plummer is webmistress of http://www.top-tour-of-spain.com
Top Tour of Spain providing information on
Spain for travel, food, language and living.