Hola and welcome back señores y señoras to another episode of “Spanish Adventures”.
This time we went for a couple of days to Barcelona, after visiting and discovering the Canary Islands.
We have been to Barcelona before a couple of times, but since the city is not only pretty huge but also very much diverse, there is all the time something new to discover.
For our trip today we chose to have a closer look at the amazingly promenade, the legendary Parc Güell Barcelona and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
Barcelona – the fine Lady of Spain
To visit Barcelona you should at least plan four days just to see the most important places, there is simply so much to see here.
The city amazes with its Mediterranean atmosphere, its impressive antique and modern beauty, bliss and perfect summer weather nearly the whole year.
More detailed information about the city you find in our Barcelona Blog.
Passeig Maritim – the boardwalk of Barcelona
Well lets go straight to our impressions from the boardwalk and the Port Vell.
Barcelona’s Promenade, also called Passeig Maritim in Catalan is not actually that old yet.
More concretely this area was built in preparation for the Olympic games, which happened in the year 1992.
With its length of around 1,2 miles and such highlights like the World Trade Center this promenade is just one big eye candy.
Directly located at the sea with view to for example the Casino this route is destination for tourists and locals equally.
Running, skating, biking and many other kinds of sport – everything you are able to do here.
The Passeig Maritim is then ending into the Ronda Litoral near the Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona.
The old Port of Barcelona is just a small part of the whole beach- & harbor area, but one of the most impressive.
Not only amazing sailing vessels are laying at anchor here the whole year, but also a huge and modern shopping center is inviting here to stay.
A great view over the sea as well as the spacious beach area of Barcelona are making the Port Vell something special.
Parc Güell Barcelona
One of the most famous touristic attractions is without doubt the Park Güell.
This in the north of Barcelona located collaborative project of the industrialist Eusebi Güell and his friend Antonio Gaudí was started in the beginning of 1900. Gaudì was designing many famous buildings in Barcelona like the roman catholic basilica Sagrada di Familia.
Originally the Park Güell was planned as a residential park with villas, but due to lack of interest it never came to this.
However, the Park stayed to be a park and was built by Gaudì in his “Natural phase”. This reflects in the harmony of man made buildings in the natural surrounding.
The Mediterranean vegetation and the colorful mosaics, together with the organic architecture is indeed really impressive.
The park has two different levels, the Monumental zone, which you can only enter with a valid ticket and a free zone, accessible for everyone.
A ticket costs by booking online 7,-EUR for adults.
Important to keep in mind is to bring enough time. The park is visited very well frequented. Often you are then only able to buy a ticket that just gives you access a couple of hours later.
But once you succeeded, the following highlights are waiting there for you:
- The entrance and the porter’s lodge pavilions
The main entrance, south of the park at the Carrer d’Olot with view to the stairs and the columns
- The Dragon stairway
In front of the entrance promenade you will see these two stairs with two walls and pinnacles formed as a terrace
- The Hypostyle Room
The huge stairs at the entrance lead directly to the Hypostyle room. This place was planned as a market place in the beginning. 86 columns you find here!
- The Greek Theatre or Nature Square
Right in the monumental zone is laying this place; which was meant to be the Greek Theatre. Now it is known as the Plaça de la Natura.
- The Austrian Gardens
Formerly these were planned to be parcels but during the transformation it became a nursery garden.
The Park Güell is definitely worth a visit.
Due to the fact, that it is located a bit offside, but yet frequently visited, you should consider to visit the park only when you are anyway in Barcelona a couple of days and have enough time.
The view over the city is breathtaking and the charm of the park itself also great.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
First of all: This time we admired the museum only from outside. Just a lack of time was the reason for this.
But that should not harm our post, since the building, which is actually called Palau Nacional and just containing the museum, already magnificent enough just by its architecture.
For aficionados and experts I just want to mention , that the museum is containing a huge collection from Roman Epoch, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance.
Meanwhile the stock encompasses more than 250,000 pieces of different collections including numismatic exhibits. So for now we have these shots from outside this beautiful building and with this we end our post
Park Güell Barcelona & Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
Next time we take you into the beautiful Constance in the south of Germany, directly located at the Lake Constance.
Til then – always on the road – your Hendrik