Barcelona

"Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen." - Benjamin Disraeli

Day 1

This was our first flight together, and also Alex fist. We arrived in Barcelona at around 10pm, and took the train to our accommodation on Rambla bulevard.

first sangria

Day 2

We started our day with a view in Placa Reial followed by a 15 km long walk on the streets of Barcelona.
We walked on the Rambla boulevard to the Monument of Christopher Columbes then we went to the beach and admired the sea waves.
After the beach we stopped in a nice market where we had a cup of aromatic coffee.

Because the weather changed for a few hours and it started to rain, we went into the Museum of Catalan History.
The museum is a must if you're interested in the history of Catalonia. The interactive exhibition offer an interesting glimpse into the development of this community.

The weather has changed and the rain has stopped so we took it back to the streets of Barcelona. We passed by Church of Santa Maria del Mar.
It is the largest church in Catalan Gothic style and it was probably buid as early as in the 10th century. The construction of the current church started in the 14th century ant the foundation stone was laid by King Alfonso IV of Aragon.

Another magnificent cathedral was Cathedral of Santa Eulaila, a great and imposing cathedral. The construction of the main building started in 1298 and wasn't finished until 1460. The work on the facade began much later, in 1892, and it was completed in 1914. The cathedral has Gothic arhitecture - its truly breathtaking.

The next stop was Parc de la Ciutadella with the Umbracle, Palace of Parliament of Catalonia, Castle of the Three Dragons, La Cascada and on the other side of the street, Triumphal Arch.
We ended the walk with a glass of beer on a cool terrace.

Day 3

Because we had the accommodation on the Rambla boulevard, all the days started with a walk on Rambla boulevard. This time to the Placa de Catalunya.
Followed by a walk on the famous houses built by Gaudi, the first Casa Batllo.
This building's facade will certainly catch your eyes while walking around. Being one of Gaudi's masterpieces, it is definitely worth the visit. The house was awarded the Europa Nostra prize for the best conservation of arhitectural heritage in 2004.
Next, Casa Mila, also know as La Pedrera, is yet another masterpiece by Gaudi - a stunning modernist building that attracts many visitors. No wonder that this building was declarated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

We stopped in a super nice market called Placa de la Vila de Garcia where we enjoyed a cup of fragrant coffee.

We took the subway up to Teleferic de Montjuic and the teleferic to Montjuic Castle where we saw Barcelona from above.
We finished the day at the Magic Fountain.

Day 4

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We started our day in wonderful Placa Reial with a cup of coffee.

First stop, Sagrada Familia.
This stunning church is unfinished but nonetheless remains one of Gaudi's masterpieces. The construction began in 1882 and Gaudi continued to work until his death in 1926. The basilica is still under construction (currently, only 8 of the 18 towers Gaidi planned to build are finished), but it is already accessible to the public. The basilica shoud be completed in 2026, a hundred years after the architect's death.

After a long walk between the two objectives, from the Sagrada Familia to the Park Guell, we finally got to Gaudi's park.
This wonderful park was declared a UNESCO Word Heritage Site in 1984. Completly designed by Gaudi, it is by far the most beautiful park in Barcelona and one of the highlights of your visit. Explore it and witness the amazing connection between arhitecture and nature.

Thete are two zones in the park. One is accesible to visitors free of charge, the other (Monumental Zone) requires a ticket. The Monumental area consists of the porter's lodge pavilions with the Dragon stairway, which leads to the Hypostyle Room. Built to serve as a market, it consists of 86 columns resembling the Doric order and its ceiling is decorated with mosaics. The center of the Monumental zone is formed by the artificial Nature Square with a view of the lovely Austria gardens.

We ended the day with a flamenco show at 23 Robadors.

Day 5

On the last day of staying in Barcelona we went to Montjuic Cemetery. This large burial site holds more than 150,000 graves. It opened in 1883 and many notable people are buried here, including the former presidents of the Catalan Government Francesc Macia and Lluis Companys, the musician Isaac Albeniz, the founder of FC Barcelona Joan Gamper or the celebrated painter and sculptor Joan Miro.

So, we walk around 50 km from Barcelona. 50 km full of architecture, full of monuments and well-designed buildings. Streets full of stories, cups of aromatic coffee.
Barcelona, ​​a city worth walking.

We took the plane back to Bucharest at 10:00 pm

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