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Discover Barcelona (Spain)

From Gaudí’s to Messi, the imposing architecture, visiting the sea to the excessive production of products, the task List of Barcelona is as abundant as its sunny days.

It is a city that perfectly blends the ancient medieval with the most modern.

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Barcelona Cathedral

It may not have the “awkwardness nor the hype” of La Sagrada Familia, but maintains the court: a gigantic Gothic temple that hangs over the narrow streets and the shops of matchboxes.

Its site originally housed a Roman temple about 2,000 years ago, when Barcelona was still called Bàrcino (you can trace parts of the ancient Roman walls and the nearby aqueduct).

Today, the official name of the cathedral, the Cathedral of Santa Cruz and Santa Eulália, honors Eulália, a local girl who refused to accept the requirement of the Roman emperor Diocletian to renounce his Christian faith.

It’s beautiful and atmospheric, as the religious buildings usually are.

Regardless of your personal level of devotion, the internal architecture-the more the view of the city from the short path to the top-is quite a thing.

View of Barcelona Cathedral Spain

Casa Batlló

It’s easy to understand why Casa Batlló was compared to Claude Monet’s Water Lilies: covered in stained glass windows, sometimes it looks blue, then green, and then glittering as the vitreous layer of a lake.

Industrial textile Josep Batlló commissioned Gaudí to design this house after seeing what Gaudí had done with Güell Park.

Influenced by nature, Casa Batlló has no straight lines (because there are no in nature, said Gaudí), stone pillars that writhe around like animal bones and a high and bluish staircase like the sea..

The result is great and intimate.

View of Casa Batlló Barcelona Spain

 

La Boqueria

La Boqueria may be the oldest market in Barcelona-began in 1217 as a mere hugged of meat stalls on La Rambla-but tradition is not sober.

More than 200 booths: shouts of traders, the tylintar of Cups, welcomed Greetings sung (“Holaaaa”).

Although, for the whole atmosphere, it is the smell that marks the place: hot, salted and fried fish: the type that coats your nostrils excites your stomach and makes your doctor tense.

View of La Boqueria Barcelona Spain

Tibidabo

While the Tibidabo Mountain is an amusement park, it is also much more.

You will notice for the first time from the center of the city: at the top of a dome, the silhouette of a majestic temple makes you curious to go.

Officially called Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor (or Church of the Sacred Heart, easier in the language), your roof is covered with a huge bronze statue of Jesus, where you can catch an elevator.

Mentally (and somewhat inflated), suddenly you see the amusement park charm alongside it-as its retro-styled attractions, like a Ferris wheel with colourful seat beams, built for both the sights and the screams.

Adults love the sights; Children love the rides.

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View of Mount Tibidabo Barcelona Spain

Parc del Laberint D’horta

Barcelona is famous for its buildings being works of art; This is one of the few examples of a garden that rises to that level.

In the spectre of the desert, the oldest park in Barcelona is a well-cared beauty salon: Splendid temples, lakes with lilies, sculptures of mythological figures and a labyrinth of cypress that clearly gives an exercise to the gardener pruning shears.

The Labyrinth is definitely the highlight feature, a maze made of elaborate swirls of thick foliage.

It recreates the Greek myth of Theseu, destroying the Minotaur (a part-human monster, part-Bull) to fall in love with Ariadne.

A similar destination awaits those who reach the center-it is not necessary to kill a bovine, but you will find love in the form of a cupid statue.

If all this sounds a little confusing, then mock: The maze is harder than it looks.

Aerial view of Parc del Laberint d'horta Barcelona Spain

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