For decades, the wild beauty of Catalonia has captivated travelers from around the world who are drawn to the breathtaking Mediterranean beaches, the cosmopolitan Barcelona and the many established resorts of both Costa Dorada and Costa Brava. Catalonia is quite diverse, having a unique culture and language that set it apart from the rest of the country. No matter if you come here in order to taste some of the famous Catalonian dishes or want to visit some of its most popular tourist attractions, Catalonia will certainly not disappoint you regardless of how picky of a traveler you may be.
With a pristine reputation for producing some of the finest delicacies in the country, Barcelona’s Catalan cuisine is distinct from that found anywhere else in Spain. Catalonia in itself is a very diverse region that produces a wide range of high quality and fresh vegetables, fruits, poultry, meat and seafood. In most cases, they come in strange combinations, including fish and nuts, fruit and poultry, but also seafood and meat. In fact, when it comes to Catalan cuisine, everything is different than you’d expect.
While it may lack the avant-garde of the experimental nightlife in Berlin or the diversity of the London scene, Barcelona does know how to pack a punch when it comes to having fun all night long. Whether you like to get down with the glitterati or get high with the hippies, you’ll find there is enough to get you going until morning light. And since you’re probably curious about the best places you can go here in order to have a smashing good time, we’ve made a list that should at least give you some pointers about the best bars and clubs in town.
Vacations are amazing! Just picture yourself sitting on a beautiful sandy beach with the blue ocean flickering in the horizon and the cool breeze blowing through your hair. In fact, just by imagining makes you feel you want to go on a vacation right now, doesn’t it?
Well, while everyone may want to go on vacations more often, the truth is sometimes you need to deal with big expenses, such as car repairs or a leaky roof. As a result, this makes saving up for a vacation quite impossible. However, if that’s the case for you as well, then you don’t need to worry about it anymore. That’s because in the paragraphs below we’ve come up with a few solutions that can help you save for your next vacation as slowly or as quickly as you want. So how can you do it?
For hundreds of years, the Royal Basilica of Montserrat has been one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in Spain and that’s because of its popular XII century Romanesque carving of the Black Virgin. If you decide to visit this place on weekdays afternoons, then you’ll also be able to hear the L’Escolania children’s choir, which is well known around the world for the angelic music it produces.
With more than 3500 works on display by Pablo Picasso, the Picasso Museum in Barcelona is by far one of the most comprehensive collections of works of art signed by Picasso in the world. Ceramics, sculptures, drawings and also paintings span from his earliest sketches as a child to some of his most valuable cubist pieces. No matter if you’re an art lover or a parent who wants his kids to admire the peak of human talent, the Picasso Museum in Barcelona is one of the most memorable places to visit when coming to Spain.
If you’ve been to Barceloneta before or you have friends that already visited it, then they probably told you by now that this place is all about the sea. It’s about old fishermen’s houses, pretty marinas, and also noisy seafood restaurants. And let’s not forget about sunbathing on the beautiful beach, since Barceloneta is very famous for its beaches. If you’re planning on visiting this place soon and would like to learn more about the best tourist attractions in town, then you may want to keep on reading, since the list below will fully answer your curiosity.
Antoni Gaudi is one of the most renowned architects in Spain and amongst the first widely known practitioners of Catalan modernism. While not many, his works are simply breathtaking and evoke a distinctive and individualized style that’s inspired from nature, religion and architecture. In his work, Gaudi considered every detail and managed to seamlessly integrate various crafts into his architecture in order to give his creations a unique touch. To offer some examples of those crafts, they included carpentry, wrought iron forging, stained glass and also ceramics.
Under the influence of Oriental and neo-Gothic art, Antonio Gaudi was one of the most noteworthy supporters of the Modernist movement, a style that reached its peak in the late XIX and early XX centuries. What’s interesting about the way Gaudi designed his creations is that he never really drew detailed plans, but actually created them as 3D scale models and went on to model the details along the way. Speaking of which, below we’re going to talk about some of his most popular creations that are now declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
After many months of saving money, you’ve finally managed to save just enough so that you can finally go on the vacation you always want to take. However, there’s just one small detail: you haven’t flown in years, so things like getting to the airport, checking in for your flight, getting through security and then to your gate can be a bit troublesome. Worry not, since we already did the hard work for you and wrote the guide below on the best way to get from your home to the airport fast and always on time.
Depending on how long your vacation is going to be, it’s always recommended that you only pack the necessities. Keep in mind that you can’t take everything with you, so even if you plan on going hunting when you arrive at tour destination, you won’t be able to take your favorite gun along. In fact, for any item that you’re not sure you can take with you, it’s best to get in touch with the TSA and ask them about it. As always, asking is better than having to discard your items at the airport and eventually have them destroyed.
Depending on how far away the airport is, the traffic, time of day, getting to the airport can be the most nerve racking part of your vacation. It is recommended to arrive 2 hours early for domestic flights and 3 hours early for international flights. If you drive yourself to the airport, you need to plan appropriately for traffic getting there. Then you must park your car. If you park in economy parking which is cheaper, plan enough time to catch the shuttle to the terminal. To get dropped off at the curb of the terminal, have a friend or family drive you to the airport. Or if you have the extra money go with a taxi, bus or better yet a limo. (My friend has a great limo company you can check out here.) Once they pick you up, you can relax. They will get you to the airport on time. They will deal with the traffic and there is no parking to worry about. Now that you are at the airport you need to check in.
As part of the Ciutat Vella or Old Town along with Barceloneta, La Raval and La Ribera, the Gothic Quarter is one of the most imposing landmarks in Spain. Potentially eerie to a first time visitor, but brimming with historical value, visiting the Barri Gotic feels like taking a trip back in time to an age when the world was in the midst of a tumultuous change and transition that left its mark on every culture on the continent. So what is there to see here and what are some of the best places you should visit when coming to the Barri Gotic for the first time? Well, about that and more we’re going to talk about in the following paragraphs.