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14 days in Barcelona
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Lety Jasse

27th June 2022
Arc de Triomf
Picasso Museum
The Museu Picasso ("Picasso Museum") located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. With 4,251 works exhibited by the painter, the museum has one of the most complete permanent collections of works. The museum is housed in five adjoining medieval palaces in Barcelona's La Ribera and is located on Montcada Street in the (Bank District) of Barcelona. It opened to the public on 9 March 1963, becoming the first museum dedicated to Picasso's work and the only one created during the artist's life. It has since been declared a museum of national interest by the Government of Catalonia. Highlights of the collection include two of his first major works, The First Communion (1896), and Science and Charity (1897). In particular, the Museu Picasso reveals Picasso's relationship with the city of Barcelona, a relationship that was shaped in his youth and adolescence and continued until his death.
Cathedral of Barcelona
The current cathedral was built during the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries on the old Romanesque cathedral, built in turn on a church from the Visigothic era, which was preceded by a Paleochristian basilica, whose remains can be seen underground, in the Museum of History of the city. The completion of the imposing façade in the same style, however, is much more modern (19th century).
Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter of the old city of Barcelona stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to the Ronda de Sant Pere. This quarter encompasses the oldest parts of the city of Barcelona, and includes the remains of the city's Roman wall and several notable medieval landmarks. This place retains a labyrinthine street plan, with many small streets opening out into squares. Most of the quarter is closed to regular traffic although open to service vehicles and taxis.
Mercado de La Boqueria
A large public market with a diverse range of goods and produce. This has got to be one of the most visited places in Barcelona. Enjoy freshly squeezed organic fruit juices for around €1.5 per cup. Visit around closing time (8pm) and sellers might make you a special price (2 or 3 for €2). Closed on Sundays.
Nice shopping mall by the sea at the end of The Ramblas. The only shopping mall in the city open on Sunday and public holidays. Clothes: mostly mass-market brands; no independent designers; only a few outlets of national chains. There is a very clean, paid entry washroom here.
Columbus Monument
The Columbus Monument is a 60 m (197 ft) tall monument to Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888) in honor of Columbus' first voyage to the Americas.
The Magic Fountain
Enjoy the colourful outdoor display fo the the Magic Fountain. Check website for showtimes - varies by season.
Works of Antoni Gaudi
Seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in or near Barcelona testify to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These monuments represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal, style which was given free reign in the design of gardens, sculpture and all decorative arts, as well as architecture. The seven buildings are: Parque Güell; Palacio Güell; Casa Mila; Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell. © UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Park Guell
Park Güell is public park designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, the greatest exponent of Catalan modernism, commissioned by the entrepreneur Eusebi Güell. It was built between 1900 and 1914 and it was inaugurated as a public park in 1926. The Park Güell is a reflection of the artistic fullness of Gaudí: it belongs to his naturalistic stage (first decade of the twentieth century), a period in which the architect perfected his personal style, through inspiration in the organic forms of nature, to which put into practice a whole series of new structural solutions originated in their deep analyzes of the regulated geometry.
Sagrada Familia
This place is Barcelona's most popular and famous attraction and a testament to Antonio Gaudi's modernist style. It is most unlike any other church in the world. The texture and detail on the facades are intricate and incorporate forms seen in nature as much of Gaudi's work does. The inside is huge. It is estimated that it can hold 13,000 people. It was vaulted ceilings and columns designed to be reminiscent of trees. The church is still under construction, but the central nave, apse and crypt are open. Seeing the Sagrada Família at night with lights on is impressive — this is the time when you understand why people say that it is built of bones. An audioguide is recommended. You will get a much better appreciation of the Sagrada Família, but it does last for over 90 minutes. A trip to the towers costs extra but provides a different perspective to the church. There are two facades to choose from: Nativity facade and Passion facade. The Nativity facade was constructed between 1894 and 1930, and reflects Gaudi's style to the most. The Nativity facade is lower and faces to the east of Barcelona. The lift to the towers at the Passion facade goes up 85 m and offers you a panoramic view towards the centre of the city. The entries to the lifts are on the left of the doors of the respective facade (looking from inside). There are some lockers there where the visitors are asked to leave their oversized items. Children under 6, unaccompanied children under 16 and elderly people with reduced mobility cannot go up into the towers.
Tibidabo (Catalan pronunciation: [tiβiˈðaβu]) is a hill overlooking Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. At 512 metres (1,680 ft), it is the tallest hill in the Serra de Collserola. Rising sharply to the north-west, it has views over the city and the surrounding coastline.The summit of the hill is occupied by the Sagrat Cor church and adjacent Tibidabo Amusement Park. The Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower is a short walk away. All three are prominently visible from most of the city of Barcelona. Designed by Enric Sagnier, the church was started in 1902 and took 60 years to complete. It is topped by a sculpture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Josep Miret Llopart. Tibidabo can be reached by road or via the Tibidabo Funicular, which was the first of its kind in Spain, and by the Tramvia Blau. Funicular operations recommenced in June 2021 after modernisation, however the tramway remains out of service. Replacement bus TC2 connects Tibidabo with Avinguda de Tibidabo Metro station. The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona minibus service 111 connects it to Vallvidrera village and the upper station of the Vallvidrera funicular.
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