But it is not just the sunset. Tibidabo is what this breathtaking mountain overlooking Barcelona. But it is not just about the sunset. This place is occupied by the Sagrat Cor Church “Sacred heart of Jesus Church”. Built from 1902 until 1961. But this is not it. Tibidabo is an amusement park. Opened in 1899, with a blue tram that started working in 1902. The park is one of the oldest in the world and is still functioning. In my opinion, you have not truly seen Barcelona, if you haven’t dropped a visit to Tibidabo. An unforgettable experience.
Antoni Gaudi’s famous hilltop park is located in the Gracia neighborhood. This is a surreal cinematic view of Barcelona. A ride into a new world, an imaginary world only formed into reality. Carmel Hill is the name of the hill-top, filled with architectural elements and beautiful gardens, this is where Antoni Gaudi lived the last few years of his life. You enter with expectations, but you exit with your mind blown. This parc is like a dream land, toy land only it was made to live in. If you thought anything is impossible, then go get inspired by the work on Antoni Gaudi. Make some time to sit and relax. Read a book, write a novel, meditate, or just people watch. This seating was made for your comfort. Overlooking an escape from the normal day-to-day life. I tried to take the bicycle up which turned to be a failed mission. so I parked my bike, and walked up to turn into a hike up, so make sure you dress in something comfortable to hike with. Worth every step. The parc was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened into a public park in 1926. Designed for the people, with people, made of stone, bricks and mosaic. Parc Guell is inspired by nature, everything natural and organic. A reality escape. You enter and you never want to leave. If this was made a 100 years ago, then imagine what one can create today. So never let anything stop you. If someone came and explained all this today you might think the person is crazy, but once you see such work come into reality, it will inspire millions.
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The famous Catholic Church of Barcelona. Designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi 1852-926. Incomplete until today, Sagrada Familia is attracting people from around the world to visit Barcelona only to see it. In love at first sight, this piece of art is worth the years of work put into it. The style of the church is from the Gothic and Art Nouveau forms. The designer Antoni Gaudi died when the church was only quarterly done. The project is supposed to be complete by the year 2026. I enjoyed staring at the details of this architect. A true piece of Art.
After a week of exploring Barcelona, I decided to visit Gràcia neighborhood again. I more like, decided to spend a full day in Gràcia. This neighborhood was established in 1626, with a convent under the name “Our lady of Grace / Nostra Senyora de Gràcia”.Gràcia, and was independent of Barcelona until 1897. Gràcia is a neighborhood full of life. Differs from the rest of the neighborhoods for not crossing the street of La Rambla, nor is it connected to the center, but is a little ride up a hill. Gràcia is famous for its squares “Carrer”. You will find many squares, I think famous for 5 public squares. Squares of Gràcia are known to live the day and night. They are usually filled with outdoor tables, live bands, and laughers. If you decide to spend the day there, then make sure you walk and look for the art that resides in it.
Barcelona is known for its friendly people and comfortable atmosphere. You will also feel very much welcomed in Gràcia. Make sure you find the popular Carrer Verdi and explore the shops there. I was very lucky to stumble upon a Palestinian cuisine restaurant that will meet your fantasy. Great food, interior design and hostess. You do not want to miss it. Have incredible Tiramisu and coffee at Nabucco.Unforgettable sushi at Kibuka.Best of all, are all the colored walls you will come across.
A very unpredictable neighborhood and a very predictable love affair. Find very cozy cafe’s. Have a romantic dinner. Go for a door hunt.
You must have been to El Born, if you have been to Barcelona. And if you haven’t, then you must pass by this edgy artistic neighborhood, when you visit. Yes, you have probably read artistic in all my Barcelona posts, well, I guess I consider Barcelona a city full of art.
El Born yells out medieval with it’s original ancient architecture, today mixed with modern designers and museums. You can find Picasso museum and many other museums. Not much of space for cars to walk, but lots of space for people to walk around.
Meet Barcelona’s Arch de Triomf built in 1888. “What is with Arch de Triomf in Europe?” This neighborhood attracts young artists and so you will find all their streets and houses decorated. The day in Barcelona never ends.Enjoy your walk, your food, your drink. Find activities, markets and festivals happening. Enjoy the little taste of bliss in El Born. Find out more about Barcelona
I first felt astonished to hear that there is a district with the name “Gothic Quarter” or what is known as the “Barri Gotic” in Barcelona. I did mention feeling as if I was thrown into a very old theater, well wait until you get to walk in this neighborhood. It sure is theater, with its smoky themed walls, and medieval street lights. Truly breath-taking experience. The longest stretch from La Rambla, easy to walk to and walk through. This is old Barcelona, with buildings that date back to the Medieval time and some even back from the Roman settlement. The small streets of the Gothic Quarter lead you yo hidden squares where most of the bars are at and the night scene is cozy and alive. You can find local bands playing sometimes, and setting are mostly very romantic, in the dark with candlelight’s.
Each square has a story of its own, I was not lucky enough to have locals travel with me through the streets, but I would defiantly recommend you find someone who has historical stories and background on each neighborhood which I feel will very much widen your imagination. Just take your bike and wander between the tiny streets in and out of La Rambla across Barri Gotic, look into shops, and spend a memorable night out from one place to another.
Where do I begin… This neighborhood is like a maze, but a cool one. Beautiful shops scattered everywhere that are both edgy and artsy. The street life is incredible, never empty and is always crowded whenever and where you go.
El Raval is becoming a cultural hub, there is something to do every minute of every hour, the shops are celebrating all the time, and you will meet people from all over the world.
You can easily get to El Raval through Catalunya square and La Rambla Street. Make it to the market “La Boqueria” It is known to be one of the best open markets in the world. Into Arts? Then visit the MACBA “Barcelona’s museum of contemporary Art” and you will see many skateboarders around the area.