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.
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This neighborhood is one of my favorite in Barcelona. Right in the Eixample district, named after the marketplace designed by Antoni between the 1872 and 1882. The market was not really operating when I was there, I think it is under construction. But there were several markets happening around the neighborhood.
Brunch is maybe the most important meal in Sant Antoni, therefore you will find several cute hipster little shops that will call upon you as “see me, I am different”.
I recommend you try the eggs with spinach at Federal Cafe I loved the concept of the window seating that you will find in several other shops around the area. Federal Cafe serves great coffee and desert as well. WIFI is also available in most shops, and they are great to work from, read, mingle with friends, or just enjoy the food. Another place I recommend visiting is Cafe Cometa A little more artsy, with many graphic prints on the wall, also very similar to the style that Federal Cafe offers, Brunch and Dessert that you will find hard to choose from the menu. This is a very cute little place with two floors. They have divided the WIFI section on the second floor for people who are there to work, and those who are just enjoying their food and friends in the ground level. I then defiantly recommend Cafe Taranna which is also a great night out for Tapas, not to forget mentioning that most of these shops have a beautiful cute atmosphere at night to hang out and enjoy. As mentioned before, the seating is very casual, hip and fun. The music is also selected with taste along with the friendly atmosphere and service. I have something for interior design, or more like something for anything that beautifully different. All things pretty on my list of to see and try.Then if you are a sugar lover, you must not miss on the most amazing donuts … Visit and try the Donuteria, with their exquisite selection of donut flavors that you have never came across before. I am pretty sure Sant Antoni will not let you down, day or night. Just go there for a walk, and you will come across a very cool atmosphere that will just call you in for a good morning or evening. History mixed with today’s creativity is all it takes to create something that is never to be forgotten. Take me back to BARCELONA.
Everywhere we go, we sometimes need a short nature escape.
In Barcelona, you can find this at the hill-top of “Montjuic” which overlooks the harbour. Surrounded by greenery, and a site that is so fresh and clean brings peace into you. You can do some sports there if you wish to jog, run or walk.
You will get to see the castle of Montjuic that dates back to the 17th contrary. The castle used to be a prison for politicians and later was used for executions.
In the evening, you can look for the light and music show at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic which I heard should not be missed. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to watch the show, but hopefully I will do that on my next visit. 🙂
For those of you who have been to Barcelona, I am sure you have already been to the beach side which is only about 10 minutes away from the center of the city. And for those who haven’t been, here is a list of things to do during your visit.
5- Look out for local bands playing around the beach area.
10- Drink fresh cocktails and have some good ice cream.