“The few wonders of the world only exist while there are those with the sight to see them.” – Charles de Lint
he neighbourhood of Gracia is a very special place that not everyone get to know in Barcelona it feels like a whole different world. Gracia was an independent town until the late 19th century and even now the community is small and tight. The people are exceedingly proud of their roots, bars, restaurants and its general ambiance. Cultural Visit just around your apartment, the itinerary suggested is:
Barcelona has so many sights to see and things to experience! Here are some of the sights that we think you might like:
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B. La Pedrera
C. Casa Batlo
D. Parc Güell
E. Sagrada Familia
Our description of the sights:
B367 Gran de Gracia Chic street is a great choice for an apartment in a centralized location in Barcelona. The area is popular with artists and a generally bohemian crowd, it also has a high ethnic population and the highest concentration of foreign restaurants in Barcelona.
Located in Paseo de Gracia 92. La Pedrera is the largest building of houses built by Gaudi in the Eixample area of Barcelona, and that noways has become one of the most popular visited museums. The facade is an impressive, varied and harmonious mass of undulating stone without straight lines where also the wrought iron is present in the balconies imitating vegetal forms. Here, you will get to see amazing shapes Gaudi created for the designing of each of the parts of the building. Also you will be able to enjoy a great terrace where you can see a perfect angle of the avenue Paseo de Gracia.
Casa Batlló, built between 1904 and 1906 in the heart of the city, is the most emblematic work of the brilliant Catalan architect. Gaudí gave Casa Batlló a facade that is original, fantastical and full of imagination. He replaced the original facade with a new composition of stone and glass. He ordered the external walls to be redesigned to give them a wavy shape, which was then plastered with lime mortar and covered with a mosaic of fragments of colored glass and ceramic discs.
The Park Güell is one of the cultural places you can not miss on your visit to Barcelona. It is a park located just a 20 minute walk from your apartment. Here you can enjoy an incredible, natural, green environment, where the famous Gaudi experimented with many of the structures found in other buildings such as the famous church the Sagrada Familia. In addition to this, you will also find the famous chameleon fountain Gaudi created which is an important Barcelona landmark. This park, built originally under petition of Mr. Eusebi Güell as a condo for himself and his family, has become today a World Heritage Site. From there, you can enjoy a great overview of the entire city of Barcelona accompanied with street musicians and jewelry vendors that mimic the style of the great Gaudi.
You’ve read about Gaudi, and like the Eiffel tower is to Paris, you would like to see Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. This never ending, sand castle church holds many amazing artistic details. Although the church is known to be Gaudí’s in reality many hands and minds were used in the making of the church. The man who convieved the church was the Catalan publisher Josep Bocabella who thought that making the church would bring the people back to the church ideals rather than their own revolutionary intentions. In 1882, the church started being built. It was originally designed by Francesc de Paula Villar who’s intention it was to make a simple church in the standard neo-gothic style. In 1884 Gaudí was appointed lead architect due to disagreements between Bocabella and Francesc de Paula Villar. Gaudí changed the idea of the church to more or less the design that is continued today. Gaudí spent nearly 40 years of his life exclusively devoted to the construction of this church until his death in the 1920’s when he was run over by a tram. Since then, many other architects have made their mark on the building adding their own flavor to the original Gaudi designs that were spared during the Spanish Civil war. When you get to the Sagrada Familia, make sure to take your time here because if you look closely, you can see the differences in materials used, and style in which the building is built with each new architect. I like to see if I can spot all the differences. This might make an interesting game for you and your children to keep their attention.
This place is another spot that not everyone gets to know during their visit to Barcelona and if you have children, it is a site that you can not lose. Its located in the mountain and you can access it through different ways: The first is by tram which was created in 1901 that conserves the original design and way of getting up the mountain.The tram takes you up to the funicular which is a type of train that climbs vertically up the mountain and takes you up to the amusement park. This park is very well known because it was the first amusement park in Spain and the second in Europe serving for more than 100 years and where many children still have fun. On the top of the mountain, you not only will find this great park, but also the best view of Barcelona along with two churches that give this place a spectacular setting.
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