03-02-2010 |

BARCELONA CULTURAL SIGHTS AROUND B200 CITY CENTER ART DECO Barcelona has so many places to see. Our staff has personally selected the following interesting sights for you to visit just next to your apartment.

Barcelona cutlural: Parc de la Ciutadella

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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A. YOU ARE HERE: Your apartment with You Stylish Barcelona Apartments

B. Santa María del Mar

C. Parc de la Ciudadella

D. Arc de Triomf

E. Sagrada Familia

F. La Pedrera

G. Casa Batlló

Our description of the sights:

B200 City Center Art Deco is a great choice for an apartment in a centralized location in Barcelona. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this sweet apartment puts you in the Eixample area, a great area for sightseeing, dinning, and shopping.

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Santa María del Mar is one of the most beautiful churches in Barcelona and right in the center of the coolest part of the city. Just across the way from the church are great places to eat and have a drink after (or a continuation of) all that meditating. My favorite hang out across from the church specializes in only wine. Also, sometimes there is a woman who sings opera just outside the church’s front entrance. So you can sightsee, eat and be serenaded all at the same time. Make sure also to check out the Barcelona Cathedral, which is on the way to Santa Maria del Mar.

Cultural Barcelona: Santa Maria del Mar

This public park is home to the Barcelona zoo, various museums, a duck pond with boats for rent, waterfalls, free ping pong tables (you bring your own equipment), places to get snack foods, two parks for the little ones, and various statues (including a giant mammoth!). The Parc de la Ciutadella makes a perfect place for a picnic and there are always people enjoying the warm Barcelona rays. This park is certainly a luxury and a good place to take the whole family. My two year old boy spends hours playing with the ducks. We love the park although you do have to mind the pickpockets as this is a public and open space, they tend to congregate here. My advice is not to bring any valuables with you. Just the picnic, your family and maybe a ten euro bill for cotton candy if you fancy it at some moment.

Cultural Barcelona: ciutadella boats

The Arc de Triomf leads the way to the Parc de la Ciutadella. It’s a lovely walk down toward the Parc de la Ciutadella with a bright open space to run around in, trees lining the walkway and benches to sit on. The Arc itself is magnificent with many architectural details which makes this is a great place to take photos. Also, there is a sushi buffet restaurant (The Wok) at the beginning of the Arc de Triomf that is really convenient if you are hungry for some psuedo Japanese/chinese wok type food. The rest of the area on that side of the Arc is also very interesting to visit as there is a lovely old church with a big stone plaza. You also have the small streets that are right above the Borne area that have other great little shops and restaurants.

Cultural Barcelona: Arc_de_Triomf

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 arquitect due to dissagreements 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 devoteed 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 arquitects have made their mark on the building adding their own flavour 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.

Cultural Barcelona: la-sagradafamilia

La Pedrera looks as if the sea had sandpapered it’s walls into their undulating forms. Although it is not as colorful as Gaudi’s Casa Batlló from the outside, it still doesn’t fail to impress. La Pedrera always reminds me of a shell, the outside brown and perhaps rough and the inside smooth, colorful and welcoming. One of the nice things that the Pedrera does is hold expositions in the circular first level of the building and almost always, they are FREE. Keep your eyes peeled in the case that you can catch an exposition, not only for the fantastic art, but you may also get a free sneak peak to the inside of this famous Gaudi building!

Cultural: Pedrera ©Arxiu Foogràfic de Barcelona.

La Casa Batlló is like an explosion of color, movement and fantasy. A shiny dragon’s back glints from the rooftop of the building and several masks that just happen to be the balconies invite you to join in the joy and celebration. La Casa Batlló is particularly gorgeous at night when it is lit up and the various tiles glint like a pool of water. These two buildings: Batlló and La Pedrera are both located in the heart of the city in what is now the most exclusive street in Barcelona, Passeig de Gracia. Don’t miss exploring some of the shops or having a tapa while you are walking around.

Cultural: Casa Batllo