BARCELONA CULTURAL SIGHTS AROUND B233 – The Most Luxury Apartment. 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.
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. Sagrada Familia
C. Parc de la Ciudadella
D. Arc de Triomf
E. Casa Batlo
F. La Pedrera
G. Museo Picasso
Our description of the sights:
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. 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 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 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.
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.
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 pseudo 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.
Located in the very heart of Paseo de Gracia, is a statement of delight. This building created by Gaudi is a universe of symbolism, a dream world, which evokes nature with its organic elements and is suggestive of fantasy. 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 coloured glass and ceramic discs. Nowadays this great building is a museum for you to visit and enjoy!
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 nowadays 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 bulding. Also you will be able to enjoy a great terrace where you can see a perfect angle of the avenue Paseo de Gracia.
Located in Calle Montcada 15 – 23, the museum Picasso in Barcelona is the center for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. Here you can find over 3,800 works that makes up the permanent collection and offers an extensive program of temporary exhibitions. One of the most important and significant is “Las meninas”. This great museum is also the testimony of Picasso relationship with Barcelona. A close and inseparable link forged in his adolescence and youth that lasted until his death.
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