Barcelona is a beautiful seaside city with boundless culture, breathtaking architecture and one of the world’s most captivating cities. Certainly, our stroll through the cobblestone lanes of the Gothic quarters was the highlight of my day in this city.
In addition, we also enjoyed the city’s great food scene. The following are some of the reasons why I think that Barcelona is an amazing food destination:
- It has an exciting wine scene and interesting sommeliers
- There are sophisticated cocktail programs and bar chefs
- Chefs have fresh ideas
- A variety of restaurants
- Artisan stores dedicated to singular perfection: bread, espresso, chocolate, ice cream
This is often the first landmark that most of the tourists identify with in the city. It is the central most boulevard which cuts through the heart of the city centre. Indeed it’s a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona’s action at its best.
What to Expect
La Ramblas is spelled in the plural because it is actually a series of streets (each one a “rambla”). Though crowded with tourists, La Ramblas has beautiful trees and it is beautifully laid out. All along the way, we saw interesting street performers, shops, restaurants, hotels, just to mention but a few.
It is a street full of life throughout the day and night. Indeed, there is something relaxing while you are in such places; to grab a drink and then sitting and relaxing while watching the world go by. My husband and I, we love just taking steps back and just enjoy being in such an incredible city without the stress of having to force ourselves through the crowds.
The stroll through La Rambla summed up our trip to Barcelona perfectly.
The Columbus monument
The walk further to the lower end of La Ramblas, led us to the Columbus monument. The monument was constructed in honor of Columbus’ first voyage to the America. It is beautiful, clean and well maintained.
Here, you can take the lift inside the column to the viewing gallery at the top. It is 60 metres above the ground, and you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the port.
The Marina Port Vell
We then walked to the old harbor: the Marina Port Vell. This borders the gothic quarter and Barceloneta. It is a focal point of the city which contains the Maremàgnum Mall, IMAX Port Vell, and Europe’s largest aquarium.
Rambla de Mar, connects La Rambla to Port Vell. It incorporates a swing bridge, in order to allow ships to enter and exit the harbour. This area lively and popular for visitors and the locals. For tourists, there are many things to do in this area.
This port has quite a lot of ships, from small pleasure crafts to large and luxurious yachts. This is one of the beautiful areas to watch a sunset under swaying palm trees in Barcelona.
I fell in love Barcelona and we really enjoyed exploring the city and all of its hidden treats. Another reason for you to add Barcelona to your Bucket list!
- Catalans have their own culture and language
- Like any other big city, watch out for the pickpockets
- Almost all stores, markets and restaurants are closed on Sunday
- Use the security provisions provided by your hotel
- Save time and book your tickets online in advance
- Watch out for the classic tricks used by conmen for example asking for change or asking for directions
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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Thank you for stopping by and stay positive!
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