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Travel Guide & Photo Galleries of Barcelona, Spain

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Barceloneta and Port Vell
Casa Battló
Casa Milà (La Pedrera)
Cathedral of Barcelona
Joan Miró Foundation
Gardens, Parks & Plazas
Las Ramblas
Palau de la Musica
Parque Güell
Poble Español
Port & Columbus Monument
Sagrada Familia
Port Vell
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Barceloneta - a fishing district which was originally built to house those who lost their homes when the old La Ribera district of Barcelona disappeared.  Begun in 1753 by Próspero Vervoon with one story houses.  However, in 1837, the barón de Meer authorised the addition of another storey to each building and the area became the first "eixample" (expansion) of Barcelona.  Blocks of flats were constructed, 100m x 100m in straight streets and the beaches were cleared.  Barceloneta is within easy walking distance of Las Ramblas and the Gothic Area of Barcelona.
Port Vell, the old fishing port, maintains the classic air of Mediterranean fishing ports, with the exception of the fine yachts moored there! Unfortunately it was a cloudy day when I visited...
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Casa Battlo - Barcelona - click for larger image
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The magical world of Casa Battló - designed by Antoni Gaudí for the Battló family.  More than a building, it is a legend of art and the masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí.  The Modernist facade represents the waves of a calm sea - the roof tiles look like fanciful scales.  The attics and chimneys never fail to delight and fascinate.  As Gaudí was known to say ".. the only straight line is the horizon..."
Originally the architect was asked by the textile magnate Josep Batlló to demolish a nondescript building designed in the 1870s by Emilio Sala Cortés and create a new house. But Gaudí convinced Batlló that he could keep the existing structural framework and remodel it into a masterpiece that would both shock and delight fin de siècle Barcelona. Casa Batlló is situated on the Paseo de Gracia in L'Eixample, one of Barcelona's most exclusive neighborhoods. Also on this so-called "block of discord" are the houses of other prominent industrialist families such as the Amattlers and the Lleós. At the turn of the century these families were engaged in a battle to "keep up with the Joneses."
If one house featured tile, the next house would incorporate more elaborate tile. If one family hired a particular architect, the next family to build would hire a more prominent one.
Gaudí was the last architect in this competitive sequence to build in the notorious block of discord. By the time he arrived, the stakes were high, and he needed to produce something spectacular. His success is evident; the Batlló house represents a creative tour de force. It is one of Gaudí's last private commissions before he grew more reclusive and dedicated his energies to the Sagrada Familia.
Address Visiting Hours:
Passeig de Gràcia, 43 Every day from 9h00 to 20h00
08007 Barcelona Audioguide included.
Tel: 93 216 03 06 PRICE OF VISIT: 16 Euro including rooftop and attics.
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Casa Mila - Barcelona - click for larger image
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"Casa Milà - La Pedrera" (1906-1912).   In the late 19th and early 20th century the district of Eixample (Passeig de Gràcia and the surrounding areas) became the hub of Barcelona's expansion.  Antoni Gaudí was commissioned by the industrialist, Pere Milà, to construct a building on the boundary of Barcelona and Gràcia, as both a family residence and also to be leased as separate dwellings.
Owing to the way its facade appears to be carved out of rock, the Casa Milà was nicknamed "La Pedrera", which means stone quarry.  In 1984, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site."  It is interesting to note that there is an excellent view of Sagrada Familia from the roof!
Provença, 261-265, 08008
Tel: 902 400 973
Visiting Hours:
Monday to Sunday, from 10h00 to 20h00 (last admission at 19h30). 
Closed: 25th and 26th December, 1st and 6th January, and one week in January (check out dates).
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The Cathedral of Barcelona has one of the most beautiful Gothic cloisters in existence.  Quadrangular in shape, surrounded by chapels on three sides, some of which still have the original XIV and XV century wrought iron grills.  In the centre of the cloister there is a small temple with a fountain and garden.  There is also a museum to visit.  The area also includes some of the original Roman walls in the city.
The Cathedral is currently undergoing renovation work, so I have included a photo of the cathedral in all its majesty, as well as the originals taken by me.  The photo gallery also includes street scenes around the Cathedral area.
A donation of 4 euro is payable for your visit, which naturally goes towards the upkeep and renovation of the Cathedral.
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Joan Miro - 1925
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Miró's works are to be found today in the world's principal museums and cultural institutions. Many, however, have remained in Catalonia, mostly in the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona.  Here are a few of his sculptures - the gallery is well worth visiting for the numerous pieces of art and sculpture in the permanent collection, information about the artist, plus the exhibitions.
Unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos of the paintings, so you will find a few of Miro's sculptures in the slide show.
Address & Contact Information:
Opening hours:
Fundació Joan Miró
Tuesdays to Saturdays 
Parc de Montjuïc, s/n
10.00 - 19.00 (October-June)
08038 Barcelona
10.00 - 20.00 (July-September)
Tel. (34) 934.439.470
Thursdays 10.00 - 21.30
Fax. (34) 933.298.609
Sundays and public holidays 10.00 - 14.30
Mondays (except public holidays) Closed
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Despite being such a large and busy city, Barcelona has many quiet and green corners for you to rest and recover from your sight-seeing.  Here is a small selection of what is available including the famous Plaza Catalunya.
Plaza Catalunya (or Plaça Catalunya as it is also known in Catalan) is an important centre in the city - situated between L'Eixample and Las Ramblas, right down to the Port of Barcelona.  Conveniently placed for the tourist buses and taxis.  Visit the plaza in the evening to view the fountains.
SEE ALSO:  Parque Güell
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Las Ramblas - vibrant walking area of Barcelona with its cafes, restaurants and shops.  Stroll from Plaza Catalunya right down to the Port, enjoying the antics of  the street artistes and human statues on the way.
Visit Casa Battló (Gaudí's masterpiece) and La Pedrera (Casa Milá) not too far a walk away and the Gothic Quarter within easy walk/bus trip.  Stroll down to Barceloneta, Port Vell and the beach.
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Unfortunately photos are not allowed inside the Palau de la Musica.  I managed to get one interior photo and a few outside photos on a rather cloudy day... also including a couple of street scenes close by.
The Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona was confirmed a World Heritage Building by UNESCO in December 1997.  It is an active concert hall and offers symphonic. chamber and choral concerts, recitals by instrumentalists and singers, jazz, etc.  Well worth a visit, the interior is exquisitely decorated.  View website
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Güell Park was originally created with the concept of being a residential town. It is situated in the upper part of Barcelona and, among other important innovations, it represents the beginning of the use of multicoloured pieces of tiles as a covering.  A fascinating fairyland of Gaudí's creations.
In the park you can visit Casa Museu Gaudí.  Gaudí lived in the house from 1906 to 1925, one year before his death.  The house was bought in 1963 by the "Association of Gaudí friends" and converted into "Casa Museu Gaudí", an interesting museum displaying  furniture, drawings, decoration and others, designed by Gaudí himself and Josep María Jujol.
Address: Museum Hours:
Parque Güell October - March  10h00 to 18h00
carretera del Carmel, 08024, Barcelona April-September 10h00 to 20h00
Tel: 93 219 38 11 Closed afternoons of December 25-26, January 6
Fax: 93 284 64 46 January 1 - closed all day.
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Well worth a visit - Poble Español - situated at the foot of Mount Montjuic.  Created in 1929 on the occasion of the Barcelona International Exhibition, the Spanish Village is the only initiative of its kind which has survived the test of time.  A collection of streets and squares, monuments and buildings, representing the different peoples and cultures of Spain.  Some might call it kitsch, but it is an attractive and interesting place to visit, full of shops selling the handicrafts of the various regions.  There are restaurants and cafes to enjoy a break and also an art gallery, Fundacio Fran Daurel.
One bad point - above the entrance is a terrace cafe with incredible views (but alas, bad service and incredibly high prices!)  However, the views were worth it...
Address: Visiting Hours:
Marques de Comillas s/n Winter
08038 Barcelona From Monday to Thursday: 9:00 - 20:00
Tel: 935 086 300 Friday and Saturday: 9:00 - 04:00
Fax: 935 086 333 Sunday: 9:00 - 24:00
Poble Español can also be visited online at: Spring, Summer and Autumn Monday: 9:00 - 20:00
F From Tuesday to Thursday: 9:00 - 02:00
F Friday and saturday: 9:00 - 04:00
F Sunday : 9:00 -24:00
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Visit the Monument to Columbus outside the port - built by Cayetano Buigas and opened in 1888.  It is possible to take an elevator to the top for the magnificent views (beware if you are claustrophic like me as this is a very small space - a Spanish lady who shared the elevator with me said that she would rather be in the lift in El Corte Ingles (popular department store)!)  Well worth the ride though for the views.
The Port itself is an interesting visit with cruise ships to view (Barcelona is one of the busiest cruise ports in the Mediterranean), also ferries to the Balearics and local cruise boats.  There is also a heliport where you can take a helicopter tour of Barcelona (see
Read an interesting article about Christopher Columbus
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Sagrada Familia - one of the most enigmatic symbols of Barcelona's skyline.  The unfinished Temple of the Sacred Family.  Construction was begun in 1882 by the architects Martorell and De Villar.  In 1891 Gaudi took over the project, which is still incomplete, due to his death in 1926.  Construction continues and your donation on entry pays towards this work.
I did make a joke that its the first time I've paid to visit a Spanish construction site, but really, the visit was completely worthwhile and fascinating.  The building, even in its current state, is totally awe-inspiring.  I am really looking forward to seeing the completed temple.  The following photos give an idea of some aspects of the facade and interior.  For more information and the full history of this fascinating building, visit the following website:
You can become a friend of the Temple by paying an annual fee towards the construction of the Temple, you will then have unlimited free access to the building, plus other benefits, including a discount at the gift shop.
Contact Information:
Address:  Mallorca, 401, 08013, Barcelona
Telephone:  93 207 30 31
Fax: 93 476 10 10
Travel Article: La Sagrada Familia - Past And Future   by Mike McDougall
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Latest update: September 20, 2012