Gingerbread houses, a magical lizard and a bank that meandering, these are just some of the magnificent architectural touches that Gaudí himself designed for the Park Güell. A green lung in the mountains of Barcelona, which was born as part of a futuristic urban complex, so far ahead of its time that it failed, but luckily for us, the park is still there! Let yourself be lost among its meandering paths full of vegetation, while observing one of the best views of the city!
Visiting these two mythical neighborhoods of the historic center is undoubtedly a unique experience. Located within the limits of the old walled city, the Gothic quarter of Barcelona invites us to travel through time and allows us to imagine how medieval Barcelona was. El Raval, on the other hand, is the bad boy in the neighborhoods of Barcelona, an immigrant neighborhood, which for many years was the epicenter of crime in the city and today is reborn as one of the most multicultural neighborhoods, where art is lived in Every corner
The maximum symbol of the city, this religious temple is undoubtedly one of the most amazing buildings in all of Spain and the world. Its unmistakable silhouette can be seen from several points of the city, marking a whole reference. But if your exterior surprised you, you can’t imagine what awaits you inside. There every wall, every column, every vitro and every door is loaded with endless details and symbolisms that will transport you to the magical world of Gaudí.
Barcelona is a lively city full of flavors to discover. In the city there are more than half a dozen local markets, where you can experience first-hand the local gastronomic culture. Although we would have to recommend only one, that would undoubtedly be: La Boqueria. This is the most famous of the Barcelona markets, there are waiting for hundreds of places where we can try the specialties of Catalan cuisine, a true paradise for lovers of good food!
Catalan architecture of the early twentieth century was characterized by always looking for the vanguard, creating beautiful buildings that still survive today in Barcelona. While we can find many of these jewels of Catalan modernism in various corners of the city, there is a street where five of them crowd and seem to compete with each other in search of the eyes of tourists. We are talking about the “apple of the discordi” a small section of the elegant avenue of the Paseo de Gracia where we will see works by the great Catalan architects, one next to the other!
Barcelona is beautiful and from the heights of Tibidabo it is even more so! On your next visit to Barcelona do not miss this ancient amusement park, which combines the charm of its old mechanical games of the beginning of the century, with the most modern technological attractions. And all this while we have the most incredible panoramic views of the city, from this the highest point of it. An ideal place for those traveling with children and for the not so children too!
Although the first settlements in the area date from 2500 BC. We could say that Barcelona was born with the ancient Layetanos people in the 6th century BC. C. This town lived from agriculture, livestock and mining of iron, silver, copper and gold. Then it was the Romans who founded here the colony that would give rise to the city, baptized as Barcino. The remains of this old citadel and its protective wall can still be seen in the historic center of Barcelona.
Already in the year 259 of our era, the first Christian communities began to be established, although Christianity was newly legalized in 313 by Emperor Constantine. But at the end of the fourth century, the municipalities under the power of Rome began to lose power, which ultimately resulted in the beginning of a moderate self-government of the city.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the city fell under the domain of the Visigoths first, and then had a Muslim period, which lasted about 200 years. With the middle ages came the Christian reconquest of the city, an era in which Barcelona became one of the most important economic and political centers of the western Mediterranean. The Gothic Quarter, is one of the witnesses of the splendor that Barcelona lived from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century.
Since then and until well into the eighteenth century, Barcelona experienced a certain decline while struggling to maintain its economic and political independence. In 1714, this fight ends with the fall of the city in the hands of the Bourbon troops, which means the loss of the rights and privileges that until then enjoyed the Catalans.
With the arrival of the Industrial Revolution in the early nineteenth century, Barcelona had a new economic revival, supported mainly in the development of the textile and metallurgical sector. In these years a stage of cultural recovery begins. A period known as the Renaixença, in which the Catalan language is renewed as a literary language. This was a time of great urban transformations, where the old medieval city, became a modern city with wide avenues, new neighborhoods like the Eixample were born. All this era of continuous bonanza during the first years of the twentieth century, born new artistic and architectural movements such as Catalan modernism, by the famous architect Antonio Gaudí.
But all this under the worst way during the Spanish civil war. In those years the city severely opposed the Franco regime, which resulted in various bombings on it and the capture of the city by Franco’s army in 1939. Catalan autonomy was eliminated and even the prohibition of the Catalan language was reached.
After the death of Franco and the recovery of democracy in Spain, in the 70s Barcelona was once again the capital of autonomous Catalonia and the seat of the new parliament and the autonomous government. In 92 Barcelona was the headquarters of the Olympic Games, a very important fact in its history that brought a large number of works and modernizations throughout the city, marking the beginnings of Barcelona in the 21st century.