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Barcelona Suggestions?

by PHeymont »

Here are a few ideas:

First, following up on the architecture thread. Although Gaudi is the best-known (and most flamboyant) of the Catalan "moderists," he's not the only! His contemporary and sometime mentor, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, deserves some attention, too. Barcelona has two of his best works. The old Sant Pau hospital campus, which is just a few blocks of the pedestrianzed Avinguda Gaudi from Sagrada Familia. It's presently used as a cultural center, and consists of a series of buildings with a common theme but great variation, linked underground by utilities. His other Barcelona masterpiece is the Palau de Musica Catalana, which is not only gorgeous but admired for its acoustics.

Second, if your friend has any interest in science, the Cosmo Caixa, partway up Tibidado, is one of the world's best and most absorbing science and technology museums. Its exhibits are incredibly varied, many are interactive and watching familes with children enjoy the museum is almost as good as the museum itself.

Third, if the aquatic exhibit in the basement of Cosmo Caixa isn't enough fish for you, the Aquarium on a pier at Barceloneta is also world-class. And within easy walking distance of edible fish and seafood at numbers of cafes and restaurants on the beach side of the Barceloneta boardwalk.

Also not far from Barceloneta is the Museum of the History of Catalonia, which traces the history of Catalonia and Barcelona from ancient times to present day; while it has an admittedly Catalan nationalist bent, it's also one of the few museums in Spain that takes a clear look at the Franco era.

A day trip to Girona, north of Barcelona, makes a nice day. It's an old university city, with a sizable medieval core and modern development; the old city wall has a walkway along a large part of it, giving interesting views of the old city and of parts of the newer area.

There's a cable car from near Barceloneta that runs up to a high point on Montjuic; the views are spectacular, and when you get off, you're not far from the MNAC, the national art museum of Catalonia, where you can see what 19th-century Spanish and Catalan painters were doing while their more famous French Impressionist contemporaries were working, as well as a large collection of older masters.

Somewhere else on these forums I said that Barcelona can absorb as much time as you give it, and it's true...but tell your friend to save some of it for himself...to sit in the park, to hang out at a cafe, to go to the beach!

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectation!

 

 

 

 

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RE: Barcelona Suggestions?

by Awesome A »

Absolutely don't miss the Picasso Museum in Barcelona! It's one of the single best retrospectives of an artist's career and  shows how his early training informed his later work. I actually prefer it to the one in Paris. Also you can take a quick and easy jaunt to Ibiza from Barcelona. Wonderful.

 

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A friend of mine is going to have 5-6 days in Barcelona in June. The last time I was there I only had 2 or three days as I was doing a cycling tour up the Costa Brava.

I recommended that they at least take a walking tour with Runnerbean (http://www.runnerbeantours.com/) - as I took their Gaudi walking tour and loved it. I also recommende Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia (of course). But my time there was limited.

Could anyone offer up some further suggestions? Its such a marvelous city.

Are there any worthwhile side-trips?

Many Thanks!


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alice in travel land

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by alice in travel land »

Girona is a wonderful side trip from Barcelona and only about an hour away. In fact, a restaurant there (blanking on the name) was just named best in the world. I also really like the little hill towns and coastal cities of the Costa Brava, in particular Empuries, for its awesome Roman and Greek ruins.

But they could spend their entire time in Barcelona and do just fine. They should take a tour of the Gothic quarter, see the Picasso Museum and spend some time enjoying the craziness of Las Ramblas. For food Cal Pepe can't be beat for authentic Spanish food, and Alkimia is a wonderful place to go if you want to try molecular gastronomy. There's also a hospital that was done in the Moderniste style that is super-cool. I'm blanking on its name, but it's no longer in use, just open to visitors (you have to take a tour, but it's really worth it). 

Barcelona is one of the favorite places I've ever been.

In Response to Barcelona Suggestions?:[QUOTE]

A friend of mine is going to have 5-6 days in Barcelona in June. The last time I was there I only had 2 or three days as I was doing a cycling tour up the Costa Brava.

I recommended that they at least take a walking tour with Runnerbean (http://www.runnerbeantours.com/) - as I took their Gaudi walking tour and loved it. I also recommende Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia (of course). But my time there was limited.

Could anyone offer up some further suggestions? Its such a marvelous city.

Are there any worthwhile side-trips?

Many Thanks!


Posted by Birdog[/QUOTE]

 

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RE: Barcelona Suggestions?

by Birdog »

A friend of mine is going to have 5-6 days in Barcelona in June. The last time I was there I only had 2 or three days as I was doing a cycling tour up the Costa Brava.

I recommended that they at least take a walking tour with Runnerbean (http://www.runnerbeantours.com/) - as I took their Gaudi walking tour and loved it. I also recommende Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia (of course). But my time there was limited.

Could anyone offer up some further suggestions? Its such a marvelous city.

Are there any worthwhile side-trips?

Many Thanks!

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sarahv

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by sarahv »

We had a really, really wonderful meal at a place called Moo, funnily enough. Wacky decor, great modern food. That was one of the highlights of my trip, along with wandering through the beautiful Gothic area and seeing all the amazing Gaudi buildings.

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by j2004 »

Montserrat was a quick day trip from Barcelona and was one of the most beautiful vistas I have seen and a very neat little town.

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RE: Barcelona Suggestions?

by ChinJ »

If your friend is a foodie there is something very cool to try in Barcelona - dining in local people's homes. I went to one of these events when i was there and it was a really interesting experience. we got to try traditinal catalonian food and also met locals and interntationals from around the world - it was a fun experience! Here is the link where they can make a booking: eatwith.com

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