Lives in Carmel, California
Since Jun. 2013
Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
You cannot come to Barcelona and not visit La Pedrera (aka Casa Milá), Gaudí’s amazing apartment building. The rooftop features an astonishing set of architectural sculptures that function as stairwells, ventilation towers and chimneys. https://www.lapedrera.com/en/home
The Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) contains a concentration of medieval Gothic buildings only a few blocks northeast of La Rambla, and is the nucleus of old Barcelona. Great shopping and the most historic architecture dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries.
Restaurante Oleum in MNAC: We dined here after attending a flamenco show at Tablao De Carmen on the first night the restaurant opened for the season – we were their first patrons of the year. The views are spectacular and the creative, Mediterranean and Catalan food is even better. It is situated in the old Throne Room of the Palau Nacional, from where the King Alfonso XIII inaugurated the International Exposition of 1929.
We had lunch in this restaurant at the five-star Hotel Miramar then relaxed in the hotel lobby, with its spectacular views, before heading to Poble Espanyol. http://www.hotelmiramarbarcelona.com/en/restaurante-forestier
Opened in 1897 and inspired by Le Chat Noir from Paris. In 1899, at age 17, Picasso became a regular patron and had his first exhibition here. We went for lunch before a walking tour. T
Shopping in Eixample and in need of some sustenance, try Restaurant Brown33. Great art, great Mediterranean/Italian food in a beautifully decorated and vibrant space – what’s not to like?! On the corner, just a few doors from Gaudí’s Casa Batlló. http://brown33.com/en/brown33/
Just a few steps from Rambla de Catalunya, this restaurant had the best tapas of the trip!
An extension of the tawdry, but more famous, La Rambla. This section has up-market shops with tree-lined streets, teeming with sidewalk cafés. Great window shopping and people watching.
his park, designed by Antonio Gaudí, is the most famous park in Barcelona and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Originally conceived to be a 60-plot estate to the north of the city, it features winding pathways that intertwine nature with the whimsy and fantasy that typify Gaudí’s work. It is particularly noted for his breathtaking use of mosaic techniques.
his Spanish village (poble in Catalan) comprises full-scale replicas of buildings from regions throughout Spain that was created for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. The concept was to create an an open-air architectural museum. Today, the 117 buildings contain boutiques that carry items made in Spain, artisans (e.g., glass blowers, embroidery, ceramics, and textiles), food shops and restaurants.
We had a good, early dinner here after a walking tour. Not the most memorable dinner, but still quite good on the Plaça Nova.
The reason we went to this huge department store was for the view. We also had lunch in the restaurant, which was adequate, but not great, before getting on the hop-on hop-off bus. You can come up just to see the view without dining. The two restaurants (there’s also a self-service cafe) are on 9th floor of the store (accessible from the elevators).
This restaurant is famous for it's roasted lamb and has two locations.
This is Gaudí's most famous, and surreal, creation. He started work on the cathedral in 1883 and never lived to see its completion. It is, in fact, still being built today. It is unlike anything else you will ever see and it is a "must see."