About Lara V
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb. 2008
25-34 year old female
I’m a Spanish girl living in London. Barcelona is my dream city, the place where to live in a near future. Until that time comes, I'm enjoying the opportunity London gives me to travel around the World. To me, every trip supposes an opportunity to discover a new culture, new people and a different way of living. As part of the HolaFoodie team, local cuisine is always an important part of my adventures. Don't forget to check holafoodie.com if you love food!
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Monuments & Statues
Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
A must for every visitor, Barri Gotic — which has kept much of its ancient glamour — is home to some of the city's most impressive buildings, all within walking distance. Although the Cathedral typically attracts most tourist attention, I would also recommend strolling around and visiting the incredible Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and the Jewish quarter.
Conceived by the famous architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, this group of buildings is far from being a cold and impersonal hospital. Santa Creu I Sant Pau hospital is considered to be one on the main representations of Catalan modernism and has been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A ceiling collapse, two fires, one bomb attack, and a ghost living on the premises... sounds like a film script, but it’s actually the survival story of this beautiful building. Built over a Trinitarian Convent, the Grand Theater of Liceu is one of Barcelona’s landmarks. It's considered one of the most important theaters in the world, and seeing a play here is highly recommended.
Barcelona hosts the Universal Exposition in 1988 and in everyone’s head, there is a shared thought: It is the best opportunity for the city to dazzle the world, showing Barcelona’s best face? The Arc de Triomf was part of the plan. It was a magnificent entrance to the Universal Exposition. And from then to now, it has witnessed some of the major events that have happened in Barcelona, including serving as the finish line for the Olympic marathon in 1992!
This area —now crowded with new designer shops and some of the coolest places is town — was the place used for knights' tournaments during the Middle Ages. Some of the stone buildings from that time are still in existence, and the blend of old quarter and hipster movement gives this borough a special vibe.
This museum is on a square that served as the main city meeting place during medieval times. For several years, it was the courtyard of the Palau Reial Major, and later on became a venue for medieval tournaments. Nowadays, the square is a cozy architectural corner, surrounded by impressive buildings like the MUHBA Museum.