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My Escapes Spain Barcelona Exploring Gaudí's Sprawling Surreal Barcelona

Exploring Gaudí's Sprawling Surreal Barcelona

December 6, 2013

After I couldn't find any travel mates, I departed alone to discover the beautiful Catalan capital by myself.
I've seen so many photos, videos and have heard a plethora of stories about it, but I didn't know that it will be so astoundingly beautiful.
Barcelona captured my heart and have explored it several times since my first trip!

I arrived to Barcelona in early September at night and I wound a wicked noisy-happy atmosphere in the center. Everyone was out in the city like there was mass-party going on or something!

Weather was generally warm, but not hot. Rarely it was cold, temperatures dropped below 15 degrees Celsius even during the day (!).

This trip was in fact composed of multiple stops and the Portuguese exotic island of Madeira as the next target on my map.

The Look and Feel of Barcelona

colourful buildings in Barcelona

Yes, it's beautiful, colourful, boasting of art, but it has vast slums and plenty of shady creeps, rats running around.
It's a city of contrast and asymmetry. You can find good and bad, elegant and romantic places, filthy urine-smelling slums.

But it's not boring anywhere!


Walking Down From Lesseps to Gràcia

Buildings in the Fontana area

Gràcia is an old cultural and shopping district of Barcelona. It was pretty near, I took a stroll down from Lesseps through Fontana, all the way down to the city center...

This was my first ever "look around walk" in Barcelona...


Barcelona, the Art Paradise

Artistical Barcelona

The city boasts with colourful art life and entertainment... After having seen so many place around Europe, I don't know if any other city could rival Barcelona in terms of arts.

And when I say art, I don't just mean architecture, art galleries, but also music and even street art! In fact, it's vastly more: it's a way of life!


Plaça de Catalunya Area

Placa Catalunya

The main square - on could say... Although, there are several squares of similar dimension, none have this force of attraction. Of course, it's in the center, between many points of interest. And there's a subway hub under the ground as well.


The Rambla and Port Vell

The port area of Barcelona

I walked down from Plaça de Catalunya to the port of Barcelona along the famous Rambla street... It's unlike any other area of the city, you have to see it!


Barri Gòtic and the Santa Eulàlia Cathedral of Barcelona

The Barri Gotic of Barcelona

It's the huge gothic quarter of Barcelona. Little did I know about how large the old town is... Plenty to discover and you'll most likely get lost in it! I did, many times!


Visiting the Sagrada Família Church

Sagrada Familia

Undoubtedly, it's the top attraction of Barcelona. Don't leave this city without visiting the four-towered church!

It' can be an ache to get up to the towers, though... I had to wait in line for 2.5 hours to get inside that elevator! But it was sure worth it... breathtaking views!


Hidden Architectural "Delicacies" in Barcelona

Casa Vicenc by Gaudi

There's far more to this city than the most advertised major buildings and neighbourhoods...

Walk the streets, explore the neihgborhoods and you'll be amazed to find places that are indeed worth some spotlight!


Gaudí's Surreal Güell Park

Guell Park

The Güell Park is among Antoni Gaudí's top creations, so I couldn't leave this one out, no matter what!

Crowded with visitors, this park is a delicate dreamland beyond words.


Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

Can a hospital be a travel attraction?

It sure can be, just follow me as I explore the complex of an old Modernist hospital that's been transformed into a cultural complex.
Rarely visited place, by the way...


Eating and Drinking in Barcelona

Eating and drinking in Barcelona

It's a place where you can't starve! Provided, that you have enough money to have a few brunches...

There are plenty of elite restaurants, but there are cheaper alternatives as well.


Vehicle Spotting in Barcelona

Vehicle spotting in Barcelona

I was always fascinated by unique, rare, even weird vehicles - both old and new! Or, should I say, vintage and modern?

Various wicked vehicles roam the streets of Barcelona... some of them are quite unusual.


Hotel Apsis Splendid, Barcelona - Review

Hotel Apsis Splendid, Barcelona

Because I arrived at night, I decided to pick a hotel near the Plaça de Catalunya area. So I chose the Apsis Splending Hotel.

Elegant friendly staff, elegant hall, great bathroom! But the room itself wasn't so splendid!


Residència Erasmus Gràcia Hotel, Barcelona - Review

Residencia Erasmus Gracia

It's a students' residence. It would have been fine, except a few essential things, including the frequently not working internet.

Ah, well hotel review without photos this time...


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