Sunday, 15 June 2014

Barcelona: 4 days and 8 sights

Day 1: Arrival and first steps

Badalona

We were booked on an 8am flight from Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport which was due to take us to the sunny Barcelona in about two and a half hours. As we got to the destination airport, our first concern was to secure a 4-day Barcelona public transport card, which would allow us to explore the city at our ease. Once this was out of the way, we took the train to Badalona, where our hotel was. We stayed at the very welcoming Hotel Miramar whose friendly staff and seafront view provided a great start to what was already looking like a great holiday. Badalona charmed us from the very start, but if I were to make any recommendations before booking your stay there, I would suggest brushing up your Spanish skills before doing so, because English will rarely get you too far. This however, did not stop us from having our daily breakfast at the local café L’Antic Café de la Rambla.

Badalona





The afternoon was spent sightseeing, and we started with La Sagrada Família, designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The imposing Roman Catholic Church is still under construction, but that doesn’t seem to affect its beauty, and Gaudí’s own adaptation of Gothic architecture makes it one of the most spectacular buildings I have ever seen. Following the trail of Gaudí’s flamboyant architectural style led us to our second stop of the day – Park Güell. Regardless of what visitor entrance you use, it is impossible not to notice the serpentine bench on the main terrace whose mosaic was designed by Gaudí’s collaborator, Josep Maria Jujol. Equally fascinating are the bird nests adorning the terrace walls and the Chamber of the Hundred Columns.  Would I recommend park Güell to anyone wanting to visit Barcelona? – Absolutely.





Travel Tip Day 1: Those of you who want to take the perfect shot of Gaudí’s multicoloured salamander in Park Güell, also known as “el drac”, should be willing to wait in line and not let themselves be too put off by the unending throngs of people surrounding the sculpture.


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