The Foundling Wheel at Plaça de Viçenc Martorell

Many of Barcelona’s civic centres and local council offices are located in historic buildings, many of which originally belonged to private individuals or the church. One such building is the Citizen Services Office (Seu del Districte de Ciutat Vella) located at Plaça de Viçenc Martorell in Barcelona’s El Raval neighbourhood. The building dates back to the MORE»



The Cerdà Houses and the Origins of the Eixample District

In the 1850’s Barcelona was booming and the medieval walls which surrounded the Gothic Quarter were torn down to allow the city to grow. The city council asked several architects and city planners to submit plans for a new suburb which would envelope surrounding villages such as Gràcia, Sarría and el Clot. The councillors initially MORE»

 

Monument to US Servicemen

On the night of January 17th 1977, 49 American servicemen lost their lives in a tragic accident in Barcelona harbour. The men, who were serving aboard the USS Guam and USS Trenton, had been enjoying a few hours shore leave in Barcelona and were returning to their ships when the small boat they were travelling MORE»

 

Sagrada Familia: Tips for Visiting Gaudi’s Masterpiece

Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. In this post we answer some common questions and share some tips that will help you make the most of your visit. Including how to avoid the queues ! The Sagrada Familia receives approximately 4.5 million visitors each year. MORE»



Discount Cards and Sightseeing Passes

Barcelona offers visitors good value for money when compared to other European cities such as London, Paris, Berlin or Rome. There are an abundance of hotels to suit all budgets, eating out is inexpensive and public transport is efficient and easy to use. Having said that, the city is packed with attractions and with entry MORE»

  

Carretera de les Aigües: An Easy Walk with Fantastic Views

Often referred to as the green lung of Barcelona, Collserola National Park is a popular escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Easily reached by public transport, the 8,000 hectare park is crisscrossed by footpaths and cycle tracks. The best known and most accessible footpath is called La Carretera de les Aigües MORE»



La Parella: The Couple by Lautaro Díaz Silva

One of my favourite walking routes in Barcelona is around the historic Port Vell harbour from the Christopher Columbus monument to the Barceloneta beach. Along the way you can enjoy views of the harbour filled with yachts and historic tall ships, take a look at the classic architecture and admire the diverse collection of contemporary sculptures MORE»