Spain – Mar ’14 (Part 4 – Barcelona)

We reached Barcelona in the morning and we rode from the Train station directly into city center. (Our check-in time was at 12 noon.)

We had a city map and it was actually pretty easy to find our way around because the city made bicycle track along with normal roads.

The first destination was The Basílica. 

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The Sagrada Família basilica has entered its final stage of construction, over 100 years since its foundation stone was laid and 90 years after its designer Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi died. When we arrived there, it was mostly wrapped up for on-going construction but there were still tourists came to see the famous church.

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Basilica

The architecture of Barcelona was mesmerizing. To Barcelona, architecture is so much more than just Gaudí. Architects from around the world flock to the city to visit much of its more modern architecture.

We then headed to Barcelona Cathedral. The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. The cathedral certainly is one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in Barcelona.

Not so far from our hotel, there was a long walking street. We only found out that it was a famous market place.

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods.

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Mercat

The selection of snacks, fresh fruits, chocolates and also other commodities was amazing. We had delicious fruit ice-cream and we bought a lot of chocolate back too.

Aquarium Barcelona is an aquarium located in Port Vell, a harbor in Barcelona. The 35 aquariums at the facility are home to 11,000 animals representing 450 species. We had high expectation for the place but we were a bit disappointed. Personally I would not recommend it if you were to visit Barcelona. The aquarium was small and the presentation/ layout was not so exciting.

In order to change to something more exciting, we decided to head to Barceloneta beach, one of the best beaches in the city. It was freezing cold but to be honest, the weather was fabulous (as compared to the humidity in Singapore). I was impressed with how clean the beach was, the water was beautiful, there were a lot of great places to eat along the beach and surrounding area.

We had the best local food in a typical restaurant whereby they put a metal fireplace at every table during winter to warm the guests.

Paella is a Valencian rice dish with ancient roots that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near Albufera lagoon on the east coast of Spain adjacent to the city of Valencia.

We had a seafood Paella, a 6-inch Meatloaf pizza and some cold dishes (in the house). It was just so good!

 

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