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THE RAMBLA AND THE MARINE FACADE
The Ramblas Barcelona

The Rambla is possibly the most well known avenue and represents a typical postcard of the city.

A place for public and sport celebrations, the Rambla is a boulevard that starts in Plaça Catalunya (Barcelona’s commercial area) and ends in the Port, offering a multicoloured picture of people enjoying a walk, kiosks selling flowers and birds, live statues, artists, musicians, painters and atmosphere.

One of the symbols of the Rambla is the Fountain of Canaletes. Tradition says that visitors who drink from this source will return to Barcelona.

It is worth to stop for a moment and visit the Church of Betlem and the Palau de la Virreina, with permanent exhibitions of interest.

Ramblas  Aba IncomingA visit to the Market of la Boqueria is advisable to enjoy an incredible contrast between colours and activity, ideal to discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients.

Walking down the avenue, in direction to the sea, we find the Plà de la Boqueria. Its pavement is decorated with a mosaic of Joan Miró. Very near is the Gran Teatre del Liceu (the Opera House), recently reconstructed after a devastating fire in 1994.

To the right, in Nou de la Rambla Street, the Palau Güell can be seen, a beautiful palace of recommended visit where you will be able to appreciate all the creative capacity of Antoni Gaudí.

Crossing the Rambla we find the Plaça Reial, an interesting porticoed square ideal to relax and enjoy a coffee in on of the many cafés. Colon Monument Aba Incoming

The Rambla ends in the port, dominated by the Columbus Monument, built in 1888 and accessible to the public.

One of the major transformations of contemporary Barcelona is the marine facade and the Port Vell. In less than ten years, Barcelona, that lived with its back to the sea, has discovered new areas, transforming old dockyards and warehouses into very popular walking areas full of restaurants, ideal to stop off and have lunch in an open and sunny terrace, enjoying a pleasant view of the port.

Another new leisure area created for the 1992 Olympiads and connected to the Passeig Colón, is the complex of Maremagnum, where the Aquarium, the IMAX, cinemas, restaurants of all type and fashionable night clubs are located.

Very near are the Drassanes (Royal shipyards). Their construction began during Pedro the great reign, becoming the largest ship construction area of the middle Ages, in which up to 30 ships could be built simultaneously.

At present, this complex accommodates the Marine Museum, of great interest.

OLD TOWN; GOTHIC & JEWISH QUARTERGothic Arch BCN

Is the heart of two thousand years of history, characterized by narrow streets and hidden corners. Gothic and Jewish Quarter (Call) become an interesting visit to understand the past and present of Barcelona.

A good place to begin is the Cathedral. Commenced in the XIII century, its construction continued intermittently during the following six hundred years. It is advisable to visit this temple and its multiple chapels together with the cloister, one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona.

BCN CathedralNear the Cathedral, we find several Gothic buildings worth a visit, such as Degà and L´Ardiaca Houses which has a beautiful patio and an added mailbox designed by Doménech i Montaner, one of the most remarkable architects of Modernism art, contemporary of Gaudí.

The Plaça del Rei is one of the noblest areas of the old Barcelona, in which the Museum of History is located, with Roman ruins in the underground belonging to Emperor Augustus’s time. Also we recommend a visit to the Saló del Tinell, the Capella of Santa Águeda, the Palau Lloctinent and the Mirador del Rei Martí which offers an excellent panoramic view of the Gothic quarter.

Barcelona City Hall     Palau de la Generalitat BCN
In Sant Jaume Square we find the Ajuntament (City council) and the Palau de la Generalitat.

The narrow streets around this square towards La Rambla becomes the Jewish Quarter.
This is an area to walk around, with small and narrow streets, full of hidden shops with personal identity.
Here are located the ancient Synagogue in Marlet,5 street and the Jewish Sephardi Cultural Museum "Espai Call" located in Manel Ribe square.

 

LA RIBERA QUARTERPicasso Museum BCN

Not far from Gothic Quarter, just crossing Vía Laietana avenue is located the neighbourhood of La Ribera, interesting area for walking with no hurry.
Do not miss the interesting Montcada street and especially the Picasso Museum.

From the XIII to the XVIII centuries, this was a residential area for the prosperous families of merchants and ship constructors.

At the end of Montcada Street, we find the beautiful church of Santa María del Mar, an example of pure Gothic architecture. Born BCN

Situated in the higher part of Vía Laietana is the Palau de la Musica Catalana (Concert Hall), a masterpiece of Domenech i Montaner and symbol of Catalan Modernism, this building becomes a perfect combination of brickwork, multicoloured glass, ceramic, detailed figures and beautiful ornamentation.

 


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MICE & GROUP   HALF DAY CRUISE TOUSR, BARCELONA mice, BUSINESS MEETONGS AND EVENTS  Where to go in Barcelona: , Drassanes Royal shipyards Museum, Jewish Quarter Call, Gothic Quarter Cathedral, Sant Jaume Square, Ribera, Santa Maria del Mar, Picasso Montcada Street, Palau de la Musica Catalana Concert Hall, Rambla, Plaça Catalunya, Fountain of Canaletas, Church of Betlem, Palau de la Virreina, Boqueria Market, Pla de la Boqueria Miro, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona Opera House, Plaça Reial, Columbus Monument Maremagnum, Aquarium Imax Port Vell BCN