Barcelona is one of the main cities in the Mediterranean Sea. Unlike many other cities, Barcelona is both historical and modern at the same time. The city is internationally renowned for its crowded Ramblas, the most beautiful, human and poetic promenade in the whole world. Las Ramblas is a flowery, brilliantly-lit street that gives way to the human architecture of Ciudad Condal. Las Ramblas complement one another and reflect the charm and mystery of the lives of the most diverse and antithetical personalities.
Las Ramblas, Fuente de Canaletas and Plaza de Cataluña, from where the city searches for the sea, and where we can find the iconic Colombus Monument— symbol of the “Genoese” sailor. In las Ramblas de los Estudios, named after the University that was moved there as a punishment, is situated the Compañía General de Tabacos de Filipinas. The building, once a colonial ruin, is now an astonishing, luxurious hotel, located between Poliorama theatre, the Iglesia de Belén church and the Virreina Palace.
This harmonic and vibrant place, with its various rodent species and where the bird-sellers have their own market, is placed right next to las Ramblas de las Flores, the most beautiful and unique avenue of all. Las Ramblas is an open, cosmopolitan world, free and cheerful, that welcomes travellers from the sea, and has the expertise of the great Columbus to greet tourists.
Strolling down a few metres towards the sea, we can find the Gran Teatre del Liceu, palace of bel-canto. I would like to pay a heartfelt tribute to these touching and beloved Ramblas, that with their many lights and shadows had long been and will always be such an alluring spot. And also to the international pride of Ciudad Condal —”Mercado de la Boqueria”— one of the most cosmopolitan and colourful markets in the world, of an incomparable beauty.
Famous around the world, the historical and emblematic Plaça Reial, a beer sanctuary, is also part of the picture. The long-standing premises, surrounded by huge columns and archways, have once been the living heart of the big city, a key sector for an active and dynamic movement, home to great personalities of Catalan literature and culture. The meeting point for stamp collectors who, on Sunday nights, gathered there for stamp buying and selling. There is a fountain in the middle of the plaza, surrounded by multi-coloured terraces, restaurants, and hotels, and its impressiveness draws the attention of passers-by, who never miss the opportunity to approach it. They don’t forget either that on the very same Ramblas, there are plenty of high-quality hotels, bars, and restaurants of international prestige.
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The region of Catalonia is divided into four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, with capitals of their same name. The official language in Catalonia is Catalan. Around 8,500,000 people speak the language, including the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands and Andorra. And it is the cornerstone of Catalan identity. In Catalonia, all signs and documents are written in Catalan and in Spanish.
I am having the hardest time providing in such few words a description rich and generous enough of the geographic, historic and cultural contexts of Barcelona and Catalonia, such charming and millenarian locations. When you first set foot on the city, you can find some interesting town neighbourhoods located in the old city, the Eixample and Montjuïc, while the surrounding places of interest can be found around the town centre.
The Gothic Quarter, the medieval heart of Barcelona, is situated in the old city. The Gothic Cathedral, which houses the Roman Chapel of Santa Lucía, constitutes the centre of the quarter par excellence. The stunning cloister was first constructed in 1298 (during the reign of James II) over a Roman church that had just been built over a Visigothic church. It wasn’t finished until the 20th century, with the final construction of the “central needle”. The white marble gate, built in the 16th century, represents the martyrdom of Saint Eulalia, the city’s patron saint. A gravestone next to the baptismal font remembers the baptism of six Caribbean natives brought by Columbus in 1493. Inside the crypt, below the main altar, rests the alabaster sarcophagus of Saint Eulalia, who was tortured by the Romans in the 3rd century. Alongside the cathedral, we can find the Palau Reial Major, part of which is taken up by the History Museum, where you can enjoy a fascinating underground walk through the excavated ruins. This palace is also home to one of the most incredible museums in Barcelona: Museu Frederic Marès.