Wednesday, May 25, 2016

BARCELONA: FC BARCELONA

Visiting the FC Barcelona Stadium and the FC Barcelona Museum (Camp Nou Experience) is another interesting activity to do in Barcelona, even for children. Actually, I think that the Camp Nou Experience is one of the most attractive activities for children in Barcelona.



Camp Nou, the FC Barcelona Stadium
Camp Nou, the FC Barcelona Stadium from Sant Pere Màrtir in Collserola




Camp Nou Experience
Camp Nou Experience is a museum of emotions

FC Barcelona was founded by Joan Gamper in 1899 in a gym located in Montjuïc del Carme street belonging to the Raval district. There there is the plaque you can see in the following picture.



Joan Gamper founded FC Barcelona
Plaque located where Joan Gamper founded FC Barcelona football club

With more than one hundred years of history, FC Barcelona is "més que un club" (“more than a club”) in Catalonia because it is the sports club that most represents the country and is also one of its greatest ambassadors. Also, for different reasons, FC Barcelona is “more than a club” for many people living elsewhere in Spain, who see Barça as a staunch defender of democratic rights and freedom.




La Masia and FC Barcelona Stadium
Behind "La Masia" you can see the FC Barcelona Stadium. In "La Masia" were educated, both sportingly and intellectually, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Messi, Valdés, Piqué, Busquets, Cesc Fàbregas, Pedro as well as a significant number of other players




Away Kit of FC Barcelona in 2013
Away Kit of FC Barcelona in 2013 with the colours of "La Senyera", the Catalan Flag, is the most sold shirt ever


T-Shirt of FC Barcelona
Colours of FC Barcelona are blue and garnet




Throughout these years, FC Barcelona has won many trophies thanks to the power of its large number of supporters. Being a winner club has made possible that FC Barcelona can be one of the greatest ambassadors of Catalonia all over the world.

Next, I would like to show the most important trophies FC Barcelona has won:
  • Champions League in 1991-92, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2014-2015.
  • 3 FIFA Club World Cup (Mundialet de Clubs) in 2009-10 and 2011-2012 and 2015-2016.
  • 4 European Cup Winners Cup (Recopa d'Europa) in 1978-79, 1981-82, 1988-89, 1996-97.
  • 3 Fair Cup (Copa de Fires) in 1957-58, 1959-60, 1965-66.
  • European SuperCup (Supercopa d'Europa) in 1992-93, 1997-98, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2015-16.
  • 24 Spanish League Championship (14 in the last 26 years).
  • 28 Spanish Cup (Copa del Rei).
  • 11 Spanish Supercup (Supercopa d'Espanya).
  • 2 Spanish League Cup (Copa de la Lliga).

And the teams which won the four Champions League were:

  • Champions 1991-92 in Wembley (London) Barcelona - Sampdoria: Zubizarreta, Nando, Ferrer, Koeman, Juan Carlos, Bakero, Laudrup, Guardiola, Eusebio, Stoichkov and Julio Salinas. Coach: Johan Cruyff
  • Champions 2005-06 in Paris Barcelona - Arsenal: Valdés, Oleguer, Puyol, Márquez, Van Bronckhorst, Edmilson, Deco, Van Bommel, Giuly, Ronaldinho, Eto'o. Coach: Frank Rijkaard.
  • Champions 2008-09 in Roma Barcelona - Manchester United: Valdés, Piqué, Puyol, Yaya Touré, Sylvinho, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta (Pedro Rodrí­guez, 92), Henry (Seydou Keita, 72),  Messi, Eto’o. Coach: Pep Guardiola.
  • Champions 2010-11 in Wembley (London) Barcelona - Manchester United: Valdés, Alves, Mascherano, Piqué, Abidal (Puyol, 87), Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro (Afellay, 91), Messi, Villa (Keita, 85). Coach: Pep Guardiola.
  • Champions 2014-15 in Berlin Barcelona - Juventus: Ter Stegen, Alvés, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta (Xavi), Rakitic (Matthieu), Neymar, Messi, Suárez (Pedro). Coach: Luis Enrique Martínez.

And the teams which won the three FIFA Club World Cup were:


  • FIFA Club World Cup 2009 in Abu Dhabi Barcelona - Estudiantes de la Plata(2-1): Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal, Busquets, Xavi, Keita, Henry,  Messi, Ibrahimovic. Coach: Pep Guardiola.
  • FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama Barcelona - Santos (4-0): Valdés, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal, Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi, Cesc, Alves, Messi, Thiago. Coach: Pep Guardiola.
  • FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama Barcelona - River Plate (3-0): Bravo, Alvés, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic, Neymar, Messi, Suárez. Coach: Luis Enrique Martínez.

But Football is not the only sport section, there are many more, like Football, Basketball, Handball, Roller Hockey, Futsal, Ahtletics, Baseball, Hockey Field, Hockey, Figure Skating, Rugby, Men's Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball.


FC Barcelona StadiumOverview of the Camp Nou, one of the largest football stadiums in Europe, with a capacity of more than 98.000 spectators


With the Camp Nou Experience it's easier to understand because FC Barcelona is “more than a club”.


Camp Nou Experience (Camp Nou Tour and Museum)

Opening times

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 6:30pm (4th April to 9th October, 10am - 8pm)

Sundays and public holidays: 10am-2:30pm.


On days of League and Champions League matches in the stadium, from 10am to 3pm (Camp Nou Tour not available)


Information and Reservations in FCBotiga:


Monday to Saturday: from 10am - 8.30pm (Summer timetable until mid-September)

Sundays and Holidays: 10am - 2:30pm.

Match Days: until kick off time.


Getting the Camp Nou and the Museum:


Metro:
Lines L3 (Palau Reial or Maria Cristina) and L5 (Collblanc)

Bus:
L54

Tramway:
T1, T2 and T3, stop Pius XII


If you arrive by car, there is Free Parking. 


Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to more beautiful and interesting places of Barcelona.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

BARCELONA: ESPLUGUES DE LLOBREGAT

Located beside Barcelona, Esplugues de Llobregat is a quiet town which offers  its citizens many beautiful places to walk, as the Montserrat street in the old city or El Parc dels Torrents, one of its many parks.

Besides, Collserola is only 30min walk from the city center of Esplugues de Llobregat. Actually, there is a hill of Collserola, Sant Pere Màrtir, which belongs to this town and where you will be able to walk along La Carretera de les Aigües among the trees of this Natural Park and to enjoy fantastic views of Barcelona.

Some of the most interesting places in Esplugues de Llobregat would be:

  • City Hall in Santa Magdalena Square
  • Can Tinturé Museum
  • Monastery of Santa Maria de Montsió
  • Can Ramoneda
  • Santa Magdalena Church
  • Carrer Montserrat
  • Parc de Can Vidalet
  • Parc de la Solidaritat
  • Parc dels Torrents
  • Municipal Swimming Pool
  • Centre Cultural L'Avenç
  • Àngel Guimera Boulevard
  • Parc Pou d'en Fèlix
  • Robert Brillas Gardens 
  • Parks and Gardens in Montesa District
  • Sant Pere Màrtir in Collserola



City Hall of Esplugues de Llobregat



City Hall of Esplugues de Llobregat
City Hall of Esplugues de Llobregat, a town located beside Barcelona


Castellers in Esplugues de Llobregat
Castellers de Mataró in front of the City Hall of Esplugues de Llobregat

Can Tinturé Museum



Can Tinture Museum

Can Tinturé museum in Esplugues de Llobregat


Monastery of Santa Maria de Montsió


Monastery of Santa Maria de Montsio
Monastery of Santa Maria de Montsió in Esplugues de Llobregat, where you can visit its gothic cloister


Cloister of Santa Maria de Montsió Monastery
Cloister of Santa Maria de Montsió Monastery in Esplugues de Llobregat

Cloister of Santa Maria de Montsió Monastery
Gothic arches of Santa Maria de Montsió Monastery in Esplugues de Llobregat


Cloister of Santa Maria de Montsio Monastery
 Two-storey gothic cloister of Santa Maria de Montsió Monastery in Esplugues de Llobregat


Can Ramoneda (Esglèsia Street)



Can Ramoneda in Esplugues de Llobregat
Can Ramoneda house in Esglèsia Street in Esplugues de Llobregat



Santa Magdalena Church



Santa Magdalena Church in Esplugues de Llobregat
Santa Magdalena church in Esplugues de Llobregat


Carrer Montserrat


Carrer Montserrat in Esplugues de Llobregat
Medieval look of Montserrat Street in Esplugues de Llobregat


Carrer Montserrat in Esplugues de Llobregat
Stone house in Montserrat Street in Esplugues de Llobregat


Carrer Montserrat in Esplugues de Llobregat
Montserrat Street is a beautiful pedestrian street which begins in Plaça de L'Esglèsia and ends near Pont d'Esplugues



Carrer Montserrat in Esplugues de Llobregat
Doorway of a house in Montserrat Street in Esplugues de Llobregat



Carrer Montserrat in Esplugues de Llobregat
House in Montserrat street in Esplugues de Llobregat



Parc de Can Vidalet



Parc de  Can Vidalet in Esplugues de Llobregat
Parc de Can Vidalet in Esplugues de Llobregat


Parc de Can Vidalet
Tempietto or small temple in the middle of a lake in Parc de Can Vidalet



Parc de Can Vidalet
This Tempietto is located on a small grotto





Parc de la Solidaritat


Parc de la Solidaritat in Esplugues de Llobregat
Parc de la Solidaritat in Esplugues de Llobregat


Parc dels Torrents



Park dels Torrents in Esplugues de Llobregat
Parc dels Torrents in Esplugues de Llobregat


Park dels Torrents in Esplugues de Llobregat
Stairs leading to Parc dels Torrents from Santa Magdalena Square in Esplugues de Llobregat


Park dels Torrents in Esplugues de Llobregat
 Parc dels Torrents in Esplugues de Llobregat near the Municipal Pool


Municipal Pool


Swimming Pool in Esplugues de Llobregat
Municipal Swimming Pool in Esplugues de Llobregat


Swimming Pool in Esplugues de Llobregat
Fantastic place to enjoy a drink in the Swimming Pool of Esplugues de Llobregat

Centre Cultural L'Avenç


Centre Cultural L'Avenç
Centre cultural l'Avenç in Esplugues de Llobregat

Àngel Guimerà Boulevard

Angel Guimera Boulevard

Àngel Guimerà boulevard, one of the axes of Esplugues de Llobregat




Parc Pou d'en Fèlix



Park Pou d'en Fèlix in Esplugues de Llobregat
Pou d'en Fèlix Park in Esplugues de Llobregat



Park Pou d'en Fèlix in Esplugues de Llobregat
Pou d'en Fèlix Park is one of the largest parks in Esplugues de Llobregat

Robert Brillas Gardens


Gardens Robert Brillas
Robert Brillas Gardens in Esplugues de Llobregat




Sant Pere Màrtir in Collserola



Sant Pere Martir in Esplugues de Llobregat
Sant Pere Màrtir in Collserola


Espai Plaça Mireia in Esplugues de Llobregat
Plaça Mireia Picnic area in Sant Pere Màrtir



Esplugues de Llobregat from Sant Pere Martir
Esplugues de Llobregat from Sant Pere Màrtir in Collserola




Restaurants in Esplugues de LLobregat



- Ninus

  • Address: C/ Severo Ochoa nº 12, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona.
  • Website: www.ninusrestaurant.com



Ninus Restaurant in Esplugues de Llobregat
 Ninus Restaurant in Esplugues de Llobregat


- El Quinqué d'Esplugues

  • Carrer de Josep Miquel Quintana, 77, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • Phone: 933 72 02 76

- Mendia Restaurant

  • Address: Carrer Emili Juncadella, 21, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • Phone: 933 71 33 92

- La Fàbrica

  • Address: Carrer Àngel Guimerà, 137, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • Phone: 933 72 30 03

- Can Palou
  • Address: Carrer Montesa, 15, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • Phone: 934 73 07 45


- Restaurante Lucas

  • Dr. Manuel Riera, 67, 08950, Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • Phone: 933726727





Other beautiful places you can visit near Barcelona would be:




  • Castelldefels
  • Sitges
  • Montserrat Monastery
  • Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló
  • La Colònia Güell
  • Sant Miquel del Fai
  • Monastery of Sant Cugat
  • Sant Pol de Mar
  • Castle of Cardona
  • Alba Synchrotron
  • La Mola


  • Monday, May 16, 2016

    BARCELONA: CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA


    Thanks to my profession I have visited several times the Circuit de Catalunya for work. Here are some pictures of this fantastic sports facility I took in some of these visits.

    The first stone of the Circuit de Catalunya was laid on February 24, 1989, through the impetus of the Consortium formed by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC) and the city of Montmeló.

    Five days after its official opening on September 10, 1991, the Circuit de Catalunya hosted the first official race, the Touring Championship Spain, with the victory of the former pilot of F-1, Luis Pérez Sala. The September 29, 1991 was held the 35th Grand Prix of Spain in F-1 after 16 years of absence in Catalunya.

    The Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (now MotoGP) would come a year later with the celebration of the Grand Prix of Europe, a name change for Grand Prix of Catalunya since 1995.



    2013


    Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo
    View of the tribune from the Stadium area in Circuit de Catalunya


    Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo
    Tribune and pitlane in Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona


    Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo
    Pitlane and Control Tower in Circuit de Catalunya, located near Barcelona


    Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
    Tribune of Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona from the Control Tower


    2008



    Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo
    Paddock in Circuit de Catalunya



    2007


    Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
    Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló


    Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
    Paddock entrance in Circuit de Catalunya


    Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
    Stadium area in Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló


    Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
    Another view of the Tribune and pitlane in Circuit de Catalunya


    Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
    Overview of Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló


    Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
    Control Tower in Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló


    Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
    Control Tower and pitlane of Circuit de Catalunya from the tribune


    And, finally, an aerial view of the Circuit de Catalunya obtained from google earth:


    Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló


    Below you can see the winners of the Formula 1 Grand Prix held at the  Circuit de Catalunya from 1991:


    1991 Nigel Mansell (Williams-Renault)
    1992 Nigel Mansell (Williams-Renault)
    1993 Alain Prost  (Williams-Renault)
    1994 Damon Hill (Williams-Renault)
    1995 Michael Schumacher (Benetton-Renault)
    1996 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
    1997 Jacques Villeneuve (Williams-Renault)
    1998 Mika Häkkinen (McLaren-Mercedes)
    1999 Mika Häkkinen (McLaren-Mercedes)
    2000 Mika Häkkinen (McLaren-Mercedes)
    2001 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
    2002 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
    2003 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
    2004 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
    2005 Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren-Mercedes)
    2006 Fernando Alonso (Renault)
    2007 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
    2008 Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari)
    2009 Jenson Button (Brawn-Mercedes)
    2010 Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)
    2011 Sebastian Vettel  (Red Bull-Renault)
    2012 Pastor Maldonado (Williams-Renault)
    2013 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
    2014  Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2015  Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2016  Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Renault)



    More one day interesting visits near Barcelona would be:




    Finally if you want to visit other nice places of Catalonia as well as Barcelona, clicking on the next link you will find links to some of the most beautiful places of Catalonia.