Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CATALONIA: CASTLE OF TAMARIT


The Castle of Tamarit was built in the 12th century in Romanesque style. Its walls protected the watchtower, the parish church, the abbey, and the houses of some gentlemen.

This castle is located beside the Gaia river between Tarragona and Altafulla and its function was to defend the coast of pirates and the Ottoman.

With the reconquest against Muslims, defending the attack by sea pirates and the protection of Mediterranean trade were the reasons for building a watchtower, which nowadays it stills remains.

It was in the fourteenth century, when the castle was earmarked for coastal surveillance to prevent attacks by pirates, and later, during the reign of Peter IV of Aragon , Castle and Vila Closa was surrounded by a wall that comes directly on coastal rocks, protecting his flank more exposed to the sea.




Castle of Tamarit
Castle of Tamarit from Tamarit beach was built in Romanesque style


Castle of Tamarit
Castle of Tamarit with its chapel and watchtower from the beach of Tamarit in Tarragona



Castle of Tamarit
Castle and beach of Tamarit in Tarragona


Cala Jovera beside the Castle of Tamarit
Cala Jovera beside the Castle of Tamarit



Cala Jovera and Castle of Tamarit
Castle of Tamarit from Cala Jovera beach in Costa Daurada




Cala Jovera beside the Castle of Tamarit
Cala Jovera on the left and Tamarit beach are the two beaches beside the castle of Tamarit



Cala Jovera beside the Castle of Tamarit
Cala Jovera and Castle of Tamarit in Tarragona


More interesting places you can visit in Costa Daurada are:


Near Costa Daurada you can visit the following medieval villages and places:

Other medieval places you can visit in Catalonia would be:


Finally, clicking on the next link you will find more beautiful places in Catalonia.


Monday, August 4, 2014

BARCELONA GAUDI: TORRE BELLESGUARD

The Torre Bellesguard was designed and built by Antoni Gaudí between 1900 and 1909 in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district. This neo-Gothic house stands at the foot of the Collserola Ridge, on a site which boasts fantastic views of Barcelona. Actually its name refers to the beautiful views –bell esguard – over Barcelona. Besides Gaudí designed a curious viaduct next to it, called Viaducte Bellesguard as a containing wall.



Torre Bellesguard designed by Antoni Gaud
Torre Bellesguard designed and built by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona


The Torre Bellesguard evokes medieval times, resembling a castle from the outside, with towers and battlements. The house was built with stone and brick, decorated with beautiful mosaics and wrought-iron details.

Currently, the Casa Bellesguard is a private property and surrounded by gardens. Nearby, in Carrer Bellesguard, you can see the Viaduct Bellesguard, also designed by Antoni Gaudí.




Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Parade Ground in the Gardens of Torre Bellesguard which belonged to the castle of Martí l'Humà, built in the 15th century and rebuilt by Gaudí


Gardens of Torre Bellesguard
Parade ground and gardens of Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona



Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Entrance of Torre Bellesguard


Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
On the front door of Torre Bellesguard you can read "Maria Puríssima sens pecat fou concebuda (Immaculate Mary was conceived without sin)" written in wrought iron


Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Detail of the facade of Torre Bellesguard


Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Trencadís (tile) of a bench beside the entrance of Torre Bellesguard where you can see the sun setting behind Montserrat, dark clouds and the date 1410, when Martí l'Humà, the last King of the line of Catalan Kings, died childless



Hall of Torre Bellesguard
Colourful hall of Torre Bellesguard


Venus star in Torre Bellesguard
Venus star in the hall of Torre Bellesguard


Hall of Torre Bellesguard
Lamp inside the Hall of Torre Bellesguard




Sala dels Maons in Torre Bellesguard
Sala dels Maons in Torre Bellesguard is probably its most beautiful room




Sala dels Maons in Torre Bellesguard
Another view of Sala dels Maons where you can see how Gaudí designed the structure of the house


Roof of Torre Bellesguard
Roof of Torre Bellesguard




Roof of Torre Bellesguard
Pinnacle and the four-armed cross of Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona



Roof of Torre Bellesguard
The previous pinnacle and this part of the roof symbolize the head of a dragon and the lance which kill it according to the Sant Jordi legend



Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
The height of Torre Bellesguard is 33 meters, topped by a four-armed cross which is so characteristic of Gaudí’s buildings




Barcelona from Torre Bellesguard
View of Barcelona from the roof of Torre Bellesguard. You can see the twin towers on the left and Montjuïc, the Olympic mountain, on the right



After the audioguided visit inside the Torre Bellesguard we spent some minutes taking pictures of the house from its garden.



Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona from its garden


Gardens of Torre Bellesguard
Garden at the rear of Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona


Gardens of Torre Bellesguard
Trencadís of a bench in the garden of Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona


Viaduct Bellesguard


Viaduct Bellesguard in Barcelona
Viaduct Bellesguard in Barcelona



Viaduct Bellesguard in Barcelona
Viaduct Bellesguard designed by Gaudí as a containing wall in Barcelona. The stone arches and sloping angle remind us of the Park Güell


Viaduct Bellesguard in Barcelona
Columns of Viaducte Bellesguard, designed by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona


Gaudí Nights 2014 in Torre Bellesguard



Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Torre Bellesguard in the evening



Gaudi Nights in Torre Bellesguard
Spanish guitar and Flamenco performance in Gaudí Nights in Torre Bellesguard


I also would like to give you some useful informatión in case you want to visit this building designed by Gaudí:




- Address: Bellesguard, 16-20
- How to get there: Bus 60.


Clicking on the next links you will find more pictures of the most important buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí:


Finally, clicking on the next link you will find more links to other beautiful places in Barcelona, among them, more fantastic modernist masterpieces you can see along the Modernist Route.





Saturday, July 26, 2014

CATALONIA: CUNIT


Cunit is a Catalan beach town located halfway between Barcelona and Tarragona and whose beaches belong to the Costa Daurada.

It is a very special town to me because I have bathed in its beaches since childhood. Actually, it is the first beach where I bathed.

As a child I spent whole summers playing in its streets and bathing in its sandy beaches. Besides its calm and shallow waters make them suitable for children.


Next I would like to show some pictures I took recently of its beaches.


Beach of Cunit



Beach of Cunit
Beach Volley field in Cunit



Beach of Cunit
Sandy beach of Cunit


Beach of Cunit
Clear water of the beach of Cunit



Beach in Cunit
Beaches of Cunit are shallow

Chiringuitos in Cunit



Chiringuito Ronsito in Cunit
Chiringuito Ronsito in Cunit


Chiringuito in Cunit
Another chiringuito on the beach of Cunit



Promenade of Cunit


Beach promenade of Cunit
Promenade and beach of Cunit



Beach promenade of Cunit
Palms of the promenade of Cunit


Beach promenade of Cunit
The long beach promenade of Cunit is perfect for skating or cycling





Along Costa Daurada there are many interesting places to visit, like:


Other beaches you can enjoy near Cunit are:


Finally in Catalonia there are many more beautiful beaches, like:


- Near Barcelona:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BARCELONA: CERVANTES PARK



In Pedralbes, the Parc de Cervantes greets us as we enter Barcelona from the Avinguda Diagonal. The park contains a beautiful collection of roses set out along an unusual botanical trail featuring varieties in all shapes and colours from every continent of the world. 

Since the year 2001, the park has hosted an international rose show featuring new species which are added to its multicoloured collection, which now includes 245 different varieties and 10,000 rose bushes.

In addition to the rose garden, the Parc de Cervantes offers extensive grassy areas which are ideal for jogging, cycling, gymnastics or just people-watching in the heart of Pedralbes neighbourhood.




Cervantes Park in Barcelona
Overview of Cervantes Park in Barcelona



Cervantes Park in Barcelona
From Cervantes Park in Barcelona you can see Montjuïc



Cervantes Park in Barcelona
I enjoyed a lot the time I spent in Cervantes Park because that evening was lovely


Flowers in Cervantes Park
Flowers in Cervantes Park in Barcelona



Cervantes Park in Barcelona
Quiet place in Cervantes Park in Barcelona






Roses in Cervantes Park
Red roses in Cervantes Park in Barcelona


-Some useful Information:


- Address: Av. Diagonal, 706
- to get there:


  • Metro: L3 stop Zona Universitària
  • Bus: 22, 63, 67, 68 and 78


- Web site: www.bcn.cat/parcsijardins



Below you have some links to more parks and gardens in Barcelona:


Other interesting places to visit in Barcelona are:


- Modernism Route



- Gothic Quarter and Old City



Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to other beautiful places in Barcelona.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

BARCELONA: TERRACE OF HOTEL H10 MONTCADA


In summer, a fantastic activity you can do in Barcelona, especially in the evening, is to enjoy the views of this wonderful city from the outdoor terraces of some of its hotels. For example, I had a good time in the Chill-Out terrace on the ninth floor of H10 Montcada Hotel. The views of Montjuïc, the Gothic Quarter, Born and the Tibidabo were really nice.

The Sunset Bar located on the 9th floor is a good place to enjoy a cocktail while taking in the excellent views of the city. Only open during the summer season (April to September).


Outdoor terrace of H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona
Outdoor terrace in the ninth floor of H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona


Outdoor terrace of H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona
Another picture of the outdoor terrace of H10 Montcada Hotel


Viewpoint of H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona
Viewpoint on the outdoor terrace in the ninth floor of H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona


Twin towers in the Olympic Village in Barcelona
Twin towers in the Olympic Village and Santa Maria del Mar gothic church in Barcelona


Sunset Bar of H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona
Beside the black umbrella you can see the Vela Hotel


Sunset Bar of H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona
Red chairs in the outdoor terrace of H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona



Gothic Quarter from H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona
Cathedral, Santa Agatha chapel, Roman city walls, and Plaça del Rei from H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona



Montjuic from H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona
Montjuïc from the outdoor terrace of H10 Montcada Hotel in Barcelona



Below you have a list of the hotels in Barcelona with outdoor terraces:


Hotels with outdoor terraces in Barcelona


    • 1898
    • America Barcelona
    • Attica21 Barcelona Mar
    • B-hotel
    • Bagués
    • Barceló Raval
    • Barcelona Catedral
    • Barcelona Center
    • Barcelona Princess
    • Casa Fuster
    • Claris
    • Condes de Barcelona
    • DO: Plaça Reial
    • Duquesa de Cardona
    • España
    • Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel
    • Expo Hotel Barcelona
    • Gallery Hotel
    • Gran Hotel la Florida
    • Gran Hotel Princesa Sofia
    • Granados 83
    • Grand Hotel Central
    • Granvía
    • Grums Barcelona
    • Grupotel Gran Via 678
    • H10 Casanova
    • H10 Catalunya Plaza Boutique
    • H10 Itaca
    • H10 Marina Barcelona
    • H10 Montcada Boutique Hotel
    • H10 Port Vell
    • H10 Universitat
    • H10 Urquinaona Plaza
    • Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona
    • Hotel Indigo Barcelona - Plaza Catalunya
    • Hotel Neri
    • Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I
    • Hotel SB Diagonal Zero Barcelona
    • Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona
    • Jazz
    • Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona
    • Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
    • Medium City
    • Mercer Hotel Barcelona
    • Miramar Barcelona
    • NH Podium
    • Novotel Barcelona City
    • Ohla Hotel
    • Olivia Plaza Hotel
    • Omm
    • Pulitzer
    • Pullman Barcelona Skipper
    • Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
    • Royal Passeig de Gràcia
    • Serhs Rivoli Rambla
    • Silken Diagonal Barcelona
    • Silken Gran Hotel Havana
    • Villa Emilia Barcelona
    • Vincci Gala
    • ZT Villa Olímpic@ Suites




    Finally, you can get more information about these hotels clicking on http://www.avistadhotel.cat/