Sunday, November 16, 2014

ROC DE SANT GAIETA

Roc de Sant Gaietà is a picturesque urbanization built between 1964 and 1972. It was designed as a sort of fishing village with buildings decorated using old architectural styles (Gothic, Moorish) or imitating corners typical of several areas of Spain or Europe (Andalusian courtyards, Galician granaries, Sardinian houses  ...).

In the streets of Sant Roc Gaietà you can find wonders of Romanesque, Arabic, Gothic styles and more interesting buildings from other areas of the Spanish geography, which give an air of typical Mediterranean village, such as:

  • Islamic style door called "Porta Mora" with more buildings in Islamic and Moorish around it.
  • Passage of the Arches: This corridor or passage is a replica of the style of the "Emerald Coast" north of the island of Sardinia.
  • Gothic building
  • Patio Andaluz (Andalusian courtyard)
  • Replica of a typical City Hall
  • Replica of the main door of the Cathedral of Avila
  • Facade built in a style of northern Spain
  • Romanesque cloister

Below you can see some pictures of some of these buildings and corners of Roc de Sant Gaietà:


Islamic Door



Porta Mora in Roc de Sant Gaieta
Islamic style door called "Porta Mora" in Roc de Sant Gaietà



Islamic door of Roc de Sant Gaieta
A closer view of the Islamic door of Roc de Sant Gaietà


Gardens beside Roc de Sant Gaieta
Gardens beside the entrance of Roc de Sant Gaietà



Sardinian House



Roc de Sant Gaieta in Costa Daurada
The white arches of Roc de Sant Gaietà are typical of Sardinian houses


Masia Catalana



Masia Catalana in Roc de Sant Gaieta
On the right a typical Masia Catalana (Catalan Farmhouse) in Roc de Sant Gaietà


Gothic Building



Gothic building in Roc de Sant Gaieta
Gothic building in Roc de Sant Gaietà


Andalusian courtyards



Roc de Sant Gaieta in Tarragona
Nice corner with a well in Roc de Sant Gaietà



Andalusian courtyard in Roc de Sant Gaieta
Patio Andaluz (Andalusian courtyard)



Beach of Roc de Sant Gaietà




Beach of Roc de Sant Gaieta
Beach of Roc de Sant Gaietà in Costa Daurada



Beach of Roc de Sant Gaieta
Umbrellas on the beach of Roc de Sant Gaietà


As well as Roc de Sant Gaietà we also visited the following places during the days we spent in Costa Daurada:


Day 1

  • Hospitalet de l'Infant
  • Miami Playa

Day 2

  • Miami Playa


Day 3

  • Castle of Tamarit
  • Roc de Sant Gaietà

In Costa Daurada I visited these places too:


Costa Daurada


In Tarragona, and near Costa Daurada, you can spend the day visiting:




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: