Sunday, July 5, 2015

BARCELONA: OLYMPIC MARINA AND BEACH

The Olympic Marina has become one of the most popular leisure areas of Barcelona. Located opposite the Olympic Village, it was built in 1991 during the redevelopment of this area of Barcelona previous to the 1992 Olympic Games. In the summertime, the beaches on either side of the marina – Barceloneta and Nova Icària – are the perfect place for sunbathing or for a cooling dip in the sea.


Sunrise view from La Barceloneta beach in Barcelona
Sunrise view from La Barceloneta beach in Barcelona

The two twin skyscrapers on either side are the Mapfre Tower and the Hotel Arts. Located next to the Olympic Marina, they changed absolutely the skyline of Barcelona and have become one of the reference points of the city.

Next I will suggest a walk which begins in the Olympic Marina and ends near the W Barcelona Hotel, also called Vela Hotel. Through this walk you will enjoy the views of Barcelona beaches and the Port Vell. Let's begin!


Olympic Marina


Olympic Marina in BarcelonaSailing boats in the Olympic Marina of Barcelona



Olympic Marina in BarcelonaAnother nice image of sailing boats with the promenade in the background



Mar Bella Beach




Mar Bella beach in Barcelona
Mar Bella beach is located next to the Olympic Marina



Barceloneta, Nova Icària and San Sebastià beaches



The twin towers beside the beach of Barcelona, the Mapfre tower and El Hotel Arts, which changed the skyline of Barcelona


Nova Icària beach in BarcelonaBarcelona seafront are one of the most beautiful areas to walk under a lovely day


Barcelona promenade and Barceloneta beach

Barcelona promenade and Barceloneta beach with the twin towers on the horizon



Barcelona promenade along the beachOverview of the Barcelona promenade along the beach and the twin towers


Barcelona twin towers

A closer view of the twin towers which changed the Barcelona skyline



Along the promenade between the Olympic Marina and La Barceloneta there are a lot of nice restaurants where enjoy a meal near the Barcelona beach



Hotel Vela next to the beach in BarcelonaThe W Barcelona Hotel, or Vela Hotel (Vela means sail), has changed the views from Barcelona beaches


W Barcelona Hotel
W Barcelona Hotel beside the beach


Beach of Barcelona
Beach of Barcelona from which you can see a view of the coast of Barcelona


Beach of San Sebastia in Barcelona
Another view of the previous beach in Barcelona, called San Sebastià


W Barcelona Hotel in Barcelona
Palms near the W Barcelona Hotel in Barcelona



W Barcelona Hotel in Barcelona
 The W Barcelona hotel with its 26th floors 



Barcelona from Eclipse Bar in W Hotel
Barcelona from Eclipse Bar in W Hotel. This bar is on the 26th floor of the hotel

Barcelona Port Vell


Palau de Mar with the twin towers in the background




Palms along the promenade of the Barcelona Port VellWalking along the beautiful promenade of the Barcelona Port Vell you will see nice Palms like these ones


Barcelona Port VellA classic sailing ship in Barcelona Port Vell with the twin towers in the background on the right


Rambla de Mar in BarcelonaThe bridge called Rambla de Mar connects La Rambla with the Maremagnum and Aquarium


Rambla de Mar in BarcelonaAnother image of this bridge with the Vela Hotel in the background


Barcelona Port Vell from MontjuicFinally, a Port Vell overview where the twin towers appear clearly. If you click on the picture, you will see the Columbus Colomn on the left, the Rambla de Mar bridge and the IMAX and Maremagnum area



When you arrive at the Columbus Column you are actually in La Rambla, so you can keep walking along this nice boulevard which will lead you to the city centre and the Gothic Quarter too.


- How to get the Olympic Marina:
  • Metro L4, stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.
  • Bus 10, 36, 45, 57, 59, 71 and 92.
  • Tram T4, stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.
  • Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Port Olímpic.

- Web site: www.portolimpic.net


I hope you enjoyed this route. Other interesting routes in Barcelona are:




Besides if you like beaches, clicking on the next links you will find more pictures of another fantastic beaches in Catalonia: 


Beaches near Barcelona


Beaches in La Costa Brava:




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


Monday, June 29, 2015

BARCELONA: MONTJUIC MAGIC FOUNTAIN


The Magic Fountain in Montjuïc is one of the most impressive shows you can see in Barcelona. So I would like to show you some pictures of this impressive fountain and its nice environment in Montjuïc.


Venetian towers and Catalonia National Palace in MontjuïcMaria Cristina avenue links Venetian towers in Plaça d'Espanya to the Montjuïc Magic Fountain and the Catalonia National Palace



Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Montjuïc

Building of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in Montjuïc


Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Montjuïc
A closer view of the previous building from which you can enjoy fantastic views of Barcelona



Montjuïc viewpoint in Barcelona
In the background of this picture, taken in front of the MNAC, the two towers of the Olympic Village can be see


Barcelona from Montjuic
 Collserola Tower and the Sacred Coeur Church on the Tibidabo hill  from Montjuïc


Tibidabo and Magic Fountain from Montjuïc
Before 2010 the view of Barcelona was this one without the four colums representing the flag of Catalonia ("La Senyera")



Sagrada Familia from Montjuïc in Barcelona
From the same point, a view of Barcelona where La Sagrada Familia appears in the background on the left



Barcelona from Montjuic
Sagrada Familia on the left and Agbar Tower on the right from Montjuïc



Magic Fountain in Montjuic
In summer you can see the performance of the Magic Fountain in Montjuïc everyday from 9pm.


Magic Fountain in Montjuic
In summer a lot of people enjoy the performances of the Magic Fountain everyday


Magic Fountain in Barcelona
I like a lot the colored water jets to the rhythm of music of the Magic Fountain in Montjuïc


Magic Fountain in Barcelona
A closer view of the Magic Fountain in Montjuïc, one of the best attractions in Barcelona


And now more pictures of the Magic Fountain in Barcelona lit at night:


Montjuïc Magic Fountain lit at night in Barcelona
The Montjuïc Magic Fountain in a really colorful moment in a summer evening in Barcelona



Montjuïc Magic Fountain in Barcelona
High water jets from the Montjuïc Magic Fountain in Barcelona


Montjuïc Magic Fountain lit at night in Barcelona
Another picture of this Magic Fountain, which amazes everyone who looks at it


Magical Fountain Useful Information

- How to arrive:
  • Metro L1 i L3, Plaça Espanya Stop
  • Bus 9, 13, 27, 30, 37, 50, 55, 56, 57, 65, 79, 109, 157 and 165
  • FGC parada Plaça Espanya
  • Barcelona Bus Turístic, CaixaForum-Pavelló Mies van der Rohe Stop
- Web: www.bcn.es/fonts



Besides I would recommend the following beautiful places in Montjuïc:


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






Saturday, June 6, 2015

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.
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cup (Mundialet de Clubs) in 2009-10 and 2011-2012.
  • 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.
  • 4 European SuperCup (Supercopa d'Europa) in 1992-93, 1997-98, 2009-10, 2011-12.
  • 23 Spanish League Championship (13 in the last 25 years).
  • 27 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.


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 14, 2015

MYKONOS BEACHES


We spent this day enjoying the beaches of Mykonos (the previous day we have already enjoyed the beach of Agios Gioannis). We went to Platys Gialos beach first because you can get this beach easily by bus from Mykonos Town and since from this beach the Kaikus leave to the beaches of Paradise and Superparadise, the ones we had time to go to.


So we spent this day in the beaches:

  • Platys Gialos
  • Super Paradise beach
  • Paradise Beach


Platys Gialos Beach



Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos
Clear and turquoise water of Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos



Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos
In Platys Gialos beach you can hardly find a place to lay your towel if you don't want a sun lounger 



Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos
Typical white houses built in Cycladic Style beside Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos



Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos
Walking along the beach of Platys Gialos in Mykonos, one of the most popular islands in the Greek Islands



We took the boat shortly after a walk on the beach of Platys Gialos. It is nice but too small. We went first to Superparadise beach, although the boat made a previous stop in Paradise Beach. This beach is wide with clear water. After enjoying the sun we had lunch in a restaurant beside the beach.



SuperParadise beach




Kaiku on Superparadise beach in Mykonos
Kaiku on Superparadise beach in Mykonos



Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
Golden sand of Superparadise Beach in Mykonos


Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
In Superparadise beach there are enough place for sunbathing



Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
Clear and turquoise water of Superparadise beach in Mykonos



Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
Superparadise beach is the beach of Mykonos I liked most



Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
Umbrellas on Superparadise Beach in Mykonos




Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
Houses built in Cycladic Style beside the Superparadise beach in Mykonos



After having lunch we took the first Kaiku to Paradise beach, where we spent just an hour. We saw the environment in Tropicana Bar and at 6 pm o'clock we took the bus back to Mykonos Town.


Paradise beach




Paradise Beach in Mykonos
Paradise Beach in Mykonos



Cavo Paradiso in Paradise Beach
Cavo Paradiso in Paradise Beach




We had dinner at Nikos Tavern restaurant, where we had lunch our first day in Mykonos.

Mykonos Beaches are pristine but apart from Superparadise beach, for me are too small for the amount of sun loungers and people there. Depending on the beach and time in August it must be impossible to find a place to lay your towel.


This was our trip route from Crete and the Greek Islands to Athens:



Day 1 - Crete: Chania

  • Beach of Agios Apostoli
  • Venetian Port
  • Splantzia (Turquish Quarter)
  • Jewish Quarter


Day 2 - Crete




Day 3 - Crete: Rethymnon and Heraklion

  • Venetian Port in Rethymnon
  • Loggia, Rimondi fountain and streets of the old town of Rethymnon
  • Fortress of Rethymnon
  • Venetian Port of Heraklion


Day 4 - Crete




Day 5 - Santorini

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Heraklion to Santorini
  • Sunset in Oia


Day 6 - Santorini




Day 7 - Santorini



Day 8 - Mykonos

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
  • Mykonos Town
  • Windmills and Little Venice


Day 9 - Mykonos

  • Delos Island
  • Paraportiani Church in Mykonos Town
  • Beach of Agios Ioannis
  • Little Venice


Day 10 - Mykonos

  • Beach of Platys Gialos
  • Super Paradise beach
  • Paradise Beach


Day 11 - Mykonos Town



Day 12 - Athens

  • Acropolis
  • Ancient Agora
  • Hadrian's Library
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • Monastiraki District


Day 13 - Athens

  • Roman Agora
  • Plaka District



Other countries and cities I have already visited are: