Friday, October 25, 2013

BARCELONA MEDIEVAL


One of the areas of Barcelona I like the most is its old city. I enjoy a lot walking through its narrow and charming streets among fantastic gothic churches and palaces. Its squares are quiet places perfect from a break, especially Plaça del Rei and Sant Felip Neri Square.

Apart from the old city of Barcelona, I also would like to include some pictures of the Castle of Montjuïc and the Monastery of Pedralbes, two places I like a lot too.

Below you have pictures of the places I find more interesting in the old city of Barcelona:

  • Streets of the Gothic Quarter
  • Cathedral of Barcelona
  • Church of Santa Maria del Mar
  • Church and square of Santa Maria del Pi
  • Church of Santa Anna
  • Plaça del Rei and Palau Reial
  • Chapel of Santa Àgata
  • Sant Just Square and church
  • Sant Felip Neri Square
  • Jewish Quarter
  • City Hall of Barcelona
  • Plaça Reial
  • Hospital de la Santa Creu in Raval
  • Castle of Montjuïc
  • Monastery of Pedralbes

Streets of the Gothic Quarter


Gothic Quarter of Barcelona
Carrer Amargós in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona


Gothic Quarter of Barcelona
Typical street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter


Carrer del Bisbe in Barcelona Gothic Quarter
Carrer del Bisbe in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter


Carrer de la Pietat in Barcelona Gothic Quarter
Carrer de la Pietat in the old city of Barcelona




Cathedral of Barcelona



Cathedral of Barcelona
Bell tower of the cathedral of Barcelona


Cathedral of Barcelona Cloister
Gothic cloister of the Cathedral of Barcelona


Church of Santa Maria del Mar


Church of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona
Church of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, built in catalan gothic style


Church and square of Santa Maria del Pi



Plaça del Pi in Barcelona Gothic Quarter
Church of Santa Maria del Pi in Barcelona


Church of Santa Maria del Pi in Barcelona
Gothic doorway of Santa Maria del Pi church in Barcelona




Church of Santa Anna



Cloister of Santa Anna church in Barcelona
Gothic cloister of Santa Anna church in Barcelona


Plaça del Rei and Palau Reial



Palau Reial in Barcelona
Palau Reial in Barcelona, from Plaça del Rei


Plaça del Rei in Barcelona
Chapel of Santa Àgata from Plaça del Rei in Barcelona


Casa Clariana-Padellàs in Barcelona Gothic Quarter
Courtyard of the Clariana-Padellàs House next to Plaça del Rei in Barcelona



Salo del Tinell inside the Palau Reial in Barcelona
Saló del Tinell inside the Palau Reial in Barcelona




Chapel of Santa Àgata



Santa Agata Chapel in Barcelona
Gothic chapel of Santa Àgata in the old city of Barcelona


Santa Agata Chapel in Barcelona
Apse of Santa Àgata chapel in Barcelona


Santa Agata Chapel in Barcelona
Bell tower of Santa Àgata chapel in Barcelona


Sant Just Square and church


Plaça de Sant Just in Barcelona Gothic Quarter
Sant Just Square in the old city of Barcelona


Sant Felip Neri Square



Sant Felip Neri Square in Barcelona Gothic Quarter
Sant Felip Neri Square is a lovely place in Barcelona



Barcelona Gothic Quarter
This street leads to Sant Felip Neri Square in Barcelona

Jewish Quarter




Synagogue of Barcelona
Here was located the ancient Synagogue of Barcelona



Jewish Quarter in Barcelona
Jewish Quarter in Barcelona

City Hall of Barcelona


Salo de Cent in the City Hall of Barcelona
Saló de Cent inside the City Hall of Barcelona


Plaça Reial


Plaça Reial in Barcelona
Plaça Reial in Barcelona

Hospital de la Santa Creu in Raval


Hospital de la Santa Creu in Raval
Hospital de la Santa Creu in the Raval district of Barcelona

Castle of Montjuïc


Castle of Montjuic in Barcelona
Castle of Montjuïc in Barcelona



Castle of Montjuic in Barcelona
Inside the Castle of Montjuïc in Barcelona



Montjuïc in Barcelona
Montjuïc hill in Barcelona some centuries ago, where the castle can be seen


Monastery of Pedralbes



Monastery of Pedralbes in Barcelona
Monastery of Pedralbes in Barcelona



Clicking on the next links you will get more information about these fantastic places in Barcelona. Besides, you will be able to see some color photographs:



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

BARCELONA: PANTÀ DE VALLVIDRERA


A sunny sunday of September we joined one of the activities organized by Els Castellers de Sants (Borinots.cat, @Borinots) to celebrate its twentieth anniversary. The activity consisted of a 20km hike (10km round trip) to Pantà de Vallvidrera in Collserola. The beginning was from the district of Sants in Barcelona.

We had a great time because Els Castellers de Sants are really funny and cheerful people.


Panta de Vallvidrera in Collserola
Pantà de Vallvidrera in Collserola


The route was:


Route from Barcelona to Panta de Vallvidrera
Route from Barcelona to Pantà de Vallvidrera



These are the most interesting places we went through during our hike from Sants-Les Corts to Pantà de Vallvidrera:



Besides we could enjoy nice views of:

  • Sant Pere Màrtir
  • Tibidabo and Collserola Tower
  • Barcelona from Carretera de les Aigües


Pedralbes Monastery


Pedralbes Monastery in Barcelona
Getting closer to Pedralbes Monastery in Barcelona


Pedralbes Monastery in Barcelona
Bell tower of the church of Pedralbes Monastery in Barcelona




Oreneta Park




Oreneta Park in Barcelona
Walking along Oreneta Park in Barcelona


Oreneta Park in Barcelona
One of the trains you can see in Oreneta Park in Barcelona


Oreneta Park in Barcelona
Waiting for the train in Oreneta Park in Barcelona


Carretera de les Aigües



Barcelona from Carretera de les Aigues
Barcelona from a point near Carretera de les Aigües



Carretera de les Aigües in Barcelona
Sant Pere Màrtir Broadcast Station and Carretera de les Aigües in Barcelona



Carretera de les Aigues in Barcelona
Tibidado and Collserola Tower from Carretera de les Aigües in Barcelona


Collserola



Collserola in Barcelona
This was the highest point of our hike from Barcelona to Pantà de Vallvidrera. A nice place to take a break


Tibidabo and Collserola tower in Barcelona
Tibidabo and Collserola tower from the previous place


Turó de'n Corts



Leisure area in Collserola
Leisure area in Collserola near Sant Pere Màrtir and Turó de'n Corts


Walking in Collserola
Walking to Turó de'n Corts in Collserola


View from Turó de en Corts in Collserola
View from Turó de'n Corts in Collserola


Walking in Collserola
We walked along this path to go from Turo de'n Corts to Pantà de Vallvidrera in Collserola


Pantà de Vallvidrera




Panta de Vallvidrera in Barcelona
And in the end we arrived at our destination after 10km walk: Pantà de Vallvidrera



Panta de Vallvidrera in Barcelona
Overview of Pantà de Vallvidrera in Barcelona


Panta de Vallvidrera in Barcelona
Dam of Pantà de Vallvidrera in Barcelona



Panta de Vallvidrera in Barcelona
This is a sort of viewpoint as a pier in Pantà de Vallvidrera



Santa Maria de Vallvidrera



Leisure area of Santa Maria de Vallvidrera
Leisure area of Santa Maria de Vallvidrera


View of Barcelona




Barcelona in the afternoon from Carretera de les Aigues
Barcelona in the afternoon from Carretera de les Aigües



Other interesting places you can visit in Collserola are:


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