Beautiful Barcelona!

I don’t think there can be a city with more beautiful buildings than Barcelona. By that I’m referring both to the designs used in the creation of buildings and the number of extraordinary buildings in this city. Although there are many striking late 20th century buildings to be seen, it’s those designed and built in the late 1800s and early 1900s that I find to be beautiful.

My hotel is on a street called “La Rambla.” Today this is the tourist center of Barcelona, filled with all the fast-food places and retail stores the “global economy” can produce. Normally I’d avoid a street like this when looking for a hotel but having been here once before I knew that this street would be interesting and fun. It is! It was a major business street of the late 19th century and it’s lined with distinctive buildings including three large theatres (still operating, one as the opera house), a number of hotels, and the large market hall. I can’t show you all that I’ve seen so I thought I’d share with you some of the buildings that caught my eye.

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This pair of buildings is typical of the 100 year old hotels and apartment buildings that line the street called La Rambla.

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Here’s another I thought was lovely — I like the pink! I could do an entire post on the charming street lamp styles I’ve seen in Barcelona.

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Here’s the building that’s perhaps most famous: the Chinese Umbrella building. Read its history here.

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A close-up of the dragon on the corner.

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One of the theatres along La Rambla.

Barcelona’s most famous citizen is Antoni Gaudi, an architect who left this city with a number of extraordinary buildings as well as one of the greatest churches in the world, the Sagrada Familia. I’ll tell you about that tomorrow, but here are shapshots of two of his apartment buildings I passed by yesterday.

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Casa Mila

There’s a different sort of street parallel to La Rambla just one block east. It’s called Passeig de Gràcia.  Here are the famous European, hyper-expensive shops such as Channel and Louis Vuitton. But along this street as well are many beautiful buildings and as well as a block noted for the extravagant architecture of three famous buildings in that block.

The most famous is another building designed by Gaudi:

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A better view

Next door is this building of extravagant design (read about it here).

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And at the end of the block, this one.

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Today I return to France. I’ll be in the small coastal town called Collioure for a few days.

My hotel on La Rambla in Barcelona is Hotel Lloret. I found it on Booking.com and have enjoyed a very comfortable, well-located hotel at a very good rate. If you’re coming this way I recommend it.

Libbie

About Libbie Griffin

For several months recently I've been traveling around Europe. Write to me at in.my.suitcase.too@gmail.com if you would like to receive a very short email each time I post new words and pictures here. I would love for you to tell your friends who love to travel about this blog. And I would be very happy to read about your experiences, your suggestions and your questions in the comments section. Let's make this blog a conversation! Thanks! Libbie Griffin
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4 Responses to Beautiful Barcelona!

  1. Love their use of color in the buildings. Beautiful!!

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  2. Brenda McGee says:

    Beautiful! The buildings are all so interesting.

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  3. Ben says:

    Several of these remind Agi and me of buildings in Budapest of a similar age. They’re not quite “similar”, but something about them… I was in Barcelona 44 years ago this week, Sis! Any time I smell roasting coffee beans, I’m instantly transported back there.

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    • 44 years? OMG!!! I remember that so well — almost as well as you do, I suppose! (Since I wasn’t there.) It was that trip you made that caused me to go to Europe the first time (many years later) and that has kept me coming back almost every year since.

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