Barcelona (Spain), the capital of Catalonia, is a city full of things to discover, not only reputed for its nightlife, I prefer to say that also reputed for its monuments where famous architects left their mark in each corner of the street like Gaudi, Picasso, Dali…
Visiting the city, it is better to have a good plan for the day, at least it is what I think and believe, you may not share with me this opinion but I noticed that majority of people who, either planning or not, go to the tourism office to ask or to take some info. In my situation, I prefer to plan the most of the things at home before to leave and to do that, I had to look for info on internet.
Once on the city, the plan can be changed if something “particular” happens but in very very rare occasion this thing can happen. One of the plans for a day is to visit in the morning the roman part and the afternoon the Gaudi monuments.
So to start the morning, after eating my breakfast in the hotel, we went to discover the roman necropolis located at “plaza villa de madrid” near to the rambla street. A fascinating old tombs dating from the roman period on which each one has been placed all along the old road to enter to the city.
Thinking about how can be the old way, we imaged it on our mind and followed it until the “plaza nova” where we discovered some remains including entrance, old wall and tower of the roman city called Barcino. Taking what it was the old bridge, we entered in the city and walking around, there are some street musicians playing nice music, some nice shops hidden in small streets, a nice square…
At “calle paradis 10”, we visited the remains of the Augustus temple. There are only 4 columns still standing. Leaving the place and heading to the old roman forum which is now the “plaza sant jaume”, it is a big square where the 2 main Catalan buildings (City Hall and the Catalan Government Palace) stood in front of them.
Time to lunch, since we are near to the market La Boqueria, we decided to go there by taking the ferran street until crossing the rambla street, not very far away something about 7 minutes walking. The market is very nice and a lot of places to eat but very crowdy, since we didn’t have any preference, we tried to find one with less waiting and it is really worth it even if the waiting was a little longer. The food is very good, above all the seafood.
For the afternoon, we went first to visit the Batllo house built by Gaudi, the front has been designed like the sea with reference to the shells, fish scale… and after to the Mila house, just a little up to the street. The building is very impressive, we entered first to the free entrance which was an art exposition and after making the huge line to buy a ticket to visit the building and the roof part. Both buildings are located at “passeig de gracia”.
And to end the day, we went to the Park Guell located at “calle olot”. The park is very beautiful with its particular rooms. There is a room representing the wave of the sea, a big room with columns and nice decoration on the ceiling, the snake square… we got a really nice walk in the park and if you plan to go there, go at the top where you will have a great view on the city.
This was our day plan and if you are looking for more ideas, I recommend you to check this itinerary Theme Barcelona that we found on internet. All written by a local guy who proposes 12 different routes based on theme like Gaudi, Picasso, Modernism… What we did was to pick up some ideas and built our own itinerary but also we printed some of his theme, moreover there are great local info about this city in his site, very worth to take a look.