It’s interesting how things look different in daylight compared to night time. Our little balcony provided a good view up the street. Sadly it was cloudy not sunny. Hopefully we would be able to do our self guided walking tour of central Barcelona without rain.
We were in a really good position it seemed, based on the map in our Barcelona Lonely Planet guide. So after a quick breakfast off we went. We walked along Via Laietana until we reached the Palau de la Mùsica Catalana. Designed in the modernista style by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, a contemporary of Antoni Gaudi’s, it was certainly an impressive building with lots of external sculpture work. Coming to a musical event here was certainly on our list of things to do whilst here in Barcelona.
From there we crossed over Via Laietana and headed to Plaça de Catalunya.
After a quick look around and a brief rest we joined the masses and started to walk down the famous La Rambla.
Heaps of people walking at various speeds looking at and sometimes stopping at the variety of food stalls and market stands.
Along the way the we passed the Boqueria market. (We would return here on a weekday.)
Next came the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the opera house and then a quick diversion to Palau Güell, one of Gaudi’s earlier buildings.
At this point our walk crossed over La Rambla and we entered Plaça Reial, a lovely square
which was quite crowded with a Sunday flea market.
The nearby cafes and restaurants were also very busy. Next we made our way up another crowded street
to Plaça de Sant Jaume, a square right in the heart of the Barri Gòtic part of town.
Up narrow streets and past quaint cafes we went,
exploring the whole area as we made our way firstly to some ancient Roman ruins tucked away in a small courtyard
then next to the side of the Catedral.
The gargoyles were certainly attention grabbing.
As we made our way around to the main entry we passed some buskers playing beautiful flamenco style guitar music.
On reaching the front of the Catedral we discovered entry was restricted due to a church service, probably not that surprising given it was Sunday. However the front area was offering a more than suitable alternative. We had got lucky because on Sundays there is traditional Catalan folk dancing out the front of the Catedral. So like many others we stopped, looked
and listened and were well entertained by the sardana dancing complete with live band.
Past more Roman wall remains we made our way out of the square
up a narrow street with an interesting bridge linking buildings on either side
and back to C. de l’Argentaria. We passed the craft market
and bought some lunch which we ate back at our compact apartment before taking a well earned rest.