Our walking tour of Barcelona

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.

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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.

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From there we crossed over Via Laietana and headed to Plaça de Catalunya.

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After a quick look around and a brief rest we joined the masses and started to walk down the famous La Rambla.

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Heaps of people walking at various speeds looking at and sometimes stopping at the variety of food stalls and market stands.

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Along the way the we passed the Boqueria market. (We would return here on a weekday.)

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Next came the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the opera house and then a quick diversion to Palau Güell, one of Gaudi’s earlier buildings.

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At this point our walk crossed over La Rambla and we entered Plaça Reial, a lovely square

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which was quite crowded with a Sunday flea market.

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The nearby cafes and restaurants were also very busy. Next we made our way up another crowded street

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to Plaça de Sant Jaume, a square right in the heart of the Barri Gòtic part of town.

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Up narrow streets and past quaint cafes we went,

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exploring the whole area as we made our way firstly to some ancient Roman ruins tucked away in a small courtyard

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then next to the side of the Catedral.

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The gargoyles were certainly attention grabbing.

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As we made our way around to the main entry we passed some buskers playing beautiful flamenco style guitar music.

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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

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and listened and were well entertained by the sardana dancing complete with live band.

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Past more Roman wall remains we made our way out of the square

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up a narrow street with an interesting bridge linking buildings on either side

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and back to C. de l’Argentaria. We passed the craft market

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and bought some lunch which we ate back at our compact apartment before taking a well earned rest.

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2 thoughts on “Our walking tour of Barcelona

    • Hi Becky, Thanks for visiting my blog. We certainly enjoyed looking at the markets as we went. Barcelona was a great place to walk around as you will read in my next few posts. Cheers, Mark

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