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Tour of different, special, peculiar, unusual shops…

Special shopping tour in BarcelonaThe opportunities to go shopping in such a metropolis as Barcelona are simply huge. We can find everything in Barcelona, whether it be big stores, international brands, traditional businesses, or shops which offer something special, different, unusual and unconventional. The only question is where you’d like to go. Continue reading

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Medieval Barcelona’s Jewish community.

Jewish Quarter El CallThere were Jews in Barcelona before the Jewish quarter came to exist, although it is not known whether they already formed a community. We know, that towards the year 850 the head of the rabbinic academy of Sura in Babylonia sent a letter to the Jews of Barcelona. Continue reading

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The National park of ‘Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici’.

National Park of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

 The variety of landscapes is enormous and all of them stand out for their pure nature, the variety of flora and fauna, clean rivers and their high peaks, which are snow-capped for many months of the year. This is Catalan high mountain land, well away from regular tourist circuits.

I suggest to cross the ‘Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici’, the only one of its kind in Catalonia, from west to east, going through the mountain pass Portarró d’Espot, 2,423m high. Continue reading

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Alpine circuit excursion in the Catalan Pyrenees.

Ascending to the Puigmal summitThis circuit excursion starts on the high plateau of Fontalba, situated above the pretty Pyrenean village of Queralbs. We’ll ascend the peak of Puigmal (2,913m) and come down the other side to reach the sanctuary of Núria, returning from there to our point of departure. Continue reading

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Modernisme (Art Noveau) in Barcelona, not just Gaudí…

Art Noveau (Modernisme) in BarcelonaThe world renowned ‘modernist’ (art noveau) architect, Antoni Gaudí – who built amongst other edifices the Sagrada Familia temple, the Park Güell, or the incredibly well- known Barcelonese houses, La Pedrera, and the Casa Batlló – was truly a genius and nowadays is venerated as such. But he wasn’t the only one! Continue reading

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An outing using the metro!

Barcelona, seen from CollserolaSome 20 minutes by metro from the centre of Barcelona, you can breathe deeply again and enjoy the tranquillity and calm of nature. A great contrast! Continue reading

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Ull de Ter at Núria: a classic in the Catalan Pyrenees.

Sanctuary of NúriaHere we’re talking about a high altitude trek from Ull de Ter, source of one of Catalonia’s most important rivers, the Ter, to Núria sanctuary, both of which are situated at some 2,000m altitude. Continue reading

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Stroll through Montjuic, the Olympic mountain and biggest green zone of Barcelona.

Barcelona seen from the Palau NacionalIn 1992, the 25th Olympic Games were held on this mountain, which is situated directly above the port of Barcelona. They are still very well remembered, besides which the Olympic Stadium and all the other interesting buildings and sports facilities bear witness to that culminating moment in the city of Barcelona. But Montjuic isn’t just an Olympic area: Continue reading

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Sarrià, an old village within the city.

Sarrià, an old village in BarcelonaAt the beginning of the 20th century, when Barcelona was growing rapidly, various villages which were once on the outskirts became incorporated into the city. In some cases these villages, which nowadays have become districts in the city, have maintained a very special physiognomy. Continue reading

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The tranquil side of Barcelona.

The blue tram at the slope of the hill TibidaboI’d like to suggest a two hour stroll around the tranquil districts of detached houses and mansions at the foot of Tibidabo. At the beginning of the 20th century many important members of the local bourgeoisie built their villas here, many of which are in the Modernist style, pertaining to Catalonia. Continue reading

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