Barcelona in the Mediterranean is the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonian region. You can find great art and architecture, among other tourist delights. Notably, the fantastic Sagrada Família church and other landmarks designed by the architect, Antoni Gaudí, adorn the city. Additional museums such as the Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesake artists.
The city is the Provincial Capital of Catalonia, though not of Spain itself. However, few cities can claim to be more appealing than Barcelona, even though it isn’t the biggest city in the world, and isn’t particularly well organised! For example; there are constant traffic jams, and parking is a struggle. Also, the skyline shows modern architecture juggling uncomfortably for a position with historical buildings. Additionally, there is plenty of evidence confirming both extravagance and poverty, and it is one of the noisiest cities in Europe.
So, what is the secret of Barcelona’s popularity?
Is it the multi-cultural buzz of people that keeps the city alive? Or, is it the intoxicating mixture of excellence, incompetence, noise and laughter?
Barcelona is a “City of Dreams”. Consequently, there are some super-rich people here who live like kings. Conversely, though, many people still struggle to stay above the breadline.
Nonetheless, whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in Barcelona. It takes a while to get used to living here, but once you do – like so many of us – you may never want to leave!
This is the famous tree-lined pavement area which connects the centre of the city to the sea. The Ramblas stretches for over a kilometre, from Plaça de Catalunya to the Columbus Monument down at Port Vell. The street also forms the city boundary between the areas of the Barri Gòtic to the east, and the west, El Raval. Built on a dry river bed at the turn of the 20th-century, La Rambla was carefully planned. Its purpose was to be a promenade for newly wealthy industrialists to stroll through the city and enjoy the scenery. The Spanish verb “Ramblar” – meaning to walk leisurely or to ramble – gave the street its name.
The Mediterranean Sea is a vibrant component of Barcelona city life. At the end of Las Ramblas, the statue of Christopher Columbus greets the sea from a high-level vantage point. You can climb to the top of his tower to enjoy a panoramic city and sea view.
Port Vell is the oldest operating port in Barcelona, having been in existence for four centuries. It was the principal port of the city, since the Middle Ages. The original customs house is here, and trading ships used to bring in their silks and spices for sale throughout Europe. Drassanes maritime museum is just across the street from the port. Back in the 16th- century, this was a thriving shipyard. The principal production of galleons for the mighty Spanish Armada took place here.
What better way to get a view of sunny Barcelona than from the air? The cable car runs from the top of the mountain of Montjuic down to the original fishing town of Barceloneta, and the beach. Taking a cycle tour around Barcelona is another, and very healthy, sociable way to explore this fantastic city. For those who want to take it easy, the Tourist Bus service will comfortably transport you all over town and up to Parc de Montjuic and the Olympic stadium – it’s one of the must-see stops along the way.
Port Ginesta is the home of European Yacht Charters. We are located in the area called Les Botigues de Sitges, just along the coast from Barcelona. This busy marina in the District of Sitges covers an area of 30 hectares, divided between sea and land. Within the marina, there is a leisure area offering several excellent restaurants, bars and shops. Additionally, the port is fully equipped and set up for sea-farers offering the services of captaincy, laundry, showers, changing rooms and dive shops.
Sitges is a town in the Spanish Province of Barcelona in the autonomous community of Catalonia. Pronounced “Sid-jes”, this popular seaside resort is located on the Mediterranean coast just half an hour’s drive south of Barcelona. Its population in 2017 was 28,527 inhabitants. The district of Sitges is in the Garraf region and close to the Garraf National Park.
El Prat international airport is a busy, but easy airport to navigate, once you get the hang of it. Like much of Spain, some of the logical planning got lost (probably over a leisurely lunch), and so there are a few parts of the airport that can be confusing to a newcomer. It only takes half an hour to get into the city centre or to head down the coast to Port Ginesta and the resort towns of Castelldefels and Sitges.