There are 17 independent autonomous administrations in Spain. The most substantial ones are the Bask, Catalonia and Galisia governments. The Catalionian one is the most nationalistic one. Catalionia region is like another government inside the Spain. The 15% of the Spain’s population is Catalan and 1,6 million of this number is living in Barcelona. In the era of Dictator Franco, it was forbidden to use their own language. This of course lead to the empowerment of their nationalistic ideas. You can never receive “Spanish” to a question of “Where are you from?”, they say “Catalan”.
This is an entirely autonomous region, so the administration of the area is done by the catalan government. The region is only connected to the Spain in it’s foreign affairs. Even more, the school’s in the Catalonia dont even use the spanish language for teaching.
Poble Espanyol is a village, home to many architectural examples of the different popular structures throughout Spain. The village was built in 1929 and is definitely a must-see. They have built a tiny market on the center and sell local delicacies here. Olives, pickles,wines are some of the most preferred products that you can both taste and buy.
Another name that went into the pages of history along with Barcelona is Picasso. The avenue that is called “Avinyo Avenue” takes it’s name from the picasso’s “Les Domiselles d’Avignon” painting. You can find the Picasso museum in a narrow alley left from medieval times. Of course dont even think about skipping Dali.
The area just near the sea is called the Barcelonetta. You can go swimming through here, and the Mar Bella beach is one of the most popular spots. Although you might have a slight shock when you get to the beach since everyone here will be naked.
When you head straight from the Colomb Statue, you will see the shipyard to your right and the maritime museum to your left. Right in front of you is Place del Portal de la Pau. You can tour through the Barcelona shore on the double deck boats called “Golondrina”, which means the Pellican. You can take the short tour, or the long tour that takes 1,5 hours. It is a quite pleasant ride if the weather is also nice.
Since you are already here you can visit the L’aquarim Barcelona, one of the largest aquarium’s in Europe, you just have to go through the Port Vell to get there. One of the best features of this aquarium is going through a tunnel that is covered by aquariums on every side.
You can visit the most colorful food market of Barcelona ,La Boqueria, right after you go pass the aquarium. It is possible to find many different tropical fruits, tons of fish of every kind and seafood. One of the thing’s that interested me the most about the place was most of the shop keepers here were woman.
Placa Reial is one of the liveliest squares of Barcelona, left from the 1850’s. The Neo-Classic lambs are again the designs of Gaudi. This square reminds us of the Plaza Mayoru in Madrid. The residence of Barcelonian Lord’s,The Royal Palace’s entrance also looks right at this square.
After our visit to the square, we decide to head to the Bari Gothic (the Gothic Neighbourhood). While venturing around the narrow alleys of this gothic neighbourhood, you will feel like you are time travelling in medieval times, and will come across a different suprise in every street.
Another way of touring the Barcelona is getting a City Bus ticket, and go along the designated routes. Since you are free to get off and get on the bus anytime you like.
Barcelona, with it’s vibe of medieval times, crazy architectural designs, it’s artist such as;Gaudi,Picasso and Dali and the large La Rambas Avenue will enchant you and offer you a trip you will never forget.