Madrid and Barca in a week

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Two days in Madrid and four in Barcelona. A beautiful trip through an amazing country and across two of Spain best cities.
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Madrid and Barca in a week

  1. 1. Madrid and Barca in a week Two days in Madrid and four in Barcelona. A beautiful trip through an amazing country and across two of Spain best cities. Source: Mygola.com
  2. 2. Day 1 Museo Reina Sofia Madrid One of the most extraordinary private collections of predominantly European art in the world, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is a worthy member of Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of art. Where the Museo del Prado or Centro de Arte Reina Sofía enable you to study the body of work ...
  3. 3. Day 1 Real Jardin Botanico de Madrid Madrid Madrid's botanical garden was inspired by Fernando VI, who in 1755 gave the order for its creation on the banks of the River Manzanares. Then, in 1774, Carlos III ordered it to be transferred to its current location in the Plaza Murillo, alongside the Paseo del Prado, where it wa ...
  4. 4. Day 1 Plaza de Cibeles Madrid Plaza de la Cibeles evokes the splendour of imperial Madrid. The jewel in the crown is the astonishing Palacio de Comunicaciones. Completed in 1917 by Antonio Palacios, Madrid’s most prolific architect of the belle époque, it combines elements of the North American monumental ...
  5. 5. Day 1 Bernabeu Stadium Madrid Think of sitting back in a comfy seat, holding a nice cold caña in one hand -easing the heat from the warm Madrid evening - and a foil wrapped bocadillo in the other, whilst watching a selection of the world's best footballers on show - what more could a footie fan want? An easy ...
  6. 6. Day 1 Puerta de Alcalá Madrid This imposing triumphal gate was once the main entrance to the city (its name derives from the fact that the road that passed under it led to Alcalá de Henares) and was surrounded by the city’s walls. It was here that the city authorities controlled access to the capital and l ...
  7. 7. Day 1 Museo Arqueológico Nacional Madrid The National Archaeological Museum of Spain is a museum in Madrid, Spain, located beside the Plaza de Colón. sharing its building with the National Library. The museum was founded in 1867 by a Royal Decree of Isabella II, and its purpose was to be a depository for numismatic, ar ...
  8. 8. Day 1 Biblioteca Nacional De Espana Madrid Between Madrid's Recoletos avenue and Serrano street, alongside Plaza de Colón Square, you will find the majestic National Library building. It has a rectangular floor plan and is neoclassical in style. Special mention should be made of its broad exterior staircase and its main ...
  9. 9. Day 1 Puerta del Sol Madrid The official centre point of Spain is a gracious hemisphere of elegant facades that’s often very crowded. In Madrid’s earliest days, the Puerta del Sol was the eastern gate of the city. Plaza de la Puerta del Sol comes into its own on New Year’s Eve, when madrileños pack i ...
  10. 10. Day 1 Royal Palace of Madrid Madrid The Royal Palace is one of the top tourist attractions in Madrid. It is the official residence for the Royal family, but these days they only use it for state ceremonies. The rest of the time it's open to the public.
  11. 11. Day 1 Almudena Cathedral Madrid The first stone of the cathedral was laid in 1883 by King Alfonso XII, and the result was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993. Built on the site of the old church of Santa María de la Almudena. the new cathedral was intended to be Gothic in style, with needles and spires; f ...
  12. 12. Day 2 Fuente de Neptuno Madrid Fuente de Neptuno, or Neptune’s Fountain, stands in a fountain in beautiful Plaza Cánovas del Castillo. The fountain is was built by Carlos III who commissioned Ventura Rodríguez in 1780 to further beautify the city. Interestingly, Atletico de Madrid soccer fans meet here to ...
  13. 13. Day 2 Puerta de Toledo Monument Madrid The Basílica de San Francisco El Grande dominates the skyline at the southern reaches of La Latina. Its extravagantly frescoed dome is, by some estimates, the largest in Spain and the fourth-largest in the world, with a height of 56m and diameter of 33m. The baroque basilica has ...
  14. 14. Day 2 Basilica de San Francisco el Grande Madrid The Basilica of St. Francis has a round floor plan and boasts the largest dome in Spain, at 108 feet in diameter - even larger than that of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The church incorporates three chapels, including the Chapel of San Bernardino de Siena with a magnificent pa ...
  15. 15. Day 2 Plaza Mayor Madrid In the heart of Madrid, this famous square was known as the Plaza de Arrabal during medieval times, when it stood outside the city wall. The original architect of Plaza Mayor itself was Juan Gómez de Mora, who worked during the reign of Philip III. Under the Habsburgs, the squa ...
  16. 16. Day 2 Restaurante Botin Madrid This is the oldest restaurant in the world. which also appears in many novels about Madrid, most notably Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. The secret of its staying power is fine cochinillo and cordero asado cooked in wood-fired ovens. Eating in the vaulted cellar is a treat.
  17. 17. Day 2 Plaza de España Madrid You just have to look at the number of people lying on the grass alongside the fountains or resting on the park benches to know this is a popular spot. The most prominent feature is the statue dedicated to Spain's most famous writer, Miguel de Cervantes, that depicts his two prin ...
  18. 18. Day 2 Gran Via Madrid The lively street is one of the city's most important shopping areas. It also contains a large number of hotels and large movie theaters. But what makes this street so special it the architectural design of many of the large buildings. While walking through this crowded street ma ...
  19. 19. Day 3 Las Ramblas Barcelona La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona. The wide boulevard connects the Plaça de Catalunya, a busy square, with the Columbus Monument and the city's waterfront. The often crowded street is popular with tourists and locals alike. The middle part of the Rambla is pedestr ...
  20. 20. Day 3 La Boqueria Barcelona Barcelona's most spectacular food market, also known as the Mercat de Sant Josep, is an explosion of life and color sprinkled with delicious little bar-restaurants. A solid polychrome wall of fruits, herbs, wild mushrooms, vegetables, nuts, candied fruits, cheeses, hams, fish, po ...
  21. 21. Day 3 Columbus Monument Barcelona This Barcelona landmark to Christopher Columbus sits grandly at the foot of the Rambla along the wide harbor-front promenade of the Passeig de Colom, not far from the very shipyards that constructed two of the ships of his tiny but immortal fleet. Standing atop the 150-foot-high ...
  22. 22. Day 3 Museu Maritim De Barcelona Barcelona The Museum Marítim is located by the waterfront in one of Barcelona’s finest landmark buildings: the Reials Drassanes, the medieval shipyards which are a unique example of civic Gothic architecture. Since 1929, the Museu Marítim de Barcelona has built up a major collection of ...
  23. 23. Day 3 Port Vell Barcelona Formerly an obsolete harbor, Port Vell is a modern yacht-basin and entertainment center. It's a very touristy area, with the Barcelona Aquarium and the Catalonia History Museum as some of its main attractions. The biggest attraction of the Port Vell is the aquarium, one of the la ...
  24. 24. Day 3 Barcelona Olympic Village Barcelona This panorama shows some of the buildings and sculptures of the Barcelona Olympic Village. The two towers, one now the Hotel Arts, dominate the skyline.
  25. 25. Day 3 Barcelona Bus Turistic Barcelona This hop-on, hop-off service covers three circuits linking virtually all the major tourist sights. Tourist offices, TMB transport authority offices and many hotels have leaflets explaining the system. Each of the two main circuits takes approximately two hours. The third circuit, ...
  26. 26. Day 3 Zoo De Barcelona Barcelona The zoo is a great day out for kids, with 7500 critters that range from geckos to gorillas – there are more than 400 species, plus picnic areas dotted all around. A new site being built on the coast of El Fòrum northeast of the city centre will ease the currently slightly crow ...
  27. 27. Day 3 Plaça Palau Barcelona The Palau de la Generalitat is a historic palace in Barcelona, Catalonia, northern Spain. It houses the offices of the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya. It is one of the few buildings of medieval origin in Europe that still functions as a seat of government and houses t ...
  28. 28. Day 3 La Ribera Barcelona South of Sant Pere, across c/de la Princesa, La Ribera sports Barcelona’s biggest single tourist attraction, the Museu Picasso. The sheer number of visitors in this neighbourhood rivals the busiest streets of the Barri Gòtic, and this has had a knock-on effect in terms of the ...
  29. 29. Day 3 Catedral La Seu Barcelona In the center of the Barri Gòtic. the heart of Barcelona, is the city's Gothic cathedral, known as La Seu. The first stone of the current church was laid in the 13th century, but it would last until the early 20th century before the cathedral was fully completed. The church was ...
  30. 30. Day 3 Barri Gòtic Barcelona The Barcelona Barri Gotic area is also known as the Gothic Quarter and is the area in which the old town of Barcelona is situated. As you will see from the following photos the streets vary considerably in style but the old quarter is generally characterized by narrow cobbled str ...
  31. 31. Day 3 El Raval Barcelona A cultural melting pot as well as one of Barcelona's oldest districts, El Raval smells, tastes, looks and feels different to other parts of Barcelona. Here you'll find Asian restaurants rubbing shoulders with Art Deco cafes and medieval monuments, while the nightlife is as lively ...
  32. 32. Day 3 Casa Mila-La Pedrera Barcelona Everything in this building is curved and undulating. Its originality and the techniques used in its construction are surprising throughout. This is one of the best-known works of the architect Gaudí, and is one of the symbols of Barcelona. It was built between 1906 and 1912, an ...
  33. 33. Day 3 Sagrada Família Barcelona If you only have time for one sightseeing outing, this should be it. La Sagrada Família inspires awe with its sheer verticality and, in the true manner of the great medieval cathedrals it emulates, it’s still not finished after more than 100 years. Work is proceeding apace, ho ...
  34. 34. Day 3 Els Quatre Gats Barcelona Els Quatre Gats is a modernist cafe/restaurant/bar tucked away down a little side street just off the main shopping walkway at Avda Portal d' Angel in the Barri Gotic. This cafe/restaurant was a popular haunt for the young Picasso in the early 1900's and here he undertook his ver ...
  35. 35. Day 4 Plaça de la Universitat Barcelona Plaça de la Universitat is one of Barcelona's central squares, split between the districts of Eixample and Ciutat Vella. It's on the intersection of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Carrer d'Aribau and Ronda de Sant Antoni, to the west of Plaça de Catalunya, to which it's linke ...
  36. 36. Day 4 Plaza Catalunya Cornellà de Llobregat Plaça de Catalunya is a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city centre and the place where the old city and the 19th century-built Eixample meet. Some of the city's most important streets and avenues meet at Plaça Catalunya: Passeig de ...
  37. 37. Day 4 Casa Batllo Barcelona Next door to the Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló was designed by Gaudí in 1905 and is hands-down the superior of the three works in the manzana. Using sensuous curves in iron and stone and glittering, luminous trencadis on the facade, the Casa Batlló is widely thought to represent ...
  38. 38. Day 4 Park Guell Barcelona North of Gràcia, Park Güell is where Gaudí turned his hand to landscape gardening and the artificial almost seems more natural than the natural. Park Güell originated in 1900 when Count Eusebi Güell bought a hillside property and hired Gaudí to create a miniature garden cit ...
  39. 39. Day 4 Sarrià-Sant Gervasi Barcelona Sarria Sant Gervasi is one of the largest districts in Barcelona. Although it is situated right in the city, Sarria Barcelona still manages to maintain a small-town feel, with narrow quiet streets and quaint houses with little gardens. Sarria Sant Gervasi is a great place for tou ...
  40. 40. Day 5 Cafe' de L'Opera Barcelona Situated towards the lower end of Las Ramblas, it's a welcome haven from the chaos on the streets. You won't feel out of place on your own and you're as likley to pull here as at any of the 'official' cruising galleries around town. It also has a terrace on the boulevard during t ...
  41. 41. Day 5 Basilica De Santa Maria Del Mar Barcelona The most beautiful example of early Catalan Gothic architecture, Santa Maria del Mar is extraordinary for its unbroken lines and elegance. The lightness of the interior is especially surprising considering the blocky exterior. The site, originally outside the 1st- to 4th-century ...
  42. 42. Day 5 Miramelindo Barcelona Miramelindo - Barcelona A splendid place for this post modern bar called Miramelindo: a gothic building very closet o the Picasso Museum. In a large room, tanned lights, a nice wood bar serving delicious cocktails, specifically the Coca cocktail with cognac and coconut milk. all ...
  43. 43. Day 5 Origens 99.9% Barcelona Origen 99,9% is a culinary/cultural space whose purpose is to showcase catalan culinary culture. Traditional recipes, wisely modernised to allow for sampling of multiple dishes and improve presentation, all made with local produce and accompanied by explanations of its origins an ...
  44. 44. Day 6 Monestir de Pedralbes Barcelona This marvel of a monastery, named for its original white stones. is really a convent for the Franciscan order of Poor Clares founded in 1326 by Reina Elisenda. The three-story Gothic cloister, one of the finest in Europe, surrounds a lush garden. The day cells, where the nuns spe ...
  45. 45. Day 6 Gaudi's Dragon Fountain Barcelona This extraordinary fountain is located in Park Güell, the famous park in Barcelona. One of the most interesting sculpture is the world famous fountain named "the Dragon", symbol of fire and alchemy. It's located under the terrace composing the main place of Park Güell, and at t ...
  46. 46. Day 6 Placa d'Espanya Barcelona Plaça d'Espanya is one of Barcelona's most important squares, built on the occasion of the 1929 International Exhibition, held at the foot of Montjuïc, in the Sants-Montjuïc district. One of the city's biggest squares, it is the junction of several major thoroughfares: Gran Vi ...
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