The numerous vibrant layers of Barcelona

GALLERY:(PHOTOS) The mystique and magic of Barcelona

  • The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Farm to desk expertise as a part of the Majestic Resort & Spa Barcelona on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Cooking lessons at El Altar in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Cured ham and tomato bread are part of the meal. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Milà, also called La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • A sailboat cruise in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Roman funeral Means that’s positioned in what’s now Plaça de la Vila de Madrid in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Milà, popularly referred to as La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Cooking lessons on the El Altar in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Milà, also called La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Batll– in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Cooking lessons on the El Altar in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Majestic Resort & Spa Barcelona on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Purchasing at an genuine retailer in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Examples of artwork nouveau on the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Examples of artwork nouveau on the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Examples of artwork nouveau on the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Alta Alella, the closest vineyard to Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Examples of artwork nouveau on the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Tea and an oversize dessert cookie on the La Dolce Vitae rooftop terrace on the Majestic Resort & Spa Barcelona, in Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
  • Lunch with a view on the La Dolce Vitae rooftop terrace on the Majestic Resort & Spa Barcelona, in Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community in Barcelona,
  • Farm to desk expertise as a part of the Majestic Resort & Spa Barcelona on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Cooking lessons at El Altar in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Cured ham and tomato bread are part of the meal. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Milà, also called La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Mila, also called La Pedrera, in Barcelona. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar
  • The Roman funeral Means that’s positioned in what’s now Plaça de la Vila de Madrid in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Milà, popularly referred to as La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Cooking lessons on the El Altar in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Milà, also called La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Batll– in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Cooking lessons on the El Altar in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Majestic Resort & Spa Barcelona on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Purchasing at an genuine retailer in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Examples of artwork nouveau on the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Examples of artwork nouveau on the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Alta Alella, the closest vineyard to Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Examples of artwork nouveau on the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • A connoisseur store and a spot for Spanish delicacies at La Teca in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • Alta Alella, the closest vineyard to Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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  • The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019. Veronica Henri/Toronto Solar/Postmedia Community
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A metropolis with layers of civilization, Barcelona dates again 2,000 years to a time when Augustus’s temple was a cultural gathering spot for Romans in a spot then referred to as Barcino.

Just a few pillars stay at the moment, tucked away between retailers in an space referred to as the Gothic Quarters. Our information tells us that he’s satisfied that some Catalans, busy with every day life within the fashionable world, could not even know that the stays of the temple are there. However, as a Canadian, something that outdated is value in search of out.

A extra apparent signal of the previous is the traditional Roman necropolis from the 2nd and third century AD, lined up beside a Roman highway within the Placa de la Vila de Madrid, which is now a museum.

Whereas touring the realm, I caught sight of an uncommon spherical gap positioned on prime of every tomb. Apparently the Romans introduced their beloved (deceased), bottles of wine upon visits.

Fable or reality, it doesn’t matter. I like the thought anyway.


The Roman funeral Means that’s positioned in what’s now Plaça de la Vila de Madrid in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019.
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As fascinating as historical historical past is, Barcelona presents loads of extra fashionable neoclassical buildings, full of distinct character and attraction.

Twenty-six buildings make up the Hospital de Sant Pau, principally designed by Lluis Domenech Montaner.

The previous hospital takes you again to the flip of the century with stained glass home windows and complex designs of the modernist period.


Examples of artwork nouveau on the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019.
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Even in my lodge, the Majestic Resort & Spa Barcelona (hotelmajestic.es/en), celebrating its 100th anniversary, has sturdy neo-gothic architectural options.

Admittedly although, it was the tales of the lodge’s historical past referring to the Spanish Civil Warfare (1936-39) and its well-known visitor, journalist and creator Ernest Hemingway, that piqued my curiosity.

Subsequent to my lodge, wrought iron balconies are an indication of one more completely different period, abundantly seen in Paseo del Gracia – downtown Barcelona.

I at all times assumed these balconies have been there for type, however I quickly discovered how these strong buildings have been an necessary asset for hoisting furnishings as much as your condo utilizing ropes earlier than elevators.

Barcelona can also be dwelling to the magnificent constructing designs of Spanish architect and artist Antoni Gaudi.

These embody the favored and surreal Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, with its uncommon flowing curved balconies.


Casa Milà, popularly referred to as La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019.
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Gaudi discovered inspiration for his work from such various sources as pine cones, reptile skeletons and bushes reaching in direction of the solar, however above all by the popularity that nature is devoid of straight traces.

Pere Mila and Roser Segimon have been the unique house owners of Casa Mila they usually commissioned the well-known artist to design their dwelling in 1906.

The couple occupied the primary ground and rented out the opposite residences. It has been stated that the girl of the home didn’t take care of the wildly unconventional type and bought it on the first alternative.

On the flip of the century, the constructing was ridiculed in newspapers and publications, however at the moment the alternative is true and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage web site. Guests can tour the house and even wander the roof among the many airshafts and chimney that typically resemble a pine cone or different shapes discovered within the pure world.

A go to to Barcelona wouldn’t be full with out touring Gaudi’s most spectacular work – Basilica de la Sagrada Familia.


The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019.
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With building beginning in 1882, it’s not scheduled for structural completion till 2026. Sure, you learn that proper, and that’s if all goes to plan. The locals joke that the cranes ought to by some means be left in place as soon as it’s full, in any other case how would they acknowledge it.

All joking apart, even in its unfinished state the basilica is “not simply one other European church,” apparently solely second to the Vatican in variety of guests and indisputably a novel artistic expression with true eccentric magnificence.


The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019.
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The outside is imposing in dimension, with an nearly unattainable stage of element and beautifully weird options. The within is equally breathtaking, that includes stone pillars – designed to resemble huge bushes – to assist the hovering ceiling, acres of extravagantly hand-painted stained-glass home windows rigorously positioned to observe the colors and instructions of the rising and setting solar, and elaborate depictions of Christian tales.

The church’s central spiral will attain over 170 metres upon completion, giving the Catalans bragging proper for the tallest spiritual constructing in Europe. This iconic construction is at all times towering above the opposite buildings within the metropolis.

For the “foodie,” roughly 40 markets are scattered all through town providing limitless recent decisions of produce, fruits, artisan merchandise, and numerous sorts of seafood.

The Boqueria Market on the well-known La Rambla is without doubt one of the hottest for locals and vacationers.


The Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday June 9, 2019.
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Spanish delicacies is omnipresent so getting nice tapas, well-known Serrano ham, their basic tomato bread, or seafood dishes isn’t an issue.

No trip is full with out having fun with a rooftop view and a wonderful meal.

The Torre d’Alta Mar (torredealtamar.com), properly positioned within the port space, and the Majestic Resort & Spa Barcelona’s La Dolce Vitae rooftop terrace are two spots definitely worth the go to.

For anybody wishing to learn to cook dinner Spanish type, cooking lessons can be found at El Altar (casaguinart.com/el-altar) on La Rambla. Cooks right here delight themselves within the alternative to stroll to Boqueria Market and decide nothing however the freshest elements for meals.

Within the older part of town you’ll discover delicacies that the Spaniards have perfected over the centuries. There are numerous genuine retailers such because the Vila Viniteca with 1000’s of wines and spirits to select from or the connoisseur store La Teca that has sorts of artisanal cheeses, olives, anchovies, cured ham and even canned peppers.

I discovered a lot of this stuff straightforward to pack so I got here dwelling with some treats for household and pals.

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