Visit Barcelona with a cruise this summer
In the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia, you’ll find a destination that has been popular with tourists for many years. Barcelona has attracted travellers seeking to find out more about Spanish history, relax on golden beaches and indulge in delicious tapas. This week, Pullmantur takes a closer look at some of the highlights you should definitely try to get around to seeing on a day visit to Barcelona.
One of the most unique factors of this city is the striking and intricately designed architecture reflected throughout the city. An array of mosaic patterns is depicted throughout the park, of which were the inspiration of Gaudi and Güell. Not only will you discover these patterns on the buildings, you will also see a range of shapes and monuments displaying these mosaic patterns - such as the multi-coloured mosaic salamander. The park is based on a hill, but you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the whole city should you make it to the top.
Staying with architect Antoni Gaudi, his most popular and immense work is undoubtedly the unfinished church. Construction began on the Sagrada Familia (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) in 1882 and is still underway to this day. Gaudi passed away in 1926 and the project has overcome many struggles over the years, including being interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. Upon completion, this amazing stand-out building will feature a total of 18 spires of which, presently, only eight have been completed.
Temple of Augustus
In many cities around the world, ancient landmarks and remnants have either been torn down or built on top of. In Barcelona, however, the Temple of Augustus was built around and incorporated into the surrounding medieval buildings. Several 9m high Corinthian style columns remain, of which date back as far as the first century BC. These columns will take you back to the city’s Roman roots, when the city was known as Barcino.
The beaches in Barcelona are highly regarded as some of the world’s finest. In fact, Barcelona was even named number one Beach City in the world by National Geographic. If you’re looking to escape the bustling city streets, the beaches present an ideal location for a spot of relaxation. With seven different stretches of beach, there should be no struggle to find a secluded spot to relax and watch the day pass by.
Wherever you decide to travel this summer, you will be sure to discover excellent value travelling on board a Pullmantur cruise. Whether you fancy discovering the enigmatic city of Barcelona, or venturing into the rest of the Mediterranean – you’ll be sure to enjoy the all-inclusive nature of a Pullmantur cruise.
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