A Spanish Holiday

The incredible taste of Iberia will linger long. We felt like the boys from Zindagi Na Milegi Doabara who explored the land with abandon

12/31/2016 3:21:05 PM
written By : Jay Brara with Dev Bhalla Print

Barcelona is among the most dynamic, and culturally lively cities in the world. My son Sabir had described it as his favourite in Europe, so we decided to make it our starting point in our Spanish sojourn. The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona represents an autonomous group of people proud of their distinct culture, language and heritage. The city has that unique quality where you instantly feel safe and at home among the friendly crowds. It’s beautiful and easy to get around by metro, bus and like most Europeans, on foot. 

Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the amazing Church of the Holy Family, is the premier site to visit in Barcelona and among the top attractions in all of Spain. It has been under construction for over 130 years and will taken another decade to be completed. The buildings stand out from afar as the most amazing structure one has ever seen. As you get closer, the intricate, chiseled artwork in stone and wood is breathtaking, unlike anything you would have seen in any other church or cathedral anywhere. You learn to instantly respect and admire Gaudi as the greatest creative architect of all.

By day and specially by night, La Rambla is the heartbeat of Barcelona pulsating with strolling revelers grabbing a sangria or tapas at the cafes, buying curios at the stalls, or just soaking in the atmosphere. Popular for stag parties and bridal showers, you will come across drunk Irishmen singing and dancing, totally at home with the Spaniards. Heading towards the bay, the majestic Columbus Monument stands tall resplendent with beautiful bronze and marble statues of Columbus setting off to conquer the East (but discovered the West) and prominent leaders of his era. We strolled in the Gothic Quarter (Catalan: Barri Gotic), the centre of the old city with narrow cobbled streets and incredible historic buildings, cathedrals and museums. The imposing Barcelona Cathedral dates back to the 13th Century and is a feast of Gothic and Baroque art. 

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