At this time of the year Barcelona has been warmly decorated with many lights in the streets of the city center. The Plaza Catalunya ( especially El Corte Inglés), the Ramblas and Portal de l´Angel are the most wonderful iluminated spots. In Barcelona Christmas and New Year are celebrated in a quiet atmosphere and most of the time with family or … [Read more...]
Plaza Sant Jaume
A location with plenty of history as it was once the centre of Roman Barcino, the Plaza Sant Jaume has always held an important place in the city, and one that was at the hub of all commercial and political activity. In the heart of the Gothic neighbourhood you can still find evidence of the Romans even today in nearby Plaza del Angel. Today Plaza Sant Jaume is bordered by two government buildings from the 15th–century, namely the Palau de la Generalitat where you can view a carving of Sant Jordi, Catalonia’s patron saint, on its façade, and the Ajuntament with its sumptuous red-and-gold Saló de Cent from where the Council of One Hundred ruled the city from 1372 to 1714. Take a seat for a while and enjoy the Pati dels Tarongers, a charming little patio fragrant with orange trees. Make the choice to rent Barcelona apartments on the week of 23 April and you’ll be in time for the day of the National Holy Jordi when Plaça de Sant Jaume transforms into a centre of hustle and bustle with roses for sale and book stands galore. A busy place during national holidays and celebrations this is a great starting point to any tour of the city.
Ciutad Vella (catalan) means Old Town. Until the end of the 19th century, the historical centre or Ciutat Vella ( the Gothic area, La Ribera, La Rambla and El Raval) was the city of Barcelona. It is famous for its historic monuments, narrow streets and its bohemian atmosphere. You can walk for hours in its medieval streets wandering how it must … [Read more...]