This is Barcelona

This is where I have lived for the last decade. Barcelona.

This video captures Barcelona.  The streets, the energy, the sights…  maybe not the sounds and the smells.

History of Barcelona

Barcelona was founded in the 3rd century BC by Hamilcar Barca, the father of the famous general Hannibal.  It came under Roman aegis at 15 BC.  In the 5th century AD, it became the Visigoth capital of all of Hispania.  In the 7th century, it was held by the Arabs.  Charlemagne took the city in 801.  Charlemagne established the Dukes of Barcelona.  They held the city until 1137, with the uniting of the Barcelona and Aragon kingdoms, and then in 1469 with the marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella modern Spain was established with political center in Madrid.

My Favorite Barcelona Sights

The Palau de la Musica
  • Coffee on Rambla Catalunya
  • A stop for a drink in Plaza Sant Felip Neri
  • The human statues on the Ramblas
  • Buying fruit and vegetables in the Boqueria
  • Walking in the Barri Gotic
  • Running on Tibidabo, the Carretera de las Aigues
  • Looking at the sailing boats in Port Vell
  • The Fira Santa Lucia coming up to Christmas
  • Mojitos in Passatge de Born
  • Classical music in Palau de la Musica
  • Football at Camp Nou
  • Opera at Liceu
  • Hanging with kids at CosmoCaixa
  • Looking over Barcelona from IESE Business School’s roof

The Big Tourist Classics

Cool Hotels

Good Food Spots

Outside of Barcelona

  • Sitges (40 minutes train/road) lunch at Picnic on the beach
  • Costa Brava (90 minutes road) Begur, Aigua Blava, Llafranc
  • Montserrat (60 minutes)
  • Port Aventura theme park (75 minutes road)

What have I missed?


  1. Japanese food at Shunka
    Chinese/catalan food at Shanghai
    Running Cursa dels Bombers
    Grab some food at ElGallito just below W-Hotel
    A beer at the always crowded Vaso de Oro
    A Dry Martini at DryMartini

  2. Running through Parc Guell and admiring the view of Barcelona.
    Can Margarit Poble Sec
    Xampinet in El Borne
    La Carrassa in El Borne
    Alava de Cruz – Fantastic Wines, Cavas, and friendly energetic proactive staff who promote and sell non commercial quality affordable wines.
    La Paradetta – Sagrada Familia
    Walking through la Vila de Gracia it’s plazas and intimate small streets.
    Tapas in l’esquininca Passeig de Fabra I Puig
    Authentic Chuleton from the Basque Country in Donosti
    Walking through Parc Ciutadella
    Palace at Montjuic, Magic fountain, Poble Espanyol.

  3. . Drinking cold beer (while relaxing) in Mirablau (Tibidabo)
    . Eating sushi at Shunka (Barrio Gótico)
    . Tasting a cup of wine in Vinateria Torres (Passeig de Gracia)
    . Paella in Pez Vela (Barceloneta)
    . …….

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