Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Top 5 cafes in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the cities where you can find hundreds of cafes with high quality coffee, sunny terraces and good customer service. In Barcelona the bartenders make you feel welcomed and always treat their customers with a smile on their face. Here are Top 5 cafes to visit in Barcelona!

1. Hoffman A La Seca

Hoffman A La Seca is a small cafe terrace in the lobby of El Born's La Seca–Espai Brossa theatre. It's known for its tasty croissants. They also offer other great pastries along with great hot chocolate! It's located at a narrow alley of the streets of Barcelona not far from the Park de la Ciutadella.

The address: Carrer dels Flassaders, 40, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Hoffman A La Seca

2. ARTiSA Barcelona

This cafe is located by La Rambla, the famous pedestrian street in Barcelona. They say they have one of the best churros in ARTiSA - no wonder because they were sold out when we got there. However, their other sweets are as great and this lovely cafe was a perfect spot to stop by while exploring the streets of Barcelona.

The address: Carrer de Colom, 2, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

ARTiSA Barcelona

3. Alsur Café & Backdoor bar

Alsur is one of the great cafes, lunch places and bars at the same time. They have delicious lunch options along with tasty cakes. They also offer a coffee + cake set with very reasonable price in the early afternoon! The interior reminds of the bars from 80's with their blue lighting and neon signs.

The address: Carrer de la Ribera, 18, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Alsur Café & Backdoor bar

4. Molinet Cafè Antic

One of the greatest hidden cafes in Barcelona and no wonder - the service here was super friendly! The waiter even served us an extra drink free of charge. Molinet Cafè Antic is a small cozy cafe in the El Poble-Sec district which greets you in with their warm lights and interior design (like from an old film!) It seemed pretty busy here and they have just a few seats so I recommend to go there during weekdays rather than a weekend. Their brunch menu has great avocado toasts and bagels so Molinet Café Antic is definitely a place for grabbing lunch!

The address: Carrer d'Elkano, 69, 08004 Barcelona, Spain

Molinet Cafè Antic


5. Manso's Cafe

This cafe is for all the Scandinavian lovers because in this Swedish cafe you can find authentic Swedish pastries like kanerbullar (cinnamon buns) or semla (cardamom-spiced wheat bun with cream and almost paste). They also have some tasty cakes and Swedish cookies. Have a cup of coffee, a Swedish pastry and take a seat at their sunny terrace to enjoy the afternoon!

The address: Carrer de Manso, 1, 08015 Barcelona, Spain

Manso's Cafe

What else to do than visit great cafes in Barcelona? Check out our post TOP 10 Best Places to Visit in Barcelona!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

TOP 10 Best Places to Visit in Barcelona

Barcelona is the largest city and the capital of Catalonia which is an autonomous community of Catalonia. It is located at the northeastern Spain and holds the population of 1.6 million people.

Barcelona is known for the friendly people, great food, the seaside and beautiful architecture. It is visited yearly by millions of tourists – which is not surprising by looking at how amazing the city is. Here are Top 10 hot spots for visitors in Barcelona.

1. La Sagrada Familia

This Roman Catholic basilica is one of the greatest masterpieces by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. The construction of La Sagrada Familia started on 19 March 1882 and yet is still unfinished after all these decades. The style of the Basilica is mix of Gothic and Art Nouveau.

The address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia

2. Arc de Triomf

Like the Arc the Triomphe in Paris, it is must to pay a visit to Barcelona’s own arch of triumph built by the architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas. The Neo-Mudéjar style master piece doesn’t leave you cold with its warm outer appearance. It was originally built as an entrance for 1888 Barcelona World Fair. Located near the Parc de la Ciutadella you can have a peaceful picnic after taking couple of pictures by this beautiful historical gate!

The address: Passeig de Lluís Companys, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Arc de Triunfo
Arc de Triunfo

3. Parc de la Ciutadella

This park is one of the best places to relax and enjoy Barcelona in more peaceful way. Here you can have a picnic, meet friends, admire the park’s lake, visit the Barcelona Zoo or just come to see the park’s  famous fountain. The park was created in 1877 and is open all year.

The address: Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella

4. Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

This fountain is by the National Art of Museum of Catalonia. You can also find The Four Columns by Josep Puig i Cadafalc here. It is a beautiful spot of taking pictures with the view of the city or just admire the fountain light show. If you have more energy you can hike all the way up to the peak of Montjuïc from the fountain!

The address: Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

5. La Barceloneta

A trip to Barcelona is not completed without visiting La Barceloneta beach. It is the main beach of Barcelona where people gather to enjoy a beach day, jogging, playing volleyball or surfing. The beach area has a plenty of restaurants and cafes with local seafood or Catalonian style tapas to try. One famous tapas restaurant around the beach area is La Cova Fumada where you can try heavenly sardines and their famous garlic toast! After a meal just dip in the fresh sea water or relax at the beach.

La Barceloneta
La Barceloneta

6. Parc del Laberint d'Horta

Have you ever been to a real labyrinth? If not, Park of the Labyrinth of Horta is the best chance to do it! The entrance is just couple of euros and the labyrinth is in this beautiful romantic garden located in the northern part of Barcelona, in the Municipality of Horta-Guinardó.

The address: Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 Barcelona, Spain

Labyrinth of Horta
Park of the Labyrinth of Horta

7. Park Güell

This park is composed with architectural buildings and beautiful gardens. You can find the beautiful buildings designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi who designed the famous church La Sagrada Familia. It is UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Barcelona. You can also find Gaudi's home in Park Güell!

The address: 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Park Güell
Park Güell


Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous Spanish painters and artists in the world. If you are an art lover Picasso museum is definitely one of the places to visit during your stay in Barcelona! The museum contains over 4000 paintings and tells the story of Picasso's life and career. Also, the museum has free admission on Thursdays 6pm to 9.30pm and the first Sunday of every month from 9 am to 7 pm.

The address: Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Espanja

Picasso Museum

9. The mountain of Tibidabo & Sagrat Cor Church 

Just a couple of hours hike up to northern part of Barcelona and you can reach the top of the mountain Tibidabo. There you can find Sagrat Cor Church/Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is a Roman Catholic Church from 1952. On top of the Basilica stands a famous Jesus sculpture. This magical mountain looks like from a Disney movie and there is nothing more beautiful than the sunset from the peak.

The address: Ctra. de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, 111, 08035 Barcelona, Spain

Tibidabo


Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

10. La Rambla + Gothic Quarter

La Rambla is the most notable pedestrian street of Barcelona. It is 1.2km street between the neighborhoods Gothic Quarter and El Raval. You can walk all the way from the Plaça de Catalunya (a famous square) to the harbor from here and grab a cup of coffee or stop by at the Maritime museum of Barcelona. Gothic Quarter, which is part of the Ciutat Vella district, is in the center of the old town of Barcelona. The area consists plenty of  historical buildings, cafes, bars restaurants and small stores. It's absolutely Instagram worthy area and one of the best places to visit in Barcelona to admire Gothic-style architecture or just to spend a day between historical buildings.

Pont del Bisbe built in 1928, Gothic Quarter
Pont del Bisbe built in 1928, Gothic Quarter

As you can see, Barcelona is combination of beautiful architecture, history, landscapes, nature and art. It's a city which has something to offer for everybody and with being relatively warm the whole year it's a perfect place for holidays despite of the season. What is your favorite place from our TOP 10 picks of Barcelona? Leave a comment below!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Picasso Museum Barcelona


Pablo Picasso is one of the most prestigious painters in the world. He was born in Málaga, Spain 25th of October in 1881. His work consists nearly all the art styles from 20th century starting from realism all the way to cubism. We visited the Picasso Museum in Barcelona to see some of his great pieces of art.

At the beginning of his career, Picasso painted a lot of realistic and detailed paintings. Let's see some of his art work.

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Pablo Picasso, Premiére Communion, 1896

You can find a lot pencil sketches from the artist in Picasso Museum



Pablo's famous painting The maids of Honor was inspired by Diego Velázquez’s masterpiece Las Meninas. He painted it when he lived in the South of France, Cannes, in his studio where only a few visitors were allowed to come.

Pablo Picasso, The Maids of Honor, 1957

Another version of Pablo Picasso's, Las Meninas Velazquez 1957

Pablo was talented in using different painting techniques. The way he combined color and brushes varies from paintings to paintings.

La Nana, "The Dwarf", Pablo Picasso 1966

The Picasso Museum is a great way to learn about Picasso's art, life and career as an artist. He wasn't only a talented in painting but also talented in sculpture, ceramics and illustration. His artwork consists 147,800 pieces all together.

The Picasso Museum has free entrance on Thursdays from 6pm to 9.30pm.
and the first Sunday of every month from 9 am to 7 pm.

The address is: Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Espanja

Monday, October 5, 2020

Espoo Cathedral Finland, medieval stone church from the air | Espoon tuomiokirkko | Esbo domkyrka

 

Espoo Cathedral Finland from the air, drone video. Espoo Cathedral is a medieval stone church in Espoo, Finland. Espoon tuomiokirkko ilmasta, drone video. Esbo domkyrka. 

Espoo Cathedral, the church was built between 1485 - 1490 and designed by an unknown master. Medieval architecture Finland. Autumn leaves Finland. Music credit Beethoven, 9th Symphony, Finale - classic music.