February 26, 2013

Our Last Stop - Barcelona

The capital city of the autonomous region of Cataluña was the last stop on our road trip. We left our rental car at the airport and headed downtown. After spending nearly a week in the countryside, villages, and smaller cities of Spain it was refreshing to be back in the bustle of a major urban area.

Buildings along the Gran Vía near our hotel.
Our hotel was centrally located on Gran Vía near La Rambla and Plaza Cataluña. After dropping off our bags, we headed out to explore the city. It was early evening and the streets were packed with locals, tourists, and visitors. Like Madrid, Barcelona is a very vibrant city - it's alive with people enjoying culture, food, and the company of friends and family.

People at an outdoor market in the Barrio Gothic neighborhood of Barcelona.
We walked up the Passeig de Grácia, passing the designer shops and fashionable cafes. We then turned around and walked to Plaza Cataluña where there were people enjoying coffee or vermouth at the cafes, Irish soccer fans were celebrating a victory over the hometown Barcelona team, and others were just enjoying the evening by the fountains in the center of this square. From there we continued down La Ramba, passing stalls selling souvenirs and snacks, street performers, and the famous Boqueria Market. Barcelona is an exciting city and we were looking forward to spending our last few days in Spain there!

Nighttime traffic at the intersection of Passeig de Gràcia and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes in Barcelona, Spain.

1 comment:

Daniel J. Jones said...

Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world. Great spot to end your road trip!