Fantastic Tours in Barcelona

Discover the fantastic tour with City Tour Barcelona.

In a city so rich in culture, it is imperative to properly choose our tour type to not miss anything of what offers for tourism this beautiful city.

Here ia a list of the places you should know on a City Tour in Barcelona known also as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

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To start we have the Sagrada Familia. The world famous Church of Gaudi is undoubtedly the most recognized symbol of the city and also one of the most popular buildings in the world. The façade and the crypt and apse were recognized as world heritage. In this website you can check a nice city tour in Barcelona.

Then we found the Park Güell located on the Carmel mountain, the original Park Güell was commissioned by Eusebi Güell businessman to the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. A true gem of modernism which was also declared a world heritage.

We also have the Paseo de Gracia, which is one of the most significant of all Spain Street, since it houses some of the most important buildings of modernism: “La Pedrera”, Gaudí, La Casa Batlló or La Casa Mila another work of the famous architect, the Casa Amatller of Puig i Cadafalch and Casa Lleó Morera. Like wise, they can then visit La Rambla, which is one of the most important avenues of the world.

Travel links l’Eixample (which means Expansion) to the old town from Plaça Catalunya – heart of the city – to the statue of Columbus. May you are interested in this post of Barcelona CityTellers about a nice restaurant in Barcelona called Catala Brewery.

The user can also visit Santa María del Mar recognized Gothic church built in the 14th century. Its outward appearance although it is sturdy and solid may deceive you, but boasts an impressive interior.

Amazing experience for the city of Barcelona

Our list is also the Torre Agbar, which has quickly since its inauguration in 2005 in a symbol of the city. It is a building of phallic shape which offers a night visit to the public since it has 34 plants that illuminate for a few hours with different colors thanks to the 4,000 leds installed in the facade.

Likewise also the Palau de la Música Catalana is a mythical Auditorium, work of domènech i Montaner, also recognized as world heritage, and known to be one of the great icons of modernism. And of course go to the Cathedral of Barcelona is the ideal starting point to this medieval atmosphere that exists in its narrow streets and squares. This youtube channel its about tours in Barcelona and the vids are pretty interesting.

And finally the Camp Nou the Football Club Barcelona offers users the possibility to visit its Museum and do a guided tour through the countryside, although it would be best, attend a party, obviously.

The Chinatown in Barcelona

The relay has begun. With the same speed with which emerged the first ‘Chinatown’of Barcelona, centred on the axis of Trafalgar-ronda de Sant Pere wholesale textile trade, its activity is now disappearing. Asian vendors leave for tens to a polygon of Badalona, where they find more facilities and space. Some already have been replaced,mostly by business of catering and services, with an eye on tourism that runs through these streets that connect the Arc de Triomf and Urquinaona, heading to the Catalunya square. More than fifty empty premises in the three main roads await new entrepreneurs, while the neighborhood is disturbed by the possible commercial desertification of the area.

 

One of the young entrepreneurs who will prepare the opening of abusiness in what was the heart of the Barcelona ‘Chinatown’. He believes the ” potential of the district, characterized by their impressive centuries-old farms, with neighbors, office buildings and many comings and goings of travelers. Their story takesway to become topical: he sought and it felt local by the neighbourhood of Sant Pere to open a store of biological food, but he ran into the restrictive plan of uses of Ciutat Vella (where you can find the full paquistanis and closed the tap to the meal), which left him without a license, and had to think about a plan B.

 

The restrictive plan of uses of Ciutat Vella takes many entrepreneurs to local searchon the other side of the axis of Trafalgar, already in territory of the Eixample
The natural search was across the street from Trafalgar (land border) and try your luck in the Eixample, more permissive for the time being. After verify the exodus fromthe Chinese wholesalers and call dozens of posters of rent, he stumbled across an Asian businessman to mean moving and took the initiative before the local to reach the market. A space, Biobarri Méndez Núñez, 18-, which is personally decorated with natural woods, and which will open its doors in May. His wants to be a space of neighbourhood, but it is not the common note in the area. Steps away is Scooter Soul,a local renovated with charm to rent motorcycles and bikes to the traveller who comb through Barcelona.

 

Its head, Diego Bustos, carries a year in Trafalgar seeing how “all Chinese are” and gradually “movement”, people looking for venues, times with falling price occurs. Spaces of 80 to 150 meters are offered between 1,000 and 1,600 euros in general. Whatdoes not open, in any case, are new wholesale business.

 

The Chinese owner of Lile SCP is the last survivors of Trafalgar, with almost thirty lowered blinds that have left under minimal commercial activity. The man, who defends himself in Spanish, don’t know if resist or go. “Everyone will be Badalona, but there is a lot of competition, large ships and more and more expensive,” he says. For now, he wants to resist until gender of the store, because it has much merchandiseand “increasingly less sold”. Certifies it that a client of the Garraf, who works at street markets and confesses to come increasingly to Trafalgar. “This was more comfortable for me, but now that most are in Badalona I’m mostly there because there are much more gender.”

 

A historic businessman of the area and that he led the Association Esmoda, now inactive, it assumes that the shaft is in “suspense”, suffering because buyers who camefor price are disappearing (prefer the polygon). When the ‘Chinatown’ hatched there was controversy for the quality and price of their imports and unfair competition,but after more than one decade contributed to generate a flow of buyers who wentinto a few other shops. Now there is fear that the next step is the commercial wilderness. “Here many things you can do”, adds the businessman. But at the moment what comes are hotels in buildings that are empty, and “coffee shops in the Netherlands”.

 

In the ronda de Sant Pere, with a dozen Chinese shops closed, it confirms this trend.The next local open will be a Món Ibèric massagers. In recent times, had proliferatedthe supers run by paquistanis, up to five in a small stretch. Also the cafés or restaurants even in adjacent streets. Miquel, a neighbor with many years in Méndez Núñez,believes that the district now lives more expensive to tourism. “They have washed her face and is more secure,” says, witness of the change. “The Chinese were calm”, summarizes, and now there are uncertainties.

How taiwan comes worldwide

The centuries XV and XVI was the epoch of great geographical discoveries, extending the known world. In this context that initiates the world globalization as a historical process, Taiwan, located to the southeast of the Chinese mainland, was known to the Chinese as Yizhou – continent of the barbarians, Dongfan – barbarians of the East – or Xiao Liuqiu – small Liuqiu-(1). The Portuguese was discovered to Europe to find it by chance. Impressed by the landscape they called it Ilha Formosa, showing for the first time to the West on a world map in 1554 by Portuguese Lopo Homen.
The lack of commercial incentives in the island, its difficult navigation by its coasts and political isolation of time Ming (1368-1644) as a defense against barbarian peoples, led to a lack of interest of Taiwan by China. Well known as usual scale of the boats of local fishermen and as a refuge for pirates – Dutch sources speak of a population consisting of approximately 50,000 natives belonging to Austronesian cultures that inhabited the Plains and called the Aguila Island, and about 1000 – 1500 Chinese settlers – for the Government of the Ming, was a wild island inhabited by barbarians who had never belonged to the continental dynasties. In this way, the Dutch, dedicated fundamentally to plunder and piracy in Asia, entered Taiwan 1624 – to make the island a commercial Empire that rivalizase with the Portuguese and Spanish power in the area – becoming Governors of this territory–assuming a brake Japanese expansionism on the domains of Chinese–and obtaining a strategic location on the maritime trade routes of Eastern Asia; However, they could not weave a commercial network with the Mainland due to the negative and constant struggle of the Ming so that this does not take place.

The movements of the Dutch in Taiwan colonial authorities alerted Spanish in Manila, and from 1586 successive memorials presented Virreinales authorities and to the King himself for the conquest of Taiwan. To 1626, in a context of strong rivalry between the Governor of the Philippines and the Dutch settled on the island, heading from Manila of a squadron was ordered to conquer a stable enclave in the area. First, they arrived at the northeastern end of the island and Cabo de Santiago was named subsequently entered in Jilong and called it Holy Trinity, where they built the strong San Salvador.

They later built another Fort in Huwei to 1628 and named it Santo Domingo. The Spanish presence lasted for 16 years on the island and, unlike the Dutch, that did not stop growing and attracting trade and immigrants from the Mainland, the Spanish did not pass for a settlement of strategic and with heavy dependence on supplies sent from Manila (2). Thus, to 1642, the Dutch conquered without great effort Spanish settlements in the North of Taiwan, the island became one of the most precious jewels for them to 1650 with a net proceeds of four hundred thousand guilders a year – about four tons of gold – from geographical exploitation, its natural resources and its Aboriginal work force. In addition, they created schools run by missionaries who spread the Latin alphabet between the aborigines and who converted to Christianity at about 6500 converts. However, there was a certain sector which did not accept the colonial authority in the island – mainly of Chinese origin, and carried out successive uprisings between 1640 and 1652, repressed violently. This ended up breaking the relations between the colonial administration and the Chinese community settled on the island.

This tension was produced at a time marked by the war between the Ming and the Qing – manchu ethnicity – in China, with the victory of the latter. Ming resistance moved towards the coastal area of the southeast of the continent, moved the war front to the area, which caused the massive flight of Chinese migrants to Taiwan. Around 1660, the Manchu armies ordered the population of the coast to move inland to avoid an alliance with the Ming. This forced the Commander in Chief of the armies Ming, Zheng Chenggong – better known as Koxinga-to rethink his military strategy, deciding to locate their headquarters against the Qing in Taiwan. In 1661 carried out an attack on the Dutch settlement on the island, which ended with the defeat and flight of these.

The Chinese New Year in Barcelona

On 28 January 2017 we welcomed the year of the Rooster’s fire, the name that is known to the Chinese new year. And it is that while in the West we are used to change from year to the end of December, Chinese culture is different to ours and is governed by a lunar calendar. This is very different from the Gregorian calendar and for which are governed more than half of the countries of the world map and therefore tend to celebrate the change of the year a month or a month and a half after the traditional new year’s Eve. If you want double celebration of new year’s Eve this year, join the grapes in your House or square on December 31 and the Dragon Dance and lion on January 28 in Barcelona

Best way to live to the full the Chinese new year, is to travel to China. There is no doubt that there live firsthand the authentic tradition of going into the new year with the dances, the feast of lanterns, lanterns, red… and everything in order to remind you that the year is about to change the animal. Yes, Yes, you read well, animal. And it is that in Chinese culture, the years are governed by animals. Thus, this year 2016 say goodbye to fire monkey to welcome to fire red rooster.

If travel to China does not fit into your plans, don’t worry you can join any of the festivals that are celebrated in Spain. Barcelona, is the ideal choice if you want to experience the Spring Festival at its purest. The city is known for being one of the towns of Spain where is celebrated in style this event and where also gather other important events to bring the two cultures.

To understand a little more about the party and be able to participate in it the first thing you need to do is enter in your culture and traditions related to this celebration. For the Chinese tradition is linked to superstition and therefore it is so important to the concept of “” good luck”” in the change of year. It is fundamental to welcome the new year on the right foot and that for them, one of the main tasks during the day is clean and relimpiar the House with old brooms which subsequently pulled to not let anything dirty. The cleaning which is traditional to wash dishes, covered and let everything shiny is so important. This surely will not see you walking Street but it is the step prior to the big day.

The custom is also decorate all red. Houses, facades and stores this color that attracts good luck and scares the bad stain. It is not therefore rare posters and posters of these colors with ideograms that put good luck and spring found at every step. The food should be served in abundance and will be a good way to celebrate the arrival of the year. For this reason, it is common to spend long hours cooking before the big celebration. Another great reason is that once the new year, knives and scissors must be saved to avoid attracting bad luck, so it is important to have already carried out all tasks in the kitchen.

Where to celebrate the Chinese new year in Barcelona?

With all traditions met in greater or lesser extent becomes the day of the big parade. It is traditional since Barcelona garnish to bring a bit of China to the city of Barcelona. In recent years, the parade has been celebrated in the District of Sagrada Familia, being this last year a year of union of Chinese and Catalan traditions. The parade, which is the motor shaft in the event of the celebration of the new year, usually starting at noon and lasts an hour. During this leave to the street dancers, Lions, dragons, masks and other forms of Chinese folklore. In addition, they are used to liven up the party elements properly Catalans as the castellers, Giants and local Devils.

From the dances and the dances, the party follows with musical performances and other shows. Last year were major events in the Jardins de la Industria and Plaza Gaudi. It is still early to know what activities will delight us this year, so it will have to be attentive to the town hall or the various organizing bodies to know the exact times of the celebration of the new year of the Rooster’s fire.

Barcelona airport open new lines to Asia

Barcelona El Prat Airport still struggling to achieve new intercontinental routes. Asia is the major concern, and now this season has been that the South Korean KoreanAir resumed its direct charter flights between Seoul and Barcelona.
It is a matter of time for other companies to join the car, and begin to open new routes to the Asian continent, where the options of increasing tourism and trade, only creates a more than ideal prespectives between countries.

 

The company already operated with success the route last year, and this exercise repeats (charter flights are the prelude to the regular flight). It does so with a weekly connection between the months of April and July, with flights on Tuesdays or Thursdays, depending on the week. It‘s flights for South Korean tourists who buy a package tour to visit Barcelona. The firm uses this service, a 266seat Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

 

Another company interested in flying to Barcelona is Air India. The commercial director of the airline, Pankaj Srivastava, said this week that Air India is “evaluating” themarket in Barcelona and Madrid, and if the results of the feasibility study are positive, would begin operations “next year”.

 

Another possible route with Asia of Barcelona Airport is Taiwan. The island has signed an agreement with Spain achieve relevant flight permissions, and companies such as Eva Air are studying to implement direct flights.

 

Would really be of great help these direct flights to the Asian world, to avoid scalesand lost time, Taiwan has always been a hard trip for people who wanted to go from Barcelona, so these new routes will help to increase tourism by both parties, no doubt.

 

Highly recommended Taiwan by understood people to make a trip outside the continent, recommends its capital, Taipei, without a doubt, best of Taipei is its essence of City between the two Asia. You have the good of most developed as Tokyo or Singapore Asian cities: order, cleanliness and excellent public transportation; and keeps it exciting cities more chaotic as Bangkok or Kula Lumpur: life at all hours, several markets huge night and Chuck price very good food. Some Taipei streets reminded me to Tokyo or Osaka, while others seemed to areas in Bangkok.

 

Who has already announced that it will increase its commitment to Barcelona is AirChina. The firm, which already flies between Barcelona and Beijing (with a stop in Vienna), will begin to operate direct Shanghai-Barcelona route starting in May.