Barcelona, also famous as Barcino during Roman time, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town. It is the second largest city in Spain and 48th most densely populated city in the world. Situated on the plains, which rise gradually from the sea to a range of wooded hills, Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. You will always find restaurants and bars packed and beach crowded.
After completing my trip to Lisbon to celebrate my Portuguese holidays, a visit to Barcelona seemed like its continuity. The core center of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona, while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather.
From Portugal to Madrid, to Ibiza and now to Barcelona, my journey has been really long but there is something in the air which makes me want to see more around. I took a ferry from Ibiza to Barcelona, I wanted to see the port of the city, as it is known as one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean.
Reaching here you will realize the town speaks a totally different language, Catalan. It is very much dissimilar to Spanish, but close to Italian, Portuguese and French in some ways. That’s why a proud Barcelona guy will say it is not a dialect but a different language. Most signs are indicated only in Catalan, announcements in the Metro train are also made in Catalan.
I don’t think I have ever been to so many beaches in such a short time. Though I am not bored yet, but still I wished to see something towards the inland and so I decided to visit Parc de Guell.
It was a bit out of the way from other sites in the city, but the trek is worth it. Park Guell is another venture of Antonio Gaudi and, in fact, he lived in one of the two homes that got completed. The intent of Eusebi Guell, the owner of the land, was to have 60 homes developed. Gaudi developed the serene park between 1910-14, as part of the motif to entice people to live here. Eventually, the park that was intended to replicate an English garden became a visiting place for the locals to get away from the grime and crowded city center.
|Park Guell, Image taken by Johannes Breunig|
There are a variety of shapes and designs throughout the park, beginning with the sitting arena with thousands of mosaics imbedded into the concrete, the irregular and rough terrace walls and bird nests appearance, columns holding up an upper portion, and winding road 7 trails to the top. The mountain used to be flat on top, and it is now simply a place for bench rest. It is about half a mile from the main entry to the top. Entry to the park is free, but the fees for the small museum is 2 Euro.
Another wonderful attraction was the Las Ramblas, the street that certainly is the heart of Barcelona. It is a lovely tree lined pedestrian walkway that extends 1.2kms from the Placa de Catalunya down to the Christopher Columbus statue at the port.
|Las Ramblas, photo taken by Juan Salmoral|
Barcelona’s most famous avenue, la Rambla, is also its liveliest. The centre part of this tree-lined avenue is pedestrianised, allowing for cafés, kiosks, mimes, florists, tourists and pickpockets alike to take advantage and to keep this circus-like thoroughfare busy around the clock. The avenue officially runs from the Mediterranean shore all the way up through Eixample to Avinguda Diagonal. However, the most celebrated section of la Rambla is the lower part, starting from Plaça de Catalunya to the port. Numerous historic buildings line la Rambla, which trace the shape an old filled river bed. In fact, the avenue’s name is derived from the Arabic world ramla which refers to the sand in a dry seasonal river bed. Over time, the river bed was filled to become what we see today. Along this part of la Rambla is also some creative architecture as well as a few famous old-world shops with Art Nouveau details.
If you are in Barcelona, and even if you have seen all the beaches, shopped from all the shops, ate in all the restaurants, you haven’t seen Barcelona if you haven’t visited Nou Camp Stadium.
Even if you’re just a little bit interested in soccer, then you should take the trip to the Nou Camp stadium and visit the museum of the FC Barcelona. It was good to see their cups, medals and photos. There was a section on the history of the club with all the sports they play, not only soccer but also FC Barcelona basket ball and rugby.
|Nou Camp Stadium, photo taken by Sam Hancock|
Another section showcased the famous players of the team, their shoes and jersey. I could see the jersey of the legendary Bernd Schuster and Diego Maradona. What I really liked in FC Barcelona museum was the old soccer memorabilia – an old ticket booth, the dressing room, a sports pub, old soccer magazines, board games, balls and other equipments. The best of all is of course the view from the president’s seat in the stadium. When you look at the stadium from his seat, the only word that came into my mind was ‘magnificent’! You could see how huge the stadium was. The stadium has an exciting atmosphere even with nobody but a few visitors around. It gives you the shivers thinking about 100,000 FC Barcelona supporters singing and cheering and just 22 guys playing on the pitch.
|Nou Camp Stadium Dressing Room, photo taken by Will Palmer|
If you have seen this stadium and if you are also a fan of Barcelona, then I am sure your trip to Barcelona will start from Nou Camp and end at Nou Camp. Same was the feeling for me. It felt as if I have seen everything. But as I told you, Barcelona is not just about Soccer. Watch this space or subscribe to my feed to follow me to different places I go.
A unique perspective of Jamaica
Over the last years, Jamaica has become one of the most visited destinations by tourists in the entire world. This beautiful Caribbean island with its stunning beaches, rich nature and delicious gastronomy has everything you could wish for in a holiday destination. However, if you want to experience Jamaican culture in a unique way while interacting with nature hand in hand, there is a place you can not miss during your trip: Yaaman Adventure Park.
The most original holidays
Jamaica is famous as a beach holidays destination. And who can really blame those that choose to visit the country because of this? Its white sand beaches with crystal clear waters and jungle right next to the shores make out for some breathtaking views. However, Jamaica has so much more to bring into the table. A good example of this can be found in the famous tours in Ocho Rios offered by Yaaman Adventure Park.
Ocho Rios is known as the most touristic area on the entire island. And in an area with such a wide catalogue of activities focused towards tourists, we can find Yaaman Adventure Park. Formerly known as Prospect Plantation, Yaaman Adventure Park original placement used to be an 18th Century agricultural property with a lot of history and cultural points. Yaaman Adventure Park offers its visitors the opportunity to interact hand in hand with nature in a lot of adrenaline filled adventures that will make out for unforgettable experiences.
Do not limit yourself to simply laying on the beach, discover the beautiful island of Jamaica and its culture in a fun and original way.
The perfect activities for everyone in the family
There are as many types of holidays as there are types of people in the world. Yaaman Adventure Park is aware of this, and that is why they offer a wide catalogue of activities in Ocho Rios that will adapt to everyone’s needs. Your age does not matter, there is the perfect activity waiting for you at Yaaman Adventure Park. Yaaman Adventure Park has a lot of fun activities that will allow you to interact with nature, as well as some more relaxing ones that will help you understand Jamaican culture better. Some of their most renown activities include:
Bird aviary tour
An activity that everyone in the family will surely love! In this aviary, you will be able to interact with exotic and local birds while they freely fly around you. The aviary is a tropical heaven for the birds that live there, and will make you feel like you have been transported to a fairytale world.
Swim with dolphins
Dolphins are some of the most beloved sea animals in the world. And in Yaaman Adventure Park you will be able to swim with dolphins in their unique shore excursions in Ocho Rios. These loving creatures are very smart and love interacting with the visitors. During these excursions, you will be able to swim with them and even hug and kiss the lovely dolphins.
Cook genuine Jamaican recipes
Jamaica has one of the most delicious cuisines in the world. Their traditional colourful dishes are full of unique flavours that will not disappoint your palate. On the cooking tour offered by Yaaman Adventure Park, you will learn how to prepare the traditional “Jamaican Fare”. The famous chef Irie will teach you all the secrets of this dish consisting of festival, Steamed Callaloo and chicken. All of this while you enjoy some breathtaking views 1100 feet above sea level.
But these are only some of the activities you will be able to enjoy at Yaaman Adventure Park. From Mud buggies tours to tours across near stunning rivers, rides on the back of camels or a jitney ride, the possibilities at this park seem endless. So if you are looking for a fun and original alternative for your next holidays, then look no further, Yaaman Adventure Park is the perfect place to go.
How much money do you need to live comfortably in Spain?
There are plenty of reasons why you may be thinking about living in Spain: its population is friendly and kind; its climate, especially in the coastal areas, is enviable; its gastronomy is incredible… but, what about its prices? What is the most affordable way to live in Spain?
Perhaps the most important question if you decided to go: would it be better to buy instead of renting a property in Spain. Or yet living in a Spanish residence?
Spanish cities where to live cheap and well
In the geographical variety that Spain presents, we can find many differences in average salaries and the standard of living that reside there would require. The areas of Galicia, Extremadura, Castilla y León, together with Almería and the south of Alicante usually have a lower price of euros/square meter in their homes. The quality of life is really appreciable, but you should know that there are fewer possibilities for business and transports.
The autonomous community of the Basque Country, Catalonia, and Madrid, which have higher than average incomes (normally more than 24,000 euros per year), also have higher prices. However, Madrid has such a wide range of rents that it sometimes makes them cheaper than other countries.
In addition, and taking into account the tourist seasons, the areas of Valencia and Andalusia are normally a preference when it comes to living in Spain for a while or even spending your retirement. Although day-to-day life can be more expensive than in other areas of Spain, the mild climate and variety of leisure options are often worth it in the long run.
Whatever your option is when moving to another country, especially if you don’t know its legal system, can be very tiresome. That’s why our advice is to try to contact local agencies (that speak English) to give you fair and fruitful advice. For example, to move to Andalusia, we usually recommend Tejada solicitors.
I have already decided on the place. Now what?
Well, if you have already fully immersed yourself in the streets of a beautiful city that we have talked about, what should be your first step?
Decide what kind of stay you want to be in (since your future economic situation will also depend on this: taxes, permits…). You may have already chosen, for example, property conveyancing in Marbella, but it is recommended that you also think about renting a property, because it can be very profitable while you are in your other place of residence.
To sum up, before moving to a Spanish city, decide if you want to spend a little more money per month in exchange for the exceptional conditions that their precious land can give you; secondly, contact a reliable agency that will help you make the best investment and even more, apply for a Spanish residency if you are decided to stay for a long time.
And remember: a move is always a new beginning.
Have everything ready for your next trip
If there is one thing everyone loves is to travel. Whether we do it for business reasons or simply for pleasure, traveling brings us the opportunity of experiencing new alternatives and discover new places we would not be able to enjoy on a daily basis. But a lot of planning needs to be put into any travel in order for it to run out smoothly. Down bellow, you will be able to find some tips that could come out handy during your next journey.
Moving around in a rented car
Renting a car is always an amazing option when it comes to moving around a new and unfamiliar area. It gives us the option to move around freely, without the constraints or the language barriers that could be associated with public transportation.
A good example of this could be seen if you plan to visit the touristic island of Maui. This beautiful island has a lot of hidden gems that can not be reached using public transport. Rent a car Maui is an amazing affordable option to make sure you do not miss out anything on this marvelous island. They offer a big variety of rental cars, all with one of the best customer services in the island.
Because we do not have why to miss out anything when we travel.
Starting a new life in a new country
Sometimes, when we travel to a different country, it is not something temporal, but a permanent change. Starting a new life in a different country can seem like a scary experience at first, but with the right preparations, it should be a smooth transition.
A popular destination that people are choosing to move to permanently over the last decades has been Spain. But you may be wondering, how to move to Spain?
Moving to Spain is a relatively easy process, but there is a series of steps you need to take in order to do so:
- Check out the different types of resident permits and Visas and choose the one that better suits you.
- Check the requirements for said permit.
- Find out if you can submit the paperwork before moving to Spain or you need to do so once you arrive to Spain as a tourist.
- Prepare all the documentation needed for the paperwork.
- Get your Visa and start enjoying your new life in Spain.
Choose an option for your stay according to your needs
One of the key aspects of every travel is to decide where we are going to be spending our stay in our destination. Nowadays, there is a wide variety of resorts available on the main tourist destinations, so spending time to decide on which one would be a better fit for us is always a good idea.
Take for example the beautiful city of Cancun. Cancun is one of the most visited cities in the world. There are a lot of luxury resorts in this city, but if you are looking for an original and exciting experience, we can not stop recommending Temptation Cancun Resort.
Temptation Cancun Resort is an exclusive resort that only admits adults +21 on their installations. They have recently reopened their doors with a timetable full of fun and sexy events you can not miss out. Because life is too short to spend it on traditional family destinations, try something original like Temptation Cancun Resort and live an once in a lifetime experience.
Save money by using public transport
Public transportation is an affordable option available wherever we decide to travel. A fast and safe way to travel around any country has traditionally been the train. Thanks to websites like Trenes.com you can check the schedules of all the trains available, buy your ticket online and get amazing discounts on the final price. This makes moving around a different country easier than ever.
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