Every city has its’ landmark. For Paris it’s the Eiffel Tower, for Rome – The Coliseum, for Athens – the Parthenon… And of course the Sagrada Família in sunny Barcelona! Once the construction is finished, Sagrada Familia will be the tallest religious structure in Europe! Being so vast, it obviously does make an impact on Barcelona’s skyline, but that was not the only goal Gaudí had in mind for it. As a true Christian, he wanted to show appreciation of Christianity as well as pay respect for the work of God – nature.
The former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (English: Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul) is located in El Guinardó, a neighborhood in Barcelona. It is a complex design built between 1901 and 1930, designed by the Catalan modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Together with Palau de la Música Catalana, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
No matter how hard you dream of white Christmas, Barcelona is most likely not the city you will sing let it snow let it snow let snow in… But that doesn’t mean that the festive spirit is not there. It’s actually the opposite! With so many sparkling Christmas decorations, Nativity scenes, and most importantly – Christmas markets’ stalls popping up all over the city, Barcelona is full-on Christmas mode! Learn the Merry Christmas in Catalan – Bon Nadal – and you are ready to visit the various markets or firas in the Catalan capital!
In the heart of Catalonia, away from the vibrant city of Barcelona, there is a peaceful retreat of Montserrat. The highest point of the region is a hideout for a monastery as well as one of the best day-trip destinations just outside Barcelona.