Saturday, January 28, 2012

2011 December Spain


Spain 2011


This time I have decided to visit places around Barcelona. I stayed in Castelldefels, a small town nearby.
On the first day, I decided to have a short trip together with my friends. I saw ruins of a castle, just before Begues, so we went there. Unfortunately, we didn’t get there and finally we finished our trip in Sitges which means that we made a circle around Castelldefels.

Castle d'Eramprunyà


Sitges
Sitges is a town close to the sea and during the summer time it’s packed with people. About 35% population are people from France, UK, Holland and Scandinavian countries. There are 17 beaches. Near the sea there is a 17th century church of Sant Bartolomeu and Santa Tecla but I wasn’t inside. In the front of the church there is a figure of two painters.
http://www.sitges-tourist-guide.com




Church of Sant Bartolomeu



Church of Sant Bartolomeu
Barcelona
This time I visited ‘Poble Espanyol’ (this) which is an outdoor open-air architectural museum situated in the west part of  the ‘Montjuic’ park. It was built in 1929 for EXPO and it should have been destroyed after it. It was so popular so they decided to save it. My ticket was cheaper because I had a brochure from the ‘Hop-Up’ bus so it’s a good idea to collect the brochure from the bus. Before building it the creators visited 1600 towns in Spain in order to choose buildings they wanted to reproduce. This place is well prepared to welcome all families even with small children.
http://www.poble-espanyol.com/pemsa/en.html


Arenas de Barcelona, it was built in 1900

Venetian Towers


The Poble Espanyol, my friends with a small child

The Poble Espanyol

The Poble Espanyol

The Poble Espanyol

The Poble Espanyol

The Poble Espanyol, the wish tree

The Poble Espanyol, Maja

The Poble Espanyol, it's me

We spent the whole day walking in the park de Montjuic. We were in the Olympic stadium and in the Montjuic castle where you can get by a cable car. Though you need to buy an extra ticket to use it. From the castle there is a picturesque view for Barcelona and the port.


Castel de Montjuic


Castel de Montjuic


The Olympic Stadium

We found a Guell Pavilions, this buiding was built between 1884 and 1887. Not many people know how to get there. It is located on Avinguda Pedralbes street near the William Shakespeare Park.
http://www.gaudiallgaudi.com/AA014.htm

The Guell Pavilions

The Guell Pavilions

The Dragon gate - Guell Pavilions












Castelldefels
There is a nice way from Barcelona to Castelldefels by train and I was travelling on the same ticket as in Barcelona. This is an incredible city with an excellent possibility for windsurfing.
Even in winter time there were a lot of windsurfers. There is also a Castle uphill.
In 1550 this castle was built to protect against the Mediterranean coastland attacks The southern half of the castle houses the chapel, originally Romanesque in design, with one single nave and transept and the associated facilities: the rectory, the sacristy, the cemetery and the courtyard. From there is an excellent view for Castelldefels.
In this town a famous football players Messi and Sanchez have their own houses.
http://www.castelldefelsturisme.com/en/qh-cultura-el-castell-en



Igor and Waldek


Castelldefels castle

Castelldefels castle

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