Barcelona Mediterranean an Avant-Garde

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Barcelona Mediterranean an Avant-Garde

Barcelona Mediterranean an Avant-Garde

Barcelona has to live it. Multicultural, artistic, modern, always with color and always at the forefront. Its status as a gateway to Mediterranean Europe underlines its cosmopolitan value, a city that lives day and night and is immersed in an unstoppable activity during all the seasons of the year.

Stepping on the streets of Barcelona becomes a true walk through history, art and design. We can start in the emblematic area of Modernism, from the Eixample, passing through the bustling neighbourhood of Gràcia and end up landing in the Gothic Quarter. We can also visit museums such as Dalí, or the Picasso, but what is characteristic of the city is that it is practically an air museum, dismembered, with its works of art distributed throughout the city. The culprit of it? Gaudí. Thus we find the Casa Batlló, the Park Güell or, of course, the unfinished Sagrada Familia.

One of the best ways to get to know Barcelona is by bike; Is considered one of the best cities for the two wheels for its infrastructures. For example, you can make the complete return to the city by the maritime strip and the Diagonal in just one hour. The bicycle allows to move quickly between different points and to enjoy each one of its corners and curiosities; Is a city that needs to have the eyes wide open since in any corner, the roofs or the walls, many artists find a support for their works. The good weather helps this, since most of the year, enjoy a pleasant time.

It is possible to be said that Barcelona mixes the best of the north and the best of the south, since being a privileged rich European city, it enjoys an activity and a festive and open atmosphere more Mediterranean than Nordic. This symbiosis is also evident on the palate: of the recognised and lauded Spanish flavours, Catalan is one of the most acclaimed: Catalan gastronomy is a mixture of rustic and avant-garde tastes in its right measure. Thus, the dishes absorb the good product of the Pyrenees and the balance of the Mediterranean diet.

Catalan chefs are considered the world´s most creative and innovative. The revolution of the Spanish gastronomy initiated in the Basque Country had its continuation and purification in Catalonia. It is remarkable the fidelity to the Catalan roots in the treatment of the food and its preparation with new techniques and instruments. In Barcelona, in addition to the many restaurants, the Boqueria Market is a good representative of this gastronomy, so up-to-date but so respectful of its origins.

But the food does not settle in an excellent way until you live the night in Barcelona. Keep in mind that the party works according to neighbourhoods; For example, the area of Maremagnum is more cosmopolitan and the nightlife of the Gràcia neighbourhood is more ´Catalan´. What is clear is that music is something that comes in the soul to Barcelona and if not, ask Joan Manuel Serrat, ´the Noble of Poble Sec´, one of the many talents born of this land of multicultural spirit.