Cruise From Barcelona
Posted June 11th, 2014
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia. The city is a perfect location for a stop-over while cruising the Med. Barcelona was established in the Middle Ages as a Roman city, and today boasts an incredible heritage and history, making for a very interesting cultural experience. Besides the fantastic history, culture, and museums to be visited, Barcelona is on the north-east Iberian coast, meaning the beaches are fantastic, the food is delicious and the available activities and entertainment are second-to-none. It’s the perfect destination for a cruise.
Any holiday to Spain would be incomplete without sampling the local delicatessen. There’s not much chance you’ll be able to escape it any way, as the aromas coming from the local cafés and restaurants will entice you to come in and sample its wonderful offerings. Naturally, being on the coast, seafood is the order of the day. However, there is always plenty on offer for everyone’s taste buds. The most celebrated meal time of the day in Barcelona is lunch-time. Usually it entails sitting down and feasting on more than 1 or 2 courses, which include veg or soup followed by a main consisting of your choice of meat; then comes dessert, which in most cases offers things like fruit and yoghurt. Some of the local dishes, which are a definite must, include suquet de peix, a rich fish-and-potato stew, which has always been famous with local fishermen. Then of course there is seafood paella and the tortillas which are served with a delicious variety of fillings, from meat, to seafood, and veg.
There are so many engaging, interesting fun-filled things to do in Barcelona. Visit the La Sagrada FamÃlia Church and climb the stairs or take the lifts to the top. The views are amazing, and the history behind this fantastic structure is incredible. If you’re up for something slightly off the wall, check out La Rambla, which is not far from where your cruise will dock, and is ‘the spot’ for street performers including buskers, human statues and the like. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to visit, and it becomes quite festive as the sun goes down.
The Gardens of Montju¡c offer a sometimes welcome retreat from the manic hustle and bustle of Barcelona. Take a wonder through the gardens on your stop-over if you need to kill an hour or two before re-joining your cruise. Not only are the gardens fantastic, but there are a range of museums to visit, as well as stunning views over-looking the city and the Mediterranean.
The Museu MarÃtim, or maritime museum in English, is a fascinating look into the history of ocean travel, not only in Spain, but throughout the world. If there’s enough time during your cruise, pay it a visit and compare the luxurious mammoth you’re spending your holiday on, with the crude, yet versatile vessels of the middle ages.
With a cruise to Barcelona from Cruiseabout, you can be sure of one thing, your holiday will leave you with memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life. The Mediterranean is an incredible place to explore, with Barcelona being just one of its gems.