Seniors Travel to Barcelona

Feb 17th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

While I have been to Spain and dearly loved everything my wife and I saw and did based on visits to World Heritage Sites, I have not visited Barcelona. Situated on the northeast coast of Spain not far from the French border, Barcelona has been inhabited since Roman times, when it was known as Barcino. Its 13th-century cathedral stands on a site previously occupied by a Roman temple and later a mosque.

Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid, with a population of 1,621,537. I knew of the famous church called The Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, is one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions. Construction on this church will continue for at least several more decades, but it has already become Barcelona’s most important landmark.  

Barcelona has two official languages: Spanish & Catalan. Barcelona is widely considered Europe’s coolest city, so it logically follows that its population of about 2 million is full of interesting, artistic and fashionable people. Barcelona is one of Europe’s delights, and for many, considered on a par with Madrid as Spain’s main city. 

History, some of the world’s most famous architecture, beaches, the famous Mediterranean food, and a very cosmopolitan feel make Barcelona the place to be, and it’s no surprise that the city has taken over from cities like Paris and London as a more favored short break in a city. With 12.6% foreigners and a lot of diversity in every sense of the word, a recent poll showed that 80% of Barcelona’s residents consider their city a great place to live. Barcelona has a whopping 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites all offering “an exceptional and outstanding creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries” according to UNESCO criterion. It will come to no surprise to you that 7 of the 9 sites have been designed by Antoni Gaudi – Barcelona’s most famous architect. I would visit Barcelona just for its World Heritage sites. 

A nice site for seniors to start off with is called Barcelona City and Travel Guide loaded with just about everything but the proverbial “kitchen sink.” Essential Barcelona Tourist Information has photos, safety tips, a shopping guide, famous attraction and dozens of other links. Good ‘ol TripAdvisor will take down each stereo and let you ramble around town. More and more I am growing to like eHow and their information for senior tourists. Their site on Barcelona notes that “having undergone radical modernization in preparation for the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona offers the best of the 21st century alongside its medieval roots.” Visitors to Barcelona can immerse themselves in the rich history of this Catalonian city.  And you know that Jim always likes what are called the “Ten Best Things” by now and Barcelona has ten here.  Let’s finish this blog with a great video on the city from YouTube. jeb



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