Barcelona

Get lost in the charms of Barcelona – Spain’s second-largest city, which sits on the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town under its old name, Barcino. The city became an international household name when it hosted the Olympic Games in 1992. Since then, Barcelona has seen a shift towards the modern, all while retaining and celebrating its history.

Outdoor markets, museums, churches and restaurants, Barcelona has much to offer the curious visitor. From the lively Las Ramblas, one of the world’s most famous boulevards, to sunny Mediterranean beaches, to the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona is a city made for walking and exploring. Be enchanted by the works of architect Gaudi and Pablo Picasso. Barcelona is noted for its extensive Metro – so you won’t have to worry about getting anywhere.

Explore El Raval, a once seedy, now hip district. Futbol enthusiasts should check out Nou Camp, one of the largest and most presitioug stadiums in Europe. Hikers might be interested in Montiguic, a mountain that has several rewarding attractions when you get to the top, besides the view. Tibidabo Mountai is a larger mountain with an even better view of Barcelona. For day excursions right outside the city, you can find villages, vineyards, mountain ranges and monasteries to explore. Barcelona is a city to take your time in – revel in the sights around you, and don’t forget to try some of the best seafood you’ll have in Europe.

Social media roundup: March 17

We'll be doing daily updates from the Alpine Living Staff as they travel around Spain from March 15-30. Be sure to check out alpineliving.ua.edu for stories and blogs from our fifth edition!

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Passion, technique seen in Tablao de Carmen flamenco show

Passion, technique seen in Tablao de Carmen flamenco show

Share The Tablao de Carmen in Barcelona, Spain, was an impressive display of passion and technique in all areas—the food, musicians and flamenco dancers. The Tablao was located in Poblé España, which is an area built for the World Fair to showcase Spain’s classic architecture. Although a little far from the metro station, the walk…

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Palacio del Flamenco show great introduction to Catalan culture

Palacio del Flamenco show great introduction to Catalan culture

Share By Taylor Woods and Anna Todd On our first evening in Spain, a few members of the Alpine Living crew enjoyed a lively flamenco dance show at the Palacio del Flamenco in Barcelona. Despite our jet lag, the show kept us entertained and proved to be a great introduction to Spanish culture. We have…

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Social media roundup: March 15-16

We'll be doing daily updates from the Alpine Living Staff as they travel around Spain from March 15-30. Be sure to check out alpineliving.ua.edu for stories and blogs from our fifth edition!

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Crema Catalana

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Crema Catalana

Share My latest recipe attempt, crema catalana, is the Spanish version of crème brûlée. In fact, the French and Spanish dispute over which country invented it first. It is generally made for Saint Joseph’s Day (the Spanish equivalent to Father’s Day) on March 19, and is also known as crema de Sant Josep. Making crema…

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Epiphany offers a local re-creation of Spanish tapas

Epiphany offers a local re-creation of Spanish tapas

Share Whether grabbing a drink with friends or spending a romantic evening over a four-course meal, Epiphany Café features a range of dishes for small and large appetites. A rarity in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Epiphany offers a variety of small plates, similar to tapas, which are common in Spanish culture. Traditionally tapas are often accompanied by…

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Barcelona shop AR.NO focuses on Mid-Century modern design

Share At a glance, nothing seems special about the white desk lamp.  With its long neck bent at a forty-five degree angle, circular base and bulbous head, the lamp looks like it came straight from the opening credits of a Pixar movie.  To Ulric Gordenne, it is more than just a reminder of a playful…

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Barcelona to host summer X Games events

Share Barcelona will soon be the focus of adrenaline junkies all around the world as the biggest competition in extreme sports makes its European debut this summer. For the first time in X Games history, the action-packed competition will be expanded to four international cities with Barcelona hosting the highly anticipated skateboarding, Moto X, BMX…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Gazpacho

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Gazpacho

Share For this week’s food blog, I made gazpacho. This has by far been the simplest dish, but simple does not take away from taste. Gazpacho is a tomato-based soup served chilled. It is widely served in Spain, particularly in Andalusia, as well as neighboring Portugal. Since the soup is known to be revitalizing, it…

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How to pack for a Spanish vacation

Share Planning European vacations takes a lot of preparation. Once the airline tickets have been booked, hotel rooms are reserved, and the activities are planned, travelers can just about see the silver lining, but one crucial obstacle still lies ahead: the dreaded task of packing. Packing for a vacation should not consist of mindlessly throwing…

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