Rick and Joey are back again and this week, they share with you their tour of some of Barcelona's most incredible attractions. Watch the video, and see their top picks that you should add to your itinerary while you're at Microsoft TechEd Europe 2014. From historic landmarks, museums and parks, to football and Flamenco dancing... this city has it all!
Flamenco at Tablao de Carmen
Experience authentic Flamenco dancing at Tablao de Carmen, which opened in 1988 as a tribute to the legendary Carmen Amaya, who once performed in the area and became one of the most important figures in the history of the dance.
At Tablao de Carmen, the show is constantly evolving, with renowned Flamenco artists combining their talent with that of promising young performers—usually a few soloists and a grand jam session to round out each night. It's a great place for dinner or tapas and cocktails while you enjoy the show. Located within the Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc, it's very close to other attractions, like the Magic Fountain, the Olympic Ring, The Grec Theatre, and the MNAC (see below).
Camp Nou (the stadium for Barca, the Barcelona Football Club)
Tour the largest stadium in Europe, and home to the FC Barcelona! Camp Nou, built in 1957, seats 99,786 people (the 11th largest stadium in the world) and will be packed in October for the Champions League. Check availability early if you hope to join the crowd. If you can't score tickets to a game, it's still worthy of a tour and a visit to the gift shop for a souvenir jersey. The museum, trophy room, and visitors' locker room are all on the tour—and while you can't touch the pitch, the tour gets you really close to where the action happens. Tours take around 90 minutes and cost 23 €.
Camp Nou is accessible from the Barcelona Metro. The closest stations to the stadium are Palau Reial, Maria Cristina, and Les Corts, on L3; i Badal i Collblanc, on L5. All are 500 to 1000 metres from Camp Nou, depending on which of the gates (accesses) to Camp Nou one uses.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
Take in some Barcelona culture and history, and great views of the city, at the MNAC. With exhibits ranging from the 9th through the early 20th centuries, you'll see the best collection of Romanesque mural paintings in the world. Gothic art, great European Renaissance and Baroque painters like Tiziano or Velázquez are well represented, along with Catalan Modernists like Casas and Gaudí. Beautiful outdoor spaces compete with the exhibits—so even if you never go inside, it's an incredible place to visit and explore. Did we mention the views? From here you can also see the Font màgica de Montjuïc (the magic fountain), created for the Great Universal Exhibition of 1929.
A masterpiece of famed architect Antonio Gaudí, Park Güell is one of the most impressive public parks in the world. Playful and imaginative details are everywhere, including the grand centerpiece—an immense (intended) covered market with a rooftop terrace offering views of the city. Take a seat on the ergonomically designed mosaic tiled bench which forms the balustrade. Next door, the Gaudí House Museum offers a closer look at Gaudí's genius. Entrance to the park is free; the museum charges 5.50 € for adults.
Located in the center of Barcelona, this immense (can we say awesome?) church has been in construction for 132 years and has become an enduring symbol of the city, and Spain. An expiatory church (meaning, its building has been funded entirely by donations), this architectural and spiritual gem is beyond compare. Gaudí took over as architect in 1883 and devoted his efforts exclusively to Sagrada Familia from 1910 until his accidental death in 1926. Work continues today with hope for completion in time for the 100th anniversary of Gaudí's death.
Check out the Virtual Visit on their website (below) and you'll want to see it in person. There are many options for unguided and guided tours, ranging from 14.80 € to 23.80 € (including options that cover entrance to the Gaudí House Museum). Or, grab a coffee and watch the construction from the park.
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