Even though this is a circular tour, I would suggest that you start at the very heart of the city: Plaça de Catalunya, a big square (well, actually it is round…) with some fountains, statues, including a hidden little treasure that survived the civil war… and where the famous Ramblas begin its way down to the sea. Running down Las Ramblas is not easy! It is always crowded, so see its emptiness as a gift for waking up early. On our way down, an unexpected treasure will come into sight: one of the first Gaudi’s “big works” and UNESCO World Heritage landmark: the Güell Palace.
We will reach Columbus statue and the Mediterranean sea, which will be our running mate for a while, showing us its many faces: the marina, the breakwater, the beaches… Hopefully, the sun will rise while we are right by the seaside!
Running by the Olympic Village, where the Olympic games where hosted, we will arrive at the first public urban garden in Barcelona, the Ciutadella park, and go on, uphill towards the Arc de Triomf, that was build as a monumental entrance to the Universal Expo in 1888, which took place at the Ciutadella park. The alley is wide and shadowed by trees and after a while, we will arrive at two of Barcelonas UNESCO World Heritage landmarks: the Sant Pau’s Hospital and a few hundred meters away, the magnificent Sagrada Familia. From here, we will move along the Diagonal alley and its beautiful buildings towards the Passeig de Gràcia, the most elegant boulevard in Barcelona. This alley served the most important architects and artists of Modernism as a creative space, when Barcelona grew out of its walls at the end of the XIX century. And they did their best! Here we have two other UNESCO World Heritage landmarks: Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, both from Gaudí. Passeig de Gràcia hosts many “deluxe” hotels and boutiques. At the very bottom of it we will return to Plaça Catalunya.