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February 8, 2019

Facts you didn’t know about Barcelona

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain

 

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This month we are especially excited to prepare you for a trip to Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain. It combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, endless sunshine, and unbeatable food and culture.

Barcelona is famous for its modernist architecture, the works of Gaudí in particular. The majestic Sagrada Familia is the most visited sight in Barcelona and Gaudi’s most famous masterpiece. He became involved in 1914 and died in 1926 when less then a quarter of the construction was finished. Today, the church is still under construction and is scheduled to be completed in 2026, 144 years later and in celebration of the centenary of Gaudi’s death. Thus, it took 123 years longer than the time needed to finish the Taj Mahal, or to build Egypt’s pyramids.

 

Also, did you know that Gaudi believed that a human’s work should never exceed the work of God? This is why the Sagrada Familia is projected to be a foot shorter than the highest natural point in Barcelona.

But, it’s not all Gaudi’s handiwork – Joseph Maria Jujol, a Catalan architect design partner of Gaudi rarely receives credit for his work. He was the creator of the famous mosaic benches of Park Güell, the crazy ceramic facade of Casa Batlló, or the strange chimney sculptures of Casa Milà, the world’s jazziest apartment block.

 

 

Visitors are not only fascinated by the architecture, but Barcelona is also one of Europe’s greenest city and attracts numerous nature lover. It has roughly 18.1 square meters of parkland per resident – 68 parks in total!

 

 

 

 

And then there is the beach.. the coastline is actually right on your doorstep. It was built in 1992 when Barcelona became the host of the Summer Olympics. Before that, the waterfront was a mess of factories and shipping warehouses, which were fortunately relocated by the government. Today you have an endless view of sandy beaches beside hip bars and restaurants.

 

 

You’re wondering when is the best time to visit? We would recommend a trip from April to June when the weather is mild and enjoyable and the tourist crowds are smaller than in summer.

Did you know that WOW air can take you there? So what are you waiting for?

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