B A R C E LO N A
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Barcelona: Where A City Unlike the
Country, Captures the Essence of Spain
Although it is one of Spain’s most Romanesque style, but not entirely
dynamic cities, Barcelona is really not finished until the 19th-century.
Spanish at all. As the capital and cultural The twin octagonal towers have
hub of the region of Catalonia, the city become a characteristic local trademark.
has a long and glorious history all its own. There is also a pretty interior cloister.
Catalonia was a leading trading power The Royal Palace was the residence of
in the Mediterranean during the 14th- the Counts of Barcelona, who became
and 15th-centuries, with enterprising Kings of Aragon after 1137. Today it
merchants and bankers, and no feudal houses what may be the finest art
remnants whatsoever. United with the collection in the city. Be sure to see
Kingdom of Aragon in the 12th-century, Santa Agata, an extraordinary example
the region became part of Spain in of Catalan Gothic style.
1469 with the marriage of Ferdinand
SPAIN and Isabella. The Generalitat Palace is the focus of
AT A GLANCE Catalan nationalism, since it has been
Most of the centuries-old Catalan
the seat of autonomous government
institutions and privileges were then
SIZE: 194,896 square miles, about the
since the 14th-century. The present
suppressed until a cultural resurgence
size of Arizona and Utah combined. ornate structure was built between the
in the 19th-century. The Catalan lan-
15th-and 17th-centuries, and serves as
POPULATION: 39,384,000, guage was banned by General Franco’s
16.5% of whom are Catalan.
a great symbol of regional pride.
regime in 1939, and was only revived
LANGUAGE: Spain is the official in 1975. Inside, the Hall of the Hundred was the
language, but Catalan, Galician
King Juan Carlos spoke Catalan to meeting place for one of Europe’s first
and Basque are also spoken. true republican parliaments. And behind
address Parliament in 1978, and again
CAPITAL: Madrid to open the 1992 Olympics, making the palace, on the Placa Sant Jaume,
him a very popular monarch. you may find students playing medieval
TYPE OF GOVERNMENT:
tunes with flutes and guitars.
Today Barcelona is a bustling and
CURRENCY: Euro cosmopolitan place, a center of Not far from the Gothic Quarter is
experimentation in politics and the the Picasso Museum, which houses
TIME ZONE: GMT +2
arts. Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador early works in the beautiful 14th-century
Dali, and Pablo Casals have all called Aguilar Palace. The collection shows the
Catalonia “home.” evolution of Picasso’s talent from school
sketches and anatomy diagrams,
The old heart of the city is called the through painstaking studies of the
ABOUT YOUR PORT GUIDE
Gothic Quarter, since most buildings here
This is your guide to Barcelona, specially great Spanish masters.
date from the 13th to 15th centuries.
prepared by Princess Cruises. This guide
is intended to assist you if you are on a
Another fine experience is the Museum
But Barcelona itself is much older. It was
shore excursion, touring independently of Modern Art, which showcases Catalan
an important trading hub of the Roman
or doing both. painting of the past two centuries.
Empire, and many Roman ruins remain.
Please note that the information provided is Works of Tapies, Dali, Miro, Fortuny
general in nature and is subject to change. The Cathedral of St. Eulalia (Gothic and others illustrate the richness and
Cathedral) was begun in 1298 in the diversity of this country’s culture.
Adventures Ashore Port Guide ~ Barcelona
The Catalan Parliament also shares the Gaudi believed in natural and organic It is the home of the famous Black
same palace with the Museum. lines, with no trace of anything angular Madonna, a polychrome wooden statue
or mechanical. He began construction of carved in the 12th-century. Although
You’ll also want to visit the shopping his unique church in 1883 and complet- heavily restored, the Madonna remains
district of Las Ramblas. Originally a ed a great part of it before he was killed the patroness of Catalonia, and draws
stream bed between the huge Placa by a tram in 1926. Work has resumed in thousands of pilgrims annually.
Catalunya and the Columbus Monument, spite of the fact that he left no plans or
notes behind to help his successors. The religious services conducted by the
it has been transformed into a gracious
Take special note of the facades on the monks here are known for the quality
promenade for the fashionable. of their singing. One of Europe’s oldest
east (the Nativity) and the west (Passion
Nearby is an extensive park and sports and Death). boys choirs, the Escolania, was founded
area with several fascinating museums. here in the 13th-century.
Outside the city there are fine resort areas
One of the most interesting is the Montserrat grew large and wealthy until
like Sitges. What began as a picturesque
Poble Espanyol or “Spanish Village,” fishing port is now a favorite retreat for it was sacked by Napoleon’s troops in
built for the 1929 Exhibition to illustrate wealthy local families, who have built 1812. Most of the building seen today
architectural styles and folk arts from elegant houses along the Paseo Maritimo, are restorations. As a religious center,
each part of the country. It was aptly and near the white and rose-colored
nicknamed “Spain in a bottle.” buildings of the old town. The long, Also outside of the city the Sant Sadurni
sandy beach here is particularly fine, region is well-known for the production
No trip to Barcelona would be complete and is not far from the wine country of great wines and sparkling ‘cava’ wines.
without seeing the work of Antoni Gaudi and beautiful pine woods. Maxabeo, Perellada and Xerello grapes
(1852-1926), who combined art nouveau are of superb quality. The production
A side trip to Montserrat will show a
and modernismo. Examples of his work of the cava sparkling wines of this area
different face of Catalonia. Founded in
are found all over town, but the towering the 9th-century, this stunning Benedictine have been time-honored traditions since
La Sagrada Familia is certainly the monastery is nestled among eroded the 16th-century.
most striking. mountain crags.
Historic architecture Montserrat
Places of Interest Practical Information
AJUNTAMENT DOCKING LOCAL CUISINE - Food Specialties
Barcelona’s centuries-old “City Hall”. Your Princess ship docks in Barcelona at either the The cuisine in Spain is among the most varied
BARRI GOTIC – “GOTHIC QUARTER” Barcelona Pier or the Adossat Pier. Please refer to and sophisticated in Europe. Catalan cuisine
Barcelona’s old city filled with medieval the Barcelona City Map for the general location. combines the best elements of Spain and France.
buildings, great to explore on foot. Recommended foods include:
SHORE EXCURSION DEPARTURES
JOAN MIRO FOUNDATION – Passengers will meet at a specific location for each Paella: Famous Spanish seafood and rice dish
“FOUNDATION MIRO” shore excursion departure. Please refer to your tour Tapas: Another Spanish tradition, these delicious
Museum dedicated to the artist Joan Miro . ticket and the Princess Patter for the correct place
appetizers are served in bars and restaurants
and time. Your Shore Excursion staff will be at that
GOTHIC CATHEDRAL (ALSO KNOWN AS
location to assist you. Pan con tomate: A simple yet delicious accompani-
THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. EULALIA) ment to bread and olive oil and tomato
Magnificent Gothic cathedral found in the TAXIS
Gothic Quarter that was built between 1298 Taxis are available pierside and throughout the city. Habas a la Catalina: Spicy bean stew that’s a
and 1450, its twin towers are a characteristic Confirm your fare with driver before departing. favorite of Catalans
trademark of Barcelona.
SHOPPING Drink Specialties - Spain is best known for its wine
CHURCH OF LA SAGRADA FAMILIA – and sherries:
“CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY” Barcelona offers good bargins in: Leather: Colorful
Unique and surreal unfinished cathedral by saddlebags, purses and shoes. Ceramics: Distinctive Red Wine: from the Riojas area
the famed Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi country-style ceramics. Liquor: Sparkling and red
wines and sherry, all famous around the world. White Sparkling Wine: from Catalonia
LA PEDREDA Clothing: High fashion by top designers. The best
Gaudis unique modernistic residential- Sherries: from Jerez
places to shop are along the Las Ramblas, in the
commercial building. It is always recommended that you drink bottled
Gothic Quarter at Paseo de Gracia and around the
LAS RAMBLAS Placa Reial. Please refer to the Barcelona City Map water while in port.
Barcelona’s most famous street in the heart for more information.
of the shopping and entertainment district. TIPPING
PUBLIC SERVICES Suggested tipping is 10 percent for good service.
MONTJUIC MOUNTAIN Post Office: Plaza de Antonio Lopez. Open Monday
AND MIRADOR DEL ALCALDE SOME USEFUL WORDS
through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Spectacular viewpoint of Barcelona; also home Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Si
to Montjuic Castle. Banks: Generally open Monday through Friday No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No
from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Saturday from
MONUMENT A COLON – Please . . . . . . . . . . . Por Favor
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“COLUMBUS MONUMENT” Thank you . . . . . . . Gracias
Located at the foot of Las Ramblas and at the Museums: Most museums are open from 9:30 a.m.
entrance to Barcelona Harbor. Good morning . . . Buenos Dias
to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and are
MUSEU D’ART DE CATALUNYA – closed one day a week, usually Monday. PRINCESS CRUISES AGENTS
“MUSEUM OF CATALONIAN ART” In case of emergency while you are ashore,
Shops: Most stores are open from 9:00 a.m. to
Barcelona’s best art museum located in the please contact:
1:30 p.m. and from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., and closed
Palau Nacional. all day Sunday. MacAndrews Cruise & Travel
MUSEO PICASSO – “PICASSO MUSEUM” Plaza de Duque de Medinaceli 5
Two 15th-century palaces provide a handsome
setting for this collection of mostly early works Please wear proper attire ashore when planning to visit Apartado 441
by Picasso. churches, cathedrals, and other sacred places. Shorts for 08002 Barcelona, Spain
both men and women are considered improper. Telephone: 34-93-344-25-00
OLYMPIC STADIUM Women should also cover their bare shoulders.
Home of the opening and closing ceremonies Telefax: 34-93-344-25-19
of the 1992 Olympic Summer Games.
PALAU DE LA GENERALITAT
Elegant 15th-century palace and home of the
autonomous Catalan pride and nationalism.
Gaudi-designed mansion and home of the
PLACA CATALUNYA – “CATALONIA SQUARE”
Located at the top of Las Ramblas.
Beautiful 19th-century arcaded square located
in the Gothic Quarter; filled with shops and
PLACA SANT JAUME
Cobbled square in the heart of the Gothic
Quarter and sight of the Palau de la Generalitat
and the Ajuntament.
POBLE ESPANYOL – “SPANISH VILLAGE”
Authentic spanish Village built for the
1929 World’s Fair.
THESE SITES CAN BE FOUND ON THE
MAP AT THE BACK OF THIS GUIDE Olympic stadium
Note: The information in this port guide is subject to change without notice. We apologize for any inconvenience,
but Princess Cruises cannot accept responsibility for any such alterations. Thank you.