Barcelona Waterfront

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Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Waterfront - Barcelonetta.
Barcelona Waterfront - Barcelonetta
Barcelona Waterfront - Barcelonetta
Barcelona Waterfront - Waterfront
Barcelona Waterfront - Waterfront
Barcelona Waterfront - Lion at the column
Barcelona Waterfront - Christopher Columbus Column

Barcelona Waterfront Reviews

irenem irenem
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The Waterfront Feb 28, 2017
Where La Rambla reaches the seafront, you will see the Columbus monument. Christopher Columbus stands pointing out to sea from the top of a high column. The base of the column is surrounded by lions which people like to climb onto to have their photos taken.

The Columbus Monument is 197 feet tall. It was constructed in 1888 for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona in honor of Columbus's first voyage to the Americas. Christopher Columbus reported to Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand V in Barcelona after his first trip to the new world. The Columbus statue was sculpted by Rafael Atché. It shows Columbus pointing towards the New World with his right hand, while holding a scroll in the left.

After wandering down La Rambla - a street I would certainly recommend that you visit - we walked along the waterfront on route to Barceloneta. We passed by the old port building, the wooden Rambla de Mar which leads the rambla out over the sea, Port Vell which was built as part of an urban renewal program prior to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, several sculptures and the marina. A pleasant area for a stroll.

Barceloneta is an almost triangular piece of land jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea. The earliest inhabitants here were fishermen. Then in the eighteenth century this area provided homes for the residents of the Ribera neighborhood who had been displaced by the construction of the Ciudadela of Barcelona.

Nowadays Barceloneta is home to the Museum of History, a long sandy beach, sculptures, lots of restaurants and the lovely Sant Miquel del Port Church.

As you walk along the beach you will see sand sculptures and salesmen holding up huge billowing pieces of cloth as they try to sell their wares.
Christopher Columbus Column
Lion at the column
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