Thursday, 7 February 2019

Top 10 Instagram Spots in Barcelona

Barcelona has numerous instagrammable places and this selection was truly difficult. Such a rich architectural and artistic place is an endless source of inspiration, and from the landscapes to the smallest details  there are millions of photos waiting for you in the stunning city.

Following the success of Top 10 Instagram Spots in Lisbon and in Porto, today I'll bring to you my Top 10 Instagram Spots in Barcelona. These are not the only and surely my photos may not be the best you can find, but this will give you some ideas of the places you can't miss on your Instagram folie once you arrive at Barcelona.


The Sagrada Família is one of the most iconic churches in the world and is with no doubt the undisputed symbol of Barcelona. In construction since 1882, the Basílica is a work in progress and is expected to be completed by 2026. Although he was not the architect initially chosen to design the Basílica, soon Gaudí was commissioned to carry out the project to which he devoted much of his time and energy. Until the time of his death, in 1926, Gaudí was able to complete the crypt and the Nativity facade.


Parc Güell is a public park and a touristic hotspot of Barcelona. But don't get me wrong. Although is always crowded is quite an amazing place to visit and one of the sites where the imagination and geniality of Gaudí can be fully appreciated. The colored and bright Trecandis mosaic are absolutely amazing and the organic shapes chosen for the construction of the arcades, benches and gatehouses give an almost surrealistic ambience to the site.


In Eixample district we find Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, a true architectural land mark of Barcelona and one of the must see attractions of the city. Casa Milà is an apartment block designed by Antoni Gaudì and built between 1906 and 1912. This modernist building, inspired by nature and its organic forms, integrates the fantastic vision of Gaudi with the functional demands and comfort expectations of a rich family of the beginning of the twentieth century. Since 1984 Casa Milà  was declared an Unesco World Heritage Site due to its outstanding universal value.


Today, La Boqueria market is the oldest and more famous food market in the city, attracting buyers from all over the world. It offers fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, spices and sweets, presented in carefully decorated stalls. Usually crowded with visitors, La Boqueria is a space full of life and animation that without a doubt deserves your visit. 


During the nineteenth century La Barceloneta played an important part on the industrial development of the city with large factories that today no longer exist. The landscape of the neighborhood changed dramatically with the 1992 Olympics, with the recuperation of the urban infrastructures, the creation of beautiful beaches lined with white sand and palm trees and rigorous standards of coastal water quality.


Built in 1869 on the grounds of the city's military citadel, Parc de la Ciutadella is the largest park in Barcelona and a real oasis of tranquility. With 18 hectares, the park houses the Barcelona Zoo, two museums, the Catalunya Parliament, lakes, fountains and beautiful lawns.
Do you know Gaudí participated in the project for this monumental fountain when he was a young architect?


The Arc de Triomf, gateway to the world fair of 1888, is the most imposing entrance to the park and an iconic landmark of Barcelona. The large promenade ( Passeig Lluís Companys) connecting the gardens to the arch is always full of people and animation.


The Barcelona Pavilion, design by Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), is an emblematic work of the Modern Movement.  This Pavilion is a rigorous exercise of geometry, precision and simplicity.  The beauty of the forms, the combination of colors and textures of the materials, the richness of the decorative stones, the elements of design and art, make this Pavilion a special place that is difficult to leave.


The Block of Discord, located in Passeig de Gràcia between calle Aragó and calle Consell de Cent,  features the most famous collection of modernist buildings sharing the same facade in Barcelona.  At number 35 is Casa Lleò Morera, designed by Domènech i Montaner. At number 41 is Casa Amatller, designed by Puig i Cadafalch. Finally, at number 43 is Casa Batlló, a work by Gaudí. The block was so-named after the contrasts between the different architectural trends displayed by the three houses built between 1900 and 1907 by the three rival modernist architects.


Spite of its more ancestral occupations, it was the World Exposition of 1929 and the Olympic games of 1992 that bring Montjuïc  in to the city. The Palau Nacional, other palaces and infrastructures  in Montjuïc, including the wide mountain parc, were built for the World Exposition, but the full development of the hill come with the Olympic Games  with the construction of the stadium and of several sport facilities.

You can find more on #Barcelona on my Instagram and I would love to take a look at your best Instagram pics of this fantastic city. So, if you have some, please share them with me on the comments (links please) and I'll be glad to write a future article with the best Barcelona pictures on Instagram. Let's bring as much people onboard as we can, sharing this post with your friends. I'll be looking forward to know you and your Instagram profiles.

You can also check my Top 10 Instagram Spots in Lisbon and in Porto here:

Friday, 25 January 2019

Valentines Day at Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Every month and every day is perfect for love, and every moment must be used to express our appreciation, friendship, love and passion for those who are most dear to us. And if love is transmitted in the simplest gestures, why not also celebrate it on special occasions? How about surprising your love with a new experience or place? This is what I propose to you today when presenting the complete program that Corinthia Hotel Lisbon prepared for the month of February. I've had a chance to attend the afternoon tea and it's a perfect delight.

Todos os meses e cada dia são perfeitos para o amor, e cada momento deve ser aproveitado para expressar o nosso apreço, amizade, amor e paixão pelos que nos são mais queridos. E se o amor se transmite nos gestos mais simples, porque não também celebrá-lo  em ocasiões especiais? Que tal surpreender o vosso amor com uma nova experiência ou local? É isso que vos proponho hoje ao apresentar o programa completo que o Corinthia Hotel Lisbon preparou para o mês de Fevereiro. Eu já tive oportunidade de conhecer o chá da tarde e é uma perfeita delícia. 

As on previous occasions, the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon has prepared a complete program for the Valentines month, which includes several moments and alternatives. During the afternoon, between February 14th and 17th, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Tempus Lounge Bar offers a romantic afternoon tea, Tea for Two, by Pastry Chef Pedro Dias, who created a colorful and fun selection of pastry inspired by Love. Tea for Two includes a selection of delicious mini sandwiches, assorted pastries, and freshly made scones, and a special Valentine's Day tea from Companhia Portugueza do Chá.

Tal como em ocasiões anteriores, o Corinthia Hotel Lisbon preparou um programa completo para o mês dos namorados, que inclui vários momentos e alternativas. Durante a tarde, entre os dias 14 e 17 de Fevereiro das 15h00 às 18h00, o Tempus Lounge Bar oferece um romântico chá da tarde, o Tea for Two, de autoria do Chef de Pastelaria Pedro Dias, que criou uma colorida e divertida seleção de pastelaria inspirada no Amor. O Tea for Two inclui uma seleção de mini sanduíches deliciosas, pastelaria variada e scones (maravilhosos!) acabados de fazer, e um chá especial do Dia dos Namorados da Companhia Portugueza do Chá.

For couples who like to pamper themselves, what about a romantic getaway at THE SPA? The treatment is called The Spa Romance and begins with a moment of pure relaxation in the thermal water circuit - Acqua, following with a relaxing full body massage and ends with a moment for two where the couple can enjoy a careful selection of truffles, strawberries with chocolate and champagne.

Para os casais que gostam de se mimar, que tal uma escapadinha romântica no THE SPA? O tratamento chama-se The Spa Romance e começa com um momento de puro relaxamento no circuito de águas termais – Acqua, seguindo com uma massagem de corpo completa muito relaxante e termina com um momento a dois onde podem desfrutar de uma cuidada seleção de trufas, morangos com chocolate e champanhe.

Also featured in this program is dinner at the Erva Restaurante. The atmosphere of the Erva is all about a romantic dinner, and with a table full of delicacies, we will have everything for the night to become something special, where good gastronomy and romanticism will be (also ...) hand in hand.

At Valentine's dinner, lovers are invited to start the meal with fresh cod, garlic mayonnaise, onion pickle and Unagui sauce, followed by a Perrier-Jouët champagne ice cream. Of the main dish options, we highlight the golden meagre with razor clams rice and salicornia and the roast beef with truffled mashed potatoes. For dessert, try the "Forbidden Fruit", an inspiration of Pastry Chef Pedro Dias.

Também em destaque neste programa é o jantar  no restaurante Erva. O ambiente do Erva tem tudo a ver com um jantar romântico, e com uma mesa recheada de iguarias, teremos tudo para que a noite se torne algo de especial, em que a boa gastronomia e o romantismo estarão  (também...) de mãos dadas. 

No jantar de São Valentim, os apaixonados são convidados a iniciar a refeição com uma entrada de bacalhau fresco, maionese de alho, picle de cebola e molho Unagui, seguindo-se de um sorvete de champanhe Perrier-Jouët. Das opções de prato principal, destacamos a corvina dourada com arroz de lingueirão e salicórnia e o rosbife com puré de batata trufado. Para sobremesa deixe-se tentar pelo “Fruto Proibido”,  uma inspiração do Chef de Pastelaria Pedro Dias.

For those looking for a more complete and memorable experience, was created the Viva o Amor em Lisboa (Live Love in Lisbon) package,  which includes a luxurious stay in one of the new Deluxe Junior Suites, with breakfast served in the room and a romantic dinner served in the privacy of the suite. Perfect!

Para os que procuram uma experiência mais completa e memorável,  foi criado o package Viva o Amor em Lisboa que inclui uma luxuosa estadia numa das novas Deluxe Junior Suites, com pequeno-almoço servido no quarto e um jantar romântico servido na privacidade da suite. Perfeito!

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, nº 105
Lisbon 1099-031
Phone: +351 217 236 305

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