Christopher Columbus Monument and Viewpoint

Close up photo of the statue at the top of the Christopher Columbus monument, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

The Columbus Monument Barcelona’s Columbus Monument (Catalan: Mirador de Colom) was erected in 1888 for the Universal Exposition. The 60m high iron column is topped by a bronze statue of the famous Italian explorer who is portrayed holding nautical charts and pointing out to sea. Although the monument is a tribute to the man who discovered …

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Joan Miró Welcomes You to Barcelona

Tourists walking over Miro's famous mosaic on the Ramblas pedestrianised avenue in central Barcelona

In 1968 Joan Miró was commissioned to create a giant mural to welcome visitors arriving at Barcelona airport. The Barcelona-born artist liked the idea so much that he decided to donate 3 works of art to the city welcoming visitors arriving by air, land and sea. Joan Mirós Mural at Barcelona Airport The giant mural …

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The Canaletas Fountain (Font de Canaletes)

Close up of the canaletas fountain, Las Ramblas, Barcelona

I’d estimate that 95% of tourists who visit Barcelona walk straight past the Canaletas Fountain without even noticing it which is a shame because this fountain come lamp post at the top of La Rambla is linked to a couple of interesting traditions. Canaletas Traditions #1: Tradition has it that if you drink from the …

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