Our Bus Tour of Barcelona — Part Two (the Red Route)

After our stroll down La Rambla on our second day in Barcelona we hopped on the hop on / hop off sightseeing bus to continue our sightseeing tour of Barcelona (see here for my posting on our Blue Route tour). We got on the Red Route bus across from the Columbus Monument and explored the city’s waterfront and Olympic Port areas before heading back to Placa de Catalunya through the Barri Gotic district.

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An example of the modernisme architecture we encountered on our Barcelona waterfront tour.

An example of the modernisme architecture we encountered on our Barcelona waterfront tour.

Barcelona's colorful Marina where you will find the maremagnum shopping center and the Barcelona aquarium.

Barcelona’s colorful Marina where you will find the maremagnum shopping center and the Barcelona aquarium.

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Pla de Palau view.

One of two skyscrapers in the Port Olympic area.

One of two skyscrapers in the Port Olympic area.

The xx palace on Via Lx that cuts through the Barri Gotic district.

The Royal Palace from Via Laietana.

A glimpse of the Barcelona Cathedral on the drive up Via Lx.

A glimpse of the Barcelona Cathedral on the drive up Via Laietana.

From Placa de Catalunya we followed the Blue Route up Passeig de Gracia until we got to Avinguda Diagonal. The Blue Route then turns east to La Sagrada Familia while the Red Route turns west toward the Placa d’Espanya, Estacio de Sants and Montjuic areas of the city.

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Casa Lleo Morera on Passeig de Gracia (south corner of Block of Discord).

This building is a block past the Block of Discord.

This building is a block past the Block of Discord.

Gaudi's Casa Mila.

Gaudi’s Casa Mila, also on Passeig de Gracia.

An example of the more modern architecture on Avenue Diagonal.

An example of the more modern architecture on Avinguda Diagonal.

Estacio Sant is Barcelona's main railroad station.

Estacio de Sants is Barcelona’s main railway station.

Behind the station.

Behind the station.

Joan Miro's "Woman and Bird" in the park dedicated to him.

Joan Miro’s “Woman and Bird” in the park dedicated to him.

Monument in the middle of Placa d'Espana.

Monument in the middle of Placa d’Espanya.

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Barcelona Meeting Place is an international real estate exhibition that is held in October at the Fira de Barcelona on the Place d’Espanya.

This famous bullring on the Placa d'Espana is now a shopping center.

This famous bullring on the Placa d’Espanya is now a shopping center.

The Venetian Towers at the Placa d'Espana.

The Venetian Towers at the Placa d’Espanya.

The magic fountain, Four Columns and xx Palace, now Barcelona's Museum of Modern Art.

The Magic Fountain, Four Columns and Palau Nacional, now MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) above the Placa d’Espanya.

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Josep Puig i Catafalch built this textile factory for industrialist Casimer Casaramona in 1911. It is now a cultural institution called CaixaForum.

Montjuic Hill dominates the western portion of Barcelona. The place was built up for the 1929 World’s Fair and again for the 1992 Olympics. The castle on top of Montjuic served as a prison during and after the Spanish Civil War and Carlos Ruiz Zafon described the horrors of this prison quite vividly in The Prisoner of Heaven, the third book in his series called The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

This communications tower is also a sun dial.

This communications tower on Montjuic is also a sun dial.

Barcelona's Olympic Stadium.

Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium was originally built for the 1929 World’s Fair.

The museum of the 1992 Olympics.

The museum of the 1992 Olympics.

Fundacio Joan Miro on Montjuic.

Fundacio Joan Miro on Montjuic.

Harbor view from Montjuic. That's the Cunard Line's Queen Victoria in the background.

Harbor view from Montjuic. That’s the Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria in the background.

One of the xx de Montjuic towers whose cable cars connect Barcelona's waterfront to the top of Montjuic -- built for the 1992 Olympics.

One of the Telefeic de Montjuic towers whose cable cars connect Barcelona’s waterfront to the top of Montjuic — built for the 1992 Olympics. Barcelona’s World Trade Center is in the background.

Roy L's xx was built for the 1992 Olympics.

Roy Lichtenstein’s El Cap de Barcelona was built by Diego Delgado for the 1992 Olympics.

Back to the pigeons of Placa de Catalunya and the end of our bus tour.

Back to the pigeons of Placa de Catalunya and the end of our bus tour.

On our Day Three in Barcelona we explored the Barri Gotic district and visited the Barcelona Cathedral. That will be the subject of my next posting.

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7 Responses to Our Bus Tour of Barcelona — Part Two (the Red Route)

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    A very long time ago I visited Barcelona as an 18 year old in 1960. I vaguely remember the building that is now a shopping center. Is it possible that it once was an arena, where bull fights took place? It was nice to see Barcelona again through the photos of your blog.

    • Yes, Peter, this building was known as the Arenes. It was built between 1889 and 1900 and its full name is Placa de Toros de les Arenes. The last bull fight here was in 1977. Since 2012 there is no more bull fighting in Catalunya. The shopping center opened in 2011.

  2. disperser says:

    Nice . . . and some very interesting architecture.

  3. Beautiful architecture, and tour! I was surprised to see palm trees! I had to look up Barcelona’s position on the globe and found they aren’t too much higher than where we live in No. CA.
    I just never thought palm trees would be anywhere in Spain thinking they’d be too far north.

  4. bus tours can be fun!! Lovely gallery Crow!!

  5. thegreyeye says:

    One favourite city of mine, perhaps most preferred travel location for me in Europe.

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