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  Photos from a week in Barcelona and a two-week trip to central and southern Spain.

   Barcelona:  Barcelona has been an important port on Spain's Mediterranean coast for millenia.  It is the capital of proudly independent Catalonia.  The city has Mediterranean weather, incredible architecture, a highly developed sense of style, its own beaches, and a relxed atmosphere.  International surveys place Barcelona high in terms of livability, innovation, productivity, and cultural influence, and rate it as one of the world's major global cities.  Even on a short visit it's easy to see why.

  Spain:  Granada's Alhambra had inspired my original visit to Spain, and this time I suceeded in exploring this incredible fortress and palace complex.  I also visited other highlights in Granada, Cordoba, and Seville in Andalusia, and then returned to Madrid to explore that city and its surroundings.  Highlights dated from Roman times through the Moorish and Catholic Reconquista periods to modern times.

The links to the Pictures Files are below the Sample Images.  A Route Map and a Table of Contents are provided below that, both in on-screen and printable forms.



Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture files.  You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.

Barcelona from Montjuic

Barcelona, from Montjuic

Placa Reial, Barcelona

Placa Reial

La Pedrera, Barcelona

La Pedrera

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

Alhambra, Granada

Alhambra, Granada

Córdoba Mesquita

Córdoba Mesquita

Plaza de España, Seville

Plaza de España, Seville

Gran Via, Madrid

Gran Via, Madrid



Links to Pictures Files


You can access the PDF pictures files by clicking or tapping on the links below.



My first visit centred on Barcelona and the surrounding region.  My second trip headed south by high-spped rail to Andalusia to visit Granada, Cordoba, and Seville, and then returned to the Madid area.  Printable Spain Map  is available if you wish a copy.

Netherlands map

Table of Contents

The Contents tables from the pictures files are reproduced below.  If you wish a paper copy to target your viewing, print Spain Contents .

Contents   2
Introduction   3
Orientation   4
Montjuic   5
Harbour  10
Waterfront  20
Central Barcelona  
Las Ramblas  30
Barri Gotic  34
Barcelona Cathedral  37
Palau Güell  42
Eixample  53
Casa Batlló  57
La Pedrera  62
Sagrada Familia  70
Park Güell  86
Placa Espanya  90
Poble Espanyol  94
van der Rohe Pavilion 100
Parks 104
Montserrat 108
Impressions 122
Magic Fountains 128
End 131
Contents   2
Introduction   3
Map   4
Timeline   5
Welcome   7
Granada  10
Alhambra  12
Alcazaba  17
Nasrid Palaces  24
Generalife  42
Catholic Granada  51
Córdoba  54
Mesquita / Cathedral     62
Córdoba Alcázar  74
Seville  82
Seville Alcázar  85
Seville Cathedral  96
Plaza de España 108
Segovia 115
Ávila 121
Madrid 126
Old Madrid 127
Plaza Mayor 129
Royal Palace 134
Puerta del Sol 138
Bourbon Madrid 142
Sofia Museum 148
Retiro Park 150
Gran Via 154
End 157