Three Must-See Works of Architecture by Gaudi in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

 

For nearly 20 years, attorney Marc Rovner of East Rockaway, New York, has served as general counsel and director of business development at BETA Abstract LLC. Away from his professional pursuits, attorney Marc Rovner enjoys exploring new cultures in cities such as Barcelona, Spain.

Spain has introduced a wealth of art and culture to the world, and in Barcelona specifically, one of the largest draws for tourists are buildings designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. When planning your next trip to the city, consider visiting the following Gaudi works.

1. La Sagrada Familia

Construction began on this church in 1882, and it should be completed by around 2030. Despite its unfinished status, it stands as a revered architectural work that salutes the Gothic style of the Middle Ages.

2. Casa Batllo

The Gaudi design for the Casa Batllo involved a restoration of an old home in 1904. Visitors will notice a mixture of ceramics and stone throughout the exterior, as well as forged iron. Considered radical at the time of completion, the facade features unique organic shapes that set it apart from neighboring buildings.

3. Torre de Bellesguard

Regarded as a crowning achievement in the blending of modernist and neo-gothic architectural elements, the Torre de Bellesguard offers one of the best views of the city of Barcelona. Gaudi designed the structure in the early 1900s, but it only recently came to public attention that it was his creation.

Experiencing Tapas in Barcelona

Tapas
Tapas
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Attorney Marc Rovner serves as general counsel and director of business development at BETA Abstract. In addition to maintaining community involvement within his hometown of East Rockaway, New York, attorney Marc Rovner enjoys traveling with his family to places that allow him to relax and enjoy local cuisine. One favorite destination is Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona provides visitors with a mix of history, beautiful natural spaces including beaches, and delicious food. Those who appreciate authentic Spanish cuisine often enjoy visiting various tapas bars to experience the tradition.

Tapas are small plates of food meant for sharing among several people. Part of experiencing tapas involves taking a relaxed, casual attitude and an impromptu approach. Tapas are usually enjoyed standing around a table in a crowded restaurant while sharing a bottle of a light white wine or Basque cider.

Though tapas are traditionally small plates of food, customers can also order raciones, larger plates with more to share.

Some dishes that are common in Barcelona include pan con tomate, a dish consisting of white bread rubbed with tomato and drizzled with oil and salt. Also familiar are patatas bravas, deep-fried cubes of potatoes that are dipped in sauces, and chipirones, deep-fried baby squid

How to Eat like a Native in Barcelona

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Barcelona
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A native of East Rockaway, New York and a magna cum laude graduate from Boston University, attorney Marc Rovner serves as general counsel and director of business development for BETA Abstract LLC. In his free time, Marc Rovner enjoys traveling, and claims Barcelona as his favorite city.

Food and meals play an important role in Barcelona social life. As a result, the city offers delicious, enticing cuisine to visitors. To eat like a native, start with a light continental breakfast, usually found in bars. Most residents drink café con leche or a cortado as well as a croissant or other breakfast roll.

Lunch is the most important meal of the day and tends to include three to four courses, beginning with soup or salad, followed by a meat dish, and topped off with a light dessert of fruit, yogurt, or crema catalana. Lunch is always served with bread and wine and between the hours of 1:30 to 4. Finally, dinner tends to be lighter fare, with many indulging in tapas. One famous snack is pa amb tomaquet, bread rubbed with olive oil and tomato and served with cheese and cold cuts. Most Catalonians eat around 10 at night but restaurants are opened earlier.

Be warned: many restaurants are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Also, visitors looking to get authentic cuisine should avoid places in La Rambla.