Friday, December 30, 2011

Stop-over in Barcelona, and a trip to Las Arenas de Barcelona

I have had the most wonderful Christmas holiday back home, spending quality time with loved ones, and also doing the mandatory stuffing of one's face with all sorts of delicious treats and food!
Yesterday however, I flew back to Barcelona to get ready for my New Year's holidays. Today I will be flying to Las Palmas to enjoy some days of beach, sun and get to experience a New Years Eve the Spanish way, without snow and the usual cold temperatures and all that.

I chose to stop by Barcelona to change my warm clothes to summer clothes, and took the opportunity to visit a shopping centre, and that's what I would like to share with you today. 

Las Arenas de Barcelona is the newest shopping centre in town, but at the same time the oldest one. Or rather the one with the oldest location and building structure.

See, Las Arenas de Barcelona was a Plaza de Toros, a bull ring that was inaugurated in 1900, after the one at Barceloneta (from 1834) was getting too small due to high popularity. This new bull ring,
Las Arenas which seated 16000 spectators, was very popular and much in use until 1977, when the last corrida was held. For many years, the bull ring was just standing there, serving no purpose, until the city council decided to create a Shopping centre in the shell of the bull ring. They simply built a shopping centre inside, with restaurants, cinema, a theatre and a museum, conserving the structure and facade. At the top floor there's a terrace that goes all the way around with amazing views. Every time I get up on some roof terrace in this city I can't get enough of the views! Barcelona my dear, you are simply gorgeous!!

The shopping centre itself is enormous, more than 30 000 square meters, and loads of shops.

I'll let the picture speak for themselves:

High-tech fancy Christmas tree / centrepiece of the shopping centre
 At the roof

Now I'm off to some more holiday'ing! Hope everyone will have a wonderful last day of the year!


  1. This looks amazing! Glad you're safe back in Spain! Happy New Year!

  2. Those pictures speak volumes!

    Glad you made it back safe. All the best for 2012!

  3. My husband and I were delighted with our guide. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about the cultural destinations in Barcelona. We visited the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and the Barri Gotic all in one day but it never felt overwhelming as she paced us well and took breaks as we needed (what with me being 7 months pregnant!) Her English was excellent and she always took the time to answer any whimsical questions about Catalan language, life, and whatnot that crossed our minds. A must if you want to experience Barcelona in the most in-depth way possible!