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The capital of Anzoategui has the largest airport in the area, a beautiful colonial area and the political importance as the capital of Anzoátegui state, while Puerto La Cruz has a strong focus on tourism and the oil industry.
BARCELONA Although it is the state capital, compared to the very popular tourist destination, especially Mochima...
Puerto La Cruz, visitors usually spend long. However, for people interested in history and traditional architecture, Barcelona has an extensive colonial town that is not on the port. Will not find it by chance as there is no clear notices indicating where to cross from the main avenues running through the center of Barcelona.
The centerpiece of the historic plaza is Boyacá (two blocks east of the Avenue July 5 and three blocks west of Military Avenue, depending on the route you're following, and the streets between Bolivar and Juncal).
Originally known as the Plaza Mayor, it was here where he began the development of the town with its founding in 1671. It was the headquarters of the market and around it were built the first buildings, some of which persist today. For your journey, start with the Museo de Anzoátegui (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-1: 00 pm weekends), off the plaza in Juncal Street, fourth house Barcelona old, dating from 1671.
Among the minority of the buildings that have benefited from a restoration, before his change of job "to function as a museum, was a family home. What once served as rooms are now galleries and the central garden is still a freshness to the interior and wide corridors.
The permanent collection that belonged to the writer and journalist Alfredo Armas Alfonzo (who was born in Barcelona and preferred to stay in the capital of his home state) is its most important treasure, obtained by transfer and sale to the Regional Executive in 1967, to be part of the Cultural Heritage of Anzoátegui.
It is a summary of almost two centuries of craftsmanship and tradition, with emphasis on religious art. According to information published by the museum, there is no other such collection in another city in Venezuela, and some experts who have visited the museum say that the collection of its kind, is perhaps the most complete in Latin America for diversity in the types of images. ethnography collection, comprised of objects that have been part of social affairs, economic and cultural life of the people, shown in various halls and corridors.
Besides the historical collection, the museum also devotes a large room for exhibitions of contemporary art.
Another museum's permanent collection was donated by the writer and journalist Miguel Otero Silva, comprising 52 works of the most significant artists of the years 1940-1960 Venezuelans, most of National Awards for Painting and members of the so-called School of Caracas. Will include works by Hector Poleo, Alirio Rodríguez, Matthew Manaure Cesar Prieto, Luisa Palacios, Oswaldo Vigas, Jesus Soto, Jacobo Borges, Armando Reveron, among others.
Although the collection belongs to the Museo de Anzoátegui, now can be appreciated in the Ateneo of Barcelona (two blocks between Juncal and St. Felix Street), where quality is in custody in the two-story colonial house that belonged to the family Otero Silva.
On the north side of the square stands the church of San Cristobal, and cathedral, whose construction began in 1748. Among its treasures are the statues of colonial San Cristobal and Santa Eulalia, patron of Barcelona from its foundation. In a glass shrine are the remains of St. Celestine, brought from Rome in 1777. Revered by the locals, the saint was proclaimed the third of the city for half a century.
The east side of the church is the oldest house in town. Others around the square placards showing their age but currently not working as museums and other tourist sites.
Newer is the beautiful Teatro Cajigal, Carabobo on the street, opened in 1895. On the west side of the church, the Inn Copacabana (0281-277.3473), is new and very simple but clean, with 16 rooms with bath / cold water, cable TV, air, free parking (for 2 - BSF 100).
Another important historical attraction is La Casa Fuerte, two blocks west of the plaza on Avenida Boyacá July 5. Originally the Convent of San Francisco. In 1811, the friars were expelled by the Republicans and in December 1816, was fortified with cannon troops under the command of Simón Bolívar. In February of 1817 was attacked by the royalists, and, despite heavy losses, drove them off. In April of that year, had the same fate in another confrontation. The fort was taken and destroyed by the royalists and more than 1,500 women, children and elderly were slaughtered along with the soldiers. In memory of the disaster, the ruins have been kept unchanged, and in 1960, were declared a National Monument.
PUERTO LA CRUZ Paseo Colón is a magnet for visitors with a broad avenue lined with restaurants (any type of food, but dominated by the Arabic cuisine), bars, bingo halls, nightclubs, hotels and shops on one side overlooking the sea and the other side with a pedestrian mall at night, is packed with artisans displaying their creations.
The beach front is nice to walk (and it is beautiful shells from the sea), but, unfortunately, is unsuitable for swimming here due to the pollution of the sea front. For this reason, the whole world goes to the pier to the far east (next to the cross and the office of the Tourism Corporation of Anzoátegui state, 0281-275.1469), to visit clean beaches of the islands near the National Park Mochima (The Puinare lighthouse and a 20 BSF, BSF to sack 25 p / p return, departing between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm or on weekends, return at 2:30 pm and 4 : 00 pm weekdays and until 5:00 pm on weekends) with a restaurant, restrooms, and rental of chairs churuatas.
Just after the pier is the Gran Hotel Puerto La Cruz (before and after Meliá group Hesperia, and operated by the state), the "anchor" of this end of the beach and the only one on the beach and casino Large (0281-268.7632). Offers 220 rooms (including breakfast for 2 - BSF 560), several restaurants, swimming pools and the possibility of no use for guests in a package with a towel, welcome drink, lunch (or pasapalos mixed grill of the house) and six drinks National (tropical cocktails, drinks) for BSF 140 p / p for over 18 (the lowest cost and without alcoholic beverages to minors).
At the other end of the avenue are Conferry terminals (with the ferry carrying passengers and vehicles to Margarita) and Gran Cacique Express (for passengers) with the famous Boulevard Empanadas alongside.
If continuing from the ferry terminal to get to Barcelona Complejo Turístico El Morro, an ambitious development launched in 1971 to 800 hectares with 20 km of canals that provide access to almost every house directly on the sea. At the northern end, the CC Plaza Mayor is one of the most beautiful and popular city. Continuing until the end of the road and crossing to the right, come to another Caribbean Mall and a number of restaurants near the busy boulevard access. If you turn left instead of right, the road takes you to the front and a large number of beaches, but is generally classified as unfit for swimming.
A 100 m before the Plaza Mayor, the new Hotel Tropical Suites (0281-600.9500 to 99) offers 80 beautiful rooms with air, cable TV, hot water, hair dryer, pool, restaurant, soda fountain, WiFi (for 2 - BSF 340).
If you are arriving from the west, about 6 km before reaching the Mesones The dealer, on the left will see the construction (nearing completion, with opening date tentatively scheduled for May 15) from a large water park. A little later, right, is the Oasis Hotel (0281-500.5000), an excellent choice for people who want accommodation close to cities or quiet but with plans to visit the water park.
It has 202 rooms (all with bath and shower / hot water, hair dryer, cable TV, Internet access, neverita, air, telephone with voice mail, safe), in seven modules around a swimming pool with jacuzzi and water bar, tennis courts, fronton, basketball, volley ball and Creole, games room, party and convention halls, three restaurants, nightclub in high season; cyber ... (including buffet breakfast for 2 - BSF 482; ask about the special all-inclusive weekend and high season).
Given the kind invitation of the administrator, Maria Gabriela Jimenez (0414-823.6977), El Morro de Posadas (www.posadaselmorro.com), spend the night in two of the properties they manage. Most are within the El Morro Tourist Development and consists of villas and apartments that the owners rent to tourists when not being used. I stayed in a comfortable apartment in the Marina Condominium Sea (with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms / hot water, living-dining-kitchen, balcony with ocean view, use the facilities with swimming pool, playground) and Daniel in Port Villa Old (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living-dining-kitchen, dock, balcony, access to swimming pools), which is nice. Both options are rented at 850 per day BSF low / high BSF 950.
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