Barcelona is the capital of Cataluña province and the second major city of Spain after the capital Madrid. It is, by far, one of the most beautiful locations of the country. The elegant hotels, the world-class restaurants and the activities that can only be found in Barcelona are a few things that make this place unique and charming. This city is a center of art and design and it disposes of hundreds of interesting attractions that its visitors can enjoy.
The Catalans are well-known for their independent temperament and for their sense of humour. Despite its international popularity, there are no banners and signs in English and it’s preferable for you to know a bit of Spanish. It would be perfect if you knew the Catalan dialect, or buy a speaking guide, it will be very helpful.
The best place where you can walk and relax is on Las Ramblas Street, a promenade path with dozens of classy restaurants and coquettish cafés. Alongside you will also find flower stands, book kiosks and small counters where you can purchase souvenirs, and even pets for sale.
Las Ramblas is also an open-air stage for street performers; here you can let yourself fascinated by the jugglers, singers, dancers, puppeteers etc.
If you go to Barcelona, a trip on Las Ramblas should be mentioned in all touristic guides as a top three must-see.
Nearby there is Placa Reial with its strand of bars and restaurants such as Tobogan, Mariscco Reial (specialized in sea food), Palau Guell, Glaciar, Les Qinze Nits, My Bar, Karma, Temple Bar & Irish Pub and many, many more.
After visiting the famous touristic spots of Barcelona, you can roam around the narrow meanders of Gotic Barri, also filled with tapas and bohemian cafés.
Barcelona is the city that has almost everything to offer (except for a ski slope!); you can also go to the beach here. It’s preferable to choose the area close to the Olympic Village, or La Barceloneta beach, as it is much cleaner than the old beach.
And what is Barcelona without her spiritual father – Antonio Gaudi? His architectural print – the Neo-Catalan style - can be admired everywhere you look. But the most prestigious site is La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, a landmark of Barcelona and the entire Spain.
Another amazing religious edifice is La Seu, a beautiful Gothic cathedral which bears the name of Holy Eulalia, the patron saint of the city.
The Cataluña Square / Placa de Catalunya is the widest and most modern square in Barcelona and it united the old part of the city with the modern side.
The Magic Fountains, inaugurated in 1929, offer a grandiose spectacle of water, light and music, forming vivid liquid animated pictures of endless beauty.
Casa Mila, or la Pedrera, is another piece of architectural jewelry and a symbol of Barcelona. Created under the signature of Antoni Gaudi, it blends in the surroundings with its fluid shape inspired by the forms of nature just like the rest of Gaudi’s creations. It also inspires spirituality, as it has a part of the Rosary Prayer encrypted in its façade and other visible elements.
The best time to visit Barcelona is during spring time, when the temperatures are around 20 degrees Celsius. During summer, the heat can exceed 30 degrees C and the level of humidity is very high. September is the most crowded month due to the afflux of tourists attracted by the great number of cultural events.
Casa Batllo, or Casa de Los Ossas had been renovated by Gaudi for one of the most prestigious industrialists of the city, Josep Batllo I Casanovas. The building doesn’t have any sharp forms or straight lines, as it is made entirely of round surfaces in a beautiful and refined Art Nouveau style.
The Triumphal Arch, the Fabra Observatory, the Aquarium, the Guell Park or the Port Aventura Amusement Park are only a few of the many attractions of the wonderland that this city represents.
Even if Barcelona is a rather expensive city, the price for food is quite affordable and the quality is undeniable.
You can choose for a city break and visit the main landmarks or opt for a full holiday, which can include trips to a few other resorts in the surrounding area, where you can have the privilege to enjoy the rural area around Barcelona.
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