WELCOME TO BARCELONA!
Barcelona is the capital of the Spanish province, Catalonia.
It is a coastal city located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the second biggest city in the country, after Madrid.
The history of the city goes all the way back to 4,000 years, when farmers first settled here. Later on, the city became a Roman colony, then the capital of Visigoth and finally a Moorish colony. Its rich and varied history blends seamlessly with its unique culture and traditions.
What to see
One of the most attractive streets in the city is La Rambla. Here you can see street vendors alongside living statues and mimes. You can pick up trinkets and jewelry here, if you are ready to haggle.
This is also the street for street performers. Is also home to the city’s opera house and bird market. The former is a 19th century structure, while the latter is an 18th century one. Both are worth visiting. At the end of La Rambla stand the Monument of Columbus and the city’s harbor.
A visit to the Gothic Quarter is a must. This is the old part of the city and is famous for being the home of Picasso from 1895 to 1904. Even Joan Miro was born here and called it his home. In this area, you will be able to admire Gothic architecture from the 14th and 15th centuries. The old medieval buildings and cobblestone streets lend a unique air to the area. This is also the area to enjoy the city’s nightlife.
You also have the well known Sagrada Familia. This structure was designed by Antoni Gaudi and pierces the city skyline with spires. The structure has 12 towers, with the central tower standing at 170 meters. Although incomplete, La Sagrada Familia is worth a visit.
When you are in the city, you should visit Tibidabo. This is the highest hill in the region and offers a spectacular view of the city. It is also home to a family fun park and a cathedral. You can take a glass lift to go up 115 meters to the observation platform in the telecommunication tower here. The view from the platform is mind-blowing.
It goes without saying that the city’s beautiful beaches are also a major attraction. Nova Icaria is close to the Olympic Marina and is popular with food lovers. You can also use the stone walkway here for roller skating, cycling and jogging. There are many restaurants in the vicinity offering delicious local fare. The city also has a naturist beach close to Mar Bella, which is a great place for an afternoon siesta or family picnic.
Other places of interest
Worth visiting spots include the Seu Cathedral, Parc de la Ciutadella, Museu Picasso and the Barbier-Mueller Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.
The best time to shop here is during the yearly sale, which starts from middle of January and lasts till the end of February, and then again from beginning of July through August. However, you can also pick up great souvenirs from La Rambla. Here you can pick up porrons, ceramics and Catalan music CDs. If you want to take home authentic gifts, the best places are the shops around the museums.
The city has two airports – Barcelona Girona Airport and Barcelona International Airport. The former is around 103 kilometers from the city, while the latter is just 13 kilometers.
Many airlines, such as US Airways, Air France, Air Canada and British Airways, service the city. If you are looking for budget plane tickets, travel to the city between March and April, October and November and from December to February. Of course, fares are high during Christmas and New Years, so it is best to avoid travel then. When traveling during off-peak season, buy airline tickets a few days before your travel to get the best discounts.
Get ready to great holidays in Barcelona.