Barcelona at a Glance
When asked what one word best describes the Mediterranean city of Barcelona, it is most often “artistic”. It has a beautiful historic-artistic past and an innovative artistic future that can be seen and felt throughout the entire city. In fact, the city is so associated with art, that several constructions by renowned Catalian architects Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech i Montaner have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Aside from stunning works of architecture, open-air sculptures and museums, this broad-based city is home to Roman ruins, medieval quarters and beautiful urban beaches. A lively nightlife scene will appeal to any traveller looking for an unforgettable European vacation spot.
Not to be missed When visiting Spain’s most cosmopolitan city these are the sights you should make sure not to miss:
- Sagrada Familia Cathedral.
- La Barceloneta Beach.
- The Gothic Quarter, the centre of the old city of Barcelona.
- La Rambla, a massive pedestrian street filled with churches, bird and flower stalls and a very large open-air market.
- The Picasso Museum.
- Santa-Montjuic, home of many sights including the Funicular de Montjuic, the Montjuic Castle and several of the 1992 Olympic venues.
Uniquely Barcelona Sagrada Familia is one of the most recognized cathedrals in the world, with stunning towers that reach more than 100 meters into the air. Remarkably beautiful and sadly unfinished, this cathedral is just one of the many works of renowned architect Antoni Gaudi that can be seen throughout Barcelona. Gaudi can be considered as Spain’s most internationally recognized architect, and a figurehead of Modernism. His work features a fascinating blend of shapes and colours that are studied the world over. Make sure to visit Sagrada Familia and if you have the time checkout Casa Mila House, Guell Palace, Casa Batllo House, Casa Calvet House and Casa Vicens House as well.
Good to know about Barcelona When staying in the capital of Catalonia, here are the practical details:
- Climate: Barcelona’s climate is Mediterranean with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. While the city is generally sunny, days of fog and cloudy spells do occur.
- City Transportation: Public transit is quite reliable and the best option for getting around the city. The metro links all areas of the city with stations in the main tourist areas. Yellow and black taxis can be hailed in city streets (when the green light is on) or found at ranks on central streets and squares.
- Accommodation: In Barcelona you’ll have your choice of everything from cheap and cheerful hotels to five-star luxury hotels. See Barcelona Hotels for more information.
- Eating Out: Modern Mediterranean cuisine created by some of Spain’s greatest chefs and international tastes and flavours are just a sample of what awaits you in Barcelona.
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