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Barcelona – The Beautiful.

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This Mediterranean city in Catalunya was founded by Carthaginian Hamilcar Barca, the father of Hannibal in the third century B.C.

By 15 B.C. Romans decided to establish a military camp on Mount Taber and introduced the grid city concept.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya, the second largest city of Spain after Madrid with a population of 1.6 million plus. It is an important finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade centre.

The port represents one of the largest in Spain with considerable cargo traffic.

This green city with mild and humid winters and hot and dry summers has many parks including Montjuic (203 hectares), Park Guell (designed by A. Gaudi), and many others.

Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Demenech i Montaner are two of Barcelona’s famous architects who designed many of the churches and other sites, many of which are declared world heritage sites by the United nations.

La Sagrada Cathedral is a Gaudi design, the construction of which started in 1882 and city architects are hoping to finish construction in 2026. One may be inclined to claim La Sagrada to be difficult and ornate project, but it looks simple with clean lines.

The Rambla, a wide avenue with innumerable restaurants and shops is worth walking through, but tourists must be very careful with their belongings (cameras, other electronic gadgets and purses) as there are many who prey on unsuspecting individuals.

While in Barcelona, you must try at least a few tapa bars, and specialties of Catalunya, especially seafood. Tapas are small ‘mouthful

delicacies” that groups can share. Tapa-hopping among Barcelona’s young people is a popular pastime accompanied by a glass or two of dry sherry, or sparkling wine.

Just outside of Barcelona, the town of San Sadurni di Noya is Spain’s sparkling wine production centre with world famous wineries of Codorniu and Freixenet. There are many others. You can visit the two mentioned in one day.

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has an excellent subway and bus system that tourists can use with ease.

When it comes to museums, the following are well worth visiting – National museum of Catalan Art, Barcelona Museum of Art, Museum of History of Catalunya, Archeology Museum of Catalunya, and the Maritime Museum.

For those who like to explore local food, La Bouqueria, the food markets, is an absolute must where you can find all the fruits grown in Spain and many fromt eh tropics i.e pineapples, breadfruit, guavas, mangoes, and lychees, just to name a fe.

Spanish growers are now starting to establish mango plantastions. The goal is to grow and produce enough to satisfy internal demand, and export to northern European countries.

The Palau Nacional, the seat of the regional government, is ronate and impressive, as is the Cathedral of Barcelona.

If you enjoy swimming, all you have to do is go to oen of the several beaches, renta chaise longue, and relax. Swimming in the sea is a completely different experience to swimming in a pool.

Barcelona’s harbour also offers an opportunity to visit a fll size replica of one of Columbus’s ships (the Santa Maria) of his first voyage.

Many airlines fly to Barcelona from London, Paris, Frankfurt am Main, and Zurich. North American have a varied choice, but must transfer in one of the major European hubs.

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offers a wide range of hotels and other types of accommodation at, different levels of luxury. Reservations are highly recommended.

Once in Barcelona, you can rent a car and drice along the cast all the way to jerez de la Fronetera int eh west, or go east to visit vineyards in Languedoc or Marseille.

When it comes to shopping, head to the market in front of the Placa Nova in Barr; Gothic district and look at antiques, manila shawls, posters, sturdy jewellery and whatever else you can imagine. In order to get the best deal, you must haggle!

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18 Comments

  1. I’m heading across to Spain for a week. How long would you recommend spending in Barcelona, or does it need a full week in itself?

  2. I’ve been to a tapas bar only once and it wasn’t even in Spain but I loved it! I’d love to stay and rent a villa and visit their museums and go to the tapas bars after. What a life that must be!

  3. You forgot The Most Beautiful thing to see in Barcelona.. Watch FC Barcelona at the Nou Camp. It’s a definition of good taste and pure art.

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  4. Sophie Hart

    I wish if I could have spare time to visit Barcelona. There are many famous places and things to see in such historic city. I would simply call it a dream city of the world.

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  5. duttaarijit

    Barcelona,Spanish is the capital and the most populous city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid.
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  6. Never been myself but my wife has told me many wonderful things. She says the port, picasso gallery and the gaudi’s is amazing. It is truly a gem, in the near future would love to go for long weekend away or more.

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  7. Barcelona is a city in Europe who wanted me to visit. after seeing and enjoying the city of course want to see the club playing football

  8. Football aside, Barcelona is still a city with a lot of cultural intensity that many tourists come to witness.

    Add the football club (and it’s legacy)… and that’s one amazing town.

  9. Your posts are a real inspiration for people like me! Yessir!

  10. Absolutely wonderful article. I wonder what will ever become of mankind. Seems like that quick and

    resourceful will outlive all of our smart people 🙂

  11. Barcelona is awesome. My sister in law is from there and I went there for vacation last summer. Had a very nice time!

  12. My wife and I went there a few years ago, beautiful city, lots to see and do.

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  14. A magnificent city indeed, my visit there was wonderful.
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  15. One of my friend told me about Barcelona. its a great city. i was searching and i found your blog.Your blog is very nice & informative. I always appreciate your work. Thanks to the sharing.

  16. It most surely is a lovely place, I am heading there next week and am ever so excited.

  17. going to go here someday…

    ron

  18. I think you performed a lot of research before writing to this blog post..because you mentioned the year so precisely… Anyways i never visited this city in my life..but after reading to your post..i surly want to visit this at least 1 time before i die..
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