Introductions to Barcelona

Barcelona is a magnificent and beautiful port city located at the Mediterranean Sea. It is the second largest city in Spain and is the capital of Catalonia. This multi – lingual gem is the heart and soul of Spanish attractions.

There are hundreds of hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes. It has an incredibly versatile and enjoyable nightlife scene that attracts tourists from all over the world. As well as being the second largest city in Spain, Barcelona’s international airport is the second largest airport.

The varying culture in Barcelona is one of the main attractions to over seas tourists. There are bars, restaurants and hotels which cater for all nationalities, so wherever you hail from you are likely to find someone that speaks your language.

There are many different types of attraction in Barcelona. ‘Las Ramblas’ is a brilliant street made up of lots of outdoor cafes offering a wide selection of traditional Spanish cuisine and drinks. This street is completely pedestrians so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy some quiet time without realising that you are in a huge cosmopolitan city. ‘Las Ramblas’ also offers varying street entertainment, with a large selection of on street entertainers such as fire eaters, dancers, mime artists and human statues.

Close to the ‘Las Ramblas’ is the ‘Placa Real’ with a large collective of restaurants and entertainment venues. Situated along this area is the ‘Palau Guell’ which is an amazingly detailed construction created by Antoni Gaudi. It has two large iron entrance gates and is a masterpiece of historic culture and design. It was originally built as a town house for Eusebi Guell but is now an ode to the magnificent ‘art nouveau’ styling’s of an artistic genius.

If you are looking for a place with a touch of Bohemia, it is worth looking in at the renovated ‘El Quatre Gats’, famed for being one of Picasso’s favourite spots to pass the time. This caf? is the first place that displayed Picasso’s work, on the front of the menu. The once fairly neglected look of the Barceloneta waterfront has now been thrown in to the 21st century with a long list of traditional Spanish restaurants and trendy bars.

The beach that runs from the Barceloneta to the Olympic Village is great for adults and children alike. It is cleaner at the Olympic end, but through the more recent renovations, both sides are worth having a stroll down.

The Catalan region is known for its unusual culture and this is reflected in some of the building designs and street layouts. A very famous Catalan, Salvador Dali, has left his mark on the nation with his unusual and sometimes just down right weird sense of humour. Summer, although it will be a little bit warmer, is not the best time to visit Barcelona. The streets will be packed with thousands of tourists and it can be more difficult to navigate around some of the tight roads. It is recommendable to go in the spring time, at which time you can still enjoy an average temperature of around 20 degrees Celsius.

Barcelona is a very expensive destinations; this is due to the average household income being considerably higher than that of other parts of Spain and the huge numbers of tourists that flock there every year. Pick-pockets are commonplace in Barcelona, so hold any personal luggage and carry bags close to your person. Some beggars can turn very rude or even violent so it is best to just pass beggars by as swiftly as possible.

Catalan capital and Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular destinations. Combining Gothic and Modernista architecture with a remodelled waterfront, Barcelona features picturesque medieval corners, atmospheric bars, colourful markets and wide boulevards. Sandy beaches, within a stone’s through away from the city centre, are a refreshing option for summer months.

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