The beautiful city of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia (province of Spain), is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and borders two rivers. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after its capital city Madrid. Barcelona has a population of 1.5 million, over 4 million, including the suburbs. The diverse, history-rich history of the town dates from 4,000 years to the first settlements of ancient farmers. Later it became a Roman colony, the capital of Wizigoth, and then came under the rule of Mauritania. It went through sieges, destruction and occupation, finally becoming an autonomous democracy in 1975. The city has always played an important role in the political and cultural life of Spain and is well reflected in the diversity and quality of historic buildings, museums and many other tourist attractions. attractions. Today, Barcelona is one of the most diverse European cities with a unique culture and rich traditions. Here you can find a great balance between traditional things and avant-garde. The cosmopolitan metropolis of Barcelona offers visitors a heartfelt and heartfelt welcome, recognized globally as one of the top travel companies in Europe. The organization of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 ensured the regeneration of this dynamic city, gave a fresh start to its infrastructure development.
WHAT TO SEE AND WHERE:
INTERESTS – La Rambla is a pedestrian boulevard of trees full of bookers, living statues, mimes and traveling merchants selling everything from lottery tickets to jewelry. Sidewalk cafes and booths selling crafts, street performers surrounded by curious spectators, a noisy bird market, Palau de la Virina, the 18th-century Rococo Grand Estates, Grand Theater del Liseu, the famous 19th-century opera house – it's all colored pieces of La Rambla mosaic; La Rambla ends at the towering Colum Monument (Columbus Monument) and the harbor.
Barry Gothic – Also known as the Gothic Quarter, this is the old part of town. Picasso lived and worked at Barry Gothic from 1895 to 1904, and Joan Miro was born and lived here during his youth. The Gothic Quarter, located on the right side of La Rambla, contains a concentration of medieval high Gothic buildings (14-15th centuries) on narrow cobblestone streets and is now home to much of the city's nightlife.
La Sagrada Familia – La Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona's most famous and magnificent landmarks. The life-size work of Barcelona's renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, the magnificent spies of the unfinished cathedral are boldly printed across the sky with swollen outlines inspired by the holy mountain of Montserrat. There are four towers above each facade, 12 in total, which are dedicated to the apostles. The tower in the center, the tallest of them all at 170 m, is dedicated to Jesus Christ. There are towers of the four evangelicals around them, and the tower above the apse is dedicated to the Virgin. They are encrusted with a knit of sculptures that seem to breathe life into the stone. Gaudi died in 1926 before his master's work was completed and since then controversies have steadily guided the construction program. Nevertheless, the southwestern (passionate) facade is almost complete and the ship, started in 1978, is progressing.
La Pedrera – Casa Mila (Mila House) is a residential building, the latest example of Gaudi's civic architecture. This is one of the finest and most ambitious creations, extremely innovative in its functional, constructive and ornamental aspects. Visitors can circumnavigate the building and climb onto the rooftop from where they can see incredible views of Barcelona. One floor under the roof is a modest museum dedicated to Gaudi's work.
Montjuic – the largest open space in the city, its main attractions are the Olympic installations, the Spanish village and the hilltop fortress. Montjuic, a hill overlooking the city center of the southwest, has been home to several art galleries, recreation attractions, calming parks and a core group of 1992 Olympic venues. Montjuic is covered in ornamental water gardens and is Barcelona's most popular destination on Sunday.
Tibidabo – is the highest hill in the wooded chain that forms the backdrop to Barcelona. It has stunning views of all of Barcelona, a stunning cathedral and Parc d & Atraccions family fun park with old rides offering breathtaking views. A glass elevator in the park goes 115 meters (383 feet) to visitors'. Torre de Collserola Telecommunication Tower Watch Area.
Modernism – grandiose modernist architectural creations scattered throughout the city by the famous Anthony Gaudi and his contemporaries.
Camp Nou – home of FC Barcelona, one of Europe's leading football teams, with a capacity of almost 100,000 spectators.
Seu Cathedral – Built in the Middle Ages on the site of a Roman temple, La Seu is one of the largest Gothic buildings in Spain.
Parc de la Ciutadella – Barcelona's favorite park and Sunday afternoon rebellion for family, friends and ducks
Sardana – a traditional Catalan dance performed outside the cathedral and at national festivals, all encouraged to participate.
MUSEUMS – The Barbier-Müller Museum of Pre-Columbian Art – the only museum in Europe dedicated exclusively to pre-Columbian cultures. Set in a Gothic palace, its collection is one of the finest of its kind and gives visitors an idea of the rich world of the earliest cultures on the American continent. This small museum contains one hundred pieces, including sculptures of wood and stone, ceramics, tapestries, jade, common in international exhibitions and prestigious publications. The exhibits represented the civilizations Olmek, Maya, Aztec, Chavin, Mochika and Inka.
Palau de la Musica Catalana – one of the most unusual music halls in the world, it is a landmark of Barcelona. From its polychrome ceramic ticket windows on the Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt side to its upper busts of Palestrina, Bach, Beethoven and Wagner, Palau is Barcelona's leading modernist architecture.
Museu Picasso – is the most visited museum in Barcelona. 3,500 exhibits make up the permanent collection. Picasso spent several years (1901-06) in Barcelona and this collection is particularly strong in his early work. Shows include children's sketches, photos of beautiful Rose and Blue periods and famous Cubist variations from Velasquez's 1950s Las Meninas (Ladies in Waiting).
Gaudi Casa-Museu – Gaudi lived in this pink house in Alice in Wonderland from 1906 to 1926, which now houses a museum of furniture designed by Gaudi, decorations, drawings and portraits and busts of the architect.
Fundacio Miro – It was a gift from the famous artist Joan Miro for his hometown. The museum opened in 1975 and is now one of the most exciting showcases of contemporary art in Barcelona.
BEACHES – One of Barcelona's biggest attractions is undoubtedly its beautiful beaches. In addition to the world-famous Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, which are an hour's drive from Barcelona, there are several nice beaches over 4 km long in the city limits, here are just a few of them: Nova Ikaria – Closest to the harbor for the Olympics, always crowded, this wide sand of rough golden sand is great for people looking for food. There are three perfect beach bars and two very popular seafront restaurants (Mango and Chiringuito de Moncho), and countless bars and restaurants are just a short stroll away. Bogatell- This beach is twice as long as the one adjacent to Nova Ikaria and is surrounded by a section of stone path, ideal for jogging, roller skating and cycling. Three large informal seafront restaurants. Mar Bella (Metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica, plus 20 minutes walk) – the only naturist beach in Barcelona near a tranquil park – suitable for picnicking or siesta under the trees. Barcelona – wide and long, traditional and popular area with locals, crowded, noisy and very cheerful.
WHEN TO USE, FAMILY: The best times to visit Barcelona are late spring and early fall, when the weather is still comfortably warm, around 21-25 ° C. Summertime is usually hot and humid, with average temperatures + 30 (+ 86 Fahrenheit). Especially avoid the "dead" month of August, when many shops, bars and restaurants close for the month as many locals head out of town. Winters are cool with average daily temperatures around +12 C (+59 Fahrenheit), sometimes rainy.
GETTING HERE AND BACK: By direct flight to Barcelona, via Madrid or through any major European city from almost every major airport in the world. The highest rates are from May to September, the lowest in March-April, October-November and December to February (excluding Christmas and New Year, when prices are increased). Also note that flying on weekends can increase the price of your ticket. If you are traveling to Barcelona from within Europe, you can also choose a train, bus or car, though they take a lot longer by plane and often work less cheaply. Many Mediterranean cruises include Barcelona as a port of call.
ACCOMMODATION: We can offer you a wide choice. You can choose your Barcelona vacation rentals starting from $ 125 USD for a double room in a 4 star hotel. Or you can choose $ 65 USD hotels for a double room in a 3 star hotel. The prices for the nights do not change much throughout the year due to the constant year-round flow of visitors to this extremely popular tourist town and the surrounding resorts.
Eating: In addition to restaurants, you can eat at bars where you will have a range of tapas (small snacks – three or four pieces of fish, meat or vegetables or salad, which are traditionally served free of charge) or rations (larger). The bar option can be a lot more interesting, allowing you to make circles and sample local specialties. Overall, the average cost of a meal consisting of two dishes and dessert will reach about 25 euros. Travelers with an extremely limited budget can cope well by using the excellent markets, bakeries and delis, and filling sandwiches and snacks. Decent restaurants and cafes are easy to find throughout the city, though you will probably eat most of your dining out where you make the most of your sights, in the old town, especially around La Rambla and Barry Gothic. Search for the best and authentic seafood restaurants in Barcelona, Seafront. The Gothic Quarter is home to some of the oldest and most traditional restaurants in the city. Grace is a very popular area for young people over the weekend, leading in terms of exotic restaurants (Lebanese, Egyptian, Thai, etc.).
TRANSPORT: Barcelona has an excellent transport system including the metro (subway), buses, trains and a network of cones and cableways. You can find the link for transport cards at the end of our guide. In urban public transport, you can buy one ticket each time you drive, but even for a few days it is cheaper to buy a discount ticket bar. T-10 targets are valid for ten separate journeys on the subway, buses and trains. These tickets can be used by more than one person at a time. The subway is the fastest way to get around Barcelona. For black and yellow taxis there is a minimum fee of 2 euros. You will obviously have a lot more freedom if you rent a car. Major roads throughout the city as a whole are good and traffic is generally well maintained, although Spain has one of the highest traffic accidents in Europe. In addition, there are some of the continent's lowest fuel prices.
SHOP: Barcelona, one of the most stylish cities in Europe, offers great shopping, from designer clothes and accessories to household items. You will find the city quite cheap for many items, especially if you match the annual sales (rebaixes in Spanish), which last from mid-January to late February and throughout July and August. The best shopping areas in Barcelona are the old streets near the top of Ramblas. Souvenirs include ceramics that are widely sold on the streets around the cathedral; leather products; urban delicacies, especially boiled Catalan meats and sausages; porron (the long shiny glass drinking glass); CDs and cassettes of Catalan rock and pop, sardine music, Spanish rock or flamenco. If you are looking for original gift ideas, some of the best hunting can be found in the shops of any of the city museums, where you will find reasonable prices and unique examples of Catalan strife (graphics) and other original items ranging from postal cards to replicas of works of art.
We wish you a pleasant and safe trip!