The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, is one of the main industrial centres of Spain and a major port on the Mediterranean Sea.
The city has always been a favourite tourist destination especially by young people, if they go to Barcelona to visit and admire its many interesting places, certainly not disdain all that the city offers entertainment and fun.
It is known that the nightlife of Barcelona is very active and animated.
Being a seaside town, tourists are also attracted by its beaches also greatly appreciated by the Spaniards. From Barcelona you can also sail to the Balearic Islands.
Now let’s make a list of things to see in town, it being understood that the places that deserve to be seen are many, therefore we can not list them all here.
The symbol of Barcelona is without any doubt the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. The architect Gaudi devoted himself to its construction 40 years; since it is a gigantic work, he failed to finish it before dying. Even today, the works continues, albeit very slowly; It says that should be completed by 2030, but this is only a prediction, perhaps a little risky.
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Even La Pedrera is the work of Gaudi: This is a building with wavy horizontal planes. Inside there is a concentration of culture: on the ground floor is the auditorium that is used for concerts and conferences; the upper floors we find the exhibition centre Caixa de Catalunya dedicated to exhibitions. Then there is a fully furnished apartment-museum with furniture of the Spanish bourgeoisie of the late nineteenth century. Finally the top floor there is a museum dedicated to Gaudi. Down and out in the courtyard you can admire the magnificent mosaics and murals.
Like other works of Gaudi, Parc Guell is also a fantastic show, with its chimneys shaped like a mushroom, and the Gothic arches. Moreover since 1984 Parc Güell became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can admire the grand staircase with its fountains, the Hipostila room decorated with mosaics and tiles, the Sala de Las Columnas with its massive Doric columns; in the garden the other hand there are the prehistoric stone galleries.
A scenic place from which to admire the whole town is The Montjuic Castle is located on a 212m high hill. The name means “the Jews” is due to the fact that originally on the hill there was a Jewish cemetery. From the castle you can see the harbour, much of the city and even the coast. Here we also find the green lung of the city: Parc de la Ciutadella is the largest park in Barcelona, where you can walk in the green, admire the greenhouses with tropical plants, but also rent a rowing boat for a ride on the artificial lake and then visit the Museum of Zoology and the Museum of Modern Art.
To stroll in town, there are the Ramblas; both day and night people flock to these avenues: the Rambla de Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de les Flores, the Rambla de Santa Monica and Rambla de Mar. Ramblas there are many attractions such as street musicians, artists and street vendors.
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Not far away there is the Boqueria market. It is a very famous covered market. There are the colourful fruit and vegetable stalls, the ones with the freshest seafood, but especially the many kiosks where you can eat all the Spanish specialties and Catalan but also other delicacies of various culinary traditions.
One of the most beautiful squares in Barcelona is certainly the Plaça Reial. It is surrounded by ancient buildings and in the centre there is a beautiful fountain with the Three Graces.
Another feature of the city is the diversity of its neighbourhoods: each has its own personality. For example, the district of La Ribera is absolutely unconventional and frequented by young artists; Here we also find a lot of art galleries.
The El Raval district is the most multicultural and multiethnic one here. There are shops and restaurants offering food items and around the world.
The Gracia neighborhood is very lively, with its craft shops and there are many bars.
In the area of Port Vell which is the oldest part of the port: you can relax, maybe eating, and enjoy the spectacle of the sea.
If we instead move forward to the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of Barcelona, we can admire its narrow streets and Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. The Gothic style has been superimposed over the Romanesque, the facade has over 100 figures carved from more Catalan sculptors and inside you can admire the magnificent Gothic sarcophagi of the bishops and of the XVth century paintings. If we want to stop at one of the many pubs or tearooms, we will also have the opportunity to listen to great jazz evening.
It remains to look at the beaches, especially if you go to Barcelona in the hot season, are always appreciated both for relaxing in the sun, both to cool off with a nice bathroom.
So, along the harbour, near the city centre, we find the beach of Barceloneta; you can easily walk there.
The Nova Icaria Beach is located near the Olympic City. La Mar Bella beach is frequented by nudists, but not only.
Finally, the Bogatell beach is bordered by a path where you can walk, skate and even ride a bike.
And for those who want to continue the holiday, remember that the ferry departing from Barcelona to the Balearic Islands! Good fun!