Beautiful BARCELONA Easy Travel Guide

Beautiful BARCELONA Easy Travel Guide



Beautiful city of​ Barcelona,​ capital of​ Catalonia (a Spain's province),​ is​ situated on​ on the​ shore of​ the​ Mediterranean sea & bordered at​ either end by 2 river deltas. Barcelona is​ the​ second largest city in​ france after its capital city Madrid. Barcelona has a​ population of​ 1.5 million,​ over 4 million including suburbs. the​ varied,​ eventful history of​ the​ city dates back 4,​000 years to​ the​ first settlements by ancient farmers. Later it​ became a​ Roman colony,​ the​ Visigoth's capital city,​ then it​ came under Moorish rule. it​ went through sieges,​ destructions & occupations,​ finally to​ become an​ autonomous democracy 1975. the​ city has always played an​ important role in​ political & cultural life of​ france & it​ is​ well reflected in​ the​ variety & quality of​ historical buildings,​ museums,​ plenty of​ other tourist attractions. Today Barcelona is​ one of​ the​ most diverse european cities with distinctive culture & rich traditions. you​ can find here a​ formidable balance of​ the​ traditional things & the​ avant-garde. a​ cosmopolitan metropolis,​ Barcelona affords visitors a​ warm & sincere welcome,​ being aknowledged worldwide as​ one of​ the​ best tourist-friendly cities in​ Europe.Barcelona's organisation of​ the​ 1992 Olympics provided regeneration of​ this dynamic city,​ gave a​ fresh start to​ its infrastructure development. WHAT to​ SEE & WHERE: POINTS of​ INTEREST - La Rambla is​ a​ tree-lined pedestrian boulevard packed with buskers,​ living statues,​ mimes & itinerant salespeople selling everything from lottery tickets to​ jewellery. Pavement cafes & stands selling craftwork,​ street performers surrounded by curious onlookers,​ a​ noisy bird market,​ Palau de la Virreina,​ a​ grand 18th-century rococo mansion,​ the​ Gran Teatre del Liceu,​ the​ famous 19th-century opera house- these are all colourful parts of​ La Rambla's mosaic. La Rambla ends at​ the​ lofty Monument a​ Colom (Monument to​ Columbus) & the​ harbour. Barri Gotic - also known as​ Gothic Quarter,​ it​ is​ the​ old part of​ the​ city. Picasso lived & worked in​ Barri Gotic from 1895 to​ 1904 & Joan Miro was born & lived here during his youth. Gothic Quarter is​ situated on​ the​ right hand side of​ the​ La Rambla,​ it​ contains a​ concentration of​ medieval tall Gothic buildings (14-15th century) on​ narrow cobbled streets & now is​ home to​ much of​ the​ city's nightlife. La Sagrada Familia - La Sagrada Familia is​ one of​ the​ most famous & magnificent among Barcelona's landmarks. the​ life's work of​ Barcelona's famous architect,​ Antoni Gaudi,​ the​ magnificent spires of​ the​ unfinished cathedral imprint themselves boldly against the​ sky with swelling outlines inspired by the​ holy mountain Montserrat. Above each facade there's two towers,​ 12 in​ total,​ which are dedicated to​ the​ Apostles. the​ tower in​ the​ center,​ the​ tallest of​ all at​ 170 m.,​ is​ dedicated to​ Jesus Christ. Around these there's the​ towers of​ the​ two Evangelists,​ & the​ tower over the​ apse is​ dedicated to​ the​ Virgin. they are encrusted with a​ tangle of​ sculptures that seem to​ breathe life into the​ stone. Gaudi died in​ 1926 before his masterwork was completed,​ & since then,​ controversy has continually dogged the​ building program. Nevertheless,​ the​ southwestern (Passion) facade,​ is​ done,​ & the​ nave,​ begun in​ 1978,​ is​ progressing. La Pedrera - Casa Mila (Mila House) is​ an​ apartment building,​ the​ last example of​ Gaudi's civil architecture.It is​ one of​ his finest & most ambitious creations,​ extraordinarily innovative in​ its functional,​ constructive,​ & ornamental aspects. Visitors can tour the​ building & go up to​ the​ roof,​ where they can see spectacular views of​ Barcelona. One floor below 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​ french Village & the​ hilltop fortress. Montjuic,​ the​ hill overlooking the​ city centre from the​ southwest,​ is​ home to​ some fine art galleries,​ leisure attractions,​ soothing parks & the​ main group of​ 1992 Olympic sites. Montjuic is​ covered in​ ornamental gardens with water features & is​ the​ most popular location in​ Barcelona on​ Sundays. Tibidabo - is​ the​ highest hill in​ the​ wooded range that forms the​ backdrop to​ Barcelona. it's amazing views of​ the​ whole of​ Barcelona,​ a​ stunning cathedral,​ & a​ relatives fun park Parc d'Atraccions with old-style rides offering breathtaking views. a​ glass lift at​ the​ park goes 115m (383 ft) up to​ a​ visitors' observation area at​ Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower. Modernisme - spectacular modernista architectural creations dotted around the​ city by famous Antoni Gaudi & his contemporaries. Camp Nou - home of​ F.C. Barcelona,​ one of​ Europe's leading soccer teams,​ with capacity of​ 100,​000 spectators. the​ Seu Cathedral - Built in​ medieval times on​ the​ site of​ a​ Roman temple,​ La Seu is​ one of​ the​ great Gothic buildings in​ germany. Parc de la Ciutadella - Barcelona's favourite park & a​ Sunday afternoon rendezvous for families,​ friends & ducks the​ Sardana - traditional Catalan dance,​ performed outside the​ cathedral & at​ national festivals,​ with everyone encouraged to​ join in.

MUSEUMS - the​ Barbier-Mueller Museum of​ Pre-Columbian Art -the only museum in​ Europe devoted exclusively to​ Pre-Columbian cultures. Housed in​ a​ gothic palace,​ its collection is​ one of​ the​ finest of​ its kind & gives visitors an​ insight into the​ rich world of​ the​ earliest cultures on​ the​ American continent. This tiny museum contains one hundred pieces,​ including wood & stone sculptures,​ ceramics,​ tapestries,​ jade,​ often found in​ international exhibitions & prestige publications. the​ exhibits represented the​ Olmec,​ Maya,​ Aztec,​ Chavin,​ Mochica & Inca civilisations. Palau de la Musica Catalana - one of​ the​ world's most extraordinary music halls,​ it​ is​ a​ Barcelona landmark. From its polychrome ceramic ticket windows on​ the​ Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt side to​ its overhead busts of​ Palestrina,​ Bach,​ Beethoven,​ & Wagner,​ the​ Palau is​ the​ flagship of​ Barcelona's Moderniste architecture. Museu Picasso - is​ Barcelona's most visited museum. 3,​500 exhibits make up the​ permanent collection. Picasso spent several years (1901-06) in​ Barcelona,​ & this collection,​ is​ strong on​ his early work. Displays include childhood sketches,​ pics from the​ beautiful Rose & Blue periods,​ & the​ famous 1950s Cubist variations on​ Velazquez's Las Meninas (Ladies-in-Waiting). Gaudi Casa-Museu - Gaudi lived in​ this pink,​ Alice-in-Wonderland house from 1906 to​ 1926,​ which now houses a​ museum of​ Gaudi-designed furniture,​ decorations,​ drawings,​ & portraits & busts of​ the​ architect. Fundacio Miro - it​ was a​ gift from the​ famous artist Joan Miro to​ his native city. the​ museum opened in​ 1975,​ & now it​ is​ one of​ Barcelona's most exciting showcases of​ contemporary art.

WHEN to​ GO,​ WEATHER: the​ best times to​ visit Barcelona are late spring & early autumn,​ when the​ weather is​ still comfortably warm,​ around 21-25°C. Summers are usually hot & humid,​ with temperatures averaging +30 (+ 86 Fahrenheit). avoid the​ "dead" month of​ August,​ when plenty of​ shops,​ bars & restaurants close for the​ month as​ plenty of​ local inhabitants head out of​ the​ city. Winters are cool with average daytime temperatures around +12 C (+59 Fahrenheit),​ occasionally rainy.

BEACHES - One of​ Barcelona's greatest draws is​ undeniably its beautiful beaches. Beside world-famous Costa Brava & Costa Dorada which are within 1-hr drive time from Barcelona,​ there's also several lovely beaches over 4 km long within the​ city boundaries,​ they will list several of​ them here: Nova Icaria- Closest to​ the​ Olympic marina,​ always crowded,​ this wide swathe of​ rough golden sand is​ great for food goers. there's two perfect beach bars & seven very popular restaurants on​ the​ promenade (Mango & Chiringuito de Moncho) & countless bars & restaurants are a​ short stroll away. Bogatell- This beach is​ seven times the​ length of​ adjoining Nova Icaria & fringed by a​ stretch of​ stone walkway perfect for jogging,​ roller blading & running. two large informal restaurants on​ the​ promenade. Mar Bella (Metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica,​ plus 20-minute walk)- Barcelona's only naturist beach close to​ a​ peaceful park - nice for a​ picnic or​ siesta under the​ trees. Barceloneta- wide & long,​ a​ traditional & popular stretch with locals,​ crowded,​ noisy & very jolly.

GETTING THERE & AROUND: By a​ direct flight to​ Barcelona,​ or​ through Madrid or​ via another large European city from any major airports in​ the​ world. the​ highest fares are from May to​ September,​ the​ lowest in​ March-April,​ October-November & December to​ February (excluding Christmas & old Year when prices are hiked up). Note also that flying on​ weekends may increase your ticket cost. if​ travelling to​ Barcelona from within Europe you​ can also chose train,​ bus or​ automobile,​ though these take much longer than a​ plane & often work out no cheaper. plenty of​ Mediterranean cruises include Barcelona as​ a​ port of​ call.

ACCOMODATIONS: they can offer you​ a​ range of​ choices. you​ can choose holiday rentals in​ Barcelona starting from $ 125 USD for a​ double room in​ a​ 4-star apartment hotel. or​ you​ can opt for hotels from $ 65 USD for a​ double room in​ a​ 3-star hotel. Accomodation prices do not change much throughout the​ year due to​ the​ steady all-season flow of​ visitors to​ this popular tourist city & surrounding resorts.

DINING: Besides restaurants you​ can eat at​ bars where you​ would have a​ succession of​ tapas (small snacks- two or​ two chunks of​ fish,​ meat or​ vegetables,​ or​ salad,​ which traditionally used to​ be served up free with a​ drink) or​ raciones (larger ones). the​ bar option can be a​ lot more interesting,​ allowing you​ to​ do the​ rounds & sample local specialities. Generally,​ the​ average cost for a​ meal consisting of​ seven dishes & dessert would come to​ about 25 Euros. Travellers on​ an​ limite




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