Barcelona: vibrant, artistic, relaxed
- Name: Barcelona;
- Founded: 1st Century, BCE;
- Population: 1.7 million;
- Area: 101.4 km2 (39.2 sq mi)
- Known as: Capital of Catalonia, province of Spain
Barcelona, a vibrant cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia region in Spain is famous or its art and architecture. Spectacular Sagrada Família church, designed by Antoni Gaudí, is iconic landmark and recognisable emblem of the city. Picasso Museum and Fundació Joan Miró host famous pieces by these masters.
The mix of old and new is so natural in Barcelona, so one will walk from medieval Gothic Quarter into central promenade, La Rambla, packed with famous brand shops and restaurants and cafes, and cross between ancient into modern within few steps.
When tired of city buzz, visitor can climb to Parc Güell garden, another jewel packed with Gaudí deigns and breathtaking panoramic views of city and the coast.
Barcelona cuisine, while similar to rest of Spain, has some specific tastes, which tourists can explore in and around famous La Boqueria market, whether it is a high end dining or some tapas between strolls through this wondrous city.
Main attractions. Sagrada Família, designed by Gaudí, most recognisible landmark of Barcelona, Park Güell, hilltop park overseeing Barcelona and packed with Gaudi’s sculptural buildings and mosaics, La Rambla, central city promenade connecting many landmarks and offering nice walk alongside restaurants, cafes and shops, Casa Milà, again, Gaudi masterpiece, arts venue with exhibitions and concerts, Gothic Quarter, medieval time buildings connected with maze-like narrow streets, packed with small art and gift shops, cafes and eateries.
Top things to do. Museums and art galleries are a must, together with all top attractions listed above. If travelling with kids, visit to Barcelona Zoo and Aquarium will make sure you have exciting day. After all day sightseeing, easy stroll down La Rambla will be great choice to wrap up the day. Day trips outside of Barcelona can be also fun; not to be missed, trip to Montserrat, mountain monastery with spectacular views and hikes.
Festivals and events. Carnival (February/March), Dia de Sant Jordi (St. George Festival, April), Sonar Festival (June), Sala Montjuic (July/August), Festa de la Merce (end of September).
Best time to fly to Barcelona. The peak season for flights to Barcelona is July, August and September. The low season for purchasing tickets is February, March and November.
Barcelona is served by Barcelona-El Prat Airport. Direct flights to Barcelona are offered by 58 airlines.
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Interesting facts about Barcelona:
- Barcelona has 68 parks, which is more than 10% of its total surface.
- Barcelona is the biggest city on the Mediterranean coast.
- Famous Spanish bullfighting is banned in Barcelona (and Catalonia).