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About Barcelona – City Info
Spain’s second largest city, located on the northeastern coast of the Iberian peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is the passionate capital of Catalonia, having a population of almost two million people. It is famous for its fancy restaurants, lots of shops but also churches, cathedrals and museums which tell the story of the city, offering its visitors a wonderful travel experience in one of Europe’s modern and lively, yet historical capital cities.
Very well known for Gaudi’s work, Barcelona has become a very busy touristic destination in Europe, especially in the summer months, August notably. So, if you are planning a trip to FC Barcelona’s homeland city, then you need to make sure you have a place to stay at. You can either choose to book a hotel around the old center of the city in the area of Ciutat Vella, or you can enjoy a sea view room at a hotel on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.
What you need to do is make sure you plan your trip to Barcelona in advance, so that you take advantage of better hotel rates even in high season or get some discounted rates in central Barcelona. Whatever you choose to book, check your preferred hotels on our Central Barcelona Hotel Map, and you will definitely make the best choice for your accommodation in Barcelona.How to get to and around the city.
Because of its uniqueness, Barcelona has three main attractions spread around the city center that cannot be overlooked. The first one is Old Town where the Gothic Quarter, La Ribera district and Born Market are located. The most popular and visited monument in the city is Sagrada Familia, a famous cathedral. The seaside is also one of the preferred parts of Spain that attracts many tourists. You can admire the beautiful waterfront and coastline in the Olympic Port. Numerous shops, outdoor terraces and discos which fill the area and it is all for the entertainment of the visitors or tourists. But this is not all you can find! Below you can see a few more important attractions that make Barcelona a beautiful, cultural and historic place.
The building is located in the city center of Barcelona and it is visited by over fifty million people every year. It has always been an impressive church, and it was over a hundred years ago that the building was being constructed with money from donations. La Sagrada Familia is the most famous creation of the architect Antonio Gaudi and you will be amazed by the views offered if you climb the winding spiral staircase.
Pablo Picasso is the most famous artist that Barcelona is proud of and he is also the most celebrated figure of Spain. He lived in Barcelona and that is one of the reasons why the Picasso Museum is located in Barcelona. If you are visiting the city and you are an art lover, you cannot deny yourself the pleasure of visiting the Picasso Museum. Picasso came to Barcelona in 1894, fell in love with the city, and after that he divided his time between Paris and Barcelona. He was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.
It was constructed in the 16th century, over an ancient Roman wall, and it once was the archdeacon's residence. An outstanding piece is the gothic-style central fountain located in its courtyard.
It's one of the major tourist attractions in Barcelona and it's a place where kids or youngsters can enjoy themselves. If you are planning a family vacation this is a need-to-see attraction and you will spend quality time here with your loved ones, and at the same time watch the various sea life.
It's a long boulevard where you can find anything from mime artists to lovely boutiques that sell flowers and a place where you can find activities to fill your day with, but also will make a night out special. If you ever get here, don't miss Palau de la Virreina, a great mansion constructed in the 18th century, which is next to Boqueria market.
The port is located in La Rambla, beyond the Columbus Monument and this is where the Olympic Games in 1992 took place. Here you can have fun and take boat rides around the harbor.
Looking to the north, Tibidabo is the highest point in Barcelona. At 512 meters above the sea level, it has an amusement park where many locals come to have fun.
The tourists seem to be enjoying themselves here, making Barcelona Aquarium, located in Port Vell, one of the most visited attractions of the city.
This is the top attraction for children but not only, and it has a great number of animals for you to see.
It is the main square in the city centre of Barcelona and it's located in the Gothic Quarter. The square has beautiful sculptures and great buildings surrounding it, revealing the great architecture that makes tourists come from all the corners of the world here, in Barcelona.
The monument was created in the memory of the explorer Christopher Columbus. You can see it if you decide to take a walk 20 minutes from La Rambla.
Here you can find restaurants serving great sea food, natural fresh and tasty. The beach is near the city centre of Barcelona and it has Icaria Beach right after it, another beautiful place in Barcelona.
This is a green space located in the heart of Barcelona where you can have a picnic and relax watching the beautiful water displays and the fountain that will make you think you're in front of a waterfall.
It's an important road in Barcelona. You can find on both sides charming boulevards where Gaudi left two of his creations: La Pedrera and Casa Battlo.
Located in the city center of Barcelona, El Triangle is a shopping center that offers many fashion shops, perfumes that will fit anyone's taste and you can shop for furniture, jewelry and accessories. The shopping center is located in the Plaza de Catalunya just where Ramblas begins.
The shopping mall is not really in the city center of Barcelona but you can easily get there using the large range of transportation in the city. It is located in the Avenida Diagonal and it has coffee shops, bars, boutiques and restaurants and also a 4-star hotel and a park you can relax in.
It was founded in 1930 and it's an original place to shop in for things you need for your home and you can do this at the ground floor of Vincon. On the next floor you can find a beautiful display of furniture that will make you rethink the way your home is decorated.
In Barcelona you can also find bookshops and FNAC is one of them. You can find it in L'Illa and in Plaza Catalunya. Here you can find film developing, music, books, news and magazines.
Here you can find books about Barcelona's unique architecture but you can also have a shopping break and enjoy a great coffee on the upper floor where you can find a classy cafe-restaurant. The cafe is located at 85, Carrer de Pau Claris.
This is a place for fashion lovers and you can find here chic handbags, beautiful suitcases and accessories. The place is located on 35, Loewe at Passeig de Gracia.
If you get hungry and want to go out for lunch this is the best place to go to. You will taste here the best food and a great cup of coffee and it is in the center of Eixample, a famous district in Barcelona.
If you're a fan of antiques you can find great places to shop in Carrer dels Banys Nous in Barri Gotic, filled with antique shops where you can find astonishing souvenirs.
Art lovers can visit the gallery in Carrer de Moncada, 25 and it is the biggest of the chain of commercial galleries found here.
The jewelry can be found in Casa Amatller (Passeig de Gracia, 41) and you can shop here if you are looking for quality stones.
Here you can find quality perfumes and there is no doubt that it's one of the best perfume stores in Barcelona.
It can be found at La Rambla, 38. Here you can shop whatever you need to shoot perfect photos or make great videos during your vacation and is frequently visited by professional snappers.
If you are looking for great shoes pay a visit to Camper. You can find it at Carrer de Valencia, 249.
You will enter a fantasy world while you are visiting the store and you will be surprised by the carnival masks, crazy accessories and other fun things.
This is an annual meeting of expert panellists and it takes place from the 1st of December to the 3rd of December. Here people can be advised by the experts and discuss trends, make new contacts and renew the old ones and learn how to improve their business.
This is an annual Christmas fair and, dating from 1786 and held outside Barcelona Cathedral. The most loved feature of Fira de Santa Llucia is caga tio, similar to a Mexican pinata. The caga tio comes from Catalan mythology and it's about Christmas tradition.
The Barcelona International Festival of Contemporary Art is held in December and representatives from galleries all over the world come here.
This annual event is held from January 24 to December 21 and for one or two days a month, usually on Saturdays, top comedians come up to the stage in Cafe Teatre Llantiol and show what they've got.
It is locally called 'Cabalgata los Reyes Magos' and it's a Christmas tradition of the Hispanics. People gather at the Moll de Fuesta to see the three kings' arrival and it is held every year on the 5th of January.
This event is held in January and you can see drummers, costumed singers and red dancing devils. Sa Pobla is celebrated by residents in the Majorca District of Barcelona.
The marathon takes place every year in February and it is only the warming up for the citizens before the big marathon that takes place in March. It is a 21,097 meters race and it is from Passeig de Picasso Street to the Arc de Triomf.
The carnival is also held in February and it is a fun event where you can watch tortilla-making competitions and the 'Gran Rua de Carnaval' parade. The Catalonians are experts when it comes to spicy sausages that explode on your tongue. The streets are filled with party-lovers and it becomes a stage for a great show.
It is held in February and performers all over the world come here to show off their skills.
This marathon is held every year in early March. It was first held in 1977. From Badalona to L'Hospitalet thousands of runners go right through the city. The Marathon starts at the Avenida Maria Cristina below the hill of Montjuic and it ends here as well.
Barcelona is a city easy to travel around. It has an excellent bus network and local railway. It doesn't matter how you travel inside Barcelona. If you travel by bus, train, car or by foot, the city will make place into your heart and you will never forget it. If you fly to Barcelona you will get the chance to see its airport located 13 km outside the city. Lots of the hotels in Barcelona are located in the city center and because of their location, not far from the tourist attractions; you can be amazed by the beauty of the city even if you decide to take a short walk down the street.
If you decide to visit Barcelona by car, you have a large range of car rental services developed for your needs. Barcelona has excellent price rates when it comes to renting a car and it's impossible not finding one that fits your expectations. You can either drive up the coast or head into the mountains for a breath of fresh air and amazing views if you are a nature lover.
If you ask locals in Barcelona which is the fastest and easiest way to travel in Barcelona they will tell you that the answer is by metro. We recommend that you buy a T10 ticket which means that you will get 10 trips by metro at 40% off. It will cost you only a little over 6 euros. You can buy a single ticket for only 1.10 Euro.
If you wish to travel outside Barcelona and see the surroundings it will not cost you much. You can travel by bus and choose from great deals offered by the city guides. You can take a short walk from the Franca train station and choose to take a bus from Estacio del Nord Bus Station.
Because of the small, hidden streets in Barcelona you can see the city by riding your bike, this way you can do a little exercise and still be able to see the beauty of the city. Just be sure that you also pay attention to the road once in a while even if it's difficult to take your eyes away from the beautiful architecture and sights of the city.
Because it is a modern and cosmopolitan city, you can make an excellent decision if you set your mind on visiting the city center of Barcelona by foot. You will not run out of exciting things to see. The center of Barcelona is filled with monuments, historical sites, museums and other interesting places you can visit. Keeping in mind that Barcelona is the most visited city of Spain you can imagine why people keep coming back and leave the city wanting to come back and see more.
If you don't have the desire to drive and want to have privacy while you're sightseeing in Barcelona you can jump into a taxi. You will always have a large range of options to choose from when it comes to reliable means of transportation just waiting to serve you.
When it comes to shopping, Barcelona has so many options to offer, and the best things about it is that most of the shopping centers and shopping areas are located close to the main city sights and historical areas.
As most of the Mediterranean cities, Barcelona has also an opening schedule that breaks around lunch time and it restarts in mid-afternoon, at about 4.00 PM.
Besides the outlet and shopping centers, there are many brand stores, especially for women, that can be found all over central Barcelona, but a plus is given by the open markets that will delight you with the fresh food flavors, traditional spices, antiquities and clothes.
When it comes to going out and nightlife, Barcelona becomes divided between its districts and there is a wide variety of bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from. However, the real nightlife in Barcelona begins after midnight and it never finishes before 6.00 a.m. During summer, you may want to check one of the numerous beach bars and clubs, but also the outdoor cafes and restaurants spread all over the city’s squares, but probably the most crowded and popular place for young people is the district of Example, no matter the season!