Barcelona Tourism is one of the most important in Spain. The city of Barcelona, capital of the Autonomous Region of Catalonia is one of the top tourist’s destinations in the world.
Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea
A leader in Tourism and many other aspects
The whole metropolitan area of Barcelona is close to five million, the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union and second only to Madrid in Spain. It is located on the Mediterranean Sea between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs.
Barcelona today is a leader in tourism, conventions and exhibitions as well as sport, commerce, education, entertainment and culture. Barcelona International Airport handles more than 35 million passengers on a yearly basis, besides having some of the best highways in Europe and being a hub of speed rail linking Spain with France and beyond. Here are some of the top destinations you won’t like to miss in Barcelona.
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La Sagrada Familia is the # 1 Highlight of Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia
It is an impressive Basilica designed by Antonio Gaudi. Its construction started in 1882 and continues to this day and will probably continue for many decades until it is finished.
Designed in the form of a Latin cross with three facades and five pavilions, it is more than 100 meters tall and decorated with ceramics.
Antonio Gaudi, the famous Catalan Architect has many other pieces of art scattered around the city.
When visiting Barcelona don't miss the Poble Espanyol
Translated to English, the Spanish Village, it was built in 1929 for the World Exhibition. The purpose was to show the world that Spain as a whole is represented in Barcelona, Catalonia.
It is a small Spanish village representing the architecture and way of living in several parts of Spain. It is also home to artisans manufacturing many types of Spanish products and goods. The famous Flamenco show “El Tablao” is performed here.
This is one of the world’s largest aquariums. Located at Port Vell, Barcelona’s Port area it is a source of entertainment for adults and children alike.
Here you may go into a tunnel under the water while the sharks swim over your head.
La Pedrera one of Gaudi's creations in Barcelona
Another one of Antonio Gaudi’s creations, this building known in the past as Casa Mila, is known today as La Pedrera, “the quarry”.
The colorful tiles and wavy brick work are evident in this masterpiece. It was built by Gaudi between the years 1906 and 1910, with the idea of an apartment building. It was later designed to be a garage and the first garage in Barcelona still exists.
It is located on Parc de la Ciutadella, this zoo has an enormous variety of animals. It also features restaurants, picnic areas, ponies for rent for the children, min-train and more for a great family day in the outdoors.
Camp Nou is for Football (Soccer) Fans
This is a continuation of the visit to the museum, where you see it all, changing rooms, press room and the players’ dugout. This stadium is home to European Champions FC Barcelona with a capacity of 99,000, being Europe’s largest.
Barcelona FC Museum
This site is much recommended when visiting Barcelona, whether you are a football fan or not. You should buy the double ticket to see the museum and the stadium.
In the museum you’ll see wall to wall exhibitions of trophies, pictures and statues of the greatest of all times.
Miro Museum on the top of Montjuic Mountain
This museum is located on the Montjüic Mountain and contains many works of the famous artist Joan Miró. The building itself is an example of modern design.
Miro’s work date back as far as1914 and there are not only paintings, but also statues, tapestries and sketches by the artist.
This very popular art gallery has arranged Picasso’s works of art on a chronological order from his early days to his last works. This way you may feel the development of this unique artist as the years went by.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya MNAC
In English the National Museum of Art of Catalunya is the national museum of Catalan visual arts, also located on Montjüic Hill. It has renowned collections of Romanesque church paintings as well as Catalan art and design from the 19th and 20th centuries
It is housed in the Palau Nacional since 1934. In 11990 it underwent a massive renovation/ The Oval Hall was reopened in 1992 in the occasion of the Olympic Games, then the Romanesque Art section was reopened in 1995. Finally the new renovated museum was re-inaugurated in 2004.
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La Rambla in Barcelona where time doesn't count
La Rambla Barcelona
This is my favorite spot in Barcelona. We were not tired of walking the Rambla from the Plaza de Catalunya all the way to the port and back, with recesses for good eating and some drinks.
This is Barcelona’s most famous street, with street performers, kiosks selling books or souvenirs and the famous Boqueria Market. You haven’t been to Barcelona if you didn’t walk the Rambla. This is a must of Barcelona Tourism.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
This magic water extravaganza is performed nightly at different times depending the season of the year. This is a simple sight that shouldn’t be missed.
Parc Guell in Barcelona for Fun Lovers
This is perhaps the most emblematic Work of Antonio Gaudi. It will remind you of a fairytale. It features the famous Salamander sculpture and many other works designed by Gaudi. The site with marvelous views of the city is the perfect spot for a Romantic Getaway.
Cosmo Caixa Barcelona
The Science and Nature Museum of Barcelona was totally refurbished and in 2006 was designated as the best museum of its kind in Europe.
Here you can walk through a rainforest and explore the universe at the planetarium.
Barcelona Tourism is one of the top in the world for a reason. Once you visit Barcelona you’ll want to come back again and again.
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