Barcelona has it all: It's absolutely fabulous.
One page of a web site can not do justice to it so below is just a brief summary of what it has to offer. However there are plenty of links to take you to sites offering detailed information on the topics that take your fancy. Enjoy.
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For a taxi to and from the airport or to get around try www.www.barcelonaairporttaxis.com
sites to sea
No that's not a spelling error! Barcelona is a city full of fascinating sites from the top of the Montjuic hill down to the harbour and beaches of the Mediteranean Sea.
The Olympic Games of 1992 changed Barcelona for ever. Form a sleepy metropolis to one of the most exciting cities in Europe. It is clean, vibrant, charming with stunning architecture and as much culture as you could wish for. La rambla with it's street performers and flower stalls running for a mile through the center of the city is surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Not far away is raval offering some of barcelona's best night life. If it's modern art you like then there are a number of great museums such as macba Museum of Art www.macba.es and a showcase of modernism.
The Gothic Quarter (barri gotic) is a maze of medieval alleys opening onto quiet tree lined squares. One such is Placa Sant josep oriol. The more austere Placa Sant jaume has the City Hall and the Catalan Parliament in it. In the Placa del rei you will find the museu d'hitoririca at the entrance of the excavations of underground Roman romaines
Art.It's no surprise to find in such an arty city to find so many art galleries. One such is Villa del arte (www.villadelarte.com). This can be found in Avda. De La cathadral.
Talking of the cathedral see the picture on the right. Not to be confused with La sagrada Familia, which is probably better known to tourists than the cathedral. Put more in here. The picture at the top left of this page shows some of the ornate towers and the picture below depicts the intricacy of the windows.
For detailed information on Sagrada Familia - Sacred Family click www.sagradafamilia.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Columbus. The impressive column with the statue of Christopher Columbus can be found at the bottom of La Rambla down by the harbour.
For the football fanatics no trip to Barcelona would be complete without a visit to the Nou Camp Stadium, home of Barca FC and the club's museum.
eating and drinking
Even in a city with as many restaurants as Barcelona it can be difficult to get into the most popular ones on Fridays and Saturdays unless you book. They do however serve very late since the Spanish tend to dine very late! The districts of Born, bari Gotic, Raval,Port olimpic and the old fishing district of Barcelona house a myriad of restaurants. Fresh seafood is best down by the old harbour. If modern is what you like then the restaurants around Port Olimpic are for you. It is not possible to say that one restaurant is better than another, not having tried them all, however we can say that Can Culleretes is a wonderful example of traditional catalan cuisine having dined there on several occasions.
Dining down by the modernistic new harbour maremagnum www.maremagnum.es is a delight for families with lots to do before and after the meal. The kids tend to dine here just as late as the adults!
Barcelona Restaurantes and Copas is a guide worth seeking out since it is a comprehensive list of around 100 restaurants and bars in Barcelona. It also contains a map to help you find them.
Where bars stop and Night clubs begin is difficult to distinguish in Barcelona. Bars with no admission charge and DJs and dance floors stay open till late. In the summer months the there are international DJs at the open air Poble Espanyol on the Montjuic hill overlooking Barcelona. In Winter its Discoteque. Nitsaclub and Barcelona Pipa Club are two of the better known.
where to stay
THe hotels tend to divide between the luxury end of the market and budget, with few in between. What is great for the tourist is that budget hotels can be found right in the center of the city off the Ramblas - you are not pushed out to the suburbs to find reasonable prices. Rather than try to name hotels it is best to click one of these links to take you through to sites where you can make your own choice.
El Cortes Ingles on the Paca de Catalunya right in the middle of Barcelona is a great department store where many an hour can be whiled away.
Barcelona offers its visitors a 5km shopping line. This vast open-air shopping centre runs form the Port Vell along the Rambla through the historic centre and the Eixample - the district known for its nouveau architecture to the uptown neighborhood of the Diagonal. Along this five kilometer route and in other parts of Barcelona you will find shops displaying the Barcelona Shopping Line sticker. They offer a wide range of products with stunning window displays.
La Rambla / Port Vell: maritime Barcelona. La Rambla, the busiest and most colourful of Barcelona's thoroughfares, starts at the foot of the Columbus monument. Stroll along it and soak up the entertaining atmosphere.
Gothic Quarter / Pl. Catalunya, historic Barcelona: a bend of traditional commerce and culture, where historic shops display all their charms
eixample, modernist Barcelona: one of the cities best know areas, which today forms the most unique business and shopping area
Diagonal, the Barcelona of business and shopping, has national and international stores of prestige.
La Roca Village - to find out more about this shopping extravaganza click www.larocavillage.com
Bus turistic an open topped bus that you can get on and off as you wish as it goes from one intriguing sight to another around the city. It gives the best possible views of the fantastic Gaudi architecture. There a 2 sight seeing routes, red and blue, which can be combined at one of 3 connecting stops. There are 25 stops clearly signposted at points of interest
Tren Turistic De Montjuic
Take an evening ride on the rickety wooden tramvia Blau - all that is left of the the city's 1902 tram system - and then the funicular railway (Funicular Del tibidabo) to the Tibidabo hill with it's funfair.
There is a great cable car ride taking you hundreds of feet over the harbour up to Montjuic Park, and then a ski-style gondola to the 17th century castle
Swimming pool overlooking the city
Port Aventura which is about an hour south of Barcelona is well worth a visit. Great rides in great climate with plenty of restaurants to relax in betwwen all the excitement.
Universal Mediterranea http://www.universalmediterranea.com/
Motor racing. The Circuit of Catalunya is just outside Barcelona at junction 13 of the autopista going North. It is a great spectator circuit where the Spanish Grand Prix is held every year.For more details click here to go to the sports page on this site
Rallying. The Rallye de Catalunya is held for 3 or 4 days each year in October in the hills of Catalunya not far from Barcelona. There are a number of great special stages to view from such as, Coll De Bracons, Escaladei and Viladrau. For details click on http://www.rallycatalunya.com
Cycling. The Tour de Catalunya like the car rally uses the same hills in June for this exciting spectalce. The only difference is that the bikes stay on the roads - most of the time! There a flat stages like from Jaume d'Enveja to Deltebre and mountain sections like Boi Taull. In June its usually nice and sunny but not unbearably hot - for spectators.
Tibidabo hill with old fashioned fun fair - Parc D'Atraccions Tibidabo. Breathtaking views of the city form the ferris wheel.
Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world with over 350,000,000 speakers, what better than to come to a city like Barcelona to absorb it as well as learn it.
Below are some useful web sites that will give you all the details you wish to know about Barcelona:
These are even more attractions that you might want to visit that we do not have enough room to cover in detail here. However the links above will take you to most of them.
Futbol Club Barcelona
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