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All About Barcelona

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About

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia in Spain, which is an autonomous region,the actual capital of the country is Madrid. Barcelona first appeared as a small settlement back in Roman times. These days, many tourists visit each year to enjoy the local culture and to take in the history of the city. It is one of the tourist hotspots in Europe, and offers a very comfortable climate all year round. The area is relatively flat, so a climb up the local 1,600 feet (512m) mountain just outside of the city gives amazing panoramic views. A lot of the buildings in the old city are of gothic design, ith one part of it called "The Gothic Quarter". The city has a large number of World Heritage sites, such as the Park Güell, Casa Batlló, Palau de la Música Catalana, Hospital de Sant Pau as well as others.

Key Facts

  • It hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Financially, it is the fourth most powerful city in the EU
  • Barcelona–El Prat Airport handles over 35 million passengers each year
  • The city population is now over 1.6 million
  • The name Barcelona is derived from the ancient Iberian Barkeno
  • Most of the city is built on the flood plain that opens out into the sea
  • The RIBA Royal Gold Medal for architecture was given to the city in 1999

Things To Do

To get some of the best views along the coast,a ride on the Harbour Cable Car is essential. Queues can be long, but they tend to move quickly,and seldom will tourists wait an hour or more. The cost is about 15 euros. Whether there is an famous La Sagrada Familia is a must. It has been under construction for well over a century, but that is due to the intricate artwork involved with the stones that are used to build it. Pope Benedict XVI consecrated it in 2010, which made it even more famous.

A lot of families enjoy the city, and there is plenty to see and do for those with kids. Most enjoy a few hours spent walking around the Museum of Natural History. While many hotels can arrange a "Kids & Family Walking Tour" for a small fee. This ensures that nothing is missed, and is also educational as a guide is supplied. The Can Framis Museum offers plenty of activities for children, as does the Tibidabo Amusement Park.

Of course, no visit to this wonderful place is complete without attending one of the many beaches it has. It has some of the best beaches within the EU, and they can get busy during the main holiday season. Sant Sebastià, Barceloneta and Sant Miquel are three of the favorites.

There is no shortage of restaurants, but the local food should be tried in a number of establishments so as to taste a variety of the local cuisine. The seafood restaurants are especially highly praised by tourists and locals.

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