Located on the coast of the Balearic Gulf, Barcelona is not only an important port city, but also one of the main attractions of Spain. The whole city of Barcelona can be considered a monument of architecture under the open sky. One of the city’s most famous sons – architect Gaudi – had a hand in it, and the locals were patriotic enough to preserve their heritage for future generations carefully.
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Looking for gothic buildings? It’s absolutely guaranteed that no other place will have so many. This district of the city is the most ancient one – Barrio Gotico is the very place where the ancient village, providing a starting point for modern Barcelona, had been situated.
L’Aquarium de Barcelona
The biggest aquarium in Europe with the longest (80 meters) underwater tunnel for you to feel yourself a diver that explores the bottom of the sea. This is quite enough to become one of the brightest attractions and the most memorable amusements in the city.
This overwhelming architectural construction must be the most popular attraction in Barcelona, if not in the whole Spain. Speaking frankly, its fame is quite deserved – its creator, Antonio Gaudi – had been thinking that straight lines are unnatural for human nature, so he had tried to embody his philosophy of an ideal building in stone. And he did – the Sagrada Familia is one of the most unusual buildings in the whole world.
Another piece of masterpiece from Antonio Gaudi, and this time the finished one. This park in the upper part of Barcelona is full of colors – fantastic animals and unusual architectural forms, decorated with pieces of glass and colorful ceramics is a great place to make a photo shoot.
A boulevard in the very center of Barcelona, of which Federico Garcia Lorca said – “the only street that I wish would never end”. The place is crowded with street actors, musicians, mimes and other artistic people, which make it similar to the Broadway or the Montmartre in Paris. But be careful – though it is a respectable district of respectable city, still there are many pickpockets in this variegated crowd.
This mountain with a hard pronounceable name is just packed with attractions. Assign a whole day to visit it, no matter whether you are fond of Arts (the National Museum of Catalonia, the Museum of Joan Miró), sports (Olympic objects), or musical shows (Singing Fountaons of Montjuïc), you will find what to see here, on Montjuïc mountain.
This house was inspired by the nature itself. Its creator – Antonio Gaudi, as it is easy to guess – used no straight lines at all projecting it that is why the façade became so unusual. One can only feel sorry for those who live inside – perhaps they have a hard time, choosing furniture.
An open-air museum consisting of 116 buildings presents the architecture, the crafts and the life style of different regions of Spain. This park is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with all the country, visiting just one city.
Technically, this place is not in Barcelona, but 50 kilometers separating Monserrat from the city are definitely worth overcoming. The most famous attraction here is the Abbey of Montserrat where very important and the most venerated relic of Catalonia is being kept – The Statue of Black Madonna.
Camp Nou Stadium
Even if you are not a great fan of Barcelona football club and not a football fan at all, still you need to visit this place. One of the biggest stadiums in the world, and the biggest one in Europe and Spain, Camp Nou will infect any, even the most sport-indifferent visitor, with the competitive and sportive spirit.
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The best time to visit Barcelona
The end of April is recommended for those who are going to devote their visit to the sightseeing. And if you want to combine both – visiting interesting places in Barcelona, and having rest on golden sandy beaches of the city – then chose August or September. But in this case do not reckon on calm and measured attendance of museums and making photographs with local attractions. The city is swarming with tourists at this part of the year.
Location of the city
Barcelona is one of the biggest Spanish cities, and the most visited one. And there is nothing surprising – washed by the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona can be proud of wonderful sandy beaches. Besides, the city is situated in the north of Spain – just right on the path of tourists from other parts of Europe.