Barcelona Travel Guide
Travel Guide to Barcelona
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Gaze in wonder at Barcelona’s famed Modernista architecture in the form of La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece. Construction on this massive church, which began in 1882, is still in progress. To skip the lines, purchase your tickets to this UNESCO World Heritage site online. You can buy tickets for entry to specific areas such as the towers or the Gaudi House Museum, or bundled tickets for the entire site.
Visit another Gaudi work of art – Park Guell, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in the early 1900s, it was originally a housing project that was later converted into a municipal garden. Visitors will discover Hansel and Gretel gatehouses and intricate mosaic features from immense ceilings to salamanders and dragons ¬– it’s like entering a fairytale fantasyland.
Trek up Montjuic, a hill located near the port of Barcelona, and stroll through the grounds of the 17th century fortress. A sheer cliff on one side overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, while facing landwards affords stunning views of the city, including the facilities built for the 1992 Olympic Games. If climbing is not your cup of tea, cable cars will take you on a relaxing ride to the top.
Check out Europe’s biggest food market, the colourful La Boqueria Market. Located on La Rambla, a mile-long boulevard said to be the gateway to rural Catalonia, it is open daily except Sundays, and is a gastronomic feast for the senses. Several tapas bars in the market serve ready-to-eat samplings of the fresh produce.
Walk under the Arc de Triomf, sitting majestically at the entrance to the Passeig Lluis Companys. The landmark was created as the gateway to the Universal Exhibition in 1888 and is representative of the neo-Mudejar style that was popular in its time. The red brick structure features a series of sculptural motifs around the arch depicting the beginning of modern day Barcelona.
Go diving with the sharks at L’Aquarium de Barcelona, a state-of-the-art marine centre that focuses on Mediterranean sea life. If you aren’t a certified diver, explore the 35 tanks, an 80m-long underwater tunnel and oceanarium on foot instead.
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Capital city specifics: Madrid
Population: 46,951,532 approx.
Languages: Spanish, Catalan, Euskera, Valencian, Galician
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Barcelona El Prat Airport
Timezone (GMT):GMT +2
Average temp (celsius):22 deg celcius
Distance to town (km):13km
Coach/Taxi fare:EUR 4.05 / EUR 25 approx.