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Approximately 1,600,000 people call this place home.
It is located 310 miles east of the country's capital, Madrid, and 9 miles south of Badia del Vallès.
If you're the kind of traveller who enjoys the star attractions, Sagrada Familia is the ideal destination for you to explore.
The whole family is sure to enjoy a visit to Tibidabo Amusement Park and Illa Fantasia. Young ones still not worn out? Keep the adventure going with a trip to the Film Archive of Catalonia and the Barcelona Wax Museum.
Learn about the creatures of the seven seas at Barcelona Aquarium and L’Aquàrium.
A few animal snaps will definitely add some charm to your holiday album! Take the family to see, discover and photograph the array of fascinating wildlife at the Barcelona Zoo and the Cim d'Aligues. The Zoo de Barcelona is another impressive attraction which teaches visitors about animal care and conservation.
If you're a wine connoisseur, don't overlook the opportunity to indulge your taste buds at the Cava Blancher and the Albert I Noya. You can also sit down, relax and sample the liquid treasures at the Cava Recaredo Winery and the J. Miquel Jane Winery.
Start your night with some card games and glimmering lights at the Casino Barcelona. It's the ideal place to get the good times rolling!
Botanical experts and novices alike will be happy to find out about this region's regional and international plant collections. For a day among the flowers, start off with a leisurely walk around the impressive beds at the Barcelona Botanic Garden. Once you're done there, head to Parc de Cervantes, where the variety of species alone will be sure to thrill you. If you can't get enough, the displays at Jardines de la Torre de les Aigues and Mossen Costa i Llobera Gardens are also rather unique.
Kick off your shoes and feel the cool grass under your feet at an oasis of greenery like Park Guell or Montjuic. Also consider spending a relaxing day roaming the grounds of Parc de la Ciutadella and Joan Miro Park.
A trip to the seaside is a relaxing antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city, so why not spend a bit of time inhaling the deliciously salty air at Barceloneta Beach or Mar Bella Beach? Bogatell Beach and Nova Icaria Beach are a few other spots you might like to consider.
Do you want to get closer to nature? Recharge and reconnect at Coves del Salnitre and Montjuïc. You won't want to miss canal dels micos either. The natural surrounds here are sure to take your breath away.
Monastery of Pedralbes and the National Art Museum of Catalonia are calm places to get some peace and quiet. Peruse the eye-opening displays and ask the staff about guided tours and other one-off events! The Maritime Museum and Barcelona Pavilion are also leading institutions.
The intriguing scientific gadgets at the CosmoCaixa and Fabra Observatory are bound to power up your brain. For even more from the science realm, make your way to the Museu de Ciències Naturals. Be sure to ask around about any temporary exhibitions that may be on.
Broaden your knowledge on the natural world with a trip to the Museu Blau and the Natural Sciences Museum. With so many amazing things jammed into the display shelves, you might not know where to begin! To see more of our planet's many creations, continue onwards to the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia and the Catalan Ethnographical Museum.
In a place that's flush with excellent art collections, the Picasso Museum and the Joan Miro Foundation stand out from the bunch. If you're feeling inspired, you can also feast your eyes at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the Caixaforum.
Journey back through time and get to know the people and events that have helped shape this region at the Barcelona History Museum and the Barcelona Egyptian Museum. For an even greater insight into yesteryear, also think about visiting the History Museum of Catalunya and the L'Enrajolada - Santacana House Museum.
To properly appreciate the history of Barcelona, take a moment to explore the Casa Batllo and the Arc de Triomf. Why not also spend a little time at the University of Barcelona and the Casa Vicens?
If you'd like a glimpse into the worlds of the rich and famous, a stop at Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya or The Constable's House is sure to be a lot of fun. Of course, they aren't the only grand abodes in Barcelona. Virreina Palace and Baro de Quadras Palace are also well worth a visit.
For a magical escape, look up and marvel at the spellbinding exterior of Montjuic Castle and Castelldefels Castle. If you're keen to explore more of these remarkable cultural buildings, why not visit Castle of Corbera de Llobregat and Castle of the Three Dragons as well?
No matter your beliefs, you're sure to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral and Church of the Sacred Heart. Sant Pau del Camp and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar are some other historically significant places of worship to put on your itinerary.
Don't take off just yet, there's lots more to see and do. Have you explored Port Vell and Port Olimpic yet? You'll also find plenty to keep you interested at the Mercat de les Flors and Rambla del Raval.
Don't worry too much about securing your hotel in Barcelona. That said, the sooner you act, the sooner you can begin planning your itinerary. The ebookers travel guide lists 854 properties.
Who said that service with a smile had to be pricey? You'll have a solid night's sleep at a great price at the Mercer Hotel Barcelona and the Apartamento Abrevadero. Maybe you'd prefer to live it up like a king or queen as the able staff at the Hotel Arts Barcelona fulfil your every desire? The Ciutadella Park Apartments is yet another popular option for travellers who relish the finer things in life.
Not all of the cathedrals in Barcelona are the religious kind. For many Catalans the place to come to worship on a Sunday is the Camp Nou stadium. Once a fortnight, almost 100,000 people cram inside the largest stadium in Europe to watch some of the finest footballers on the planet. The atmosphere at a match here is like no other, and the club's illustrious history is celebrated in the FC Barcelona President Nuñez Museum. Tours are also available that will take you right down to the pitch.
Still a work in progress 120 years after the first stone was laid, Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece is the iconic image of Barcelona. The Church of the Holy Family, or simply La Sagrada Familia, is unlike any other religious edifice in the world.
Gaudi's unique vision is a spectacular and otherworldly sight. When work is completed in 2026, the building will have a tower for each of the 12 apostles. Visitors can go up two of them, the Nativity and Passion towers, and walk across the bridge between for a unique view of the city.
Spain's most famous artist went to school in Barcelona and would return to the city at periods throughout his life. At the museum you can trace the meteoric rise of this painting prodigy from works like The First Communion, painted at the age of just 14, to later pieces such as his studies of Velazquez’s Las Meninas. Housed in a collection of medieval palaces in La Ribera, the Picasso Museum gives a fascinating insight into the talent and character of this art icon.
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This stunning example of Gaudi's architectural style is a World Heritage Site. Tours of the building are available.
Relive the ancient history of Barcelona as you walk along alleys filled with buildings that date back to Roman times.
Enjoy shopping and sampling local and international cuisine in this central neighbourhood, which is dotted with buildings designed by Gaudi.
The extensive collection of art in this museum includes Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque masterpieces. An architectural attraction in itself, the museum is located in the picturesque Parc de MontjuÃ¯c.
This theatre is dedicated to Carmen Amaya, one of Spain's greatest flamenco dancers, and it is a great place to see an authentic flamenco performance.
This museum is home to one of the largest collections of the works of this Catalonian artist. It is a must for those who appreciate modern art.
Try harness sphering, a safe, yet adventurous alternative to bungee jumping, and theme park rides, right in the centre of Barcelona.
This Gothic cathedral is located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, and it took nearly 200 years to complete. Every Sunday at noon, the cathedral presents a performance of local folk dancing.
This central pedestrian thoroughfare is a major tourist attraction. It features everything from restaurants, cafes and boutiques to impromptu street performances.
Constructed in 1929 for the World's Fair, this stunning fountain features sound and light shows on weekend evenings.
This quiet stretch of beach is located right near the port of Barcelona. Watch the ships as they depart from the port as you soak up the beautiful Barcelona sun.
Enjoy the atmosphere of a real local bar at any of the locations of this small chain of shot bars.
Located off of Las Ramblas, this vibrant marketplace sells everything related to food..
This park features spectacular waterfalls as well as some of the famed architect Gaudi's earliest work.
This is the avant-garde and bohemian shopping strip of Barcelona, where you can find anything from American-style letter jackets to authentic vintage clothing.
The weather in Barcelona is pleasant throughout the year. Even in December, January and February, the temperature does not usually go below 7Â°C, and in July and August, daytime temperatures can reach 28Â°C. July is the ideal month to visit Barcelona if you enjoy the sun, as it is also the driest month. However, July is peak tourist season, and you may find that popular tourist attractions are extremely crowded. With its spring-like temperatures and refreshing sun, March is a great time for a quieter visit to Barcelona, and no matter when you want to visit, you will find the best deals for air tickets and hotel rooms on ebookers.
The most spectacular view of the city is by cable car and there are two options available. Both cable cars head to Montjuic, one leaving from the port area of Barceloneta (Transbordador Aeri del Port) and the other from Parc de Monjuic (Teleferico de Montjuic). The latter travels farther up the mountain to Montjuic Castle, so you can combine both for the ultimate cable car experience. Once on the mountain, check out the castle, Palau Nacional, and the Olympic village left over from the 1992 games.
If the urban treats Barcelona offers are not enough, the delights of the seaside are just a short stroll from the centre. The city's seven beaches are perfect for relaxing or taking a dip. More active visitors can even try their hand at windsurfing and other watersports. At Barceloneta, the most centrally located beach, you will find a string of bars and seafood restaurants. After dark the vibe changes, with bars and clubs serving up hedonistic entertainment into the early hours.
Many tourists get blinded by the delights Barcelona has to offer within the city limits and miss some treasures lying just outside. The Costa Daurada is one such gem. The golden coast has 57 miles of beaches, Roman ruins, a theme park and best of all, an excellent wine region. Tarragona and Priorat are both worth seeking out; you are in Cava country, so do not neglect to try a bottle of Spanish bubbly. A large number of vineyards and bodegas offer wine tours.
Walking up and down Las Ramblas can leave you tired and thirsty. Duck down an alleyway and in a minute or two you will come out upon this vibrant plaza. Providing a calm refuge from Las Ramblas while still maintaining a lively atmosphere, the cafes that line the sides of the palm-tree-strewn square are the perfect place to recharge the batteries and watch the irrepressible street entertainers. Dotted around the square are outlandish street lamps designed by Gaudi himself.
Fast and reliable and with stops anywhere you would want to go in the city, the Barcelona metro is a great way to move around. The 'M' signal indicates a station on one of the city's eight lines. You can buy single journeys or purchase sets of ten. Travel passes are flexible and convenient, and also work on trams and buses. The metro runs until midnight on weeknights and 24 hours on Saturdays.
The city's black-and-yellow taxis are an inexpensive travel option. All are metered, and from the airport to the centre of town is a 25 minute trip.
Barcelona is well served by buses, but most lines stop running before the metro and traffic congestion in the city can make bus travel frustrating. However, if you are stuck for a taxi home after a night out, the yellow Nitbus runs from late night to early morning and its routes cover most central locations. Your travel pass will not work on these buses.
If you prefer to sit back and relax rather than trying to decipher a new city's transport network, the Bus Turístic is perfect for you. You can board and jump off these spacious double-deckers as you please. They are open-topped for the ideal viewing experience. The three routes cover all of the major attractions, from the city beaches, to Montjuic and even out to FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium.
Barcelona is a busy city, and its streets are prone to traffic problems. But if you are planning to get out of town for a day trip, check out offers on car hire in Barcelona.
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