A Tour Around Barcelona


The city of Barcelona is located in the region of Catalonia in Spain. This city is famous for its architecture and its many museums and parks.

Barcelona

Barcelona at night, photo by Jordi Paya

Architecture.

The city’s main symbol is the Sagrada Familia, a large unfinished cathedral with a carved facade and several tall towers. Visitors can visit the interior of this cathedral and climb up one of its tall towers.

Gaudi’s architecture is also present throughout the city. Two of Gaudi’s most famous buildings are located in the Eixample district.

Casa Battlo

Casa Batllo

Casa Batlló was built as a private house and is covered in colorful tiles. This house has several skull shaped balconies. Visitors can climb to the rooftop, which is decorated with several sculptures covered in tiles.

The Casa Milá is a large structure which is now used as a house and as a place to celebrate events. The building has a wavy stone facade. Tours are organized around the building and the rooftop, decorated with large statues, has views towards the cities.

The Gothic Quarter is another popular district. This area is where the city cathedral, built in a Gothic style, is located. Next to the cathedral there is a cloister and several Gothic buildings.

Placa Reial

The Placa Reial in Barcelona

This neighbourhood has many art galleries, cafés and retro stores. Near the Plaça Reial there are many traditional bars and restaurants.

A short walk away is Plaça Catalunya, a popular meeting spot. From here visitors can stroll along the Passeig de Gràcia, filled with boutique stores.

El Born is another famous district. Located on the ruins of a jousting arena, this district has medieval streets and several museums. The Picasso Museum is located here.

Markets and tapas.

Another way to explore this area of Catalonia is by enjoying a tapas tour.

Typical tapas include a selection of cheeses and cured hams, olives filled with pepper sauce and anchovies and other fish served on bread. Tapas are usually served as a compliment to a drink, and raciones are larger portions that can be shared, substituting dinner.

Huevos Rotos

Huevos Rotos

Traditional Spanish tapas include huevos rotos eggs with fries and ham, patatas bravas potatoes served with ali oli sauce and spicy sauce and tortilla de patatas potato omelet. Authentic Catalan cuisine can be found in many restaurants near the city center and the main streets, where visitors will be able to enjoy stews, meat products and seafood.

The crema catalana, similar to the crème brûllée, is one of the most popular desserts.

The Boquería Market is located near the La Rambla, a large main boulevard. The market sells fresh local products and other delicacies, and there are several bars where visitors will be able to enjoy fresh pan tumaca, slices of bread drizzled in olive oil served with tomato and ham. Visitors can buy authentic local products and some cava for a picnic in one of the city’s parks.

Near the beach and the parks.

Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta Beach, photo by Sergi Larripa

The Barceloneta Beach is the city’s main beach. The boardwalk is decorated with many sculptures and statues. The city’s aquarium is located near the Port Vell area, the city’s ancient port.

Parc Güell, located on a hill, is a park designed by Gaudí. There is a tiled observation deck with views towards the city and the sea, and the architect’s house is now a museum. Another main park is Parc Ciutadella, located near the beach.

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  1. Barcelona really does look beautiful. I’m actually planning to go there next year.
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