Barcelona is the second largest city of Spain and the capital of Catalonia, one of the 17 autonomous communities of the country. Located in the northeast of Spain, on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona offers a climate relatively clement. Combining culture, art, traditions and festivities, spending a few days in Barcelona is all about discovery and sharing! So have a walk around the small streets and the famous squares of Barcelona, visit its monuments, parks and museums and enjoy the Catalan atmosphere going to typical bars and restaurants.
Main touristic sights
La Rambla, iconic avenue of the Catalan capital city is going from the famous Plaça de Catalunya to the old port. Busy day and night, it has a central platform entirely pedestrian overrun by newspaper kiosks, bars, restaurant, flower shops and souvenir shops of all kinds. Strolling along this avenue, you will also have the opportunity to discover the Boqueria Market, the Liceu Theatre and the Palace of the Vice-Queen. A must!
The Gothic Quarter is the oldest part of the city. There, you can admire some vestiges from the Roman era and several medieval buildings. You can also see the City Hall and some famous squares of Barcelona such as Plaça Reial, Plaça Nova or Plaça del Pi. Surprising and unique, it is a great pleasure to walk through the narrow streets of this neighborhood, discovering artists’ workshops and boutiques. It is also the perfect place to have diner or enjoy some drinks in the evening.
The Park Guell, a major achievement of Antoni Gaudi, is a large garden where you can admire some buildings designed by the architect. Offering a stunning view of Barcelona, it is a very touristic place but still quiet and pleasant. Going there for the sunset is a real delight!
The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, a large and splendid building, is located not far from Plaça de Espanya. The avenue leading to the museum, bordered by fountains and ponds, offers several times a year, a dazzling lights show. Once arrived in front of the monument, more than admiring the beauty of the façade, you just have to turn around to enjoy an impressive view over the city. The museum itself is particularly known for housing numerous roman frescoes.
La Sagrada Familia, emblem of the Barcelona, is the most visited monument of the country. Unfinished work of the architect Antoni Gaudi, the construction of the cathedral began in 1882 and is still on going. Gaudi, demonstrating a particularly meticulous symbology, each detail has its reason for being and its important. You should also know that the construction is made only through donations and entrance fees.
Where to go for lunch/diner?
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La Alcoba Azul
Situated on a small square of the Gothic Quarter, you will have to walk through the small paved street of Barcelone to find this place. The setting is particularly pleasant, inside and outside the restaurant, and the staff is charming and attentive. Perfect to recover from a long day visiting the city, the food is typical and delicious and prices are reasonable. What could be better?
Carrer de Sant Domenec del call 14, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Oviso is located in a small street overlooking an intimate place, not far from the famous Plaça Reial. As the interior is warm and original and the terrace is constantly full of people, the atmosphere is always on top. Oviso offers simple but delicious local food, the service is fast and prices are fair. You should definitely try it!
Carrer de Arai 5, Barcelona, Spain
Manga Rosa is located in a street where there are a lots of welcoming restaurants and bars. Locals and touristes spend their evening talking to each other and drinking some cocktails. Featuring a small terrace allowing to escape from the crowded interior, Manga Rosa offers local food and drinks in a typical setting and a festive atmosphere. Pinchos and mojitos are a must!
Carrer del Blai 31, Barcelona, Spain
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