The city: Barcelone
In 1992, the capital of Catalonia hosted the Olympics and it is one of the largest cities on the western Mediterranean. Barcelona is steeped in artistic history, especially Gothic and Modernist architecture. It has interesting museums and sights. Barcelona has a lot to offer: urban parkland and ample opportunity for leisure, long promenade and wide expanses of beach, select shops, well-established tradition of music and theatre. Barcelona is also an important centre for sporting and touristic activities and offers wonderful cuisine.
Thus, in the late 20th century, Barcelona became one of the best-known cities in Europe, whose energy and beauty appeal to its residents as well as visitors from all over the world, who are drawn by its architecture, cultural events, beaches, and, of course, its people.
Las RamblasLa Rambla is the most popular area in Barcelona. Meandering from Plaça Catalunya to the statue of Columbus, this walkway is lined with kiosks, florists and shops and various artists provide the entertainment. This is the place where everyone meets, holidaymakers and locals alike.
Parc GüellInitially designed as a residential development, it was eventually turned into a park. A leisurely stroll through its gardens bordered with pines and palm will unveil astonishing oversized architectural shapes that seem to have sprung from the ground, in wonderfully balanced natural surroundings.
Camp NouInaugurated in 1957, the Nou Camp football ground, which can seat 110,000 spectators, is the most typical construction within the huge Barcelona F.C. sports complex. The world's first football club museum was created here in 1984 where you can learn about the club's history, see works passed down by artists such as Miró, Dalí and Tapies, and visit the pitch.
Sagrada FamiliaThe large Gothic Cathedral was built using an absolutely contemporary architecture, and is the most beautiful creation of its visionary genius and a symbol of the city of Barcelona the world over.
Barrio GóticoThe Barrio Gótico is the centre from which the city began its expansion. It is also where the main public buildings stand: the Palacio de la Generalitat, the Ayuntamiento [council offices], the Cathedral and the Palacio Real. Barcelona's history goes back to Roman times, and despite the changes which have taken place, signs of its past may still be seen today.
Tourist BusTickets available at the reception and the stop is very near the hotel. This double-decker bus enables you to discover Barcelona on three different routes included within the same ticket, stopping in 42 places of touristic interest.
Santa Lucía MarketThis market is held from 13th to 24th December every year near the Cathedral and in the narrow streets adjacent to it. It comprises small wooden stalls filled with decorative items unique to the Christmas festivities, all these lit up with fairy lights and lanterns. The market sells crib figures, Christmas trees and all kinds of hand-crafted garlands.
Fiestas de la MercèSeptember 24th. Patroness of Barcelona. During four days many cultural and sporting events held in the city. Attention to concerts, run-foc, fireworks and a parade of giants
Fiestas de GràciaThis famous district hosts its festivals coinciding with 15th August. Its residents embellish the streets with impressive decorations and a prize is awarded for the best design.
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