Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean, in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona is a city that stands out with its own personality. With an extraordinary location, it has a warm and sunny climate, magnificent beaches and a very active cultural life. Barcelona is a prestigious holiday destination that receives millions of tourists each year attracted, among other things, by its exceptional legacy of modernist architecture.
Barcelona's splendid modernist past is not its only seal of identity. The Roman and Medieval vestiges that can be admired walking the streets of the Born, the Gothic Quarter and the Raval constitute a real oasis that holds architectural jewels like Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar or the Picasso Museum.
Sea lovers are in luck, as Barcelona has numerous beaches less than half an hour from the city center.
The beaches bordering Barcelona are equipped with showers, bars, terraces, first aid stations and areas for doing water sports. The best known of all is Barceloneta, located in the neighborhood of the same name, one of the most popular and with more charisma of the Catalan capital.
The nightlife of Barcelona is no less lively than the daytime, and there are numerous areas to party. The city also stands out for hosting important congresses such as the Mobile World Congress and major music festivals such as Sónar or Primavera Sound.
The cosmopolitan character of Barcelona means you can find bars and restaurants featuring food from all over the world, but the gastronomic Catalan essence is found in every corner of the city. In the restaurants you can taste traditional dishes like the fricandó, the esqueixada, the calçots, or desserts like the Catalan cream. Try the famous Catalan dish "pa amb tomàquet" (bread smeared with tomato) that is usually served with ham, cheese and other sausages.
Barcelona is located between the beach and the mountain, as if these opposing geographical features fortified it. In the middle emerge the emblematic monuments that have made this place an international cultural reference. Unique buildings such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and Park Güell, of the famous Antonio Gaudí, or the Palau de la Música, liven a capital city full of life and color.
Barcelona is an ideal city to travel with your family. There are plenty of places and activities to visit with children. One of the most typical sites is the Parc de la Ciutadella where the zoo is also located.
The Aquarium is another star visit, where you can contemplate numerous tropical species or admire the imposing sharks. Curious minds should not miss the CosmoCaixa, the Museum of Science in Barcelona, or the Museu Blau, whose theme is natural sciences. Both activities are organized for children and filled with interactive elements.
The Chocolate Museum is the must stop for those with sweet tooth. And the most daring have an appointment with the amusement park of Tibidabo, where in addition to having fun, you can see Barcelona at 512 meters above sea level.
For football lovers, the Camp Nou, the Barca stadium, is an essential visit. If on the other hand, you want to enjoy a day of shopping.
Barcelona features an excellent transport network. Arrive by air, at the Prat de Llobregat international airport. Or arrive by land using highway AP7 or the national N-340. If your preference is to travel by train, the city has two stations of long and medium distance, the Station of France and the Station of Sants, which is also a stop for the AVE. In addition, you can get across the sea docking at the Port of Barcelona.
Like any internationally known city, Barcelona offers many accommodation options, but the most requested is holiday apartments in Barcelona, thanks to its wide range of tourist accommodation. If you travel as a family or group, it will always be a more convenient option than staying at a hotel, and you can forget the schedules and limitations that other types of accommodation establish, making the most out of your holiday.
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