Barcelona: 5 of the city’s highlights
Barcelona is an old city with many modern touches to it. That’s what makes it so irresistible. The sangria, tapas, paella and sunny weather also help you fall in love with this city. Because the city isn’t really big, you can do almost everything by foot. Are you not really the walking type? Take the metro, bus or even a bicycle to get there faster. If you’re in Barcelona for more than just a weekend, you should consider buying the Barcelona Card. This card offers you several advantages such as discounts on tourist attractions and free public transportation trips. But what are the sights you definitely shouldn’t miss? I’ve summed up five of the city’s highlights.
La Rambla – also called Ramblas – is Barcelona’s boulevard, which leads from Plaça de Catalunya through the old city center to the harbour. You can take a walk over the boulevard, enjoying the many street artists, little restaurants and visiting the market La Boqueria. Here you can find vegetables, fruit, fish, meat and many products more.
One of the most famous basilicas can be found in Barcelona. The Sagrada Família was designed by Antoni Gaudi, whose work is spread all over the city. In 1882 they started to build the basilica and it’s still not done. Gaudi’s style will not be maintained in the construction, it will have some modern touches for example, but the design is loosely based on his original design. If you want to visit the Sagrada Família, be sure to be on time to avoid waiting lines.
Take a walk through the beautiful Parc Montjuïc. The Montjuïc is a hill with a fort called Castell de Montjuïc on top. The fort is surrounded by the park, that was built especially for a world exhibition of gardens. You’ll have an amazing view over the city and sea from the top. In the summer you can enjoy music, dance and theatre shows.
Are you interested in history? The Barri Gotic – or Gothic Quarter – is the oldest part of the city. Most buildings date from the Middle Ages or even further back. Built on the Roman ruins is the History Museum Plaça del Rei which you can visit. Some of the ruins remainders can be seen in the basement of the museum.
FC Barcelona: Camp Nou stadion
If you’re a football enthusiast, you can’t miss the famous stadium of world’s biggest club: FC Barcelona. The building welcomes over one million visitors a year. It is located near the Montjuïc. You can go to the museum where the history of the legendary club is displayed by means of trophy’s, pictures, presentations and personal items of famous players. You can also take a tour past the VIP-boxes, press room, locker rooms, tribune and even enter the field.
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