Are you going to visit amazing Barcelona?
In a privileged position on the northeastern coast of the Iberian peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain in both size and population. It is also the capital of Catalonia, 1 of the 17 Autonomous Communities that make up Spain.
Barcelona location it is 160 km (100 mi) south of the Pyrenees mountain range and is nestled in between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Bes , and the shores of the Mediterranean . It has an altitude of 4 m above sea level and has the following distances from: Tarragona (98 km), Girona (100 km), Lleida (156 km), Huesca (274 km), Castellon (284 km), Zaragoza (296 km) and Madrid (621 km).
Barcelona has transformed itself into one of the most dynamic and stylish cities in the world. It is a city with a huge cultural dynamic not only for Europe but to the all world. The city offers about architecture, food, fashion, style, music and other cultural features have place Barcelona as one of the most desired places to live and visit.
The artistic buildings, especially the work of the eccentric genius Gaudí, will surround you by their majestic lines. The art, with significant collections by Picasso and Miró, will make you astonished. The people, with their exuberance, their creative spirit, their persistent egalitarianism (a important identity character that is profound among the people of Barcelona,and has it's roots in the history of the city) , will fascinate you.
For all these reasons growing amount of visitors made Barcelona hotels to have an average year-round occupancy of 85% - the highest in Europe as a consequence rates have shot up recently. There are three names given to Barcelona hotels accommodation: in Barcelona they are Hotel, Hostal and Pension. A hostal is similar to a guest house or hotel, but a hostel (with an "e") is a youth hostel. Pensiones, usually cheaper and often family-run, are star-rated one or two, and are not required to have en suite bathrooms (though many do). Some pensiones are called hostales, but, confusingly, are not youth hostels; those are known as albergues.
Due to this recent boom (mainly during the last 20 years) of visitors new Barcelona hotels are being constructed all around the city including Old City blocks of flats that are being cleared of any remaining tenants to make way for more four-stars, and towering business hotels spring up around the periphery.
Barcelona is an open-air museum. You can visit it by bus, bicycle or on foot, and it's metro is a fast and easy way of reaching many distant places of interest. There are many ways to discover the city and a whole host of things to do, for those interested in culture, entertainment or for those who want to do shopping.
There are many things to discover in the city of Barcelona. We point here just some of many wonderful places of interest:
La Rambla: is one of the most popular streets of Barcelona. This busy boulevard is 1.2 km long and incorporates a tree-lined pedestrian shopping center. Here you will find great status of the Spanish history, markets, shops, cafés and theatres. This is the perfect place to understand the dynamic life of Barcelona.
Tibidabo: is the huge mountain that looks over Barcelona hotels and includes an amusement park, telecommunication tower and a church. From up there you can enjoy the greatest view of the city and have a nice time visiting the attractions.
Barri Gòtic: or Gothic Quarter is the centre of the old Barcelona, connecting La Rambla with Via Laietana and the Mediterranean with Ronda de Sant Pere. The Barri still conserves lots of buildings form the medieval epoch such as the Jewish Quarter, the squared Roman Wall or Avinguda de la Catedral.
Montjuic: is a hill that incorporates a park on its top. The mountain had a great historical importance throughout the centuries. Today you can visit fine art museums, the Cementiri del Sud-Oest and the beautiful botanic gardens but before it has been a fort, a prison and an attempted of an Olympic stadium.
Museum Picasso: located in Carrer Montcada, is the most visited in Barcelona and includes the most extensive collections of Picasso’s work. In this museum you will undergo a whole sensorial invitation of colors, games of shades and lights that connect you to Picasso’s paintings.
La Sagrada Família: whish means Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family is a gorgeous Roman Catholic Church designed by the most famous architect Antoni Goudí. This church is one of the most visited in Spain, a master piece of architecture that combines towers and sculptures with catholic motives, symbolism and color constitute into a unique and genuine mosaic.
La Pedrera: or Casa Milà is another construction of Antoni Gaudí. Atwo blocks of flats building with independent accesses started to be a private. This was a request form Mr. Pere Malià to Gudí who wanted a large and monumental house, now it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After visiting all this places you will realize that Barcelona is a modern, cosmopolitan city, but has inherited many centuries of history. Its geographic location and the open character of its inhabitants are the reasons why the city is being culturally enriched all the time. It has a valuable architectural and monumental heritage, the most splendid exponents of which are its Gothic and modernist buildings. Just to point examples nine of its buildings have been designated World Heritage Sites. The entire city guarantees that visitors will enjoy taking a stroll around its streets which are replete with Catalan charm.