Barcelona Skyline

Image by Jeroen_Bennink

After Madrid, Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain and also the capital of Catalonia. The city has a world class football team, a busy port and is full of restaurants, cafes and night-life. Not only that but Barcelona has been a place for breaking ground in the creative world boasting the works of Picasso plus the quirky architecture of Gaudi. The city has plenty to offer any visitor but here are our brief highlights.

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    Las Ramblas

    The Rambla is the main tourist street in Barcelona, and leads from the Placa de Catalunya to the sea. All along the street there are cafes, bars, artists and street performers, and at the weekend the Rambla comes to life with street markets and flower sellers.
    May 31st 2013
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    Sagrada Familia

    It’s well worth the effort of taking the Metro out of town to see the cathedral which is Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece. You can go in and climb the towers, but the views from the exterior are just as impressive.
    May 31st 2013
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    Walking Tour

    Take tour with local resident down the world famous Ramblas.

    Blog Post A Walk Down The Ramblas - A Barcelona Guided Tour

    August 26th 2013
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    Parc Guell

    Parc Guell is another Gaudi creation, and this open area allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax. Don’t miss the tiled benches which are typical of Gaudi’s work. Views over the city to the Mediterranean from the park are superb.
    May 31st 2013
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    Olympic Port

    On Sundays, the people of Barcelona descend en masse into the Olympic port to stroll around, admire the super yachts or have lunch at one of the many restaurants. It is a great place to visit on any day of the week, and the ultra modern port contrasts dramatically with the old town just along the road.
    May 31st 2013
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    La Caseta del Migdia

    On the far side of Montjuic Mountain, walking distance from the Castle, you will find this great scenic lookout overlooking Barcelona. There is a small restaurant serving food and drinks. It is the prefect place to escape the crowds, listen to some tunes and relax looking at Barcelona and teh wide expanse of the Mediterranean.
    June 17th 2013
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    Catch a football game at The Nou Camp

    If you have the opportunity you should soak up the atmosphere at a FC Barcelona game at the impressive Nou Camp stadium. If there's no match on you can opt for the stadium tour where you can check out the away changing room, players tunnel, get your photo taken in the press room and view the commentators box.
    June 17th 2013
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    Climb Turo de la Rovira viewpoint

    Turo de la Rovira is the best place to have breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona. The place is pretty remote and it’s sort of complicated to access so only a few people know about this viewpoint and you will rarely see a tourist there.

    Why is this the best viewpoint in Barcelona? Because you can see almost the entirety of the city from it. Because you can watch the sunset over Barcelona with a panoramic 360 degree view of the city. You can also see all the important landmarks of Barcelona like Sagrada Familia, Torre Mapfre, Torre Agbar, Tibidado and almost any outstanding building in the skyline of the city that you can think of. You can even see Las Ramblas and the main highway if you look closely. That’s how awesome this viewpoint is! Read how to get there at the link below.

    Blog Post 5 Best and Essential Things to Do in Barcelona: A Glomad Guide

    August 3rd 2013
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    Picasso Museum

    Although born in Malaga, Picasso is closely linked to Barcelona and spent much of his youth in the city. The Picasso museum, in the heart of the old town, has am impressive collection of paintings and drawings from all stages of his career.
    May 31st 2013
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    Boqueria Market

    Towards the bottom of the Rambla, the Boqueria Market has been supplying fresh goods to the people of Barcelona for decades. Get there early and be dazzled by the array of fish so fresh that it is still moving, fruit, vegetables and meat products. It’s also the ideal place to stock up on food for a picnic or a quick lunch/
    May 31st 2013
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    Barri Gotic

    With its inspiring medieval buildings and narrow labyrinthine streets that open into quaint little plazas, it’s no surprise the Barri Gothic, or the Gothic quarter of Barcelona is one of the most interesting sights in town. In addition to the great amount of shops and cafes, it plays host to some of Barcelona’s most prominent landmarks including the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya and Barcelona History Museum.
    June 16th 2013
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    Casa Batllo

    Casa Battlo is a beautiful architectural building on Passeig de Gracia, in the Eixample district of Barcelona. Designed by renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, the edifice, which today works both as a museum and an events venue, features a striking Modernist façade, an elaborate interior and a fascinating rooftop terrace decorated with surreal tiled chimney stacks.
    June 16th 2013
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    Parc de la Ciutadella

    Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in Barcelona. It is located in the city’s historic center (Ciutat Vella) and offers a plethora of activities from boating to sightseeing. Highlights include the Barcelona Zoo, the Citadel and the lovely lake, which together with the remarkable opposite waterfall, make for a wonderful place to relax and contemplate. The park also houses the Catalonian Parliament, a citadel and some interesting museums.
    June 16th 2013
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    Barceloneta Beach

    Located in the neighborhood with the same name, only 15-min walk from the end of La Rambla, Barceloneta Beach is the liveliest and most popular beach in Barcelona and one of the city’s major attractions. In brief, this is a great sandy city beach bursting with water activities, night clubs and delightful chiringuitos where you can taste some of the best sea food in Barcelona. No wonder it gets so crowded in the summertime!
    June 16th 2013
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    Torre Agbar

    The 38 story high skyscaper can be seen from Sagrada Familia, it's best view edin the evening when it is all lit up... it's less interesting by day. At night the building changes colours and is an impressive sight. Lights go off at 11pm.

    June 17th 2013
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    La Champañería - Cava Bar

    If you're looking for a full on loud, busy, energetic, bustling, lively, cheap and eclectic experience then you should look for this place.

    They used to give out free sandwiches with each bottle of Cava but unfortunately they've stopped being so generous. It's usually packed, offering freshly made food and of course some quality but cheap Cava. It's a superb place to spend an afternoon with friends nibbling on tapas

    Twitter Cavascanpaixano

    Website http://www.canpaixano.com

    Address
    Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7
    08003 Barcelona - Spain
    T. 93 310 08 39

    June 24th 2013
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    Have a Gin and Tonic

    Beat the summer heat in Barcelona with an expertly prepared and presented Gin and Tonic. Put yourself in the hands of a master barman and you will undoubtedly have the best G&T, you've ever had. Go on treat yourself.

    Blog Post Best Gin And Tonic Cocktail Bars In Barcelona

    July 22nd 2013
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    Pinxos & cider at Irati Taverna Basca

    Amazing Basque-style pinxos in a cool, tucked away bar in Barri Gotic. The food is piled up high along the bar, you just help yourself and pay per toothpick at the end. They also do great cider!
    September 9th 2013
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    The Wine of El Garraf

    For the more adventurous amongst us who want to get out of the city, the lesser known wine area of El Garraf has some excellent wines and cavas.

    El Garraf area is less know than El Penedés, but it has excellent wines and cavas. You can easily spend a full day here so plan ahead.

    Garraf

    July 5th 2013
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    Ice Bar

    Sick of the nice warm weather outside? How about heading into the cold chill of the ice bar near Barcelona's beach?

    Grab your silver jacket, warm gloves and check out the ice bar and its beautifully crafted ice sculptures. The bar is in a decent location in reach of some good bars and nightlife. The experience costs about 15 Euros and comes with a free drink in an ice glass.
    June 17th 2013
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    Museum De Erotica

    Featuring the history of eroticism via sculptures, films, paintings and other artefacts, The Museu de l'Erotica is worth a visit if you're looking to kill an hour or two. You'll find lots of interesting facts and quotes scattered around the museum that will keep you amused. The museum is pretty easy to find Just off La Rambla.

    Address: La Rambla, 96, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
    June 17th 2013
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    Tapas Bars for the foodies

    If you're a bit of a foodie that no doubt you'll find yourself testing out some of Barcelona's tapas bars. These assorted delicious nibbles are usually eaten late in the evening along we a glass of wine.

    June 17th 2013
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    Mercat Del Encants - Flea Market

    The Mercat Del Encants is Barcelona's biggest and most well known flea market, if you enjoy sifting through the bric-a-brac lookingfor a bargain then this could be the place to visit. It's a mixture of old vintage items plus plenty of random tat such as old jewelry, DVDs, and VHS videos. You name it and you can probably find it at Mercat Del Encants. Best visited early in the morning as the traders tend to pack up in the afternoon.
    June 18th 2013
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    Montjuic's Magic Fountain

    Montjuic's Magic Fountain is a show comprising of water, music and lights. It's free and very entertaining.

    Jets of water are synchronised with music and illuminated in various different colours. The show is on from 7pm to 9pm - Friday to Sunday (October to April), lasts 15 minutes and is on every 30 minutes.

    Nearest Metro: Plaça d'Espanya
    June 18th 2013
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    Montjuïc Cemetery

    If you fancy something a little alternative whilst in Barcelona you could head to Montjuïc Cemetery. The cemetery is up on a rocky hill facing the sea and is made up of many high-rise graves and monuments in classic and Gothic influenced styles as well as some Art-Nouveau. There are over a million burial plots including the Commonwealth war grave of a British soldier of WW2.
    June 19th 2013
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    View The City from Montjuic

    Get a view of Barcelona from up on the hill at Montjuic. The hill looks out over the city from the south-west and you can visit the national art gallery here. Also near by is the Olympic Stadium and the Joan Miro foundation. To get to the top you can take the cable car or if you fancy a bit of exercise you can go on foot.
    June 25th 2013
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    Look out over the City, Tibidabo

    North of the city you'll find Tibidabo, a mountain with a great panorama view of the city and the coastline.

    At 512 meters high the view at the top gives you a good birds eye view of Barcelona. There is also a beautiful church and an amusement park, you can take the Funicular to and from the top.
    June 25th 2013
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    Learn About Marine Life at L’Aquarium De Barcelona

    When travelling to Barcelona especially with kids there is no better place to visit than the L’Aquarium De Barcelona which one of the finest aquariums in Europe. It ha been constructed to resemble the Mediterranean which it resides next to.
    June 26th 2013
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    Socialise in Placa Reial (Royal Plazza) in the evening

    Located just off from Las Ramblas, Placa Reial is a well-known tourist attraction with some beautiful architecture. It's well deserved as you'll find many traditional Spanish/Catalan restaurants around the square.

    On a warm evening people gather in the square to socialise and there are some great nightclubs here too, a firm favourite being Sidecar for some indie rock.

    You may find yourself sat around the fountain in the square with a beer purchased on the street chatting for hours.

    Website Placa Reial Wikipedia

    July 31st 2013

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