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Barcelona Sights and Landmarks Guide, Spain

Barcelona is Spain’s second most preferred tourist destination after Madrid, and is also the country’s second largest city after the capital. It offers a variety of options for cultural exploration as well as contemporary nightlife.

August is the best time to visit Barcelona, as many of its residents are on holiday at the time and you are likely to get good deals in terms of accommodation as well as restaurants. The Barceloneta district is the best known for cafes and beaches, while Ciutat Vella is the old city, featuring medieval architecture. Although Barcelona has many beautiful beaches, keep in mind that visitors to churches and museums are expected to dress appropriately. The church at Tibidabo is believed to be located at the spot where Jesus Christ was tempted by Satan on the mountain. The spot also offers a magnificent view of the city. Football fans will not want to miss out on NC Barcelona’s home club, Camp Nou.

Barcelona is well known for its many festivals, so try to time your visit to coincide with at least one of them. One of the most interesting ones is Sant Jordi, held on 23rd April, in which men and women traditionally give each other gifts, such as on St Valentine’s Day. Shopping can be a real rampage in Barcelona. You can start your spree right at the international airport, which features duty free and tax free shops that are hard to come by in other areas of the city. Enjoy the Barcelona evenings by visiting the exquisite musical fountains in Pla├ža d'Espanya. The restaurants and bars in the popular Born area are very pleasant, and there are many places where you can catch a real flamenco show. Born also has the best designer shopping outlets, while Art Monfalcon is the place to go for unusual souvenirs.

Barcelona is also home to Cacao Sampaka, the famous chocolate factory, and also has a chocolate museum. Beware of street vendors and people offering games played on boards, especially in the old city area and on the pedestrian walkways, as they are usually out to hoodwink tourists. Get a Barcelona Card if you plan to visit more than a few museums. Barcelona has a good bus network, and bicycles are also a cheap and fun option to get around in the city. There are numerous bike rental outlets, and even bike tours of the city.

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    review by compvend posted more then 30 days ago
    I had really good time at Barcelona, it is an amazing city with such much things to do. Me and friends went to a hostel called Barcelona Sound (nou de la rambla 91 - The particularity is that we rent each other one bed for 16 euros but since we were 4, we...
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    Spain- cuisine Spain is a country whose inhabitants love culture, art but where cuisine is a form of art too. Spain offers a wide variety of dishes and tastes and you can find restaurants of high quality where a meal is a unique experience and where you can always try new tastes and combinations...
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  • compvendBarcelona itinerary
    travel tip by compvend posted more then 30 days ago
    A good way to discover the city it is to do a theme itinerary, in this page there are 12 different itineraries, all written by a local guy, that we can choose, very interesting
  • zsoldicsaParc de la Ciutadella
    travel tip by zsoldicsa posted more then 30 days ago
    This great park was once a fortress damaged in 1878. Now it is a beautiful garden and home of exhibitions. The best place in Barcelona to spend a relaxing, sunny afternoon. You can find in the park museums of zoology and geology. The...
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    The Monument a Colon was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition. As its name suggests, the monument was raised to commemorate the discovery of America and the discoverer, Christopher Columbus. It is located right at the end of las...
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    City Rank50
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