Barcelona’s visitors always stay fascinated with the city’s unique character, which is a result of its singular architecture, several well preserved green spaces and its important historical and cultural legacy.
Here are some of the not to miss attractions of Barcelona:
Ramblas and Gothic Neighborhood: This is a district full of life and with plenty of places that worth a visit. The Rambla or Ramblas (as it is popularly known) is a very popular path that links the Catalunya Square and the ancient port. Along it, several shops, restaurants, street markets and independent artists could be found, therefore it is common to find movement at any time. Next to it, the Gothic Neighborhood keeps the remainnings of medieval Barcelona. Among its narrow streets visitors could find jewels such as the Sant Josep Oriol Square, August’s Roman Temple, the Major Synagogue (one of the three jewish temples of the 14th century in Barcelona) and several museums and gothic churches such as Sant Justi Pastor, Santa Anna and Santa María del Pi. A especially remarkable attraction is Barcelona’s Cathedral, a magnificent gothic temple built between 1298 and 1460.
Güell Park: the Güell Park is located at the northern end of the bohemian district of Gracia. This is one of Gaudi’s master works and an icon of Barcelona. Its colorful and fantastic design is full of surprises in each one of its caves and corners.
Montjuic: The Montjuic Hill is a wonderfull place where magnificent views of Barcelona could be enjoyed. On its top, the Montjuic Castle -an ancient military fortress- is a witness of the city’s history, which was used as a prison and shooting field in different periods. It holds several cultural places such as museums and exhibition centres. Other interesting places are the Olympic Stadium, the 12th century Jewish Cemetery, the Botanical Garden and the Spanish Town (a town that mixes the building styles of each Spanish region). The Montjuic was declared a Cultural Place of National Interest.
La Ribera: The former trade district in Barcelona, la Ribera, is nowadays a tourist place and a fashion hub. Among the 13th century buildings, stores of the most renowned clothing brands could be found, while live music is performed at some of the several cafes and pubs of different styles. Strolling around its streets is a pleasant experience and allows visitors to discover interesting places such as the Ciutadella Park, the remains of the pre romanesque church of Sant Pere de les Puel Les, the Palau de la Música Catalana (a splendorous building declared World Heritage Site), the famous Santa María del Mar Church, Barcelona’s Zoo and several museums of importance including the Picasso Museum at the medieval Montcada street.
Barceloneta: Barceloneta is the maritime district of Barcelona. Formerly a fisher’s town, this place has a strong relationship with the sea, factor that inspired the design and construction of many buildings and monuments. The Port Vell (ancient port) is nowadays a sport port frequented not only by maritime sports lovers but also for all the public who enjoy the seafront and the open air activities. Among its main attractions are the city aquarium, the Pailebot Santa Eulalia (an ancient schooner that is open to public), the Catalonian History Museum and the cable car that links Barceloneta with the Montjuic.
Eixample: For those who enjoy modernist architecture, this neighborhood will be a paradise. Eixample concentrates the majority of the modernist buildings of irregular shapes that identify Barcelona around the world such as the Lleó Morera House, the Batlló House, the Amatller House, Gaudí´s Building La Pedrera and the Santa Creu y Sant Pau Hospital. A must in Eixample is the Sagrada Familia Church, Gaudí´s last work of art which is still in construction since 1882.
Sants y Les Corts: This former working class neighborhood is nowadays a crowded and vibrating zone. It is home of the famous Espanya Square and the Joan Miró Park. Among its attractions the Camp Nou stadium is probably one of the most famous worldwide. Built in 1957, the stadium of F.C. Barcelona is one of the biggest ones in the world with a capacity for 100.000 spectators. Visitors could take a guided tour that shows the stadium main facilities and visit the football museum.
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