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The Cathedral designed by Gaudi
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Barcelona Spain

Barcelona on the Map: see North East Spain Map Barcelona Weather.

Barcelona celebrates delicious food and wine, culture, sports and music. There are also fine beaches, World Heritage Sites and excellent museums and art galleries.

Not far from Barcelona are many other places to visit, not least are the resorts of Costa Barcelona, Costa Brava and Costa Dorada along the Mediterranean.

Places to Visit

In the city centre there are the Gothic Qoarter, La Ribara, La Rambla and Raval districts to explore.

The Gothic Quarter is the old Medieval city centre that till the 19th Century had walls. Its streets are still a maze of buildings harking to a past age. You can also visit the Cathedral here, there is also the excellent History Museum of Barcelona.

At La Ribera on the Calle Montcada there are palaces that were built from the wealth aquired during the 13th to 15th centuries, three of which house the Picasso Museum today.

La Ramba, stretching from the Columbus statue near the docks up to Placa de Catalunya is a long plaza with shops, places to eat, drink coffee and chat. In the evening it becomes lively with diners, partygoers and entertainment.

The Raval, a scenic old district with some great little places to shop for clothes, markets in the day, plenty of eateries that open throughout the night, bars and more. It is also the location of the Sant Pau del Camp and the Palau Güell, designed by Gaudi.

The Cathedral

Designed by Gaudi and still very much under construction, the spires of Sagrada Familia (Family Cathedral) loom over their surrounds. This amazing building with its sea sand washed look is a work of art from all angles, inside and out.

Originally laid out as a Gothic church, Gaudi was asked to take over the construction in 1883. Totally changing the inside and outside design, it is slowly taking shape as he envisioned.

National Museum of Art Catalunya

Overlooking the city from Muntaya de Montjuic is the impressive National Museum of Art (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya). Housing over a thousand years of Catalonian art, it has sculptures, paintings, drawings and engravings. There are also posters, photography and coinage of more recent years.

Port of Barcelona

On the Mediterrenean coast of Spain, Barcelona is also one of the country’s busiest ports for boats and ships.

It is one of the convenient and popular cruise embarkation points for the Mediterrenean in Western Europe, along with Marseille, Rome (Citivichia) and of course, Venice.

Visiting

Enjoying a day at a beach, trying Catalan regional dishes and wines, or seeing fantastic buildings and ancient archeological sites makes Catalan a place to visit. You can also experience some very special art galleries and museums, such as the Picasso Museum and the Catalan National Art Museum (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) in Barcelona or the Dali Museum in Figueres.

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Accommodation in the Catalan

You can find luxury resorts and hotels, seaside villas, budget hostels and beachside caravan parks, as well as bed & breakfasts.

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