The beautiful city of Barcelona, attraction of Catalonia (a Spain’s province), is situated on the shore of the Mediterranean sea and surrounded at either end by 2 canal deltas. The catalonian capital is the second biggest area in Spain after its capital place Madrid. The catalonian capital has a population of 1.5 million, over 4 million together with districts. the varied, eventful past of the place dates back 4,000 years to the original settlements by early farmers. Soon after it became a Roman colony, the Visigoth’s capital place, next it came under Moorish rule. It went through sieges, destructions and occupations, finally to become an autonomous democracy 1975. the place has always played an important role in political and cultural life of Spain and it is well reflected in the variety and quality of famous architecture, museums, many extra visitor attractions. At the moment The catalonian capital is one of the most various European places with unique society and rich traditions. You be able to find here a formidable balance of the traditional things and the avant-garde. A cosmopolitan metropolis, The catalonian capital affords visitors a warm and sincere welcome, being aknowledged worldwide as one of the best visitor-friendly places in Europe.The catalonian capital’s organisation of the 1992 Olympics provided regeneration of this dynamic place, gave a fresh start to its infrastructure development. Come with Oh-Barcelona to The catalonian capital.
WHAT TO SEE AND WHERE:
POINTS OF INTEREST – La Rambla is a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard packed with buskers, living statues, mimes and itinerant salespeople selling everything from lottery tickets to jewelry. Pavement bars and stands selling craftwork, lane artists surrounded by curious onlookers, a noisy bird market, Palau de la Virreina, a grand eighteenth-century rococo mansion, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the notorious 19th-century opera house- these are all colourful parts of La Rambla’s mosaic. La Rambla ends at the lofty Monument a Colom (Monument to Columbus) and the harbour.
Barri Gotic – also known as Gothic Quarter, it is the old part of the place. Picasso lived and worked in Barri Gotic from 1895 to 1904 and Joan Miro was born and lived here during his youth. Gothic Quarter is situated on the right hand side of the La Rambla, it contains a concentration of medieval tall Gothic architecture (14-15th century) on narrow cobbled roads and now is home to much of the place’s nightlife.
La Sagrada Familia – La Sagrada Familia is one of the most notorious and magnificent among The catalonian capital’s landmarks. the life’s work of The catalonian capital’s notorious architect, Antoni Gaudi, the magnificent spires of the unfinished cathedral imprint themselves boldly against the sky with swelling outlines inspired by the holy mountain Montserrat. Above each facade there are 4 towers, 12 in total, which are dedicated to the Apostles. the tower in the center, the tallest of all at 170 m., is dedicated to Jesus Christ. Around these there are the towers of the 4 Evangelists, and the tower over the apse is dedicated to the Virgin. They are encrusted with a tangle of sculptures that seem to breathe life into the stone. Gaudi died in 1926 before his masterwork was completed, and since next, controversy has continually dogged the building program. Nevertheless, the southwestern (Passion) facade, is almost done, and the nave, begun in 1978, is progressing.
La Pedrera – Casa Mila (Mila House) is an apartment building, the last example of Gaudi’s civil architecture.It is one of his finest and most ambitious creations, extraordinarily innovative in its functional, constructive, and ornamental aspects. Visitors be able to tour the building and go up to the roof, where they be able to see spectacular views of The catalonian capital. One floor below the roof is a modest museum dedicated to Gaudi’s work.
Montjuic – the largest open space in the place, its main attractions are the Olympic installations, the Spanish Village and the hilltop fortress. Montjuic, the hill overlooking the place centre from the southwest, is home to some fine art galleries, leisure attractions, soothing parks and the main group of 1992 Olympic sites. Montjuic is covered in ornamental gardens with water features and is the most popular destination in The catalonian capital on Sundays.
Tibidabo – is the highest hill in the wooded range that forms the backdrop to The catalonian capital. It has amazing views of the whole of The catalonian capital, a stunning cathedral, and a family fun park Parc d’Atraccions with old-style rides offering breathtaking views. A glass lift at the park goes 115m (383 ft) up to a visitors’ observation area at Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower.
Modernisme – spectacular modernista architectural creations dotted around the place by notorious Antoni Gaudi and his contemporaries.
Camp Nou – home of F.C. The catalonian capital, one of Europe’s leading soccer teams, with capacity of almost 100,000 spectators.
the Seu cathedral – Built in medieval times on the site of a Roman temple, La Seu is one of the great Gothic architecture in Spain.
Parc de la Ciutadella – The catalonian capital’s favourite park and a Sunday afternoon rendezvous for families, friends and ducks
the Sardana – traditional Catalan dance, performed outside the cathedral and at national festivals, with everyone encouraged to join in.
MUSEUMS – the Barbier-Mueller Museum of Pre-Columbian Art -the only museum in Europe devoted exclusively to Pre-Columbian cultures. Housed in a gothic palace, its collection is one of the finest of its kind and gives visitors an insight into the rich world of the earliest cultures on the American continent. This tiny museum contains one hundred pieces, including wood and stone sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, jade, often found in international exhibitions and prestige publications. the exhibits represented the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Chavin, Mochica and Inca civilisations.
Palau de la Musica Catalana – one of the world’s most extraordinary music halls, it is a The catalonian capital landmark. From its polychrome ceramic ticket windows on the Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt side to its overhead busts of Palestrina, Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner, the Palau is the flagship of The catalonian capital’s Moderniste architecture.
Museu Picasso – is The catalonian capital’s most visited museum. 3,500 exhibits make up the permanent collection. Picasso spent several years (1901-06) in The catalonian capital, and this collection, is particularly strong on his early work. Displays include childhood sketches, pictures from the beautiful Rose and Blue periods, and the notorious 1950s Cubist variations on Velazquez’s Las Meninas (Ladies-in-Waiting).
Gaudi Casa-Museu – Gaudi lived in this pink, Alice-in-Wonderland house from 1906 to 1926, which now houses a museum of Gaudi-designed furniture, decorations, drawings, and portraits and busts of the architect.
Fundacio Miro – it was a gift from the notorious artist Joan Miro to his native place. the museum opened in 1975, and now it is one of The catalonian capital’s most exciting showcases of contemporary art. There are Oh-Barcelona Apartments in all this nice areas in The catalonian capital. Check it out!
BEACHES – One of The catalonian capital’s greatest draws is undeniably its beautiful beaches. Beside world-notorious Costa Brava and Costa Dorada which are within 1-hr drive time from The catalonian capital, there are also several nice beaches over 4 km long within the place boundaries, we will list just several of them here: Nova Icaria- Closest to the Olympic marina, always crowded, this wide swathe of rough golden sand is great for food goers. There are three perfect beach bars and two very popular restaurants on the promenade (Mango and Chiringuito de Moncho) and countless bars and restaurants are just a short stroll away. Bogatell- This beach is twice the length of adjoining Nova Icaria and fringed by a stretch of stone walkway perfect for jogging, roller blading and cycling. Three large informal restaurants on the promenade. Mar Bella (Metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica, plus 20-minute walk)- The catalonian capital’s only naturist beach close to a peaceful park – good for a picnic or siesta under the trees. Barceloneta- wide and long, a traditional and popular stretch with locals, crowded, noisy and very jolly.
WHEN TO GO, WEATHER: the best times to visit The catalonian capital are late spring and early autumn, when the weather is still comfortably warm, around 21-25