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An Easy Guide to Barcelona’s Attractions

Barcelona is capital to the region of Catalonia, which many locals consider to be a country in its own right. It is uniquely blessed with a combination of rich history, grand architecture, sun and surf, sumptuous cuisine, superior fashion sense and a vibrant night life. Some of the top sights of Spain are packaged inside this one city so choose your destinations and spend your time in the city wisely.

Barcelona has so many sights to offer, you will be spoilt for choice. The Sagrada Familia, La Rambla, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Parc Guell, Palau de la Musica, Poble Espanyol de Montjuic and L’Aquirium are just a few examples than not only merit a visit but are worth lingering over. Choose carefully and well because most have an entrance fee and trying to cover them all may weigh heavily both on your pocket and your time.

Barcelona also possesses a treasure trove of culture and art and boasts several noteworthy museums. Museu Picasso, housing largely examples from his formative years remains the most popular. Fundacio Joan Miro is the leading collection of the artist’s work comprising selections of his paintings, drawings, sculptures and also textiles. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya will greatly appeal to those interested in Catalonian art and history whereas Camp Nou and Museu del Futbol Club Barcelona remain pilgrimages to the football aficionados.

The sun and 2.5 miles of beach front are a Mecca to the sun worshippers and undoubtedly integral to the charm of the city. Barceloneta is the largest and most popular beach because of its proximity to the city but Mar Bella and and Icaria are pleasant options as well. Be warned, parts of these beaches are topless/nudist so you may want to make your way with care.

Seafood rules the city and the first time tourist must absolutely find time to relax over some Tapas and Sangria (wine punch) in one of the many street cafes on La Rambla or the Passeig de Gracia. The paella, tortilla de patatas, calamares, chorizo and churos are some other popular choices from the local cuisine. The city is cosmopolitan in its palate though, and restaurants offering varied international cuisines and the odd McDonalds and Burger Kind are easy to find as well.

Barcelona is also known for shopping and Portal de l’angeles and Passeig de Gracia are the most popular style destinations. The former houses most of the Spanish brands like Zara, Mango and Stradivarius along with other popular prêt-a-porter names like H&M. A unique feature of Barcelona is that several outlets of the same brand can be found within a few feet of each other, usually offering varying stock. Passeig de Gracia is abode to more international brands and is great for window shopping.

Finally, no trip to Barcelona is complete without some partying and club hopping. The city abounds with bars and clubs. Sutton is particularly popular with the young set while Mirabe, set atop Mt. Tbidabo is a choice club offering panaromic views of the city by night. Otto Zutz, Razzmatazz and Elephant are some other preferred destinations.

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