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Five Things You Must Do In Barcelona

Aug 21, 2008
The second largest city in Spain, and the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe. With millions of visitors ever year, the city is accustomed to a massive influx of holiday-makers, backpackers and city break visitors throughout the year.

With such a large number of people landing at Barcelona Airport ready to see the sights, the city has developed a fantastic variety of tourist and cultural attractions. Take a look at the top five below and ensure that when you visit the beautiful city of Barcelona, that you enjoy the best that the city has to offer.

Barcelona is on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea but is not considered to be a beach holiday resort as it also boasts a cultural heritage, the Collserola mountain range and an impressive cityscape. Many of Barcelona's attractions lie within the boundaries of the city itself with many churches, museums and parks to entertain couples and families on city breaks.

Possibly the most famous landmark in Barcelona is the Antoni Gaudi designed Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. Commonly known as simply Sagrada Familia, the church has been under construction since 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026. This symbol of the Roman Catholic church is beautifully designed with a total of 18 towers to be completed, representing the 12 apostles, 4 evangelists, Virgin Mary and the tallest tower of Jesus Christ.

Externally, the Sagrada Familia is a sight to behold but the true beauty within will leave the visitor breathless. The scale of the project that Gaudi began comes to life when you enter and look up at the vaulted ceiling. Over a hundred years of architecture and design is at your fingertips, with the current stonemasons still working on the project while you watch.

Words will not do justice to this fantastic monument and the only way to fully appreciate it is by visiting for yourself. Photos and videos merely capture a fraction of the wonder and beauty of the Sagrada Familia that gives stands as a cultural symbol for the city of Barcelona.

If culture is not your thing, or maybe if you think it isn't, then take a trip to a cultural, tourist and local attraction of epic proportions - the Camp Nou. With a capacity to host nearly 100,000 spectators, the Camp Nou recently celebrated its fiftieth birthday as the home of FC Barcelona.

Football fans from around the world will probably not have seen a stadium of such scale in terms of history, facilities, size and atmosphere. FC Barcelona are one of the most entertaining soccer teams in the world with the likes of Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o on the playing staff.

There are a variety of deals available for different needs and budgets, so you can book accordingly and take advantage of hospitality packages or a simple ticket-only booking. Visiting the Camp Nou and watching FC Barcelona will be an experience you are never going to forget.

Art appreciators will be keen to visit the Picasso Museum and view almost 4,000 of Pablo Picasso's works first hand. Picasso's work demonstrates a strong bond with the city of Barcelona, from his time as an apprentice to many other key periods in his artistic career.

If you are unfamiliar with the work of Picasso, take this opportunity to learn about the processes and ideas of one of the twentieth century's most important figures. Take a look at some of his earliest works as well as a great collection of his prints that will leave you amazed by his style and technique.

Art and design are prevalent in all aspects of the city and are influential in Barcelona's parks and public places. This tradition of the city is very evident in the beautiful Park Guell with its interesting architectural layout and design.

Park Guell was also designed by Gaudi, showing that his influence on the city is far more eminent than just the Sagrada Familia. Free entry ensures that the park is busy and popular with both tourists and locals looking to relax and unwind in its relaxing setting.

Tourists can experience a wonderful panoramic view of the city from the park, a perfect photo opportunity and breathtaking sight. Enjoy a stroll around the park at your own speed and get close to the skilled mosaics of the main terrace and dragon fountain.

Possibly the most interesting thing to do in Barcelona is a simple walk down the main street in the city centre. La Rambla represents the cosmopolitan, vibrant and lively heart of the city, with restaurants, bars and many other things to do and see for tourists and locals.

La Rambla is the home of Liceu, Barcelona's renowned and celebrated opera house as well as a fantastic selection of market stalls at the Mercat de la Boqueria. There is always something happening from the harbour to the town square, as Las Ramblas has adapted to its popularity with tourists.

You can often walk down the street and find various street performers with a multitude of talent, as well as some with little or no talent on show. This is Barcelona, and visitors to this glorious city must take a stroll down Las Ramblas to get a real feel for the city and its people.

Visiting Barcelona should be an exciting, fulfilling experience with so many interesting sights and sounds. These five things that have been highlighted are just the main must-see attractions, as with any length of time spent in Barcelona will uncover so many more amazing activities that make this city the perfect city break destination.
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