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Top 10 Tourist Attractions of Barcelona

Aug 17, 2007
When visiting Barcelona just for a few days tourist have to face the problem of deciding what to visit. The already mentioned problem gets even more complicated with the huge amounts of available information as well as with the advise and opinion of friends, relatives and acquaintances. The following top ten has the intention of giving tourists an idea of the places that should be visited, they just have to adjust it to their time availability.

Starting with the countdown is the Olympic Harbour, situated on la Barceloneta quarter, its capacity enables it to berth a considerable number of sports boats. It is the perfect place to go an eat sea food. The most important indoors attraction to visit is Museu de Historia de Catalunya.

Number nine is the Olympic Ring which is the group of sports installations where the 1992 Olympics took place. It is composed by the Olympic Stadium, the Bernat Picornell swimming pools, the Calatrava tower, the Palau Sant Jordi and the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia.

Number eight is Parc de la Ciutadella, the perfect combination between nature, architecture and entertainment.

Number seven is the Spanish Village. It represents the architecture of various regions of Spain. It is a conjunction of Castilian, Aragonese and Andalucian buildings, Basque streets, Galician and Catalan quarters and a Dominican monastery. Within the village, restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, nightclubs, among others can be found.

Number six is the Gothic Quarter that as described by the Lonely Planet is a classic medieval warren of narrow, winding streets, quaint little plazas and wonderful structures from the golden age of the city.

Number five are the Montjuic Fountains. From Plaza Espanya up to Palau Nacional a path of fountains and cascades can be found, being the Magic Fountain the principal one due to the combination of music, lights and water shapes. There is a different timetable for the Magic Fountain show depending on the season.

Number four is La Rambla which is a pedestrian boulevard divided into sections with different names; from the upper end, which runs into the Plaza Catalunya, to the lower end below the Columbus monument; Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de les Flors, Rambla dels Caputxins and Rambla de Santa Monica or Rambla del Mar. It is packed with cafes, restaurants and kiosks. Also it is full of pavement artists, mimes, and living statues.

The first three positions are work pieces from Antoni Gaudi being number three La Pedrera. On the exterior it has a spectacular wave effect accentuated by its iron balconies that make it an extremely original piece of work, but the originality of La Pedrera is not only exposed on the sculptural forms of its facade, it also extends to the interior of the building. On the roof it has big chimney pots looking like medieval knights.

Number two is Parc Guell, a garden city that as the lonely planet states is where Gaudi turned his hand to landscape gardening. It is a strange, enchanting place where the passion of the architect for natural forms really took flight.
Number one is no other than the magnificent Sagrada Familia. It is an enormous symbolic building with three facades that represent the nativity, the passion and death of Jesus Christ and the Glorification. The whole structure, with its details, is full of meaning.

Finally it is important to make clear that the top ten is meant to help visitors have in mind the places of Barcelona that can not be missed but obviously they are free to decide what they really want to see according to their needs and wants.
About the Author
Gaizka Pujana is the co-owner of Barcelona Homes, S.L. which is a company
specialized in providing short term tenancy solutions in Seville and Barcelona through its
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