Take in the sights in Barcelona in Spain
'Push the limits' - a phrase that could easily have had its beginnings in Barcelona. From its style and architecture to its night-life and festivals, Barcelonians love to indulge in the whimsical. Once the home to surrealist artists Dali, Picasso and Miro, Barcelona's artistic roots and history can be seen in its architecture.
When released from the oppressive Franco rule, Barcelona broke free and chose wild and unique expression like never seen before and since. Its experienced a culture resurrection so extreme and dramatic, that it continues to dazzle and amaze even its own residents. Walk through serpentine parks and past fairy tale houses that will capture anyone's imagination.
Join many other tourists in the popular Ciutat Vella, the 'old city'. This well traversed historic neighborhood centers around Las Ramblas and includes El Raval, the Barri Gotic and the mazey neighborhood of La Ribera.
Food in Barcelona
Get your hands on the Guia del Ocio. You'll find this brochure to be a greatly helpful guide in choose where to eat. If you're looking for seafood, you can't go wrong in Port Vell and Port Olimpic. Lunchtime eateries are found on Calle Arago. If you feel like eating outdoors, you should visit Passeig de Gracia. No visit to Spain is complete without some tapas! Placa Sol and Santa Maria del Mar will satisy your cravings for delicous tapas. If, like most people, you're on a budget, you can also buy your food fresh at a marketplace.
What an atmosphere! This incredible, pedestrian-only strip in Barcelona, is nothing short of fascinating. A-buzz with human statues, vendors, artists, fortune-tellers and street-performers, all doing their thing for the benefit of the passing tourists, its an adventure just to walk up and down this amazingly diverse avenue. Las Ramblas is actually comprised of 5 or 6 different ramblas that are combined into one fantastical avenue. View Joan Miro's bright pavement mosaic, pass the Monument a Colom and enjoy an stunning view of the Mediterranean.
At first glance, it may seem like this little neighborhood with palaces and cathedrals, has passed its sell-by date, but don't be fooled. It is still very much alive, as is proven by the constantly busy streets.
The Esglesia Catedral de la Santa Crue is quite easily one of Barcelona's most popular monuments. The bronze cross designed by Frederic Mares in 1976 forms a lovely backdrop for the choir and altar. After Sunday Mass, you'll be able to see the sardana perform in front of the Cathedral.