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Best Things To Do In Barcelona
Barcelona, 3 Days
Itinerary Overview 2 Daily Itineraries 4 Unscheduled Items 13 Barcelona Snapshot 14

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Itinerary Overview
Day 1 - Barcelona
DAY NOTE: This is a great first day in Barcelona as it gives you an informal, yet exciting and full walking tour of the city. Start at the beach (Barceloneta) tan for a few hours or just walk along the boardwalk before proceeding to Las Ramblas and up to Placa Catalunya. Head up from Placa Catalunya onto Passeig de Gracia and stop at Casa Fuster Hotel on the way. This famous hotel is where Woody Allen frequents during his visits, often playing a bit of music in the hotel lobby. Finish the day with a quaint, romantic and reasonably priced dinner at Salero restaurant in the Born. It's best to make a reservation at Salero as it's not very big and fills up quickly, especially on weekends.

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of energy left after dinner, Bikini night club is always happening, especially on Monday nights when most other clubs are closed.

Hostal París

Warm, friendly and full of character

Sagrada Familia Plaça Espanya Parc Güell

Gaudí's most important work

The old gateway to Barcelona

Barri de La Barceloneta
The district by the sea

Amazing architectural mixture

Verónica (La) Bikini

Las Ramblas

For the young ones

Barcelona's busiest street

Plaça Catalunya

Nightclub, bar and salsa house

Barcelona's main square

Passeig de Gràcia Casa Fuster Hotel Salero

Catalan modernism and elegant fashion

Day 3 - Barcelona
DAY NOTE: This is a great day to explore the Gothic Quarter (Gotico) while experiencing a truly local taste of Barcelona life. Spend most of the day strolling along the streets of the Gotico checking out the great shops on Calle Ferran and Avinyo where there's plenty of small niche boutiques with designer clothes and antiques. The best time to take the walking tour with the Cathedral and the Picasso museum is in the afternoon when many of the shops are closed (2-5) and then finish the day with an evening tapas walking tour that will take you from the Gotico to the Born, right across the way. For a mid day sangria (6-8 pm) check out the terrace at the Majestic Hotel. Anyone can have a drink at the top, you don’t need to be a guest and it’s definitely worth it for the spectacular view of the city. If you’re up for some night time entertainment, Penultimo is an excellent pick, almost every day of the week.

A relaxing place in the city center

Contemporary Asian-influenced cuisine

Day 2 - Barcelona
DAY NOTE: Wake up early and head straight to Gaudi's, Parc Guell. The easiest way to get there is to take the green metro line and hop off at the Vallcarca stop. From there it's only about a 10 minute walk. If you get to the park early in the morning you can spend a few hours admiring Gaudi's work before walking back into the city while stopping at the Sagrada Familia. This is a busy day with a lot of walking, yet it's full of some of Gaudi's best architectural designs. After checking out the Sagrada Familia head to Placa Espanya and if you're there during a weekend Friday and Saturday nights have an awesome magic fountain show with music and lights. Afterwards for a cheap, local dinner, La Veronica in the Raval boasts some of the tastiest pizza and it's a great way to check out another barrio. If you still have an ounce

Tapas Evening Walking Tour of Barcelona
City Walk

Carrer Ferran
Walking street

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Barri Gòtic
Wandering around

things to do restaurants hotels bars, clubs & nightlife

Majestic Hotel Penúltimo

Great rooftop and prime location

The art of El Born

Walking tour of Gothic Quarter with the Cathedral and Picasso Museum
Medieval meanderings

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Day 1 - Barcelona
QUICK NOTE

DAY NOTE: This is a great first day in Barcelona as it gives you an informal, yet exciting and full walking tour of the city. Start at the beach (Barceloneta) tan for a few hours or just walk along the boardwalk before proceeding to Las Ramblas and up to Placa Catalunya. Head up from Placa Catalunya onto Passeig de Gracia and stop at Casa Fuster Hotel on the way. This famous hotel is where Woody Allen frequents during his visits, often playing a bit of music in the hotel lobby. Finish the day with a quaint, romantic and reasonably priced dinner at Salero restaurant in the Born. It's best to make a reservation at Salero as it's not very big and fills up quickly, especially on weekends.

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contact: tel: +34 93 285 3834 (tourist information) http://www.barcelonaturisme. com/

1 Barri de La Barceloneta
DESCRIPTION: What used to be one of the dodgiest neighbourds in Barcelona, is now thriving with tourists, locals and all those who appreciate living by the sea. Barceloneta is a diamond in the rough as it posseses both that genuine barrio feel, while at the same time its home to some of the most delicious and well known touristy restaurants in the city. Visit the many seaside patios and chiringuitos for the must try Spanish paella and daytime sangria before hitting up the beach. A perfect place for Sunday strolls with the family, bike rides, surfing and kite surfing or ideal for just working on the tan, Barceloneta is never dull, especially between the months from May-September. The best time to make a beach appearance is in the morning, as it doesn't usually fill up until 1 pm when it often overflows with people. Barceloneta is also home to the Maritime Museum, the casino, as well as some of the most popular (and cheesy) night clubs the city has to offer. There's also a great little plaza across from the market equipped with ping pong tables and a small park for the kids. © NileGuide

contact: http://www.barcelonaturisme. com/ location: Barcelona

2 Las Ramblas
DESCRIPTION: Whether or not you've been to Barcelona, everyone's heard of Las Ramblas. One of the most renowned walkways in Europe and perhaps the world, this incredible stretch starts at el Colon (Christopher Columbus Statue) by the sea and extends all the way until Plaza Catalunya. Sprinkled with street vendors selling everything from fine jewelry to caged pigeons, the greatest attraction on Las Ramblas is the one of a kind street performers. Depicting the most innovative costumes it's possible to stare at a man sitting perfectly still on a toilet for as long as it takes until someone drops a Euro in his bucket and he makes a funny face. Overcrowded and a hot spot for pickpockets and prostitutes, Las Ramblas is still a definite must see if you're coming to Barcelona. © NileGuide

location: Barcelona 08002

3 Plaça Catalunya
DESCRIPTION: If coming to Barcelona, you have to frequent Placa Catalunya. One of, if not the most popular plaza in Barcelona, this 5000 meter square is the cross roads between where the old city and the new city meet. Sitting at the top of the Gotico and Raval and leading into the Eixample and Gracia neighbourhoods, Placa Catalunya is not only a landmark but a gathering point for locals and tourists alike. Hosting outdoor, free concerts and celebrations, Placa Catalunya is right next to El Corte Ingles, FNAC and an abundance of other popular shops and cafes. There’s always something happening in the plaza, even if it’s just hippies sitting and playing guitar while children run around screaming, it’s never dull. © NileGuide

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location: Barcelona

4 Passeig de Gràcia
DESCRIPTION: The Champs-Elysees of Barcelona, Passeig de Gracia is the best place to go to do a little shopping, enjoy some entertaining people watching while sipping a café on an outdoor patio, or just a great place to stroll up from Placa Catalunya and into the Gracia neighbourhood. Showcasing popular names and brands such as, Louis Vitton, Gucci, Armand Bassi as well as trendy Spanish stores like Zara and Mango, Passeig de Gracia is one of Barcelona’s chicest streets. Full of wide sidewalks, interesting people and tasty restaurants and tapas bars, Passeig de Gracia always has an energetic and exciting buzz. It is also one of the most easily accessible streets, as it’s in the center of the city and has direct connection to most of the metro lines including the yellow and green lines. If you want to shop in ‘peace’ try to come during the week, as weekends are packed. © NileGuide

contact: tel: 93-2553000 www.hotelcasafuster.com location: Passeig De Gracia, De 132 Barcelona 8008

5 Casa Fuster Hotel
DESCRIPTION: Modernist monument built in 1908, located on Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona city center, 500 meters from Gaudi buildings. Rooms have warm décor in shades of brown and plum; all feature bathrobes, toiletries, newspapers and Internet connections. Away from the bustle of the city, guests can enjoy the views from the terrace and relax in the sauna and jetted tub. © Editor

contact: tel: 34 93 319 8022 location: 08003 hours: M-F 8:45a-5:30p, M-Th 8p-2a, F-Sa 8p-3a

6 Salero
DESCRIPTION: This restaurant is one of the many popular places in El Born. It used to be a salt storehouse, but was later converted into a welcoming bar-restaurant. White is the predominant color. The furniture is amazing and the bar is enormous. It is always full of trendy, modern young people. The menu changes with the seasons and offers delightful salads, steamed vegetables, warm pears, teriyaki chicken, etc. Their desserts are home-made, the music is well-chosen and the wine list is splendid. © wCities

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Day 2 - Barcelona
QUICK NOTE

DAY NOTE: Wake up early and head straight to Gaudi's, Parc Guell. The easiest way to get there is to take the green metro line and hop off at the Vallcarca stop. From there it's only about a 10 minute walk. If you get to the park early in the morning you can spend a few hours admiring Gaudi's work before walking back into the city while stopping at the Sagrada Familia. This is a busy day with a lot of walking, yet it's full of some of Gaudi's best architectural designs. After checking out the Sagrada Familia head to Placa Espanya and if you're there during a weekend Friday and Saturday nights have an awesome magic fountain show with music and lights. Afterwards for a cheap, local dinner, La Veronica in the Raval boasts some of the tastiest pizza and it's a great way to check out another barrio. If you still have an ounce of energy left after dinner, Bikini night club is always happening, especially on Monday nights when most other clubs are closed.

contact: tel: +34 93 301 3785 fax: +34 93 301 3785 location: Barcelona

1 Hostal París
DESCRIPTION: Looking for an accommodation that is cheap and centrally located? This hostel could be your pick. It's nestled between the Ramblas and Plaça del Pi. The building's late 19th-century façade is painted with charming plant motifs and looks great after its restoration in 1992. Ask for one of the quiet, cozy bedrooms overlooking the Carrer Casanyas. © wCities

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contact: tel: +34 93 207 3031 fax: +34 (0)93 476 1010 http://www.sagradafamilia.org location: Barcelona 08013 hours: Oct-Mar Daily 9a-6p, Apr-Sep Daily 9a-8p

2 Sagrada Familia
DESCRIPTION: Gaudi’s masterpiece and a building that some skeptics doubt will ever be completed, the Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and is expected to continue until 2026. If not THE most popular and renowned piece of Gaudi architecture, the Sagrada Familia is situated in the center of the city close to the Eixample and Gracia neighbourhoods and thus it's easily accessible. Since the beginning, the Sagrada Familia has been privately funded by both investors and donations from the over two million visitors who frequent it each year. Although not yet fully open to the public, guided tours are available inside, as well as a lift to the tower that gives way to a breathtaking view of Barcelona. © NileGuide

location: Barcelona 08034 hours: 24 hrs

3 Plaça Espanya
DESCRIPTION: Situated at the foot of Montjuic, in the distric of Sants-Montjuic, lies Placa Espanya. One of Barcelona’s most well known squares and designed by one of Gaudi’s disciples, Placa Espanya is a great place to visit not only for its famous ‘magic fountain’ performance, but because of its close proximity to almost everything. It’s just a short walk from the up and coming barrio, Poble Sec and is also walking distance to cool sites such as the National Art Museum of Catalonia, one of Spain's finest. Originally built in 1929 to be used for the Universal Exposition, today Placa Espanya is used by the public for all types of gatherings and events. © NileGuide

contact: tel: +34 93 317 39 74 http://www.gaudiallgaudi.com /AA010.htm location: Barcelona 08024 hours: Nov-Feb 10a-6p, Mar-Oct 10a-7p, Apr-Sep 10a-8p, May-Aug 10a-9p

4 Parc Güell
DESCRIPTION: One of Barcelona's greatest attractions and one of the few that are absolutely free, is Gaudi's incredible Park Guell. Get anywhere near the Vallcarca stop on the green line and you'll see tourists lumped together, maps in hand, asking locals for Park 'Guay'. Designed and built by Gaudi between 1900 and 1914, this spectacular mix of garden, park and architectural dream is a small oasis within Barcelona. From the mosaic benches, to the meticulously tiled rooftops, Park Guell is both fascinating as it is serene. One of the best places to spend a sunny day, the park is a great place to listen to music, enjoy a few copas of vino or just relax with a good book. © NileGuide

contact: tel: 34 93 329 3303 hours: Tu-Su 1p-1a,

5 Verónica (La)
DESCRIPTION: This functional spot was designed for young people. It is decorated with huge windows and careful style, and attracts a heterogeneous clientele daily. Some of the customers are artists, representing the Barri Gòtic's ambience. They offer a starters menu with varied salads and

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some surprises, and a pizza menu with odd combinations such as Roquefort cheese with apple and salmon with mint. The waiters are fast, attentive and always smiling. Try any of the chef's pastries for dessert. In the summer you can enjoy your meal at the tables outdoors. © wCities

contact: tel: 34 93 322 0800 fax: 34 93 322 0900 http://www.bikinibcn.com location: Carrer De Déu I Mata 105 Barcelona Barcelona 08029 hours: Call for details

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DESCRIPTION: This club attracting large crowds because of the spectacular interior decor and the choice of music played. It is divided into three rooms—the Sala Rock room for dance music and rock, Sala Arutanga for salsa and other Latin rhythms, and Sala Dry for light music where you can have a drink and chat with your friends. The club organizes live concerts which sometimes feature well-known international artists. The cover charge includes one free drink. © wCities

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Day 3 - Barcelona
QUICK NOTE

DAY NOTE: This is a great day to explore the Gothic Quarter (Gotico) while experiencing a truly local taste of Barcelona life. Spend most of the day strolling along the streets of the Gotico checking out the great shops on Calle Ferran and Avinyo where there's plenty of small niche boutiques with designer clothes and antiques. The best time to take the walking tour with the Cathedral and the Picasso museum is in the afternoon when many of the shops are closed (2-5) and then finish the day with an evening tapas walking tour that will take you from the Gotico to the Born, right across the way. For a mid day sangria (6-8 pm) check out the terrace at the Majestic Hotel. Anyone can have a drink at the top, you don’t need to be a guest and it’s definitely worth it for the spectacular view of the city. If you’re up for some night time entertainment, Penultimo is an excellent pick, almost every day of the week.

contact: http://www.partner.viator.com /en/6793/tours/Barcelona/Tap as-Evening-Walking-Tour-ofBarcelona/d562-3394BCN01 TAPA location: Barcelona

1 Tapas Evening Walking Tour of

Barcelona

DESCRIPTION: Combine gourmet food and Catalan culture on a pre-dinner walking tour of Barcelona's famous tapas bars. It's a great way to begin your visit of Barcelona – not only do you get an overview of this fabulous city, you also learn how to order tapas (bar snacks) and discover some of the best bars and cafes Barcelona has to offer. Plus, your friendly, informative guide can offer suggestions to help you get the most from your stay in Barcelona. Your tapas walking tour of Barcelona begins at a restaurant offering a wide selection of local, delectable tapas. Here you will enjoy three tapas with a glass of wine or beer, while your food and wine guide provides insights into the flavors of the wine, the cuisine and Spanish culture.
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From here your guide will lead you to Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla, with its bird cages, tapas bars and local restaurants. On your stroll down La Rambla you will make a detour to La Boqueria, the city's famous food market which offers an array of fresh produce including fruit and vegetables, live seafood, cheeses and every type of meat imaginable. You'll continue to the Gothic Quarter, where you will discover the architecture, atmosphere, language and gastronomy that are unique to Spain, and some of the gourmet shops which are over 100 years old. Your last stop will be at a Basque bar in a historic 14th-century building, an ideal spot to take a break on your trip through the Gothic Quarter. Here three tasty tapas and a glass of wine, beer or cider will be waiting for you. © Viator Carrer Ferran

location: Barcelona 08002

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DESCRIPTION: Extending from the Liceu on the Ramblas to Plaça Sant Jaume, this is where Saint James' Church was constructed in the fourteenth century, on the site of an ancient synagogue. Today only the facade of this church remains, the rest of the building dates from the XVI and XVII centuries. The rest of the buildings on the street are from later periods. It has been changed to a walking street, making it much more pleasurable to stroll along. There are a lot of shops and cafés here as well - check out the grocers' shops that still have wonderful display windows like in past. © wCities

contact: tel: +34 93 368 9730 (tourist information) http://www.barcelonaturisme. com/ location: Barcelona Barcelona 08002 hours: Call for details

3 Barri Gòtic
DESCRIPTION: One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Barcelona, the Gotico remains at the heart of Barcelona's downtown district. Both grungy and trendy, this neighbourhood is filled with small nooks and crannies, bars, cool restaurants, niche shops and eclectic jewelers. Just a stone's throw from the Born and the beach, the Gotico is home to Barcelona's magnificent Cathedral which dates back to 14th century. It is also home to Placa Reial, the most well known square for backpackers as it's home to the ever so popular Kabul Hostel. © NileGuide

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contact: tel: 93-4881717 www.hotelmajestic.es location: Passeig De Gracia, De 68 Barcelona Barcelona 8007

4 Majestic Hotel
DESCRIPTION: Rooftop pool above, designer boutiques below This hotel enjoys a prime location on the Passeig de Gràcia, just two blocks from Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Casa Batlló and walking distance to Las Ramblas. All 303 recently redecorated guestrooms feature Mediterranean colors and wireless Internet access. Luxurious rooftop penthouse just added. On the rooftop terrace with panoramic views are a swimming pool and a bar, which leads to a health center with sauna and steam room. © Editor

contact: tel: 34 93 310 2596 location: Passeig del Born 19 Barcelona Barcelona 08003 hours: Daily 10p-2:30a contact: tel: +34 93 285 3834 (Tourist Office) http://www.euroadventures.ne t/ViewProduct.asp location: Barcelona hours: Call for details

5 Penúltimo
DESCRIPTION: Music, theatre and other artistic concepts gather in this spot. The music, mainly funk and dance, is to be enjoyed on the dance floor—non-stop. The live performances are wellchosen and of high professional quality. It is a very promising place, interesting and an excellent chance to have great fun. Great choice for a night out. © wCities

6 Walking tour of Gothic Quarter with the Cathedral and

Picasso Museum

DESCRIPTION: On any given day, one of the most popular questions to be asked while strolling around Barcelona is: Where can I find the Cathedral? One of the most poignant landmarks in the city, this Romanesque architectural vision, is located in the Gothic Quarter (barrio Gotico) of Barcelona and attracts streams of tourists day and night. The Cathedral has been reformed and rebuilt several times and when looking closely it’s easy to see the architectural differences from across the centuries. In addition to the Cathedral, the Gotico has a host of incredible Gothic style buildings, small quaint squares and of course the Picasso Museum. © NileGuide

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Unscheduled Items
contact: tel: 34 93 209 89 92 location: Carrer del Mestre Nicolau 4 Barcelona Barcelona 08021 hours: Daily 6p-2:30a contact: tel: 34 93 3172177 http://www.cityhall-bcn.com/ location: Rambla de Catalunya 2-4 Barcelona Barcelona 08007 hours: Call for details contact: tel: 34 93 441 4001 http://www.nitsa.com location: Carrer Nou de la Rambla 113 Barcelona Barcelona 08004 hours: F-Sa 11p-5a contact: tel: 34 93 319 2120 fax: 34 93 319 1074 http://www.comerc24.com/ location: Carrer Comerç 24 Sant Feliu De Llobregat hours: Tu-Sa 1:30p-3:30p & 8:30p-12:30p

1 Zanzíbar Cocktails
DESCRIPTION: The decor, laid out like bars in New York in the 1940s, sends you back in time and is quite cinematographic; the music, too, is mainly film soundtracks. They often have exhibitions on the Seventh Art (Cinema). The clientèle is mainly young and middle-high class because of the bar's location in one of the most exclusive districts in Barcelona. In addition to all sorts of cocktails and drinks, they have a selection of 25 different whiskeys and 15 malt whiskey. © wCities

2 Barcelona City Hall
DESCRIPTION: This theatre is built on the site of the old Teatre Barcelona, which was destroyed. It has one auditorium, seating 220, and puts on musicals and concerts at varying times. It also opens its doors to other less common performing arts. Its most original shows are the dinner shows, which begin at 9p. The food is always good, and there is a lively atmosphere. © wCities

3 Nitsa
DESCRIPTION: This old theatre converted into a club offers good music and company. The majority of customers are modern, and very fashionable. The music is good: techno, electro and house in the main room, pop in the Picnic Bar and hip-hop in the Def Room. There is a monthly programme with international DJs, and the regulars are Fra DJ, Sesentaynueve, Coco, Chelin, Mario, dani Mother and Rasco. There are usually no problems getting in, although image is important and the clientele can be quite pretentious. © wCities

4 Comerç 24
DESCRIPTION: This pride of the Born District is the business venture of Carles Abellan. A restaurant-cum-tapas bar, the venue also serves certain Asian, American and Italian specialties. There are three distinct seating areas, but the tall pillars, high ceiling, spotlights and yellow tone run through the whole interior. Besides delectable drinks, the bar with its individual table-space also features cold dishes prepared right in front of you. The dining section accommodates around 40 people and can be rented for private events. A visit here is a must; make sure to reserve a table in advance. © wCities

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Barcelona Snapshot
Local Info
Old Town Barcelona's old town, orCiutat Vella, is the heart of the city. It's made up of many small neighborhoods, full of old-world character, linked by narrow, winding streets. Students, foreigners and artists thrive in this area, attracted by its sense of history and cosmopolitan feel along with its trendy bars, concert halls and good restaurants. Start your tour from Plaça Catalunya and take Les Rambles(or Las Ramblas in Spanish) towards the sea. On the right, you'll find the Raval district with its museums, art galleries and notorious redlight area,Barri Xines. On your left, the medieval Barri Gòtic(Gothic Quarter) is home to the cathedral, peaceful Plaça del Pi, art galleries and lots of cafés serving delicious hot chocolate. If you go even further left, across busy Via Laietana, you'll come to Born market, in La Ribera district. This trendy neighborhood is also home to the graceful Santa Maria del Mar Church and the impressive Museu Picasso. L'Eixample When the old town became overpopulated in the mid-19th century, the city expanded inland, north of Plaça Catalunya. The streets of the new suburb, called L'Eixample, or"The Extension", were laid out in a grid pattern. Catalanmodernista(Art Nouveau) architects designed a number of striking buildings in the area around Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla Catalunya. You'll find the extraordinary Sagrada Familia on the right-hand side of L'Eixample if you're coming from the Old Town. This controversial church, unfinished because of the untimely death of its architect, Antoni Gaudí, in 1926, has become the city's most visited monument. As Barcelona expanded further north, more new neighborhoods were built. Villages were absorbed within the city boundaries giving rise to districts like the charming Gràcia, Les Corts, Sarrià and HortàGuinardò, up in the hills. The working-class neighborhood of Sants marks the city's southern boundary and has excellent public transport to the center. Green Areas Montjüic Hill, in the southwest of the city, offers many attractions including the Olympic stadium and other facilities used for the 1992 Olympic Games, along with the impressive Fundació Miró. The best way to get to the hill is to take the cable car from the nearby harbor. Barcelona's other major green area is 1800foot Tibidabo Hill to the northwest, with its panoramic views of the city, amusement park on the summit and Torre de Comunicaciones de Collserola(Collserola Communications Tower). Both Montjüic and Tibidabo offer good sports facilities as well, like tennis, jogging, and horseback riding. It's easiest to get there by car, though you could also take the cable car to Montjüic, which the kids will love. The cable car also offers a great view of the city. The Seaside The mild Mediterranean climate and calm seas mean you can sail and windsurf all year round from Port Olímpic(Olympic Port). Little boats(golondrinas) leaving from the harbor will take you on a sightseeing tour of the city's waterfront and nearby coastline. The fishing district of Barceloneta offers excellent seafood restaurants. Ultramodern Maremagnum has busy bars with outdoor terraces, discos, shops and cinemas. You'll also find trendy openair music bars in Port Olímpic in the summer. Half an hour's journey to the south, Sitges' pretty beaches attract a cosmopolitan crowd. For more peaceful surroundings, head north to one of Costa Brava's deserted coves. Sant Adrià de Besòs- El Fòrum Constructed and remodeled to host the Fòrum de Les Cultures in 2004, this area located to the north of the city has bloomed as a new cultural center. The beautiful architecture, designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, as well as the numerous events that take place in the ultra-modern location of Parc del Fòrum, such as Primavera Sound or Summercase, attract thousands of visitors every year. © wCities 2009

History
The 1992 Olympic Games turned the world's eye to this age old city that has been, and continues to be, a modern presence in Spain. Barcelona has many districts, giving it the feel of a large, Roman city with an old, Gothic atmosphere. As a powerful Mediterranean port and the capital of Catalonia, this rich, historical past is the foundation on which the new city was based. Barcelona's residents are open-minded and cosmopolitan, bringing a Bohemian flavor to the city that lies between the mountains and sea. Romans arrived in Tarragona, making it their first priority, and giving Barcelona subordinate status. Later in the Visigothic period, this Roman capital par excellence, also had a downward fall. After a century of Muslim dominion, there was a period of intense commercial activity and religious coexistence between Jews, Christians and Muslims. With the arrival of the Christian governors to the city, the Muslim community was forced into a prisoner zone named The Call. In present day, The Call is located around the streets Palla, Banys Nous, Bisbe and Plaça Sant Jaume. Already, the large city had been named the Condal City, acting as the mighty capital of Old Catalonia. Following the expansionist interests of Corona de Aragón, Barcelona developed a powerful naval base. Catalano-Aragonese's power extended as far as Sicily, Sardinia, Malta, Naples, Albania, Corsica and part of Greece. They pioneered, establishing social norms, marine rules and other customs that would later be imitated in other European cities. In the 15th century, the Maxima institution of self-government of Catalonia was given an admirable seat in the Palau de la Generalitat. The medieval growth of the city is represented in its Gothic architecture, with magnificent works like the cathedral, the churches of Sant Just, and Sant Jaume, and the basilicas of Santa María del Pi and Santa María del Mar After the 15th-century reign of Castilla, Barcelona, Catalonia and the Kingdom of Aragón fell into a deep economic and political depression because of the marriage between Isabel and Fernando(the famous post-Muslim era Catholic monarchs). During these years, conquest and colonization in America damaged

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Mediterranean commerce during the height of Turkey's great marine power. The final blow came when Archduke Carlos of Austria, whom Barcelona supported, lost the War of Spanish Succession. During the Industrial Revolution and the period of cultural renaissance, the city grew to its maximum splendor. With this came the literary rebirth of the Catalan language and the modernist movement, in which artists and architects alike created a city that would be admired worldwide. All these movements were led by the industrial bourgeoisie, and influenced by the nationalistic movements of the European countries that resisted the Castellanizadora force. The houses built in the Barcelonian Eixample display architecture from a diverse range of historical influences. Ildefons Cerdà, influenced by local folklore, designed rectangular buildings for the bourgeois. The most well-known and loved artist during this period was Antoni Gaudí, who designed remarkable, modernist works, such as the La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà(La Pedrera), the Casa Batlló, and the Parc Güell. During the postwar period and Francisco Franco's dictatorship, a political and cultural repression occurred across Spain until Franco's death in 1975. Since then, democracy has reigned. Under the mandate of Pasqual Maragall, the city began the construction of infrastructures necessary for the 1992 Olympic Games. Some of these structures are the Olympic Vila, of accentuated modern design, the Anella Olimpica of Montjüic and the Port Olimpic. © wCities 2009 catalana, a sweet egg custard topped with caramelized sugar that has become a popular dessert throughout Spain. Fish is also a major part of the Catalan diet.Zarzuela is a tasty seafood casserole that originated in Barcelona and spread to other parts of the country.Bacallà a la llauna is cod cooked in a tin dish. In summer, you can enjoy lighter dishes likeescalibada(red peppers mixed with eggplant and onions) andesqueixada(red peppers with cod and onions). Or head for one of the many farmhouse(masía) restaurants on the outskirts of the city and try some traditional dishes. If you're lucky, the restaurant will servecalçotada, a sauce(calçots) made from tender spring onions served on an oven-fired tile, followed by grilled meat. Catalan dishes are usually accompanied bypan con tomate, country-style bread smeared liberally with ripe tomato, olive oil and salt. There are eight different areas in Catalonia that produce good quality wines. The region is famous for its white wines from the Penedés area andcava, sparkling white wines. There are also quality red wines, particularly from the Priorato area. Gothic Quarter, Raval& La Ribera Basque cuisine is served in Irati and Zure Etxea. You'll find three famous traditional Catalan restaurants worth visiting in the area around Monumento a Colón(Columbus Monument): Ca l'Isidre, Botafumeiro and Casa Leopoldo. For bullfighting memorabilia and tapas, try Los Toreros on Calle Xuclà, close to Las Ramblas. There are also some seafood restaurants with great views in the Maremàgnum, an ultra-modern shopping center by the harbor, close to Las Ramblas. This part of town is also great for drinksyou'll find traditional, old-fashioned bars and cafés as well as trendy, modern places with stylish interior decor, like Glaciar at the Plaça Reial. Nearby, check out Sidecar. There's a good selection of pubs on Calle Escudellers on your way into the well-known Plaça George Orwell. For pure modernist style inside and out, try El Ascensor. If you want to sit outside and enjoy an impressive view with your drinks, try the square that looks on to Santa María del Mar, Plaça del Pi or Sant Felip Neri. L'Eixample This part of town has quite a few Galician restaurants like the famous Beltxenea, which offers a variety of traditional dishes. Don't miss the finger foods at Tapa Tapa. Barceloneta& The Born There are plenty of reasonably-priced seafood restaurants down by the harbor that specialize in paella and the Catalan equivalent,fideuà, which is noodle-based rather than rice-based.Arròs negre is a kind of paella cooked in a stock of squid's ink. Can Ramonet and Set Portes are two of the best places for rice dishes in this district. Munch on great tapas at Moncho's. If it's drinks you seek, Passeig del Born is lined with trendy bars and the adjacent streets are full of well-preserved medieval houses and mansions. This area attracts couples and groups in their 30s and 40s looking for sophisticated, relaxing and intimate bars like the Miramelindo, Salero and Gimlet. Port Olímpic The seafood restaurants at Port Olímpic display their fresh fish in cases by the door and many offer sea views. Horta, Guinardó& Alfons X Lots of informal tapas restaurants are located along Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla Catalunya. Traditional tapas are small portions of things likepescaíto frito(mixture of deep-fried Mediterranean fish),patatas bravas(chunks of potato, deep-fried and served with spicy garlic sauce),calamares a la romana(squid rings fried in batter) andboquerones en vinagre(marinated anchovies). For the best tapas in the whole city, try La Esquinica. However, make sure you come early because there is a line every night. Plaça Catalunya It's tapas central at Ciudad Condal, but this bustling square knows no bounds in terms of culinary diversity. © wCities 2009

Restaurants Highlights
Barcelona's many restaurants and bars offer the best of Catalonia's diverse cuisine. Other Mediterranean countries, like France and Italy, have heavily influenced Catalan cooking, which features lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, pork and veal. Catalans love cold meats or(embutidos) of all sorts, especially pork sausage(butifarra). The staple dish isbutifarra amb mongetes, a stew of pork sausage and white beans.Escudella is a traditional stew made with sausage, chickpeas, pasta and a giant pork meatball. It's generally eaten at Christmas time and followed bycrema

Nightlife Highlights
Barcelona has become a fashionable tourist destination. Television coverage of the 1992 Olympic Games stimulated lots of interest in the city around the world. Visitors are

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attracted by the mild climate, Mediterranean waterfront, sunshine, art, culture, friendly people and unique Catalan features, like Antoni Gaudì's modernist architecture. It's easy to have fun in Barcelona. There are colorful localfiestas(holidays and festivals) throughout the year along with a wide variety of national and international cinema, theater, music and dance festivals and performances. The city's nightclubs offer great music and atmosphere every night of the week, and are especially busy from Thursday to Sunday. Museums& Galleries Art lovers should head straight for MNAC(Catalonia's National Art Museum), with its exhibits of Catalan Romanesque art, and MACBA(Barcelona's Museum of Contemporary Art). Nearby, you'll find galleries devoted to individual artists, including Museu Picasso, Fundació Miró and Antoni Tàpies. Architecture To see the best examples of Catalonia's unique Gothic architecture, you should check out Basílica de Santa María del Mar and Basílica de Santa María del Pi. For the best in modernist architecture, head for Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Sagrada Familia, and Parc Güell. Nightlife The most popular nightclubs are within walking distance of each other down by the harbor area, in Port Olímpic and Maremàgnum. The variety is endless. You'll find places playing techno, salsa, rock, Spanish pop music and more. Karma is a popular club in this area. Live Music L'Eixample district has many live music venues, including the famous Luz de Gas. Bikini, a popular nightclub, also hosts concerts during the evenings. To enjoy alternative and Spanish local bands, take the metro to Razzmatazz, Sidecar or BeCool. You'll also find live shows in the Gòtic district. Discos& Clubs In the Maremàgnum and Port Olímpic you'll find a number of discos with plenty of atmosphere and different kinds of music. These two districts have a very cosmopolitan feel, given that they are mostly frequented by tourists from all over the world. To merge with the locals, take public transportation to L'Eixample, Barri Gòtic or Poble Nou. © wCities 2009

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