Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain.  It’s the capital of the autonomous region (Comunidad Autónoma) Catalonia, and also from the Province Barcelona and one of the most important cultural centers in Europe.  In Spain only the capital Madrid has more inhabitants.

The city is also called “Barna” by its inhabitants, not to confuse with “Barça”, which is only used for the football/soccer club FC Barcelona.  Barcelona lies on the Mediterranean Sea, on the Costa del Maresme, bordering the Costa Brava in the North, the Costa del Garraf in the South.

The city is at 160 km from the Pyrenees.  Barcelona hosted different events contributing to its current image.  The most known are the World Expositions of 1888 and 1929, the Olympic Summer Games in 1992 and the Fórum (Universal Cultural Event) in 2004.

Architecturally Barcelona is known for its Gothic neighbourhood and modernestic houses of the Eixample. The city has nine buildings on the World Heritage list of the UNESCO:

  • Palau de la Música Catalana, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner
  • Hospital de Sant Pau, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner
  • Sagrada Família, church designed by Antoni Gaudí
  • Park Güell, park designed by Antoni Gaudí
  • Casa Milà (La Pedrera), designed by Antoni Gaudí
  • Casa Batlló, designed by Antoni Gaudí
  • Palau Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudí
  • Casa Vicens, designed by Antoni Gaudí
  • Cryptes in Colonia Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudí

Other things to see:

  • Ciutat Vella, the old city, in between La Rambla and the Parc de la Ciutadella
  • Arc de Triomf (Spanish: Arco de Triunfo)
  • Parc Zoològic: Zoo of Barcelona, used to be the home of Snowflake
  • Font Màgica: (Spanish: Fuente Mágica), Magic Fountain
  • La Rambla
  • Plaça de Catalunya: (Spanish: Plaza de Cataluña) the central square of the city center.
  • Camp Nou: stadium of FC Barcelona.
  • University of Barcelona
  • Montjuïc, a hill/mountain with the Olympic Stadium, the Jardí Botànic de Barcelona and some great views
  • Plaça Reial (Spanish: Plaza Real)
  • Palau de la Generalitat, on the Plaça de Sant Jaume
  • City hall of Barcelona (Spanish: Ayuntamiento de Barcelona)
  • El Liceu: opera building near La Rambla
  • Aquarium of Barcelona, the sea aquarium
  • Poble Espanyol, the Spanish village built for the International Exhibition in 1929

Churches

  • The Cathedral of Barcelona: Catedral de Santa Eulàlia
  • Santa María del Mar: cathedral in the “El Born” district

Museums

  • Museu Gaudí: Gaudí museum
  • Museu Picasso: Picasso museum
  • Fundació Joan Miró: Miró museum
  • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya: Art museum of Catalonia
  • Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA): Museum for Modern Art
  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
  • Fundació Antoni Tàpies
  • Museu Frederic Marés
  • Museu Marítim: Maritime Museum
  • Museu Egipci: Egyptian Museum
  • CosmoCaixa: Science museum
  • CaixaForum: Free modern museum, with changing expositions

Parks

  • Parc de la Ciutadella
  • Parc de Collserola
  • Park Güell
  • Parc del Laberint
  • Parc de Montjuïc
  • Parc del Turó

(source: wikipedia.org)

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