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Barcelona

Europe's Most Dynamic City

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has achieved such an artistic and cultural refinement that it's become one of the world's greatest cities, despite the fact that it's not a national or international capital. It's become one of the hippest and most cosmopolitan cities on the planet, with its coastal zone and historical quarters offering trendy shopping, hip design cafes and restaurants, and cool nightspots mixed between architectural wonders.

Gaudi's fantastic architecture further seduces visitors and solidifies the city's image as an eccentric, energetic, creative, and stylish metropolis. It is a city that embraces all things new, a city that stays up late into the night, and a city with a discerning cuisine that's turned it into a top gastronomic destination.

It is that modern and innovative spirit that's placed Barcelona at the top of the urban travel world. It is also very tourist-friendly, with its compact size making it possible to walk from its historical center to its Mediterranean beaches. Continuous waterfront developments complete the attractive, relaxing, and inviting atmosphere.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. Gaudi's fascinating and unfinished Sagrada Familia.
  2. The surreal architecture down PASSEIG DE GRÀCIA.
  3. The fantasy world of PARC GÜELL.
  4. The outstanding collection of medieval art inside the Palau Nacional.
  5. The gothic magnificence of BARCELONA CATHEDRAL.
  6. A walk down LAS RAMBLAS.
  7. Picasso's earliest works in the Picasso Museum.
  8. The art of Miró in the Miró Foundation.
  9. The contemporary Spanish art of the Contemporary Art Museum.
  10. The modern landmark Torre Agbar.

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

Barcelona has been revolutionizing the culinary world for years, with creative chefs drawing gastronomic pilgrims from around the world to their restaurants. This means that while other big cities may offer an equally wide range of high quality dining options, no where else will you find a more inventive cuisine. To match the excitement over the food, many places feature attractive interiors, further establishing Barcelona as one of the "must taste" cities of the world.

Shopping

Of all the Spanish cities, Barcelona is the best one for shopping. It offers original design shops like no other city in the country, with a large number of smart fashion boutiques and increasingly popular markets such as the architecturally striking Mercat Santa Caterina.
Paseo de Gracia is home to all the designer labels and upmarket stores, while the more unusual shops are found in the El Born area.
Be sure to also pass by La Boqueria, a lively market with stained-glass food stalls under a wrought-iron roof, where you can also have fresh seafood tapas for lunch.

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