Travel Guides: Amazing Barcelona
Being the second largest city in Spain and having a population which exceeds 1,620,000 inhabitants, Barcelona is certainly one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Europe. Holding some of the most interesting sights to be seen in the world’s oldest continent, Barcelona is a destination often preferred by people looking to embrace some of the most amazing buildings and ancient history sights.
Barcelona is the capital of one of Spain’s regions called Catalonia and it is also capital to the Province of Barcelona. With a Mediterranean climate and a long lasting summer, Barcelona often has good weather for people looking to travel here in spring or autumn months. The Gothic Quarter is a region in Barcelona where one can often find medieval buildings, stunning in their architectural details.
No tourist circuit could ever be complete without visiting the main attraction of Barcelona – the Sagrada Familia. This Roman Catholic Church is the masterpiece of architect Antoni Gaudi and it has been under construction ever since 1882. Architects today expect it to be complete by the year 2026 but part of it is complete and available for tourist visits. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed it a Basilica which is composed of 3 main façades: the Nativity Façade, the Passion Façade and the Glory Façade.
Examining the plans of this masterpiece, one will discover that it has the shape of a Latin cross composed of 5 aisles, with the central nave reaching 45 meters. Visitors looking to enter the Sagrada Familia will only be granted access to the Crypt, Nave, Shop, Museum and the Passion and Nativity towers. Children have to pay a fee of €8, students will pay €10 while adults are charged with an entrance fee of €12.
Every person passionate by soccer has to visit the Camp Nou Stadium. Presented in one of our past articles, “Top 10 Most Attractive Soccer Stadiums” and occupying the number 6 spot, Camp Nou is home to FC Barcelona soccer team and one of the most amazing soccer stadiums in the world. With a total capacity of 98,000 seats and being the 12th largest stadium in the world, Camp Nou is a main attraction for soccer fans that visit the wonderful city of Barcelona.
The Catalonian National Museum of Art, or “Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya” as Spanish people call it, offers a superb collection of unique altarpieces and frescoes for people which are deeply interested in culture. Inside this museum, visitors will come across the Cambo Collection, Modernist paintings, Catalan impressionists, as well as Romanesque and Gothic masterpieces. The entrance fee is €10, a small price to pay for people passionate about true works of art. Another beautiful sight waiting to be seen is Arc de Triomf or the Triumphal Arch as it is called in English. This is an archway structure found in the city of Barcelona and it was built all the way back in 1888 by architect Josep Vilaseca I Casanovas. With strong accents indicating a belonging to the Moorish Revival style, this arch is built out of reddish bricks and it contains details showing a store carving called “Recompense”.
On Passeig de Gràcia, 44, you can find a restaurant bound to give you a good taste of Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine. Restaurant Citrus has been recently renovated and it offers a relaxing yet modern atmosphere with prices varying from 30 to 45 Euros. It offers great value for your money and you can enjoy a delicious traditional meal while you are gazing out the windows to view Passeig de Gràcia.
And when speaking of 5-star hotels, “Princesa Sofia” is one of the best choices ever. It offers a luxurious accommodation in its 500 rooms available. Located in the commercial and financial center of Barcelona, Hotel Princesa Sofia will offer some relaxing moments and a wonderful vacation for people looking to visit one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The facilities that Princesa Sofia has to offer are numerous, from health resorts to video club service, currency exchange and some of the best equipped business centers, indoor, outdoor and children swimming pools. You have the possibility to shop here, visit the hairdressers and even if you just want to spend a quiet day in your room, you have private TV channels, all daily newspapers available, wireless internet connection and, of course, a full mini bar.
With all these amazing sights to be seen, as well as up to 800 hotels available at different prices for every pocket, doesn’t it make you wonder why you haven’t visited this country yet?11