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Barcelona Citytour Video
City Tour in Barcelona With Guide
Why You Should Visit Barcelona !
Two forces collide to form the astounding experience which is Barcelona.
One, endless human ingenuity. The small and negligible Roman town Barcino had two thousand years to be transformed into a beautiful jewel of Europe, home to eight World Heritage Sites, the nothing less than breathtaking expressions of human art and culture.
Two, the rich historical force of the capital of Catalonia, the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, an ancient village evolved into a city of unparalleled magnificence. It will captivate you like it does its millions of tourists, each in an individual, unique way.
Two different legends portray the founding of Barcelona. The first attributes the founding of the city to the mythological Hercules. The second gives the honors to the historical Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca, father of the legendary Hannibal, who gave the city his own name in the 3rd century BC.
The modern Barcelona is composed out of six districts. Ciutat Vella, the old town, includes the pseudo-medieval Barri Gotic, La Rambla, El Raval, and El Born (La Ribera). Eixample is the modernist quarter, noted for its art nouveau buildings. For getting away from tourists, you can walk down the cosmopolitan and young atmosphere of Gràcia, formerly an independent town, it joined the city in the 20th century. Sants-Montjuïc is home to the Plaza of Spain, always hosting great fairs and exhibitions. Other two less notable districts are Sant MartÍ and the Inland Suburbs.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN BARCELONA
Just stroll down the elegant Passeig de Garcia, surely you can’t miss the two magnificent buildings by Antoni Gaudi: the multicoloured Casa Batllò (Passeig de Gracia 43, casabatllo.es , open every day 9am to 8pm, ticket 8€, Metro 2 Violet, 3 Green or 4 Yellow, Passeig de Gracia station) and the splendid Mila house, better known as La Pedrera (Passeig de Gracia 92, only one apartment open to visits Monday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm, ticket 8€, Metro 2 Violet, 3 Green or 4 Yellow, Passeig de Gracia station). The Pedrera has an undulating smooth surface of pale stone with Art nouveau railings in wrought iron.
Yet the most spectacular element is the splendid terrace, comprising medieval knights carved from warm red stone, steep brick staircases and bottle-green and white mosaics. The façade is said to be tempting the observer to gaze from the ground skywards a metaphor for the passage from the earth to heaven.
If you want to experience Picasso’s amazing works up close and personal than the Picasso Museum is just the place for you. The museum is nestled between five medieval palaces and there you can take in his work from many of his phases. Through his work you can travel from his hometown of Malaga to Paris and then to Russia where he captured ballerinas so beautifully. Finally on your tour of his work you can see his Barcelona inspired creations because this is where he made his final home.
The north-western part of the city is the site of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia (Plaça Sagrada Familia, ticket 8€, Metro 2 Violet, Sagrada Familia station), the final and unfinished work of the Catalan artist . This audacious building, a mix of architectural styles (Neo-Gothic, Cubist and Art Nouveau), was started in 1883 and today still remains unfinished, following the express wishes of the artist. The incomplete building is intended to signify the tortuous and unending path of the individuals in their search for God and spirituality.
Try Park Cuitadella if you want to enjoy a beautiful park that has easy access by public transport and is full of things to see and do. Up until the 14th century, Ciutat Vella, (meaning beautiful city) was the whole city of Barcelona. Now this beautiful area is the home of Ciutadella Park as well as several other important city neighborhoods. Start from Plaza Catalunya and walk down Las Ramblas, the famed promenade. El Raval will be to your right and Barri Gotico and La Ribera will be to your left. As you head towards the port you will see the Christopher Columbus Monument ahead of you. If you walk to your left you will head towards the Olympic port and find Park Ciutadella. Once you are there you will see the Arch de Triomf a few blocks away.
If you are not an avid Barcelona Football/Soccer fan then you should be! Enjoying a great match by the team commonly referred to, as “Barca” can be an excellent event for the whole family. You can go to Camp Nou, the Barca football stadium, to buy your tickets. Games are usually going between September and May so make sure you get in on the action.
If you want to explore a little bit outside the city than go to any beach along Costa Brava or Costa Dorada. These beaches are well maintained and easily accessible for tourists.
There is a wide range of accommodations to pick from depending on your budget. You can choose from apartments for rent, all ranges of hotels, youth hostels, or a bed and breakfast. No matter what your reason for travel to Barcelona, you can be sure it was a wise decision.
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