Barcelona is a beautiful seaside city of Spain, located on the Mediterranean coast of Northern Spain. It is popular for its modern architecture, innovative exhibitions, exotic beaches, mouth watering seafood and unique Catalonian culture. Barcelona is the capital of Cataluna in the Northern Spain. From Park Güell to Picasso’s Museum, everything has a beauty of its own. It also serves the best seafood of Europe. Olympics in 1992, was hosted by Barcelona.
Barcelona FC is the largest Football Club in the World, with the World’s popular Soccer Team. The Camp Nou Stadium of FC Barcelona is the largest stadium in the World. You cannot resist the temptation of capturing the charm of this place in your camera rolls.
Barcelona is a unique place which harmonizes the new ideas with the traditional ones. Near the end of September, La Merce – the special festival of Barcelona takes place, in which near about 600 events are conducted. La Boqueria in Barcelona is famous for its unique food stalls. It is also the biggest food market of Europe. International sports tournaments, conference, trade fairs and exhibitions are the highlights of Barcelona. Here, you can also enjoy live concerts, street performances etc. This unique place really demands a visit.
Location: Catalonia, Spain
Climate: In Barcelona, summers are warm whereas winters are mild cold. Carry light cotton clothes in summers with you. In the winter season from October to November, carry warm woolens, jackets and long coats with you.
Best Time to Visit: April to June and September to October due to its pleasant weather
How to reach:
By Air: Barcelona El Prat
By Train: Direct link with major cities of Paris, Zurich and Milan
By Bus: National and International buses at Estacion Nord and Barcelona- Sants Station
By Visit- Foremost Cruise Ship Harbor of Mediterranean’s Sea
Places of Interest
La Sagrada Familia Church
Location: 401 Carrer de Mallorca, Barcelona, Spain
Visiting hours: All days in a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
April-September: Open daily from 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
October-March: Open daily from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
From December 25th -26th , January 1st and January 6th , Church is closed during afternoons.
La Sagrada Familia Church is the most frequently visited tourist spot in Barcelona. It is located on the Northern side of the city and it is also listed by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site. It is a Roman Catholic Church, which has 18 beautiful tall towers that seem to fuse with the sky. Some traditional symbols of an eagle, a winged lion, a winged bull and a winged man are carved on its spires. The Church was beautifully designed by Antoni Gaudi. Its official name in Spanish is – ‘Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia’. Its construction was started in 1882. It is an unusual style of Nouveau art. It is the tallest church building in the World. Its exterior is adorned with three Façades – Glory Façade represents our ascension to the Christ, Nativity Façade denotes the birth of Jesus and Passion Façade symbolizes Jesus death. Equally stunning, the internal part of the church is also designed with unique Gaudi design. Different geometrical shapes with smooth curves and jagged points add a charm in its artistic style. Light flows inside the church through its colorful glasses with windows. Faith, hope and love are symbolized by its three entrances. Creativity and innovation is the essence of this masterpiece. No doubt, this is the reason for which near about 3 million tourists visit here to admire its peculiarity.
Gothic Quarters ( Barri Gotic)
Location: Gothic Quarters, Barcelona, Spain
Best time to visit: Daytime
Gothic Quarters is located in the heart of the city Barcelona. The narrow winding streets are enclosed by ancient buildings. Shopping lovers can buy gifts and souvenirs from the diversified shops present here. This is the only place where Columbus reached after his first voyage. You can explore delightful plazas, museum markets and churches merely on your foot. Parts of the old Roman walls can also be spotted here. Historical monuments of this place represent the middle ages. The top point of the town is the Monte Tabor. Streets of Gothic Quarters resemble labyrinthine layout. Your trip to Barcelona will not get completed, if you miss to visit this place.
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Timings: Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Park Güell is the most popular landmark of the city. It is a very spectacular public park. It is located on the Carmel Hills. It is also designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is out of one of the creations of the great architect, Antoni Gaudi. Initially, this park was planned to be a private place of 60 houses, but this vision of Gaudi was not achieved and this park became a public park. Fascinating Structures of stones, twisting pillars, great tile work and multi-colored mosaic seats are eye-catching. There is a unique colorful dragon fountain at the entrance. There is a museum in the park, which was earlier the house of Gaudi. This museum exhibits the brilliant work of Gaudi.
Location: About 1.2 kms from Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain
Best time to visit: Early evening and daytime
Las Ramble is the most famous street of Barcelona. Amazing restaurants, enchanting buildings, exquisite shops and admirable street performers are the charisma of the street. Plaza Catalunya is the beginning point, whereas Columbus Monument is the ending point of the street. You can have a good time by strolling in the street. Barric Gotic and Placa Reial are the lovely places of Las Ramble. The “Barca Fountain” is the drinking fountain at the top end of the street. It is believed that those who drink at the fountain will come back here again. There is a fountain of the ‘Three Graces’ at the centre. Another captivating place is Palau Güell. This beautiful palace is an ostentatious display of the wealth of its owner, Eusebi Güell.
Location: Carrer Montcada, Barcelona, Spain
Timings: Open all days in a week except Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Picasso Museum was publicly opened on 9th March, 1963. The Museum is a dedication to the World’s most admired painter, Pablo Picasso. Here, there are about 4,000 exclusive artworks of the famous artist, Picasso. Although his birth place is Malaga in the South Spain but he spent his formative years as a struggling painter in Barcelona only. This museum is located in five adjacent buildings of Barcelona. It contains the work of Picasso that was created by him during his lifetime. The First Communion and Science and Charity are its major collections. Various exhibitions, seminars and lectures are also organized by the Museum from time to time. The Museum also has a public library with 6,000 references. For art lovers, this Museum is a perfect place to visit.