Barcelona is more than 2,000 years old. It abounds with many wonderful attractions. There is sure to be something for everyone to be enthralled. These include a wide variety of places. Whether you are looking for thrills and excitement, historic displays and exhibitions, you will find them all in this city with a difference.
In sophistication and style, Barcelona is the most popular Spanish city, second only to Madrid. Despite being a sprawling city, it is surprisingly quite easy to find your way around. There are several tourism and tourist information offices in the city centre and these provide detailed information about various attractions like monuments and museums, sightseeing, events and festivals.
Shopping outlets are very tempting in Barcelona. There are top designer shops as also traditional family stores. Boqueria Market is an exciting food market located in a cavernous structure in metal and glass. Street-café life in Barcelona is rich and very Latin in character. Many people sit outside in the squares and lazily watch what goes on around them. One of Barcelona’s unique attractions is a small Spanish village with different quarters that replicate the style of houses and architecture from different parts of Spain.
The old town or Ciutat Vella, situated in the heart of the city, is the most delightful area to explore. It is made up of many small quaint neighborhoods, connected by narrow serpentine streets. A sense of history and cosmopolitan ambience attract students, bohemians and artists to flourish in these localities.
An interesting start of your tour will be from Placa Catalunya and then through Les Rambles proceed towards the sea. Raval district is located on the right with its museums and art galleries, including one dedicated to Pablo Picasso. A walk through Gothic Quarter is like going back to ancient and medieval ages. Visually stunning churches and outstanding art museums will make your sightseeing most rewarding.
In the vicinity of the old town area and you will come across the extraordinary Sagrada Familia which is the controversial church that has remained unfinished because of the untimely death of its architect in 1926. It is the city’s most visited monument.
The ideal way to see many of the attractions in Barcelona and gain a real insight into the history is to take a walking tour. Barcelona can truly be called the walker’s paradise.