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The Beautiful City of Barcelona - Barcelona
The Beautiful City of Barcelona

Barcelona is certainly a city of many wonders. Elisabeth and I were captivated from the moment we walked out of the train station onto the street. We knew right away, this was like no other city either one of us had been to before.

Barcelona is a port city located on the Mediterranean Sea between the Llobregat and Besos rivers. In 1992, the world turned their attention to Spain's second largest city when Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics. Today, Barcelona is still basking in the success that the games brought them. Through Barcelona's newfound popularity, the city has slid gracefully into the 21st century. The boom in tourism alone is evidenced from the number of new Barcelona pages here on VT! Although the Olympic Games did a great deal to boost tourism, Barcelona has always been a city that has fascinated and captivated world travelers for hundred of years. We of course were no exception!

Barcelona is bursting with cultural energy and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations throughout Europe. Vacationers could spend days wandering around the city, just admiring Barcelona's unique architecture. One example is the Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia (Sagrada Familia for short), an unfinished cathedral designed by Antonio Gaudí that dominates the city's skyline. Not only is there an abundant amount of history to be seen in Barcelona, but the city is as modern and as hip as any other throughout the world (well that I've been to anyways). The city is a shopper's paradise with everything from modern fashions to art and hand-crafted pottery for sale. There are also a large number of restaurants that are sure to please even the most discerning palates. This is a city that never sleeps, the nightclubs don't even get pumping until well after midnight.

Located on the warm Mediterranean sea, temperatures never drop to the extremes so the city can be explored at any time of the year. It's a city to be missed by none!

Balcony in L'Eixample near la Sagrada Familia. - Barcelona

Balcony in L'Eixample near la Sagrada Familia.

I also had to add this one picture which is so typical and so reminiscent of Barcelona. I feel this was is some ways, my best picture of Barcelona because it was so 'real'.

Many of the apartments in the various neighborhoods throught Barcelona have these long balconies which the locals have adorned, stocked, or equipped with various things. This lady for example was watering her plants and also using the balcony as a storage place for her bicycle.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:City Rich with Culture and History and beautiful architecture
  • Cons:Certain places seemed run down and neglected.
  • In a nutshell:A romantic gem in Europe
  • Last visit to Barcelona: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 20, 2004
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Travelogues (4)

  • Passion Facade - Barcelona

    Written Nov 23, 2003

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    More pictures of the Sagrada Familia

  • The Serpentine at Parc Güell. - Barcelona

    Written Jun 13, 2004

    8 photos

    More pictures from Parc Güell.

  • The founatins at Palau Nacional - Barcelona

    Written Nov 23, 2003

    8 photos

    The Dancing Fountains at the Palau Nacional

  • Stairs at La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona

    Written Jun 20, 2004

    8 photos

    Other works by Gaudí

Comments (44)

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Love the picture you chose to depict Barcelona. It is always a challenge for us locals to imagine what the city looks like in foreigner's eyes.

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    Jul 2, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    Thanks for your really good barcelona tips :-)

  • Jan 8, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    If you want to go to the Stadium of F.C. BARCELONA, first I advise you to visit the following web http://www.visit-camp-nou.com/ is very useful because it is created by two neighbors who live around the stadium

  • adema29's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Very useful tips for us - we'll visit Barcelona in December!

  • wandabendik's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2009 at 12:37 AM

    Thanks for a wonderful chapter to your book. Wandax

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    We'll be departing from Barcelona to France and Italy, but have scheduled time to see some of this magnificent city. Thanks so much for your tips!! Regards from Texas....

  • shamu1's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2009 at 2:32 AM

    Great pages, i am off to Barcelona again in August. I absolutley love the place and have enjoyed looking through your thoughts and memories.

  • vpas's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2008 at 6:21 AM

    hi, lovely page.am in the process of deciding where to go next may-june and your page has put spain in my list of places to go.thanks for sharing all the info.. Vpas

  • Oct 16, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    I ate there in Sept. The bill had 2 Appertizers added to our bill. The waiter explained it as a cover charge. What happened was the waiter left a small bowl of olives and two pieces of bread and added 3.80 euros to your bill. I did not eat there again.

  • lomi's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2008 at 5:12 AM

    I enjoyed your Barcelona tips. We're hoping to travel from Lanzarote for a week in November.

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