A City Break In Barcelona - Part One

Barcelona-Gaudi-Sagrada FamiliaAs the capital of the most famous part of Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona is a gorgeous city fsurrounded by Mediterranean Sea and amazing mountains that makes this so unique. Thanks to its own special history, customs and language you’ll need months to explore every aspect of the city. However, the city is compact and visiting some of the most interesting places could be done in much less time. The first places that every tourist should visit, are the city's most recognisable icons - the Park Güell and Sagrada Familia, both creations from the extraordinary architect Antonio Gaudi, who is responsible for several immortal architectural creations in Barcelona and the region. It is not a coincidence that he is often compared with Christopher Wren, the master architect from London.

 

 

 

 

When to visit

Even though Barcelona changes its charms with the seasons, if you like to enjoy everything that the town offer to the fullest, it is advisable to visit in early or late summer. During this time you can enjoy the beaches, parks and gardens, avoiding the tourist crowds that can makes things a bit intense in late July and August. Having in mind that a remarkable part of Barcelona is the city’s architecture, a private tour with a guide is a great introduction to this part of the city history.

How to get there

The Barcelona international airport is twelve kilometers from the center and is directly connected with almost all European destinations. A  shuttle bus who departs for the city center every ten minutes, and the train, from T2, departs every 30 minutes. If arriving by train, which is a great option for shorter distancers, you arrive at the Sants train station, in the southern district of Sants. The station is naturally connected to several subway lines, as well as buses an taxis.

We must say Barcelona is rather large metropolis that covers about 100km2, but the best of luck, most of the city’s sights are close to each other. The best place to start your outdoor Barcelona activities is the most famous, iconic boulevard Las Rambles which is surging trough the city’s center, from Plaça de Catalunya all the way to the harbor.

The old town or also known as the district of Cuitat Vella, is placed on the both sides of the boulevard. Revamped waterfront and many other beautiful views will come before your eyes. Barry Gòtic is popular place here where you can see the most amazing Gothic architecture in whole Europe. On the northern side of Cuitat Villa the district of Eixample is located, there you can see a variety of stylish buildings all created by Antony Gaudi. 

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