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The Placa de Catalunya is a very popular tourist attraction because of the amazing and unique architecture.  This is a large town square and is considered as the center of Barcelona.

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Barcelona / Holidays in Barcelona

Here is an overview of a few of the basic essentials you'll need to know when planning a holiday in Barcelona.

Arriving in Barcelona

Your holiday in Barcelona begins on arrival at the Barcelona Airport which is just 12km from the city center. From the airport take the Aerobus into the city. Alternatively you can arrive by high speed train from Madrid or by Spain's inter-city train system. Ferries link Barcelona to Majorca, Minorca and even places like Genoa, Italy. Many cruise ships also make the stop in Barcelona's large port.

Getting around Barcelona

If your hotel is centrally located then you'll be able to explore a lot of the city on foot but there is a clean and efficient metro system which links all the major attractions. If you want to stay above ground then the Barcelona bus and tram system can also get you from place to place. The official yellow and black taxis with a green light on top are readily available. Fares are reasonable at about €10 for a 15 minute journey. The Bus Turistic is a hop-on-hop-off bus with two routes (and a third in the summer) which pass each of the most famous landmarks and Barcelona attractions.

Where to sleep in Barcelona

There is no shortage of hotels in Barcelona, from 5 star luxury hotels like Hotel Arts to simple bed and breakfasts. Barcelona has a very good youth hostel as well as prestigious hotels like the impressive W Hotel near the beach. But if you are looking for like-home accommodation our Luxury Penthouse in Barcelona is your definitive choose.

Where to eat in Barcelona

You can find many kinds of food in Barcelona from vegan and vegetarian to Japanese and Turkish. All the usual fast food chains are represented and there are plenty of cheap eateries. However why not try some of the local delicacies or find a smaller restaurant that serves authentic Catalonian cuisine. Be sure to try the Arroz caldoso de gamba con picada de pescador, a rice dish with broth, Fricando veal stew, suquet fish stew and some of the delicious seafood in Barcelona. For cheap meals yet still typically Spanish try the many tapas bars and tapas restaurants.

Must-See sites in Barcelona

Although you'll spend your holiday wandering the many interesting streets of the city, browsing in the stores and enjoying the many attractions and activities there are a few must-see sites which you can't go home without seeing:

Sagrada Familia – The yet to be finished Gaudi masterpiece.
La Pedrera – Designed by Gaudi, a fantastical house on several levels.
Picasso Museum – See the early works and sketches of former resident of Barcelona, Picasso.
Miro Museum – Displaying works by this renowned Barcelonan artist.
Barcelona FC Museum – See the football stadium and the adjoining museum of one of the world's most famous football teams.
Magic Fountain – A sound and light show where fountains dance to the music.
La Rambla – The ultimate pedestrian street with stores, historic buildings and entertainment.
Barrio Gotico – Barcelona's old medieval town built around the even older Roman town of Barcino.
Park Guell – A large park with architectural features created by Gaudi.

Barcelona Beaches

The Barceloneta Beach is the city's main beach and the biggest where you'll find crowds, music and beach front restaurants. Bogatell beach is a quieter stretch of sand about 15 minutes walk from the Bogatell metro station. Nova Icaria Beach is where the younger set hangs out. Mar Bella Beach is a clothing-optional nudist beach and is popular with the gay community.

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