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The 1992 Olympic Games breathed new life into this Catalonian capital, which once looked rather worse for wear. Today, as Spain’s largest port and commercial center, it balances itself on the edge of architecture, intellectual life, and style. Among the city's many attractions are its Picasso Museum; palm-lined avenues; striking architecture by Antonio Gaudi; a revamped beachfront; and the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona’s music hall. If you have the time, take the 40-minute train ride to Montserrat; this mountaintop is home to a monastery, a basilica, an art museum, cafés, and shops.

Whether you’re out for a heaving party town or some old-world Mediterranean charm, Barcelona will not disappoint. Nightlife options are plentiful. If you want to stay at a stunning hotel, try the Hotel Arts Barcelona or one of the city’s other luxury hotels, followed by a meal at the affordable and... Read More
The 1992 Olympic Games breathed new life into this Catalonian capital, which once looked rather worse for wear. Today, as Spain’s largest port and commercial center, it balances itself on the edge of architecture, intellectual life, and style. Among the city's many attractions are its Picasso Museum; palm-lined avenues; striking architecture by Antonio Gaudi; a revamped beachfront; and the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona’s music hall. If you have the time, take the 40-minute train ride to Montserrat; this mountaintop is home to a monastery, a basilica, an art museum, cafés, and shops.

Whether you’re out for a heaving party town or some old-world Mediterranean charm, Barcelona will not disappoint. Nightlife options are plentiful. If you want to stay at a stunning hotel, try the Hotel Arts Barcelona or one of the city’s other luxury hotels, followed by a meal at the affordable and delicious Les Quinze Nits.

Parks cover 10% of the city, and National Geographic lists Barcelona’s beaches as some of the best urban beaches in the world. No matter where you stay or what you decide to do, check out IgoUgo travelers’ photos for ideas and to get a feel for the city.    Close

Stories and Tips Barcelona

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A legacy of stone and art

Written by marif on 29 Mar, 2013

Via Laietana is a busy interconnecting thoroughfare that runs northwest from Barcelona’s seaport to Placa Urquinaona. Here, it changes its name to Carrer de Pau Claris and continues straight to Avinguda Diagonal, the city’s widest avenue and its most important commercial gateway. West of Via…Read More


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Soaking in the essence of Barcelona

Written by marif on 16 Feb, 2013

A one-mile stroll along La Rambla from Placa de Catalunya to the Monument a Colom takes less than an hour but the surprises and attractions that spring along the way make lingering around necessary if one wishes to relish the experience and get more than…Read More


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Barcelona: a city with diverse facets

Written by marif on 06 Feb, 2013

Madrid is undeniably a city of culture and art par excellence. The capital of Catalonia although likewise graced with scores of museums and artistic centres does not transmit a feeling of enlightenment or artistic enrichment that is so manifestly evident in Madrid. Coming to…Read More


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Gaudi Gaudi

Written by FriscoFrank on 28 Jan, 2013

The Barcelona Airport information agent answered my question without hesitation, "See as many pieces of Gaudi's works as possible." Not the food, not the shopping, not even the famed Las Ramblas. I had done my homework, reading up for my trip. Architect and designer Antoni…Read More


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Barcelona, something for everyone

Written by Pumpkin88 on 25 Apr, 2012

During our holiday to Salou we decided to visit the world famous city of Barcelona on a day trip. We got tickets from the local bus company Plana for €19 per person for a return ticket. This wasn't too bad a price as the bus…Read More


Gaudi in Barcelona - Overview

Written by Joy S on 24 Apr, 2012

If there is a famous name that everyone associates with the city of Barcelona, then it has to be that of the architect Antonio Gaudi. His work has influenced this city so much, and you can find his creations all over Barcelona. His…Read More


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Eating and Drinking

Written by Joy S on 17 Apr, 2012

There is all sorts of food to try in Barcelona - the choice is wonderful.Anyone with a taste for chocolate will be in seventh heaven. The chocolate shops which you will find absolutely everywhere, are filled with chocolate in imaginative shapes. We saw…Read More


Tips and Hints - General

Written by Joy S on 17 Apr, 2012

* The Mediterranean climate means that Barcelona is rarely uncomfortably cold, even in winter. It can though be very hot and humid in the summertime. Early summer and autumn are the ideal times to visit, especially May to June and September to October.…Read More


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Tips and Hints - Getting There and Getting Around

Written by Joy S on 17 Apr, 2012

* There is no shortage of flights to Barcelona, including low cost flights from lots of airports, both main and regional. We flew on a scheduled Monarch flight from the UK and found it to be perfect. On the flight, we sat on…Read More


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Overview and Highlights

Written by Joy S on 17 Apr, 2012

Barcelona is a great destination for a short break. It is the capital of Catalonia, a region with its own language, character and history. It is on the Mediterranean Sea and is quirky, cosmopolitan and a very cool place. The city is…Read More


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