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Visiting Barcelona

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

Barcelona's Top Sights

Written by Wasatch on 10 Mar, 2011

We took two cruises, each of which ended up with two days in Barcelona. From these two trips, we learned that to properly see the sights of Barcelona takes more than four days. I will list the places we saw, ranked in…Read More


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Plaza de España and the National Art Museum of Catalonia

Written by Zhebiton on 16 Jan, 2011

Piazza di Spagna - one of the largest squares of the city, was built to the International Exhibition in 1929 at the foot of Montjuic near Sants-Montjuic. That's the view from the mountain to the area you are now and see. In the center -…Read More


Time out Barcelona the best guide book

Written by jipp05 on 16 Dec, 2010

Time out is a publishing company based in London that publishes magazines and travel guides for international cities. When I am visiting a new place I usually buy the time out travel guide and I find it invaluable. The one I use the most has…Read More


Public transport Barcelona

Written by Jctravel1983 on 23 Nov, 2010

Public transport BarcelonaBarcelona is the second largest city in Spain and has about 5 million inhabitants in the city and surrounding area. Besides the many inhabitants of the city gets every year many tourists in town for a short but sometimes long period visits. With…Read More


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Un-missable Areas

Written by dkm1981 on 12 Nov, 2009

*Barri Gòtic* Barcelona's gothic quarter is located just off the Ramblas and offers a more sedate and understated atmosphere. There are many places to visit, but the fun, for us, was getting lost in the rabbit warren of interconnecting narrow streets and then stumbling across…Read More


A Few Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Stay!

Written by dkm1981 on 10 Nov, 2009

There are some things that I think are useful know to make sure you get the most out of your stay in Barcelona: -Learn a bit of the language- As always, it is useful to be able to read signs and so on, but more…Read More


Girona Airport- Still Another Hour to Barcelona!

Written by fizzytom on 06 Jun, 2009

Cheeky Ryanair! Although they do fly to the city of Barcelona, they bill their flights to Girona as "Girona (Barcelona)" even though it is more than an hour's drive down the motorway to the larger city. Just as well my flights were cheap as the…Read More


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Tips for Using the Barcelona Metro

Written by fizzytom on 19 May, 2009

Although it means you’ll see less along the way, the Barcelona Metro is the best method of transport to get you easily and cheaply around the city. It really is a pleasure to use; the trains and the platforms are clean, it’s safe and the…Read More


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Buzzing Barcelona in a Little Yellow Go-Car

Written by koshkha on 06 Mar, 2009

I recently found myself with a tricky situation. It was just a few days before 30 people that I had invited to a meeting would arrive in Barcelona and we still had no firm plan on what to do with them in the evenings. When…Read More


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A Birthday Surprise

Written by MichaelJM on 23 Nov, 2007

We were embarking on the best kept family secret ....ever. My son’s partner had decided that she wanted to surprise him on his 30th birthday and had decided to book him on a long weekend City Break in Barcelona. Would we be interested in being…Read More


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