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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

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Festes de la Merce

Written by Tolik on 28 Dec, 2006

There is no better time to visit Barcelona than end of September, during famous Festes de la Merce. In 2006 the first celebrations began on September 18th, and the last ones took place during the following weekend.The festivals are dedicated to the patron Saint of…Read More


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Barcelona Festivals

Written by Tolik on 28 Dec, 2006

The festive spirit is something you feel as you walk around Barcelona. Barcelona celebrates 15 official holidays a year, including all the major Catholic festivals. During numerous "festes" people show welcoming, enthusiastic and generous aspect of Barcelona. The calendar begins in January with the Cavalcada…Read More


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Barcelona es Teva!

Written by weetoon on 15 Nov, 2006

I wanted to write about the ‘Barcelona Card’ but then decided to widen the scope of this journal to include all transports (well, all the ones I can think of…). I will not include information on driving in Barcelona, as we had no first-hand experience…Read More


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Buzzing Around Barcelona

Written by hagnel2 on 27 Nov, 2004

Setting Off A magic carpet could have been put to good use in this city; instead, we settled for nature’s transport and the metro. As time was of the essence, we took a taxi from the port. Having visited Spain many times, we always…Read More


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La Sagrada Familia - Gaudi's Unfinished Cathedral

Written by Taylor252 on 24 Aug, 2003

One of the most enduring worldwide symbols of Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia or as it’s more commonly known, The Unfinished Cathedral. This is arguably Gaudí's greatest and most enduring masterpiece. Gaudi was an artist/architect born in 1852. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that date,…Read More


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The Sagrada Familia

Written by travelprone on 18 Feb, 2004

Startling in its white vastness this edifice that dominates Barcelona’s skyline, this sight still in the process of becoming, lurching towards completion, is simply a nonpareil. Nothing like it exists on Earth. Neither "beautiful" nor "ugly" describes it. It is ultimately indescribable.…Read More


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Pack Adaptability-Our Apartment Rental

Written by travelprone on 18 Feb, 2004

Rec Comptal, 7 bis. www.tourismcatalonia.net (From research after our Barcelona stay, I learned that Rec Comtal was the name of the water sluice that supplied the Ribera in medieval times. This street is at the extreme eastern end of St. Pere les Baix; to the…Read More


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Get Me Away From All These Tour Buses - Part II

Written by KJP on 10 Jul, 2004

The Plan The memory of our enological outing the previous day still fresh in our heads, we once again set our sights on something off the tourist-beaten path on this, our second and final day in Barcelona with a rental car at our disposal. This time…Read More


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Get Me Away From All These Tour Buses

Written by KJP on 17 Jun, 2004

The Plan With a rental car, a couple of Barcelona guidebooks and little else in our possession (other than a desire to escape to a place void of other tourists), we set out to devise a plan: experience some local color outside of Barcelona while avoiding…Read More


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DISCOUNT TRAVEL SERIES - Where you stay

Written by Jose Kevo on 14 Jul, 2001

Other than the airline ticket that gets you there, where you stay is the other necessary factor that can take a very large chunk out of your budget...though it doesn't have to be that way. Especially when traveling to Europe, I highly recommend staying…Read More


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