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Like many other cities on the Mediterranean, Barcelona was founded by the Romans. The original settlement, called Barcino, was a small port located on the same spot as today’s cathedral.

The town was overshadowed by Tarragona, the capital of the province.

Both the Visigoths and the Moors invaded Barcelona; however, their influence was not as important to the future of the city as the arrival of the Franks in the late 9th century.

It was at that point that Barcelona and Catalonia started shaping their own identity, different from the rest of Spain. This is most apparent in the language - Spanish, or Castilian, has many Arabic words, while Catalan has many French words instead. So Catalan is not a Spanish dialect, but a language in its own right, related to other Romance languages.

Barcelona’s history is seen everywhere in the city. The oldest areas are located by the sea, including the shopping enclave Barri Gotic.

On the other side of the main boulevard, La Rambla, lies the legendary Raval district. Until the 1980’s this was the slum area, home to the city’s own Chinatown (Barrio Chino) and the red light district. Today, designer shops and cafés have moved in. Further north is fashionable Eixample, the area created as a result of the 19th century expansion of the city.

Fanciful architecture and hip restaurants have come together with the sunny southern Spanish climate and beaches. This has transformed Barcelona in just a few decades from a rough port city to one of Europe’s—if not the world’s—premier destinations.

Stroll along La Rambla, admire the Casa Calvet’s façade or the Casa Mila designed by Gaudi, visit the Market of la Boqueria or shop at El Corte Inglés, and sample some of the many bars, cafés and late night haunts while you’re at it.

Top 10 represents the list of must see attractions when planning your trip to magnificent Barcelona. Here you will find not only stunning architecture but also amazing beaches and lots of parks. So try to imagine yourself walking all over the city when reading the Top 10.

Much of the attraction of Barcelona is the city’s wide range of sights. The architect, the design nerd, the football fan, the art historian, the city planner - there is something for all of them in the most self-assured city on the Mediterranean. A visit to Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila and Casa Calvet is a must when visiting Barcelona.

The easiest thing is to divide Barcelona’s overwhelming range of restaurants into two parts: the new and the old. Some of the world’s most modern restaurants, managed by the world’s most innovative chefs (the most famous is Ferrán Adrià) can be found here, but there is also traditional Catalonian cuisine which despite being heavy on occasion, includes very good vegetable dishes (samfaina, a kind of ratatouille, escalivada, grilled, peeled peppers, aubergines and onions espinacs a la catalan, spinach fried with garlic, pine nuts and raisins). Best known is the simple rustic pa amb tomàquet: a slice of bread with olive oil, salt and freshly crushed tomatoes.

"The new ones" in particular may be expensive, but many of the best known chefs’ apprentices have now opened their own lower-priced restaurants. Generally speaking, "the old ones" provide better value for money, although even the traditional restaurants know how to charge. You should always reserve a table in Barcelona. Dinner is not served until 9pm.

Barcelona’s café culture is half Italian, and comes with its own set of simple rules.

Café con leche (café amb llet in Catalan) is for breakfast, preferably with a croissant.

Mid-day, especially after a meal, the locals have an espresso, café solo (un café) or a cortado (un tallat), which is an espresso with milk. Café Americano is what some would call watered down versions of the two first coffees.

In the afternoon, or after dinner, order a café solo corto, a strong espresso, or a carajillo—a café solo with Spanish brandy.

Barcelona stays awake while the rest of Europe sleeps. Nightlife starts late, preferably at a bar. Spaniards believe it’s smart to eat while drinking, so most bars also serve tapas.

Barcelona’s trendy nightlife is in a constant state of change so the best advice is to ask around for the latest and greatest places, especially in fashion and record shops.

Shopping in Barcelona offers lots of interesting browsing. Unusual shops can be found in most parts of the city, but those who want to be efficient should focus on Placa Catalunya and Barri Gotic. The amusing and gigantic department store El Corte Ingles is located by Placa Catalunya. Come here for the wares, but also for the people. Across the street is El Triangle, a grotesquely large shopping palace with a good perfumery and a Camper shoe store.

 

 

Nh Sant Angelo Unrated
General Description: 4 star accommodations Accessible to many local attractions Beautiful views and exceptional service City views and exceptional service Location: Conveniently located in Barcelona Easy access to train station Local Attractions: Palacio..
Nh Sants Center Unrated
Built in 1992, this hotel comprises 5 floors with a total of 48 double rooms of which 47 double room and 1 suite. Amongst the facilities count a foyer with a 24-hour reception desk, a safe, lifts, a TV room, conference rooms, a garage and car park. Dining..
Located in the very center of Barcelona, where two of the most important avenues meet (Pº de Gracia and Diagonal), Nikbor hostel is the place to be! Our services include free breakfast, community kitchen, free WiFi everywhere and large common areas with..
Nn 1898 Unrated
Renovated in 2005, this hotel comprises a total of 166 rooms and 3 suites spread over 6 floors. This air-conditioned building comprises a 24-hour reception, hotel safe, cloakroom, lift and a cafe. Also, available are a bar and an air-conditioned restaurant..
Nouvel Hotel Unrated
The 3-star hotel nouvel is ideally located next to the popular area of plaza catalunya and ramblas and within walking distance from the gothic quarter and the cathedral. The old modernist style building is full of character and decorated with original..
Novotel Unrated
Very new and modern property on a quiet area in the surroundings of Barcelona and with easy access to all amenities in Barcelona. 0208FG
This city hotel, housed in a super modern building offering panoramic views to the city, is located in Diagonal Avenue, in the heart of Barcelona and very close to Jean Nouvel Tower. Within the area, guests will find public transport links, both bus and..
Novotel Barcelona Cornella is located by the International Trade Centre and Exhibition Centre of Cornella de LLobregat. With the airport and the nearest beach at only five minutes drive and a train connection from Almeda station (500 metres) to the city..
This city hotel is ideal for families and business travellers alike and comprises a total of 161 rooms. Facilities on offer to guests at this air-conditioned establishment include a lobby area with a 24-hour reception and 24-hour check-in/check out service,..
Four star Hotel located at the entrance of the Avenida Diagonal which cross the city of Barcelona, therefore easy to access from the Ap2 motorway and at just 25 minutes from the city centre by either tram or metro. Airport can be accessed in only fifteen..
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