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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.

 

 

Nuevo Triunfo Unrated
The hotel offers Wi-Fi and the front desk staff is available 24 hours a day.The hotel has 40 rooms. All classically decorated in marble and beechwood. All our rooms have satellite TV, private bathroom with shower or bathtub, toiletries, air conditioning..
Oasis Unrated
The Oasis hotel is conveniently situated in the city centre neighbourhood of Barceloneta, within walking distance from the beach and the main sites of Barcelona as Port Vell, Maremagnum, the Picasso Museum, the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas and the trendy..
This hotel was fully refurbished in 2006 and comprises 5 floors with a total of 44 rooms, including double rooms, single rooms, double rooms for single occupancy, Comfort suites, rooms featuring terraces, three-bed rooms, disability-friendly rooms and..
Ofelias Hotel Unrated
The Ofelias Hotel is a great destination for anyone hoping to explore the magical Spanish city of Barcelona. From this property you will be within easy reach of many of the city¿s top attractions, including Gran Vía, the Gothic Quarter, the..
The location of these apartments is excellent as it is near most of the touristic and historical sights, very close to the famous shopping avenue of Passeig de Gracia. The city center is within walking distance where guests can find an endless number..
Olivia Plaza Unrated
The hotel is ideally located in the touristic and commercial heart of Barcelona. The hotel is a short walk to the famous Ramblas with its many restaurants and street performers. There is quick and easy access to public transportation, to the whole city..
Onix Fira Unrated
The air-conditioned hotel is charming, cosy and situated in an unbeatable location to enjoy the attractiveness of Barcelona. Guests are offered 80 rooms and welcomed in a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out services, as well as lift access. Further..
Onix Fira Hotel Unrated
Location This family-friendly city hotel is located next to Plaza Espana, the Fira de Barcelona fairgrounds and the Palacio de Congresos congress centre. Other important sites close to this hotel include the Olympic facilities on Montjuic and the Sants..
The Resort: is situated in the neighborhood of Sants, 500m from the iconic Camp Nou stadium of FC Barcelona. 20 minutes by metro from the center: with its elegant boulevards of Ensanche and the famous Paseo de Gracia where you can admire the architectural..
This luxury hotel is housed in a 19th century castle the tower of which dates back to the 2nd century. It occupies a prime position overlooking the Cardoner River and the surrounding valley. Fully air-conditioned, the 54-room hotel features a lobby with..

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