Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA, includes several Roman archaeological sites.
Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economic and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia.
Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.[It is a major cultural and economic centre in southwestern Europe, 24th in the world (before Zürich, after Frankfurt).
Barcelona has very robust transit system. You can purchase tickets for the metro in different forms, such as one trip tickets or all day passes. Now if you were to do just a one way ticket those can range in cost from $2 to $2.30 Euro,whereas if you do a day pass it may be around $12 to $14 Euro.
Another important little fact to know about Barcelona is when the local eat, or when is dinner time. If you’re not from the area or know someone in the area dinner time can be confusing. Restaurants are generally open from 1:30 p.m. to 4.:00 p.m. for lunch, and from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. for dinner. Many stores close for lunchtime siesta (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.), as well as on Sundays and public holidays. A lot of businesses close for the whole month of August.
There are plenty of things to do while in Barcelona, cooking classes, take a stroll down to Las Rablas, visit Parc Guell and of course a trip to Barcelona would be incomplete if you didn’t stop over at Sagrada Familia.
One of the premier destinations of Europe, great food, great culture and great people, what more could you ask for,,,Enjoy Barcelona.
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When I was about 9 years old, my parents took our family on a trip to Disneyland. As a young child, going on my first family vacation that didn’t result in lodging with distant relatives, invoked a plethora of thoughts, feelings and emotions within me.