Introduction to the Catalan spirit of Barcelona
It’s hard to write about Barcelona. Between Picasso and Gaudi, La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, Spanish guitars, sangria and paella, Barcelona casts over its visitors a spell that no one can ever break. We have let ourselves flow with the Barcelona wave and plan on exposing our guide about Barcelona’s beauties.
With a history that extends along 4,000 years, Barcelona is the result of a mix of cultures and nationalities that marked the evolution of the city. During its history, Barcelona has been invaded by different nationalities like French, ancient Romans or Moors people. This rich variety of cultures and populations formed the Barcelona we see nowadays. Considered one of the wealthiest cities in Spain, Barcelona has seen a lot of peaks and downfalls during its history. Money always attracts fights and wars and Barcelona has had to fight roughly to protect it`s wealth. During the Civil War, Barcelona suffered a huge number of attacks and losses, and the city’s wealth was substituted by an economic crisis and a downfall period. After the fall of Franco's regime, the city soon started blooming again and recovered the economic wealth it used to have before the invasion. The Olympic Games of 1992 put Barcelona again on the world map and helped it become one of the most popular cities in the world which receives more than 20 million visitors early. This means that Barcelona is seen yearly by a number of people that all in all could sum almost half of Spain’s population.
Transport in Barcelona
Traveling around Barcelona is one of the easiest things to do. Clearly adjusted to fit the needs of all its targeted audiences like inhabitants, tourists and investors, Barcelona offers a wide variety of transport means. Tourist buses, six metro lines, tram and bus lines, a port for commercial shipping and proximity trains form Barcelona’s metropolitan transport map. The communication and transfer between the lines is easily explained by the indicators in every station which are displayed in 3 languages: Catalan, Spanish and English. For those who need extra information an office is available in every metro station.
A one-way ticket in Barcelona is worth 1.35 euros and it can be bought from the automatic cashiers or from the bus driver. Different types of tickets are available for tourists according to the number of days they are going to spend visiting the city.
Museums in Barcelona
Modern art at the MACBA or culture at the Historical Museum of Catalunya, Barcelona is a monument of tradition for those interested in those fields. Barcelona also exposes many exhibitions yearly so be sure to check the ones available before visiting the city. If you are a fan of Picasso you should also make time to visit the Picasso Museum. The usual price of a ticket is 8 euros, but the first Sunday of every month, the museum offers a free entrance for all its visitors.
Must see areas in Barcelona
Barcelona has so many places you must see that you should be sure to book a very long vacation when visiting the city. From the imposing views of the Sagrada Familia to the natural monuments of Park Guell or Montjuic, Barcelona offers its visitors visual delights at every step. Whether you are interested in architecture, painting or simply having a good time with your friends, Barcelona offers plenty options to match the wishes of everyone. Make sure to let yourself flow by the splendor of Gaudi’s buildings or by the fun from the Tibidabo Adventure Park.
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The Barcelona feel
No one can really point what Barcelona has that makes everyone fall in love with her. Could it be the Catalan accent, the flavor of sangria, the mix of cultures and nationalities? Every person has a different version because Barcelona makes sure to offer every single visitor a unique experience.
From Japan fashion to Lebanon people, be prepared to see it all in Barcelona. No city of the world combines tradition and modernity in such a delightful way as Barcelona does. Every walk on the streets, every building you visit, and every person you meet help the creation of the global picture displayed by Barcelona. Magic, flamenco, tradition and rush are a few of the words one could use to describe the vibe that Barcelona inspires through its every pore.
Shopping in Barcelona
Whether you have a low budget or are visiting Barcelona for a luxurious shopping spree, this city offers you plenty of options so that you can find everything you are looking for. Go through the street of the Gothic Quarter to find vintage clothing or creative pieces from local young designers or visit the streets of Passeig de Gracia and Diagonal Avenue for some high class luxury shopping.