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Barcelona Holidays Overview

Barcelona was founded during the Roman times and had played an important role throughout the history of Spain and the community of Catalonia. It is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Founded by Romans and once the jewel city of the Aragon crown, the city has a rich history spanning over more than 2,000 years.

Today this beautiful city has everything tourists expect from a European city- churches, museums, shops, restaurants and outdoor markets. The core of Barcelona is focused around the Old City, Ciutat Vella, where visitors can experience the true spirit of the city. Some of the most notable attractions of the city like El Born, El Raval, La Rambla and Barri Gotic are all located here.

The Old City has buildings dating back to the medieval times and even to the Roman settlement days. Many of the buildings in this district are World Heritage Sites. Buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi like the immense Sagrada Familia church are especially impressive.

Eixample is a modern district where some of the most beautiful art nouveau buildings in Barcelona are located. Sants-Montjuic is home to the Plaza of Spain and where large exhibitions and fairs are organized. This district has many good monuments and museums.

The lush green Collserola Hills looming behind Barcelona offer a scenic backdrop and options for mountain biking and hiking. The hilltop of Montjuic is also a good place to explore high quality museums, the old castle, botanic gardens and enjoy beautiful views.

Barcelona's nightlife is unabashed and offers live music, traditional taverns, cava bars and modern, plush lounges to choose from.

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Barcelona holidays - Top Places To Go

1. La Ramblas

What is it? The most famous street in Europe, the wide tree-lined boulevard known as La Ramblas, is a long continuous pedestrian avenue that changes names five times as it cuts through Barcelona's 'old city', the Barri Gotic, from the Placa Catalunya to the city's port. It is lined with cafes, restaurants and shops, and is usually thronged with leisurely walkers enjoying the sights and sounds. Whilst walking around it is worthwhile to note some attractions along the way, including Gaudi's Guell Palace, his first big architectural assignment, and the pretty square, Placa Reial. Hours of Operation: Phone:



2. Picasso Museum
Montcada Street 15-23
What is it? On Carrer Montcada, a street known for its elegant medieval structures, two palaces dating from the 15th century have been converted into the Picasso Museum, home to one of the most complete collections of works from his youth and formative years as an artist. Pablo Picasso spent his early years in Barcelona (between 1901 and 1906), and the museum is now the city's top attraction. The collection includes a number of childhood portraits and paintings, as well as engravings, drawings and art from his Blue and Rose Periods. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm Phone:932 563 000



3. Guell Park

What is it? Barcelona's famous architectural son, Antonio Gaudi, left his mark on the city nowhere more prominently than in the gardens of the Parc Guell. The park, sited on Camel Hill offering splendid views of the city, was originally planned to be a garden city suburb, but only two houses were completed before it was turned into a public recreational park. The gardens are festooned with examples of his work, including flights of stairs, columns and a plaza decorated with mosaics. The pink fairytale house standing at the entrance to the park was once home to Gaudi and his niece, but is now a museum containing some Gaudi-designed furniture, décor, drawings and portraits of the architect. Hours of Operation: Daily from 10am to 7pm (closing times vary depending on the season) Phone:



Barcelona holidays - Top Events


1. Carnival

From 2007-02-23

To 2007-03-03

What is it? Lent is traditionally a time of fasting and denial, and Carnival is the period before Lent to celebrate pleasures, extravagance and indulgence with an abundance of feasting and dancing. Street parades, float processions, and parties fill every street and plaza in the city and revellers come dressed in rich costumes. A mock funeral procession on Ash Wednesday marks the end of the festivities. Where is it?



2. Barcelona Summer Festival

From 2007-06-01

To 2007-08-31

What is it? The Barcelona Summer Festival, popularly known as the Grec Festival, is the cultural highlight on the summer calendar, and one of the most important arts festivals in the world. Every summer the city is filled with some of the finest national and international theatre, dance and music performances aimed at promoting different types of contemporary music and performance arts, as well as classical and ancient music and traditional acts. It is famed for its creativity and attracts a wide variety of visitors and locals alike. Where is it? Various locations around the city



3. European Balloon Festival

From 2007-07-01

To 2007-07-31

What is it? Thousands of spectators gather to watch as the sky is filled with a wonderfully colourful display of hot air balloons from around the world. Market stalls are set up to complete the festive atmosphere of one of the biggest ballooning events in Europe. For more information phone +34 (0)93 804 2202 or email Where is it? The town of Igualada, located about 31 miles (50km) inland from Barcelona



4. St John's Eve (Sant Joan)

From 2007-06-23

To 2007-06-23

What is it? Midsummer in Barcelona is celebrated with a big bang as fireworks colour the sky in a festive prelude to the national holiday of the Feast of John the Baptist. Ancient traditions observed the summer solstice as the most important event of the solar year and fire was celebrated as the symbol of abundance, purity and fertility. So too today, the solstice festivities have fire as their central focus. Each neighbourhood stages fireworks and all-night bonfires are fuelled by collections of old furniture, but the biggest celebration is at Montjuic with a fabulous fireworks display and a colossal bonfire. There are dances and celebrations in the squares, street parties, music and entertainment throughout the city, and in all the homes traditional cake or 'coca' is eaten and sparkling wine is drunk. Where is it?



5. Festival of La Mercè

From 2007-09-21

To 2007-09-24

What is it? The Festival of La Mercè is dedicated to the patron saint of Barcelona, the Virgin of Mercy, and involves a fabulous assortment of popular Catalan traditions and mythology. The city celebrates by hosting one of the biggest parties of the year with street music and dancing, fairs, theatre, concerts and parades. Firework spectacles light up figures of dragons and devils, and gigantic folklore icons of Catalonia ('gegants') are paraded through the city centre, while traditional teams of 'Castellers' build human pyramids in St Jaume Plaza. For more information contact the Institute of Culture on +34 93 301 7775. Where is it? Various squares and open places around the city




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