Catalunya’s Capital and Spain’s Second Largest City is a Must See
Barcelona is exuding with life, boasting some of the world’s best art galleries and architecture. With a prosperous port and affluent commercial centre populating three million people Barcelona is impossible to tire out.
What is Barcelona like?
Barcelona, Spain’s second city is set between the Mediterranean Sea and wooded mountains. The city goes up hill from the sea to the mountains making it progressively more spread out and high up until the city and countryside meet.
At the higher up points of Barcelona it is possible to view the whole city below with the Mediterranean in the distance. Barcelona is the most cosmopolitan city in Spain with one of the Mediterranean’s busiest ports.
The city has a dynamic feel architecturally, artistically and its inhabitants are a variety in abundance. There are the hedonistic, hippies and students through to the Catalan families and hard-working individuals hoping to place Barcelona in the forefront of 21st century Europe with its concentration on the hi-tech and biomedical business.
Art and Architecture in Barcelona
The centre of Barcelona, which spreads back from the beach, is made up of one of the greatest concentrations of Gothic architecture in Europe, with winding alley ways and a close proximity in every regard.
Beyond this is the Eixample neighbourhood which has an entirely different feel to it, with its wide avenues and beautiful, tall trees and a calmer, less congested part of the city.
The Gracia neighbourhood, which is neighbourhood north of Eixample, is home to Antoni Gaudi’s spectacular, bizarre pieces of architecture. Park Guell, Colonial Guell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo.
Barcelona has long been an innovative city for art, architecture and style since the late 19th century. With past residents including Gaudi, Picasso, Dali and Miró the city is bursting full of creativity form the building to the galleries, including the marvels of Modernisme to the modern wonders of today.
Barcelona’s Catalan History
Barcelona is very proud of its history and Catalan culture. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region with its own language, temperament and past. Many Catalans regard their home as a separate country. The city itself could keep you occupied for weeks but just outside it are sandy beaches, Sitges and the Montserrat mountain range, which are easily accessible from Barcelona and a must see, time permitting.
The Food in Barcelona
Creativity is even implemented in the food in Barcelona where cuisine is characterized by an innate originality that other Spanish regions lack. For example, raisins and nuts are often mixed into vegetable dishes; rabbit is combined with snails; poultry or meat is cooked with fruit. Also due to its proximity to the Mediterranean, Barcelona food includes great seafood dishes.
Barcelona Airports and How to Get from The Airports To The City
Barcelona has one airport called Barcelona International Airport in El Prat de Llobregat, which is 10km outside of Barcelona city. Its code is ‘BCN’. Alternatively some low cost airlines, such as Ryan Air, fly to Girona Airport, which is approximately 100km from Barcelona city centre and a 1 hour and 10 minute bus journey. The airport code is ‘GRO’.