Barcelona has everything demanded of a fascinating, cosmopolitan world city – and goes one further by adding a beach! Whether your cathedral of choice is the Sagrada Familia or the Camp Nou, the city boasts some truly majestic architecture. But as with all the best destinations, the greatest joys will come from stumbling across your own discoveries or simply allowing the verve and vigour of this exhilarating city to wash over you.
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Barcelona could have been home to the Eiffel Tower! That’s right if everything had gone according to Gustave Eiffel’s initial plan, Paris’ most famous landmark would now be in Barcelona. Unfortunately, Spain rejected the architect’s project, deciding that it was too “radical” and did not fit the city’s aesthetics.
As the capital of Catalonia, a region with a hard-wired sense of its own identity, Barcelona has evolved on its own lines. Independently pursuing excellence in art, culture, food, sport and technology, you really get the sense that everyone in this city is pulling together to achieve great things. It’s a dynamism which you’ll find truly utterly irresistible!. Every visitor to Barcelona should see at least one Gaudí masterpiece.
Possibly the most famous landmark in the city and home of the Christopher Columbus monument, this vibrant pedestrianised street in the heart of Barcelona will entertain the whole family. Live performances, human statues, street artists, shops, restaurants and cafés can be found all the way along this 1.2 km tree-lined stretch – just be aware of pickpockets!
Parc de la Ciutadella
A visit to a park is a guaranteed way for children to let off steam, and there are plenty of opportunities for this in Barcelona. In particular, Parc de la Ciutadella features everything you could ask for – fountains, a boating lake, museums, play areas, gardens, huge expanses of grass and Zoo de Barcelona. And don’t miss the huge statue of the woolly mammoth!