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Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, due to its good climate and its cultural offerings. Barcelona houses several renowned museums as well as the unique modernist architecture. The city also has lovely beaches, from the historical Barceloneta to the newest, sandless bathing zone in the Forum.

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» Barcelona Aquarium (L'Aquarium)

Barcelona Aquarium (L'Aquarium), Barcelona

Barcelona's Aquarium is one of the largest in Europe and boasts one of the most impressive collections of Mediterranean sealife in the world. You will marvel at the sharks and other creatures swimming above their heads as they walk through the glass tunnels that give a unique view of the animals. You will also have the opportunity to pet a stingray at the touch pool and get an upclose look at nearly 8,000 fish through the floor-to-ceiling glass displays …

» Barcelona Cruise Port

Barcelona Cruise Port , Barcelona

Welcome to the vibrant Catalan capital, Barcelona! With its laid-back Mediterranean setting, exciting Modernist architecture and labyrinthine Gothic Quarter, Barcelona has enough shore excursions and activities to keep you bar-hopping and sightseeing for days. Barcelona's cruise terminals are clustered in historic Port Vell at the foot of Las Ramblas, Barcelona's most famous thoroughfare. It's a 10 to 30-minute walk to Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter …

» Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo, Barcelona

Whether you like your animals fluffy or ferocious, they'll be something that fits the bill at the Barcelona Zoo, one of the city's most family friendly attractions, spread over 14 hectares within the Parc de la Ciutadella. Over 7,000 animals and 400 different species call the zoo home, with everything from dolphins to rhinoceros living in quarters that mimic their natural habitats. Since opening its gates in 1892 to showcase the private fauna collection of Lluis Marti …

» Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona

Few cities do urban beaches with as much panache as Barcelona and with 4.2 km of sandy coastline, there are plenty of options to choose from. The most popular is the Barceloneta Beach, an easy bus ride from the city center and crammed with locals and tourists during the summer months. Whether you're looking to escape the city heat, top up your suntan or take a dip in the cool Mediterranean, Barceloneta has plenty of options to keep beach-goers busy …

» Bodegas Torres

Bodegas Torres , Barcelona

A trip to Barcelona isn't complete without sampling some of Catalonia's renowned wines and the Bodegas Torres, Spain's largest winery, is the perfect place to start. A sprawling vineyard dominating the famous Penedes region, the winery is owned by the legendary Torres' family, whose wine and brandy making legacy dates back more than 140 years. Less than an hour from Barcelona, the Torres Winery makes a popular day trip for both locals and tourists …

» CaixaForum Barcelona

CaixaForum Barcelona , Barcelona

The sister museum to Madrid's popular CaixaForum cultural center, CaixaForum Barcelona was inaugurated in 2002 and has since made a name for itself as one of the city's premium modern art galleries. With a permanent exhibition that features over 700 thematically displayed works, it's one of the biggest modern art collections in Spain, including works by Salvador Dali, William Turner, William Hogarth, Joseph Beuys and Sol Lewitt …

» Camp Nou

Camp Nou , Barcelona

Football fans won't want to miss a visit to the Camp Nou Football Stadium, the home ground of FC Barcelona and the largest stadium in Europe. Inaugurated in 1957, the venue has hosted a number of key international games, including the FIFA World Cup, the European Champions' Cup and two UEFA Champions League Finals. During your tour of the 55,000-square-meter stadium, designed by architects Francesc Mitjans, Josep Soteras, and Lorenzo Garcia-Barbon, you'll walk through the players' tunnel and across the pitch …

» Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo , Barcelona

One of Barcelona's most fanciful works of architecture, the elaborate Casa Batllo was built by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi between 1904 and 1906 and stands on the famous central avenue of Passeig de Gracia. The building was commissioned by its namesake Josep Batllo and forms one of a number of innovative structures on the street, locally dubbed the 'Mancana de la Discordia' ('apple of discord'). The original 19th-century building was completely remodeled Gaudi with an elaborate Art Noveau facade …

» Catalunya Square

Catalunya Square, Barcelona

Strategically located at the meeting point of La Rambla and Passeig de Gracia, two of Barcelona's busiest boulevards, Catalunya Square (Placa de Catalunya) makes a strategic starting point for walking tours of the city. More than just a navigational landmark, Catalunya Square is also the symbolic heart of Barcelona and the large, tree-lined plaza is abuzz with activity both day and night. As well as being surrounded by restaurants, cafes and bars, including the iconic Cafe Zurich and the Hard Rock Cafe …

» Ciutat Vella (Old City)

Ciutat Vella (Old City) , Barcelona

The historic heart of Barcelona is the Cuitat Vella, or Old City, home to the majority of the city's tourist attractions and encompassing the districts of El Raval, Barri Gotic, La Ribera and Barceloneta. With its abundance of iconic architecture, world-class museums and historic sights, most visitors to the city find themselves spending the majority of their time in the Cuitat Vella. Las Rablas is the Old City's main thoroughfare, separating the residential neighborhood and red light district of El Raval …

» Colonia Guell & Gaudi Crypt

Colonia Guell & Gaudi Crypt , Barcelona

If you're a fan of Barcelona's Modernist architecture, then explore a little more of it by taking an excursion south to Colonia Guell. Located 20 minutes from Barcelona, and in the municipality of Santa Coloma de Cervello, the 19th-century estate exemplifies all things Catalan Modernism. The industrial village was commissioned by its namesake Eusebi Guell, and was born out of the need to provide his textile mill's workers with a place to live …

» Dali Museum

Dali Museum, Barcelona

The small coastal town of Figueres, just north of Barcelona, is known for only one thing - Salvador Dali. Though the artisit's fame brought him to more glamorous parts of Spain, near the end of his career, Dali returned to his hometown to began building his greatest masterpiece. The Dali Theatre-Museum is the largest surrealistic object in the world, replacing the town's former Municipal Theatre which was destroyed in the Spanish Civil War …

» El Born

El Born , Barcelona

A small corner of Barcelona's Cuitat Vella, or Old City, El Born lies just south of La Ribera, close to the city's coastal ports. With its narrow streets and historic squares teeming with cafes, El Born is full of character and a perfect place to escape the bustle of the city's more touristy areas. The tree-lined Passeig del Born is at the heart of the district, casting off its origins as a medieval jousting arena in favor of a modern shopping and nightlife hub, presided over by the imposing facade of the gothic St Mary of the Sea Cathedral …

» El Born Centre Cultural

El Born Centre Cultural , Barcelona

The elegant Mercat de Born in La Ribera was a complex iron-and-glass structure built by Josep Fontsere in 1876 on top of the 18th-century ruins of Barcelona's former district of Vilanova de Mar. Closed nearly 45 years ago, the market has now been granted new life as the El Born Centre Cultural, a center curating exhibitions on Barcelona's history and celebrating three centuries of Catalan identity. Inside the former market hall are excavations dating from the War of Spanish Succession …

» Els Quatre Gats

Els Quatre Gats , Barcelona

Tucked down a side street in Barcelona's Barrio Gotico (Gothic District), Els Quatre Gats (meaning 'The Four Cats', or 'a few people' in Catalan slang) is one of the city's most famous bar-restaurants and a memorable location to sample some delicious traditional Catalan cuisine. The Parisian-style tavern was the brainchild of local businessman Pere Romeu, taking its inspiration from Paris' atmospheric cabaret bar, Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat), and creating a bohemian ambiance …

» FC Barcelona Museum

FC Barcelona Museum , Barcelona

Whether you've managed to snag tickets for a home game or booked on a behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary Camp Nou Stadium, a visit to the FC Barcelona Museum is a must for football fans. One of the city's most popular museums, drawing an average of 1.2 million visitors each year, the FC Barcelona Museum is right next door to the stadium and offers an unbeatable glimpse into the city's top football team …

» Frederic Mares Museum

Frederic Mares Museum , Barcelona

The quirky one-time abode of eccentric traveler Frederic Mares is now a museum devoted to his lifetime's collection of artifacts - a fascinating space crammed with an eclectic array of curiosities. Open by Mares in 1948 to display his collection, the museum was bequeathed to the city after his death in 1991 and quickly gained acclaim as one of Barcelona's most distinctive attractions. If you're looking for a glimpse into the lifestyle of Barcelona's upper-class throughout the 20th-century …

» Freixenet Winery

Freixenet Winery, Barcelona

One of the region's most renowned producers of Catalonian specialty Cava, the Freixenet Vineyards make a popular day trip for visitors from Barcelona. Built in 1922, Freixenet was started by the Ferras and the Salas, two well-regarded winemaking families whose history of wine production dates back to the 12th century. The Freixenet vineyards, located in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia in the legendary wine region of Altes Penedes, offer guests the chance to experience the production of the famous Freixenet cava with tours of the winery …

» Gaudi House Museum

Gaudi House Museum, Barcelona

The Gaudi House Museum (Casa Museu Gaudi) was the home of architect Antoni Gaudi for the last 20 years of his life (1906-1926). It was opened to the public as a museum in 1952 to celebrate the centennial of his birth year. The house itself was built under Gaudi's direction, the pink exterior and dramatic spire reflecting the artist's unique style. Inside the house, the rooms have been maintained to look how they did while inhabited by Gaudi. Pieces of furniture the artist designed fill the house …

» Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter , Barcelona

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) dates from medieval times. On the streets, passersby find gems tucked away in the little nooks and crannies.. The area's proximity to La Rambla also contributes to its popularity amongst the young, nightlife-loving crowd. Meeting with friends in one of the several placas (plazas) before heading to dinner or a club is customary amongst the locals. Besides the thriving night scene, there is plenty to see during the daylight hours …

» Gracia

Gracia , Barcelona

One of Barcelona's coolest neighborhoods, the student and art quarter of Gracia showcases a different side to the city, with its laid-back bars and restaurants, and traditional Catalonian feel. Connected to the city by the Passeig de Gracia, the residential area is popular among those looking to rent cheap accommodation on the outskirts of the city and a number of travelers escape to Gracia to sample the city's most bohemian haunts …

» Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona

Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona, Barcelona

If you're a fan of music, or simply a fan of American-style food, then add Barcelona's Hard Rock Cafe to your list of things to do in the coastal Catalan city. Located in the metropolis's main square, Placa de Catalunya, the classic international restaurant serves up the same crowd-pleasing fare that you'll find in its restaurants around the world. But of course expect to find a whole new set of intriguing rock 'n' roll memorabilia too …

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