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Blending history and nature as one – Barcelona

Highly rich with lots of attractions, Barcelona has emerged as among the best tourist destinations in the world. Barcelona is the second major city in Spain and is the capital of Catalonia. It is the most inhabited city of the Autonomous Community in the country with 1,615,908 populations. The city of Barcelona lies on the Mediterranean coast between the river Llobregat and river Besos. It is surrounded towards the western direction by Serra de Collserola ridge. It is renowned as a global city due to its significance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade.

It has two major airports named Barcelona International Airport and Madrid-Barajas Airport to serve the city. Besides this the Port de Barcelona offers plenty of attractions to the tourists who throng here to explore the city. This port has boosted the economy of Barcelona to a certain level by welcoming the tourists from all over the world. It has a flourishing cultural heritage with many tourist destinations that makes it a chief cultural centre. The Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech i Montaner was the most renowned architectures who created many works and was honored as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Port de Barcelona

The city of Barcelona has gained popularity due to the 1992 Summer Olympics where more than 1,615,908 amounts of population live. This city is commonly referred as Barchinona, Barçalona, Barchelona, and Barchenona. This city lies on the northeastern side of Iberian Peninsula by facing the Mediterranean Sea at a distance of 5 kilometre from the mountain range of Collserola. The Llobregat River is located at the southwestern direction of Barcelona and the Besos River lies towards the north direction. The city covers an area of about 101 square kilometre.

As the city of Barcelona lies on the coast of Mediterranean, you can understand that it has a Mediterranean climate that includes mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. The winter season is not that cool, it remains medium but as it has Mediterranean climate the summers does not throw steamy hot weather. The rainy season is not particular; it can pour its water anytime throughout the year. Spring and autumn will be the best season to visit this place. To experience the wet months visit the city during July or February. Very dry season starts at the month of October. December, January and February will bring the coldest seasons to enjoy the vacation.

The cruise passengers can see plenty of attractions and architectures in the city of Barcelona. The architectural works done by the famous architects could be found at the museums just to pay respect to the likes of Joan Miro and Picasso. You should visit La Rambla where Mediterranean cruises actually docks at its eastern border. Here you will get cafes and some street performers who try to entertain the crowd of tourists. You will get many shops that sell goods of tourist interests and exclusive fashion designs. Many bars and restaurants are located at that place so you can simply buy some gifts for your loved ones and try your hand in shopping. Your quality time will pass soon and you will not understand how your time spent. A wonderful experience is waiting for you in the city of Barcelona.

Park guellTo increase the attractions of the city of Barcelona, the Mediterranean is not the only scenery but two other hills named Montjuic and Tibidabo are also comes under the list. All together it makes wonderful scenery that has worth to visit and when it comes about travelling by a cruise, it will never make you feel bored. For sightseeing you have many exotic locations like Barrio Gotico which is among the oldest and most interesting parts of the city, Las Ramblas, a boulevard with a length of about 2 kilometre, EI Puerto, it’s a port that was dominated by the tower of Colon and from the top you can have an excellent view of the city, EI Ensanche, a modern center of the city with best monuments like works of Antoni Gaudi’s cathedral Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Palacio Guell. All are the masterworks of modernistic style.Parc de la Ciutadella

Other attractions for sightseeing are Montjuic where you can see the beauty of scenery and is a mountain, Tibidabo, ride to the top of the mountain through the only tramway available in the city, Parc de la Ciutadella, a park in which Parliament of Catalunya, the statue of the Lady with the Umbrella and many other museums and also the Zoological garden. At any cost you must not miss the Barcelona of Antoni Gaudi where you can see the beauty of works done by the great architect.

Other main attractions of this city are Fundacio palau de la musica catalanaJoan Miro, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Palca del Rei, Palau de la Musica Catalana, Gaudi’s Casa Batllo and Casa Mila and Mercat de la Boqueria. For any other information you can log on to www.barcelonaturisme.com and seek whatever you want. There are plenty of hotels in Barcelona ranging from two to five stars. La Rambla will offer you a variety of hotels and also have arrangements for you to stay at cheaper rates. When you are there it is unwise that you wouldn’t taste its cuisine. So try Spanish food like tapas. It is actually snacks that are always available in the local bars. Snacks like cheese and olives to squid or meat delicacies are always available. Well, fast food to fine dining all is available in the restaurants of the city that will suit every pocket.

When you are visiting at the sites do experience shopping at La Rambla. Clothes, antiques and curios, food, souvenirs, Catalan black poterry and much other stuff could be purchased from the market. The majority of population who live here are Roman Catholic and the currency are counted as Euro. So be prepared to jump on the world that is too different from others and possess historical monuments as well. A trip by cruise is the best option for all of those visitors who love to explore the natural beauties with historic touch.

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