Beautiful, colourful, original, Barcelona is a city unlike any other. With art galleries, beautifully traditional old Spanish buildings, culture jumps out at you at every turn, even via the delicious tapas! The Catalan atmosphere is one of exceptional pride, and you can understand why with the selection of amazing spots to visit. The unbelievable Gaudi presence makes Catalonia and Barcelona itself one of the most unique places in the world, the Sagrada Familia has taken more than one hundred years to complete and yet still looks completely timeless, more of Gaudi's masterpieces in the forms of his houses in the centre of the city and Parc Guell, a fantasy world where nature has come alive not just through the selection of plants, but through the concrete creations he put together. Picasso, Dalí and Miró all have major ties to Barcelona too, making it a city where the art is incomparable through amazing exhibitions and quirky galleries. The Museu Picasso is a masterpiece in itself, located in a magnificent medieval mansion tucked away in the heart of the city's cobbled streets, the setting brings alive the amazing collection of the Spaniard's inspiring works. The Miró foundation is another incredible gallery to visit, located in the hilltop park of Montjuic, where you will also find the Palau Sant Jordi, the impressive Botanic gardens, and the palatial Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. The impressive park area stands proudly above the city centre, giving views of the stunning coastline and the bustling city below with colourful buildings smiling at you from afar.
Along with the amazing art scene, the different pockets of Barcelona also make it the unique city that it is today. With the Gothic quarter's dramatic greyness and ornate architecture, the up-and-coming area of Gracia, the hipster's favourite of El Born, the retro old Olympic town of Poble Nou and the busiest tourist area around Plaza Catalunya, there is a spot for everyone. La Rambla is the most famous road to walk along in Barcelona, starting at the impressive Plaza Catalunya and leading all the way down to the beach passing a selection of great shops, restaurants, intriguing stalls and the jaw-dropping covered food market which is home to colourful fruits, ham, fish and everything else fresh you could think of.
One of the most unforgettable experiences for young travellers is the magical nightlife of Barcelona. As well as the visible culture, a friendly, fun-loving club culture is also very prominent in Catalan life. The long summer months see plenty of tourists venturing to the stylish city for endless raving opportunities. Whether you fancy Sonar festival, a week of beach parties or bar-hopping between the atmospheric, vintage buildings that house quirky drinking facilities, there will always be infectious people to meet and endless dancing to be done!Graceful Girona
A classical, Roman city, Girona is filled with beautiful architecture and cobbled streets that will transport you back in time. As well as the traditional northern Spanish style, the city still has that unique Catalonian twist with colourful, modern buildings and apartments, and artistic bridges to make it the perfect combination of new and old Catalonian influence. The terracotta buildings wind along the river and build up the gradual mountainous terrain, leaving Girona spread throughout a green valley. As well as being visually lovely, the historical elements of the city leave little to be desired. The old walls still remain around the outskirts of the city, showing wonderful views of the surrounding land. The fantastic Museu d'Historia dels Jueus is housed in a 15th-century synagogue and tells the fascinating story of the enormous Jewish quarter in Girona. The stunning Placa de la Catedral also showcases the Gothic cathedral and original Baroque style. As well as an abundance of history to soak up, there are quirky art galleries and endless bars and restaurants that are ideal for sitting and chatting in long into the night.Classy Costa Brava
By far the prettiest and classiest of the three of Spain's principal holiday coasts, the Costa Brava is home to quaint seaside towns and beautiful beaches. Despite some areas having been overdeveloped with resorts and too many English people, the majority of the northern coastal region is quite simply, stunning. The small coves, long beaches and friendly atmosphere make the Costa Brava an excellent summer holiday choice. With charming mountain villages just off the beaten track and cities like Girona and Figueres along the way, there are endless places to taste delicious, authentic seafood, magnificent wines and to stare out at magical views. However, the coastal settlements really are empty over the winter period due to the cold weather, so the best times to visit the charming seaside terrains is at the height of summer.
It is important to remember that along with other autonomous communities in Spain, Catalans see themselves as either only Catalan, and not Spanish, or they see themselves as having a double identity. Catalans are fiercely proud of their heritage and their longing for separation so it is always important to remember that and not offend anyone.
The best way to see the many wonderful cities of Catalonia is by walking around. Barcelona truly has it all, from insane views from the top of old palaces lurching on a hilltop, to the fantastic sandy beach with plenty of activities. It is an exceptionally easy city to manoeuvre, once you have purchased a map and know which way the sea is you will find it a very walkable place. However, if walking really isn't up your street, the metro system is very reliable and on some nights of the week it runs all the way through until morning. You can purchase a week-long metro ticket which is very economical. In addition to transport, there are also lots of museum tickets which incorporate several museums and exhibitions all at once, which is incredibly handy if you are an art fanatic and were planning on hitting some of the most popular galleries. However, be careful when planning your days because most museums and galleries are shut on Mondays. Also be aware that all shops will be shut on a Sunday, and that most weekdays things are firmly shut between 2 pm and 5 pm - after all, it would be a sin to miss a siesta! When looking for the perfect place to go out, El Born's winding streets with cheery, atmospheric bars makes a wonderful choice. The old Olympic port is more suited to those looking for swanky clubs with VIP tables and hopefuls looking to spot a partying member of the Barcelona football team. Sitges is another location you are sure to find fun filled activities, day or night. There are specific weekends in the calendar dedicated to night-long festivities too so be sure to plan around that if you're looking for a memorable night. It is the gay capital of Spain which means it is a prime location for LGBT parades and Gay Pride, which are usually celebrated with elaborate displays and parties across several days. It is a wonderful thing to be part of.
Do not forget that Catalonia is like a country within a country, with endless mountainous terrain for hiking and skiing, and its own magnificent coast which can be explored to no end.
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