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Barcelona Information

BarcelonaAs the second largest city in Spain, the city of Barcelona is home to almost two million people. Its location on the northeastern Mediterranean makes it a popular destination for tourists. This colorful city has a history that dates back 2,000 years, resulting in a vibrant and rich culture that can still be clearly felt today. The city gained international recognition when it hosted the Olympic Games in 1992. Visitors to Barcelona can enjoy a taste of the past with all of the conveniences of today.

The busiest time in Barcelona is often during the month of August. At the same time, visitors should be aware that many shop and restaurant owners often choose to close during this time for their own vacations. Even during the winter months and off-season, visitors can still enjoy ample sights and activities as well as cooler temperatures.

Barcelona International Airport, also sometimes known as El Prat, is the major arrival point for most visitors to the city. The airport is located approximately 12 kilometers from the center of the city. Bus transfers and taxi services are available to take visitors from the airport to the heart of the city.

Getting around Barcelona is convenient and easy via the Metro. The city also offers convenient, inexpensive tourist bus services with hop-on/hop-off formats that makes visiting the major tourist sites easy. For more adventurous visitors, Vespa, scooter, and bike rentals are also available.

Although Barcelona is definitely a beach town, there are also numerous other must-see sights to enjoy in this captivating city, including the musical fountains in Placa d’Espanya and the beautiful tree-lined pedestrian walkway along La Rambla. No visit to Barcelona would be complete with a visit to one of the city’s fascinating flamenco shows or a trip on the Cable Way from the beach to Montijuic Mountain. After an exciting day of sightseeing, take advantage of the opportunity to sit back and relax as you sit at an outdoor café and sip on a refreshing café con hielo in Ciutat Vellas, the city’s historic district.

Barcelona also offers excellent shopping, and there are numerous small shops and markets scattered throughout Ciutat Vella as well as along La Rambla. When you are tired out from shopping, be sure to stop by one of the tapas bars offering a delightful array of pintxos or Basque-style tapas.

Once the sun sets, the Barcelona begins to really come alive and for those looking for a vibrant nightlife, there are plenty of choices available, including a host of bars and pubs that offer a variety of unique shots.

Filled with a vibrant culture and rich history, the city of Barcelona has much to offer visitors throughout the year.