Attractions and Apartment Rentals in Barcelona
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From the colorful street performers along Las Ramblas to the imposing towers of the Sagrada Família and a scattering of Mediterranean beaches, Barcelona is packed with exciting attractions and activities for every traveler. As the second largest city in Spain, Barcelona offers a mild climate with average summer temperatures in the 70’s and winter lows dipping into the 40’s. Spring and fall can be rainy and the peak tourist season is May through September. Barcelona is a bilingual city with both Catalan and Spanish as official languages, and English is spoken in many tourist areas.
Probably the most famous landmark of Barcelona is the Sagrada Família which has been under construction for over 125 years. Building of this Roman Catholic Church designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí commenced in 1882 and continues through today. A favorite attraction is the Parc Güell situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district, also designed by Antoni Gaudí. Open as a public park since 1922 this garden is dotted with colorful statues, pavilions and a plaza containing the longest bench in the world, known as the serpentine bench. Picasso is said to have been particularly fond of Barcelona, where he lived from 1895 to 1904 and the Museu Picasso showcases many of his early creations, including the Blue Period, Rose Period and Cubism.
Looming over the historic district in the heart of Barcelona is the Gothic Cathedral whose origins date back to the late 13th century. The Cathedral is an impressive sight in itself, but every Sunday it hosts the sardana, a traditional Catalan dance, in the Plaça de la Seu. For a visual taste of Spanish architecture, the pedestrian-only Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) is an open-air museum built on the mountain of Montjuïc for the 1929 World Fair. In addition to the 116 buildings, the village features several squares and workshops showcasing homemade Spanish arts.
A quick ride up the first funicular railway in Spain leads you to Tibidabo, a mountain offering spectacular views of Barcelona and the coastline. At the top there’s also an amusement park, the oldest in Bareclona, with many of the original rides from the early 1900s. Sports fans will want to tour Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe. Seating nearly 100,000, Camp Nou is home to the successful European football team FC Barcelona or "Barça” and includes a museum of team relics. A visit to would not be complete without a stroll down Las Ramblas, the most famous street in Barcelona. Vendors line the busy street, selling everything from tapas (Spanish appetizers) to pet turtles. These are just a few of the many attractions that Barcelona offers, including numerous other museums, restaurants, nightlife, cultural sites and parks.
For an authentic experience, Barcelona apartment rentals are an affordable alternative to hotels. Growing in popularity throughout Europe, self-catering apartments are ideal for families, couples or business travelers desiring independence and privacy. For more information on Barcelona and self-catering Barcelona apartments, visit www.europenethotels.com/barcelona.