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Welcome to Barcelona!
A little history of the City
Barcelona, formerly called Barcino, was founded by the Romans around 218 BC. The Romans took territories occupied by The Carthaginians.
The city had an important development in the Middle Ages as one of the most traveled trade route in the Mediterranean.
In the past century has been an industrial center and impresarial of relevance.
Recently after the successful renovation in occasion of the '92 Olympics Games, the city improves its urban and architectural aspect, among other things, with its opening to the sea by a long promenade that makes it the European city whiere are best integrates the metropolitan look with its mediterranean character.
Walking in the City
Barcelona offers a variety of tourist sites worth visiting on your stay in the city.
Barcelona is definitely one of the European capitals of contemporary architecture and it's one of the best known tourist destination in the world. Here we provided a brief description of some of the places and monuments that you can't miss.
For more information we recommend you to visit the page www.barcelonaturisme.com where find all the information you need to enjoy all the routes and activities of the city.
This lively square is the heart of Barcelona and it’s beating strongly. A favourite meeting point, it’s also the geographical space that separates the districts of Ciutat Vella and the Eixample. Steeped in history, the Plaça de Catalunya is the nerve centre of the Catalan capital.
The Plaça Catalunya, with its large shopping centres and department stores, is constantly teeming with people. It is Barcelona’s most central area and a favourite meeting place for locals and visitors. It also connects the Eixample and the old town.
The plaza was opened by King Alfonso XIII in 1927 and covers an area of 5 hectares. The site was formerly an open piece of land located in front of the gates to the walled city. The architects Pere Falqués, Puig i Cadafalch and Francesc de Paula Nebot were involved in its planning, and it also features sculptures by such well-known artists as Clarà and Llimona. There are six sculptural groups around the plaza: they represent the four Catalan capital cities, wisdom and labour. On one corner of the plaza you can see Josep Maria Subirachs’ monument to the president of the Catalan Government, Francesc Macià. When the city was preparing for the 1929 International Exhibition, some of new Barcelona’s most luxurious hotels, bars and theatres were built around the plaza. Almost none of them survive, except for the memory of names such as the Maison Dorée, the Colón and the Suís.
Address: Plaça de Catalunya
How to get there: Metro L1 and L3, stop Catalunya.| Bus 9, 16, 17, 24, 41, 42, 55, 58 and 141.| Train Renfe, stop Catalunya.| FGC, stop Catalunya.| Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Plaça de Catalunya.
The Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Família is Antoni Gaudí’s best-known work and has become an undisputed symbol of Barcelona. Extravagant, ambitious and controversial, this unique modern temple has been under construction since 1882, and is expected to be completed by 2030.
The foundation stone of this colossal basilica was laid in 1882, and building work is still progress. Although the architect Francesc de Paula Villar was originally commissioned to carry out the Sagrada Família’s project, just a year later he was replaced by the young Gaudí, who devoted himself fully to the task until the time of his death in 1926. During his lifetime, Gaudí completed the crypt and the Nativity façade at the side, which have been declared a World Heritage Site. The surviving models and drawings have made it possible to continue with the building work, which continues to be funded by private donations.
Sagrada Família is intended to be a symbolic building, and this explains why it has three monumental façades: the eastern one dedicated to the birth of Christ, the western one dedicated to the Passion of Christ, and the Glory façade, which is the biggest of all, and is devoted to religious faith. The four towers on each façade represent the 12 Apostles. A dome-shaped tower will eventually crown the apse, symbolising the Virgin Mary, and the four tall towers dedicated to the evangelists will encircle the central spire which will be built over the crossing and represent the Saviour. You can go up the towers on foot or using the lift, and enjoy breathtaking views of Barcelona.
Address: Mallorca, 401
Phone: 932 073 031/ 932 132 060
How to get there: Metro L2 and L5, stop Sagrada Família. | Barcelona Bus 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50 and 51. | Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Sagrada Família.
Web site: www.sagradafamilia.cat
Guided Visits: 932 073 031/ 932 132 060
Opening time: From October to March, daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
From April to September, daily from 9.30am to 7.30pm.
January 1st & 6th, December 25th & 26th, from 9.30am to 1.30pm.
La Rambla is exactly 1.2 kilometres long and nearly everyone who visits Barcelona walks along it. La Rambla was laid out in 1766, following the contours of the medieval city walls that had bounded this part of Barcelona since the 13th century. The locals took it to their hearts straightaway. In Barcelona, a city of narrow, winding streets, the Rambla was the only space where everyone could stroll and spend their leisure time. And we mean everyone. Because of its central location, the Rambla became a meeting place for all the social classes.
Gradually, leisure and cultural attractions found the perfect location on La Rambla. The convents disappeared and florists and newsstands set up there premises here. As you walk along, you’ll see landmark buildings, such as the greatest theatre of Barcelona’s opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Palau de la Virreina and the spectacular Boqueria Market. This human river, with its street artists, tourists and locals, who still come here for a stroll, take us on a journey through this microcosm of contemporary Barcelona.
Where Where La Rambla meets the sea, we find the Mirador de Colom, a unique opportunity to admire this unique, green artery of pedestrians from the air.
The Casa Milà, known locally as La Pedrera – the Catalan for stone quarry – is a unique building designed by the architectural genius Antoni Gaudí. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 and is currently the headquarters of the Fundació CatalunyaCaixa, one of Barcelona’s key cultural facilities.
Gaudí’s masterpiece of La Pedrera bears witness to the triumph of the curve and the sculptural concept of his architecture. The visit to La Pedrera currently includes two areas of the building: the exhibition space and rooftop, the Espai Gaudí, and the period apartment.
The Espai Gaudí is housed in two spaces which embody the essence of Gaudí’s architecture: the attic and the roof. The attic space features a highly illustrative exhibition about the architect’s work, and consists of 270 catenary arches, made of flat brick, which create a structure resembling a skeleton. The impressive undulating rooftop is crowned by chimney pots covered in trencadís, (mosaics made from broken pieces of tile) which still fascinate visitors with their phantasmagorical forms.
The fourth floor of the Fundació CatalunyaCaixa's building houses a recreation of an apartment decorated in the early 20th-century style which retains the original layout of the rooms and period features.
Address: Provença, 261-265
Town: 08008 Barcelona
Phone: 934 845 990
Web site: www.lapedrera.com
How to get there: Metro L3 and L5, stop Diagonal. | Bus 7, 16, 17, 22, 24 and 28. | FGC, stop Provença. | Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Pg. de Gràcia-La Pedrera.
From November to February, daily from 9am to 6.30pm.
From Mars to October, daily from 9 to 8pm.
January 1st & 6th, December 25th & 26th closed.
El Passeig del Born
With the Born Market at one end and the church of Santa Maria del Mar at the other end, the Passeig del Born still retains its medieval flavour on the terraces of its fashionable bars. A charming avenue that has adapted to new times without turning its back on its past.
This pretty little avenue with its medieval flavour is a vibrant place, teeming with people who fill the terraces of the city’s most modern bars. It’s also one of the city’s most popular nightlife hotspots with the young and the not so young. A place steeped in history which dates back to medieval times when the Born, as its name suggests, (born is Catalan for jousting field) hosted tournaments and jousting matches. It was also the site of the Holy Week processions and early carnivals.
As well as being a centre for festivities and celebrations, the avenue also conceals some of the darkest chapters in Barcelona’s history: in the 16th century the victims of the Inquisition were executed here, and in 1714 it was occupied by Philip V ‘s troops following the Siege of Barcelona. This was when the medieval street lost part of its original physiognomy. In spite of this, some of the 14th- century buildings take us back to glorious past times. Under the shade of the trees, it’s well worth enjoying this special place that stretches from the old Born Market to the splendid Gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar.
Address: Passeig del Born
How to get there: Bus 14, 31 and 51.| Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Parc de la Ciutadella-Zoo.
Clubs & Discotheques
Barcelona has a wide range of clubs and discos where you can spend your nights partying, most have free admission provided you notes to the invitation list and not go too late.
Whether in Summer or Winter, on your visit to Barcelona can't miss a nightclub party.
It is said that Barcelona is the European city with more concentration of entertainment venues in the world, it is certain that in Barcelona never sleeps and any day of the week can become a perfect holiday.
Here you have a summary of the most famous clubs of the city. For more information and to book your tickets visit: www.barcelonaparties.com
Address : Almogàvers, 122
Open : Thursday 0.00 - 3.30am Friday 12 PM - 5.30am Saturday 0.00 - 5.30am Sunday closed.
Phone : +34 93 320 82 00
Metro/Bus : Marina (L1) y Bogatell (L4) 60, 40, 42, 141 y N11
For us, in the top 3 clubs of the city! Definitely ...!
Address : Nou de la Rambla, 113
Open : 1.00
Phone : +34 93 441 40 01
Metro/Bus : Paral.lel (lL3) 20, 36, 57, 64, 121, 157 , N0 i N6
Sala Apolo, has one of the best musical programs of the city...
Address : Rambla de Catalunya, 2-4
Horario : 0.00 - 5.30am
Phone : +34 93 238 07 22
Metro/Bus : Metro Catalunya (L1, L3) i FGC Catalunya. 9, 14, 24, 41, 50, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 63, 64, 66, 91 y 141
Located in Plaza Cataluña, the City Hall is a theater that becomes club, good electronic music and an international atmosphere ...
Luz de gas
Address : Muntaner, 246
Open : 0.00 - 4.30am
Phone : +34 93 209 77 11
Metro/Bus : Night bus: N8 / Bus: 6, 7, 15, 27, 32, 33, 34, 58, 64
Luz de Gas is one of the best exclusive clubs placed in the upper city, frequently visited by catalan people.
Address : Lincoln, 15
Open : Wednesday to Saturday 0.00 to 6.00am
Phone : +34 93 238 07 22
Metro/Bus : METRO: L3 Fontana / FGC Gracia (L6, L7, S1, S2, S5 i S55) / BUS: 16, 17, 27, 31, 32 i N4 / Nightbus: N4
A former textile factory with hip hop and house sounds ...
Address : C/Déu i mata, 105
Phone : +34 93 322 08 00
Metro/Bus : Metro: Les Corts (L3) / Bus: 6, 7, 30, 33, 34, 63, 66, 67, 68, L61 / Night Bus: N0, N12
Sala Bikini, with two dance floor, house and salsa.
Address : Pº Marítimo de la Barceloneta, 34
Open : 0.00 - 05.30am
Phone : 902 267 486
Metro/Bus : Metro: L4 Ciutadella / Bus: 57, 71, 92, 157,
Opium Mar is a nightclub but also a restaurant and bar. Next to the beach of Barceloneta ...
The Sutton Club
Address : Tuset, 13
Open : Wedneday 0.00 - 5.00am Thursday 0.00 to 5.30am. Friday and Saturday 0.00 to 6.00am. Sunday 22.30 to 4.00am.
Phone : +34 93 414 42 17
Metro/Bus : FGC: Gracia / Bus: 6, 7, 15, 27, 32, 33, 34 / Night Bus: N5,N8
Sutton Club is one of the most exclusive and glamorous clubs of the city ...