Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits. Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea.
Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination.
PLACES TO VISIT
1. Aquarium Barcelona
Aquarium Barcelona is an aquarium located in Port Vell, a harbor in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
The 35 aquariums at the facility are home to 11,000 animals representing 450 species.The aquarium contains a total of 5,000,000 l (1,300,000 US gal). This includes an ocean tank for sharks, rays and other large fish, which is 36 m (118 ft) in diameter, 5 m (16 ft) deep, contains 3,700,000 l (980,000 US gal) of water and has a 80-meter (260 ft) underwater tunnel. The Aquarium of Barcelona is part of the Aspro Parks.
2. Sagrada Família
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Gaudí’s work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica, as distinct from a cathedral, which must be the seat of a bishop.
3. Park Güell
The Park Güell is a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona, Spain. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”.
4. Casa Milà
Casa Milà , popularly known as La Pedrera or “The stone quarry”, is a modernist building in Barcelona. It was the last private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudí and was built between 1906 and 1912.
In 1984, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From 2013 is the headquarters of the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera which manages the visit to the building, exhibitions and other cultural and educative activities at Casa Milà.
5. Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló is a building in the center of Barcelona. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, and is considered one of his masterpieces.
Much of the façade is decorated with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís).
6. Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya is a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city centre and the place where the old city.
It is especially known for its fountains and statues, and the flocks of pigeons that gather in the centre.
Occupies an area of about 50,000 square metres.
7. Camp Nou
Camp Nou is the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957.
With a seating capacity of 99,354, it is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe.
8. Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a fountain located at the head of Avinguda Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona. The fountain was constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.
9. Parc de la Ciutadella
The Parc de la Ciutadella is a park on the northeastern edge of Ciutat Vella, Barcelona.The 70-acre (280,000 m2) grounds include the city zoo, the Palau del Parlament de Catalunya, a small lake, museums, and a large fountain designed by Josep Fontserè.
10. Palau Nacional
The Palau Nacional, since 1934 it has been home to the National Art Museum of Catalonia.
In National Art Museum’s entire collection have over 5,000 artworks.
11. Tibidabo Amusement Park
Tibidabo Amusement Park is an amusement park located on Tibidabo in the Collserola Ridge in Barcelona. The park was built in 1899 by the entrepreneur Salvador Andreu and opened in 1905. The park is among the oldest in the world still functioning.
It is Spain’s longest running amusement park.
12. Poble Espanyol
The Poble Espanyol is an open-air architectural museum. The museum consists of 117 full-scale buildings, which recreate Spanish villages. It also contains a theater, restaurants, artisan workshops and a museum of contemporary art.
13. Palau Güell
The Palau Güell is a mansion designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí between 1886 and 1888. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Works of Antoni Gaudí”.
14. Columbus Monument, Barcelona
The Columbus Monument is a 60 m (197 ft) . It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888) in honor of Columbus’ first voyage to the Americas.
15. La Barceloneta, Barcelona
La Barceloneta is known for its sandy beach,and its many restaurants and nightclubs along the boardwalk.
Best time to visit Barcelona is from May to October.
Barcelona has a maritime Mediterranean climate , with mild winters and warm to hot summers.