In recent years, Barcelona has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination, and with good reason. Located on the Mediterranean coast of northern Spain, is an embarkation point for western Mediterranean cruises. It is also less than 140 miles from the border between France, Spain and Andorra. It is also significant in history, religion, art, food and fashion. Originally settled by the Romans, Barcelona became the economic and political center of the Western Mediterranean in medieval times. Christianity, specifically Catholicism is the primary religion in this city, and makes up about 53% of the population, but there is also a strong Muslim presence in the city with 26 Mosques. Art Nouveau is on display throughout the city and there are several art museums including the Picasso Museum. Then, the Las Ramblas area is well known for its restaurants and high end fashion shops. Here are just a few things to see and do in Barcelona.
The city of Barcelona has four major areas to visit. These are the Old Town, Eixample, Montjuic, and the beach area. The Old Town is the Gothic section and includes Las Ramblas, the Barcelona Cathedral, and the Parc De La Ciutadella. Eixample is a wealthy residential area in the northern part of Barcelona and the location of the Sagrada Familia. Montjuic is the western area of Barcelona and the site of the Castell de Montjuic.
This is “Main Street” for Barcelona, Las Ramblas runs through the center of Barcelona beginning at the port, and going the length of the city. Here you can find shops, open air markets, restaurants, and other attractions. As you can see in the picture, the primary way of getting around is on foot.
Parc De La Ciutadella
The Sagrada Familia is by every account the crown jewel of Barcelona. Started in 1882, the cathedral is still under construction. The architect Antoni Gaudi took over development of the cathedral in 1883. Every inch of the interior and exterior of this structure has religious significance, including the Nativity facade and the Passion facade. Three entrances into the cathedral are called the Hope Doorway, the Faith Doorway and the Charity Doorway.
Castell de Montjuic
Getting to Barcelona is relatively easy with direct flights daily from Atlanta, Newark, Philadelphia, Miami, and Chicago.