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Tour of Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region of Spain, the second largest city in Spain, after the Spanish capital of Madrid. The city is situated on the northeast coast of Spain, with one of Europe's main Mediterranean ports. To the west of Barcelona are the Serra de Collserola mountains. From just south of Barcelona, and north to the French border, is the area known as the Costa Brava. There are a number of popular beach resorts in this area such as the best known, Lloret de Mar.

Tourist attractions include shopping, historic buildings, museums, restaurants & cafe-bars, tours along the scenic coast and to the mountains.

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Flights take about 2 hours 30 minutes between UK Airports and Barcelona Airports.

Ryanair, Jet2, and Thomson Airways provide regular flights between Girona-Costa Brava Airport, north of Barcelona, and some flights to Barcelona El Prat Airport, on the south side of Barcelona.

Girona-Costa Brava Airport / Wiki for Ryanair, Jet2 and Thomson Airways is situated about 64 miles northeast of Barcelona. The Barcelona Bus is the easiest and cheapest way to travel between Girona Airport and Barcelona city centre. The company timetables are tailored to coincide with the arrivals and departures of flights. The bus goes directly from the airport to Barcelona Estacio Nord, Barcelona´s main bus station. Journey time is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. Girona Airport is well situated for easy access to the Costa Brava beach resorts. Google Map.

Barcelona El Prat Airport / Wiki for British Airways, Easyjet, Jet2, some Ryanair, and International Airlines, is situated about 8 miles southwest of Barcelona. The airport is accessible by RENFE commuter train on the R10 line, which runs from Barcelona. The public bus on line 46 runs every 25 minutes from Placa Espanya. Taxi stops are available at each terminal. More Information . World Taximeter . Google Map .

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Barcelona has one of the largest Mediterranean ports. The port area also attracts some of the worlds largest cruise ships.

The Barcelona Olympic Port, next to the main port, has tourist information centre's, beaches, the Catalonia History Museum, and the Aquarium.

This area was developed for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. A stroll along the Olympic Port is now one of the top attractions in the city.

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Barcelona Beaches, there are seven beaches in all. Sant Sebastia and Barceloneta beaches are the largest and normally busiest beaches in Barcelona. Both are situated next to the Olympic Port, to the south.

Next to the Olympic Port, to the north, are the other city beaches: Nova Icaria, Bogatell, Mar Bella, Nova Mar Bella and Llevant.

The beaches have good restaurants and cafe's alongside and are popular for a number of water sports and beach sports such as: surfing, windsurfing, kite boarding, beach volleyball and rollerblading.

The Columbus Monument is a 197 ft tall monument in honour of Christopher Columbus, situated about 1.5 miles south of the Olympic Port, next to the main port.

The monument is situated at the site where Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Americas. This is where Christopher Columbus reported to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, after his famous trip.

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La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona. This wide tree lined boulevard, runs from the Columbus Monument to the Placa Catalunya, the main square in Barcelona, about 0.9 miles northwest.

The street normally has street performers, artists, and has a number of restaurants and cafe's.

Use the Google Map, then change to walking for a direct route between the monument and the Placa Catalunya.

Placa Catalunya, is the main square in Barcelona, in the centre of the city at the northeast end of La Rambla.

This is regarded as the city centre with some of the main streets and avenues running from the Placa Catalunya. There are a few fountains and statues around the square and it attracts many pigeons.

The tour buses and many of the airport buses depart from the square.

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The Cathedral of Santa Eulalia is a gothic cathedral in the centre of Barcelona, seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona.

The cathedral was built from the 13th to the 15th century, on the site of a former Visigothic church. The neo-Gothic facade is from the 19th century.

The cathedral is situated about 0.5 of a mile southeast of the main square.

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The Arc de Triomf (Triumphal Arch) was built for the 1888 Universal exhibition, as its main access gate.

The arch is mainly built in red brick in the Moorish style with the top containing the Barcelona coat of arms, and reference to the 49 other Spanish provinces.

The arch is situated about 0.8 of a mile southeast of the main square, at the end of a wide promenade leading to the scenic Park of the Ciutadella, the main park in the city to stroll through or visit the lake, zoo, museums and impressive water fountain.

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Casa Mila is a building designed by the Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, built from 1906–1912.

The building is situated at 92, Passeig de Gracia in the Eixample district of Barcelona, about 0.8 of a mile northeast of the main square.

Casa Mila was built for the wealthy couple, Rosario Segimon and Pere Mila. Rosario.

Segimon was the widow of Jose Guardiola, who built up his great wealth while in America with the Spanish colonies.

Antonio Gaudi designed some of the most famous buildings in Barcelona. The name Gaudi is now associated with designs that are a bit over the top and controversial. More Information. Google Map . Visitor Reviews .

The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia , often referred to as the Sagrada Familia, is a huge Roman Catholic church under construction close to the centre of Barcelona. Construction began in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026.

The Sagrada Familia was designed by Antoni Gaudi (1852–126). Gaudi worked on the project for over 40 years, the last 15 years of his life on this project alone.

The church is situated about 1.6 miles northeast of the main square.

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Montjuic Castle was built in 1640 to be used by the ruling bodies to help keep the local citizens under control. The castle was later used as a political prison by the dictator Franco, who ruled the country after his victory in the Spanish Civil War of 1936 - 1939.

In 1940, the former president of Catalonia, Lluis Companys, was executed here by the dictator Franco who had defeated him in the Spanish Civil War.

The castle now has a military museum, and is the only place in Barcelona with a statue of Franco. It has the best views over the city and can be reached by cable car, or you can walk up from the city.

Situated about 2.3 miles south of the main square, or 1.6 miles south of the Columbus Monument.

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The National Art Museum of Catalonia is a museum of Catalan Visual Art.

The building named the Palau Nacional, was originally built for the 1929 World's Fair. It is situated on the Montjuic hill, close to Montjuic Castle, overlooking the city and harbour.

The Palau Nacional became a museum, after collections of the former Catalonian Art Museum, and the Modern Art Museum, were moved here in 1990.

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Situated about 2.5 miles south of the main square, in Parc de Montjuic.

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Sitges ia a popular day tour from Barcelona, a small city about 26 miles southwest.

Situated between the hills and the sea, it is known for its great beaches, nightspots, and historical sites.

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Montserrat is another popular day tour from Barcelona, a mountain that is the site of a Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, about 40 miles northwest of Barcelona.

The Abbey contains the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary, that has been associated with the Holy Grail.

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The abbey can be visited by road, the Aeri de Montserrat cable car, and the Montserrat Rack Railway.

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The Dalí Museum in the town of Figueres, 73 miles north, is another popular day tour from Barcelona, one of the most popular museums in Northern Spain.

Salvador Dalí is an artist known for creating many bizarre images.

Figueres was Dalí's home town. The museum here contains one of the largest collections of his work.

Lloret de Mar is one of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Brava, situated about 47 miles northeast of Barcelona, or 26 miles south of Girona Airport.

Lloret de Mar's Blue Flag main beach, is one of the most popular beaches in the Costa Brava.

The resorts vibrant nightlife, attracts the 18-30s in the height of summer from the UK, France, Germany, and most other northern European countries.

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For more information on Barcelona, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona.

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