Introduction to Barcelona
The Iberian sun, the deep blue shade of the Mediterranean Sea, and the beautiful Serra de Collserola mountains as a backdrop make for a stunning setting for the historical city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. The sun-kissed, 2000-year-old city has been an important Roman-era city, the hub for molecular gastronomy and a rustic beachside party city of the 21st century. Welcome to Barcelona, where the past, present and the future create a stunning confluence.
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Places to See in Barcelona
Barcelona has no dearth of attractions, historic and natural. Barcelona’s landmark attraction is the incomplete church of La Sagrada Familia by famous artist Anthony Gaudi, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of his other iconic works include the Park Güell, the art nouveau period houses of La Casa Batlló and Casa Milà/La Pedrera, Torre Bellesguard, and Casa Vicenç. Some of the other places to see include the Gothic Quarter, the historic Camp Nou, La Boqueria, the Harbour Cable Car, the Temple of Augustus, the Museum of Natural History, and all of Barcelona’s beaches, which are some of the best in the world. Check out this Barcelona guide for all the places to visit in Barcelona.
Food in Barcelona
Some of the Catalan dishes that are a must-try in Barcelona are all kinds of Tapas such as Pa amb tomàquet, a bread side dish, Patates braves (potatoes), Xipirons (fried squids), Truita de patates (potato omelettes), Pernil Iberic (Spanish ham), Gambes a la planxa (Shrimps with garlic), and Croquetes de pollastre i pernil (chicken and ham croquettes). Other foods include the Barcelonian variant of Paella, Fideuà, Allioli sauce, Escalivada salad, the Catalan dessert Crema Catalana, barbequed green onions Calçots, the stewed meat dish Canelons, the pasta meat broth Sopa de Galets, the veal dish Fricandó, the heavy Catalan stew Escudella d’Olla, the refreshing salad Esqueixada, the potato-based seafood stew Suquet de Peix, and dessert Mel i Mato.
Shopping in Barcelona
Barcelona has different shopping areas catering to the whims and fancies of every kind of shopper. Travellers can find souvenir shops at the hip, eclectic Las Ramblas on Plaça Catalunya, as well as the well-known global brands such as Zara, Armani, Chanel, etc. The place also has departmental stores where one can shop for everything under one roof. The Roman centre of Barcelona has many antique shops which sell everything Catalan right from Turron and a good wine to olive oil. The narrow alleys of Old Town also have trendy boutiques. The La Boqueria vegetables and fruit market is also worth a quick trip, as is the Maremàgnum where one can not only find shops but also restaurants, disco and a cinema.