Tourism in Barcelona
Barcelona is a very beautiful and popular city from Spain. Its dense population, dynamic commercial activity and cultural richness attract millions of new visitors each year. Many visitors mention that Barcelona mixes perfectly an urban setting with cultural richness. Barcelona’s rich history is reflected on its people, buildings, streets and cultural events. It is no wonder that Barcelona is the 16th-most-visited city in the world. It is also the fourth most visited in Europe after Paris, London, and Rome, with several million tourists every year. Barcelona enjoys a strategic location in southern Europe, and can be easily reached by air, sea and land transport which guarantee easy access to the city from any major international airport. Barcelona is currently acknowledged as a “Global City” because of its cultural, commercial and financial importance. The Port of Barcelona is one of the Mediterranean Sea’s most important ports. Barcelona Airport was used by more than 34 million passengers in 2011.
Barcelona has something to offer to both young and old. The city offers a very wide variety of activities such as cinema, theatre, sightseeing, music and art galleries. Barcelona is host to a lot of events every year. The most popular events in the city are the Barcelona Acció Musical, The Barcelona International Festival of Progressive Music and Multimedia Arts and the Barcelona Contemporary Art. Young and old will find something that interests them at any time of the year. Even though Barcelona is mostly known for its cultural richness, there is also interesting nightlife in the city. Visitors can find a wide diversity of clubs all around the city.
La Sagrada Familia. This is probably Barcelona’s most popular tourist attraction by far. Visiting the unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia is almost a requirement for everyone that goes to Barcelona. The church of La Sagrada Familia was originally designed by one of Barcelona’s most famous architects of all time: Antonio Gaudi. La Sagrada Familia is still in construction even though it was designed over 100 years ago. It is currently the only cathedral in the world that is still being built. Famous British author George Orwell hated the building and called it “the ugliest building on earth”. Nevertheless, it remains as Barcelona’s most popular attraction.
The Magic Fountain. The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is one of Barcelona’s most famous attractions. Many visitors get amazed by the beautiful spectacle. Visitors never forget the stunning display of water, light and music. The Magic fountain was built in 1929 as one of the main attractions for the 1929 Barcelona World Fair and Universal Exposition. The Fountain remains as one of Barcelona’s most famous spots and receives almost 2.5 million visitors every year. Not bad for water and lights.
The Picasso Museum. Even though the Picasso Museum in Barcelona does not have any of Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings, it remains as one of the most popular attractions from the city. The Picasso Museum houses many of the artists. Many of Picasso’s early sketches are displayed. The museum will most likely remain one of Barcelona’s most famous attractions for years too come.
Aduana Vieja. It is located in Plaza Palau. This building features a neoclassical design with rococo influence. Inside, there are displays of Pere Muntaya’s murals and art inspired by Don Quixote.
Gothic Quarter. Tourists are able to visit the Gothic Quarter and enjoy a very relaxing walk. The Gothic Quarters are near the Jewish Quarters and the Plaza Pi, Barcelona Cathedral and the Casa de Arcadia.
Casa Milá. It was built between 1905 and 1910. It displays a lot of eye catching sculptures. The building’s design is also very famous.
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