The enchanting city of Barcelona is a visual delight, and has an
atmosphere that combines elegance and sophistication with
provincial charm. In exploring its streets you'll discover medieval
romance in its Gothic quarter and the awe-inspiring delights of the
fantastic and sometimes outrageous Art Nouveau architecture of
Gaudi and his contemporaries.
The funicular up to Tibidabo, or the cable car up Montjuic, both
offer breathtaking views over this city. Its skyline is perhaps
most famous for Antoni Gaudi's masterwork, the still incomplete
church of the Sagrada Familia, as well as the city's huge Gothic
cathedral. The artistic legacy of Barcelona is one of the city's
most appealing offerings, with museums containing extensive
collections of the works of Miro and Picasso.
Barcelona is also a shopping mecca, with the city's flair for
style reflected in its numerous boutiques and markets, open late
into the afternoons. As the sun sets, and the city's many bars and
restaurants open, the night truly comes alive. Dinner is served at
any time between nine o'clock and midnight, and the festivities
around the bars and nightclubs carry on well into the early hours
of the morning.
Barcelona is the commercial centre of the popular holiday region
known as the Costa Brava, the northernmost Mediterranean seafront
in Spain, as well as the Costa Dorada to the south. The coast is
dotted with popular resort towns, many retaining their age-old
charm, which can be easily reached from the city.