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You can find all types of hotels in Barcelona; whichever area you choose to stay in, you’ll always be surrounded by interesting and lively places. For those who are visiting the city for the first time, we recommend starting your route in the neighbourhood of Gràcia, this old independent town is still a district with its own character today. Known for its art nouveau monuments and emblematic meeting points, such as the Plaça del Sol, Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia and Plaça de la Virreina, this modern-feel neighbourhood is an ideal area to discover the authentic side of Barcelona for the first time.
Heading down the main avenue, Passeig de Gràcia, the most important buildings such as La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and Casa Amatller rise above the commercial shop fronts which stretch all the way to the Palau de la Música Catalana.
A little further down, the Barrio Gótico invites you to lose yourself in a maze of little winding back streets. From La Rambla it is easy to slip into the old city, where you can discover small squares, churches, palaces, institutional buildings and the Gothic Cathedral itself. If at some point you need to recharge your batteries, the local food market La Boquería is a spectacle of colours and flavours that never disappoints. Renowned as one of the best markets in Europe, this delicious stop on La Rambla 91 is essential for any food-lover.
Barcelona is famous for its modernist constructions; the originality of the designs and the extravagant decorations on monuments such as Park Güell, the Sagrada Familia and the Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau will leave you in awe.
For art lovers, here you can find one of the most extensive permanent exhibitions on Pablo Picasso. The five original XIII and XIV century palaces that make up this museum will allow you to delve into the world as seen through the painter’s eyes. In the bohemian neighbourhood of El Raval, you’ll stumble across other cultural treasures such as the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), the Filmoteca de Catalunya and La Central del Raval.
After all that wandering around, take a break in the Parc de la Ciutadella. It’s the perfect moment to visit the lake and snap a photo of the Arc de Triomf. As a last stop we suggest La Barceloneta, a charming seafront neighbourhood with a lot to offer.
Still incomplete, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is one of the architect Antonio Gaudí’s most distinguished works. Designed according to the tradition of gothic and byzantine cathedrals, its designs, images and sculptural combinations express Christian beliefs and transmit an evangelical message. Understanding the complex symbolism of the design and the elaborate decoration of this impressive temple requires thorough reflection. Nature, prayers and the principles of Christianity merge together in a unique and original construction in which each and every element has its own purpose.
The verticality of the cathedral is an important characteristic as through this, the architect symbolises the aim of rising towards God. A total of eighteen infinite towers symbolise Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the four evangelists and the twelve disciples. It’s worth going in and climbing the long, spiral staircase to appreciate the best views of the city from the summit. The extraordinary façades that surround the basilica tell the story of the most significant moments in the life of Jesus Christ through its figures. The unique character of each façade has an emotional impact on the viewer which helps communicate its message. Without a doubt, the Sagrada Familia is one of the most beautiful and fascinating visits in the city.
Take advantage and book one of the countless guided tours during your holiday in Barcelona; a fantastic option to contemplate each and every one of the many elements that make this city one of the main, global destinations for leisure and cultural tourism.