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Barcelona stands apart as one of the most unique destinations of not only Spain, but the whole of Europe. Even its distinctive language, Catalan, separates Barcelona from other Spanish cities. Combining old-Europe with the grind of a modern metropolis, Barcelona offers travelers of any budget plenty of options. Some of the main attractions in the city are products of one man – Antoni Gaudi, a modernist architect and designer of the distinct La Pedrera, the beautiful Parc Guell, and the famously incomplete La Sagrada Familia cathedral, which has been under construction since 1882. If the weather is fine, the Mediterranean beaches are always a good option. Once the sun sets, find a restaurant. The cuisine in Barcelona is top-notch, as some of ... Read more
the world's best chefs come here to add new twists to traditional dishes creating a taste all its own. The nightlife is also fabulous, with multi-story clubs like Razzmatazz highlighting the options. For accommodation, Barcelona offers a wide selection, ranging from budget-friendly hostels to high-end hotels like the Hotel Arts Barcelona. In Barcelona, the city where new ideas are required to succeed, there is never a shortage of activities for travelers.

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Hot summers and mild winters make this Mediterranean area a popular escape for under-sunned Britons, and popular with travelers around the world who love Gaudi, tapas and beaches. August can get extremely hot and humid, and crowds from Northern Europe flood in on their yearly vacations, but May-June and September-October strike a balance between sunny, hot weather and relative availability of hotels.
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Quezon City, Philippines

One of my favorite cities. I keep coming back. It is a vibrant city full of life. I never run out of things to see and do. I love its culture, its architecture, its people and it6s food.

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Reno, Nevada, USA

The Barcelona culture is amazing. There are plenty of sites to see, but they don't mean too much unless you know the history behind them, so make sure to get tours!

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Foster City, California, USA

How can you not love Barcelona? Artsy, Eclectic, Gothic and Historic city with many modern trendy restaurants with incredible food. (I don't mean just tapas!). One of my favorite cities in the world!

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Barcelona, Spain is a cultural mecca with a contemporary edge. This city would appeal to foodie enthusiasts and architecture buffs alike. From the famous La Sagrada Familia to the frequently visited Park Guell, there are numerous opportunities to observe the imaginative endeavors of Gaudi. My absolute favorite tapas restaurant is Txapela, located in Placa Catalunya. Visitors can enjoy two euro tapas and Sangria pitchers at discounted prices. Overall, Barcelona is sure to please budget travelers, foodies, and nightlife lovers alike!!

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San Diego

Enjoy the countryside and the Pyrenees mountain on our train ride from Portugal to Spain.

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Glasgow, UK

I love this city and I guarantee you will as well. The weather is perfect, the culture abundant, the food delicious and the sangria free flowing. There really is something to see here for everyone whatever your interests and it is easy to combine it with a few days at one of the many nearby beach resorts.

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Almere, Netherlands

Barcelona was founded by Phoenicians and Carthaginians. The original name of the city was Barcino, probably named after the Carthaginian ruler Hamilcar Barca. The Romans arrived on the 1st century B.C. choosing as capital of the region, first Tarraco (current Tarragona) and since the 3rd century A.D. Barcino (Barcelona) . Remainings from this period can still be found in Barcelona especially in the Plaza del Rei and in the Gothic quarter.

After the Romans, the Visigoths occupied the city and changed its name to Barcinona in the 5th century A.D. Later on, during the 8th century Barcinona was occupied by the Moors remaining under their control for another 100 years until the Franks conquered the city again. The Spanish Reconquest began in this zone, who became known as the Spanish Marches (La Marca Hispánica).

During this period, the region was divided into Counties, the most important of which was the County of Barcelona. The Count of Barcelona Wilfred the Hairy gave origin to the Catalan nation establishing a hereditary system of succession. In the year 988 Count Borrell II achieved independence from the Carolingian empire for the County of Barcelona, the territory of the County expanded forming the region which would be later known as Catalonia.

Catalonia became a part of the Crown of Aragon, but with the union of the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile, Barcelona began to loose its importance and power. During the following years, conflicts raised between Barcelona and Madrid. Barcelona was banned from trading with the American colonies and in the 17th century Catalonia went to war with Spain, declaring its independence with the support of France. In this war Spain lost the region of the Roussillon and other parts of Catalonia which are nowadays French territories, a situation that would happen again in the history of Catalonia when it was invaded by the French troops of Napoleon, however, this time the territories were returned to Spain after the fall of the French Empire.

The city began to gain importance again during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, being seat to the World's Fair in 1888. Once its influence was recovered, Catalonia returned to its nationalist pretensions demanding more political freedom and boosting its cultural identity. On the 20th century, however, political repression during the dictatorship of Franco impeded the independence of Catalonia. After the government of Franco, Catalonia recovered its political authority and the city of Barcelona became one of the most important and attractive in Spain.

In the recent history of the city we cannot forget that Barcelona was the site for the Olympic Games of 1992 with great international success. Recently it was also the seat for the Universal Forum of Cultures (in 2004)

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Culver City, California, USA

I ate my way through Barcelona and had lots of tapas. I really liked the Potatoes Bravas with garlic sauce. I came home and really wanted to have them in my life, so I started researching recipes. I found the paella was OK, but nothing as amazing as what I had had even in Los Angeles. I thought it was a gorgeous place to visit. The People were cool and the weather is nice. I loved the service at the restaurants we visited. I recommend it to all

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Brooklyn, New York State, USA

Loving Spain!!! Barcelona is beautiful full of history, culture, amazing food, parks, museums and nightlife!

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Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. It has medieval roots, seen in the mazelike Gothic Quarter, but a modernist personality represented by architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical Sagrada Família church. Its restaurant scene, anchored by the central Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tiny tapas bars.

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Aliases: Barcellona, Barcelona, Barcelone