If you have decided to visit Spain, Barcelona must rank in the top of your itinerary chart. The reason is not simply that it is the second largest city of Spain, or that it is the capital of Catalonia. More than these reasons, Barcelona is a hip and happening city of Spain that is also known as its cultural capital. Barcelona is among the hottest tourist destinations in Europe and probably number one destination in Spain. Millions of tourists from across the world visit Barcelona every year.
Barcelona has so many places to visit that you cannot easily decide where to begin from. It would of course be in your interest to take help of a guide. The few places you can begin visiting are La Rambla, or Sagrada Familia. La Rambla is quite a popular spot in Barcelona where tourists take leisurely walk and enjoy the culture and civic life in Spain. Las Rambla will offer you a lot of cafes, and shops. You can occasionally hop into a café for light refreshment. You may find art crafts and handicraft items in these shops that can serve as wonderful souvenirs. There is a famous fountain in Las Rambla locality associated with the myth that those who drink from this fountain are sure to make a repeat visit. Alternatively, you can decide to walk from Sagrada Familia to Barcelona cathedral. Barcelona is dotted with cafes and should you feel tired during the walk you can always take a short respite in a café. Depending on the weather, the heat can at times turn your somber mood off.
When you are in Barcelona, you must make it a point to visit some of the great creations by the master architect Antonio Gaudi. Some of his works include La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Palau Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Vicens, and Casa Batllo. Sangrad Familia designed by Antonio Gaudi has been under construction since 1882 and will take several more decades before it is completed. Barcelona Aquarium located in the Port area is yet another popular destination that kids will love. Poble Espanyol houses specialist craft shops. La Pedrera Casa Mila is yet another fantastic expression by Antonio Gaudi. You will be amazed to see the wavy brick work used in this building. Besides, there are different kinds of museums, zoo, and stadium that are the unique attractions at Barcelona.
Barcelona hotels remain almost completely occupied round the year. Therefore you must reserve your hotel in advance. There are a number of great hotels in Barcelona while there are also cheap hotels that have per night rentals as low as Euro 20. There are also luxury hotels in Barcelona priced at over Euro 100. Most of these hotels offer discount ranging from 10 to 30 percent.