Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous
community of Catalonia in the Kingdom of Spain, as well as the country's
second most populous municipality, with a population of 1.6 million
within city limits. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative
city limits with a population of around 4.7 million people, being the
sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris,
London, Madrid, the Ruhr area and Milan.
It is one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. It is a major cultural and economic centre in southwestern Europe, 24th in the world (before Zürich, after Frankfurt) and a financial centre.
Attractive sight-seeing spots:
A Giant Basilica designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudí. This
building has been under construction since 1882 and they've still got
another 30 to 80 years (depending on funding and resources) to go before
it will be finished. Just imagine the dedication, devotion and
commitment involved in creating a building for that length of time.
Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudí (Giant Basilica):
Some people love the Sagrada Familia and some people hate it but whatever you think we guarantee it will cause a reaction one way or the other.
One attraction which is popular and in my opinion a "must" visit is "The
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc". This is a light, music and water
extravaganza that just can't be missed.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc - one of my favourite Barcelona Sights
Performances are nightly but times vary depending on the time of year.
Another one of Antonio Gaudí's creations once again hits the top 10 most
visited attractions in Barcelona. This building used to be called Casa
Mila but nowadays it's more commonly known as La Pedrera which means
"quarry". Gaudí was instrumental in completing this building and his
characteristic wavy brick work and colourful tiles are also evident on
La Pedrera - Casa Mila by Antonio Gaudí
No surprises here. If you are a football fan then this museum is a must
see. It has wall to wall trophies, pictures and statues of the greats.
I'm not a football fan but I still enjoyed walking round this museum.
Barcelona FC Museum
Park Güell is a wonderful large park designed by Antoni Gaudí. You can
enter the park free of charge however there is also an area called the
"Monumental Area" which you would have to pay to get into. You will find
more details below on the Monumental Area.
Park Güell by Gaudí
When you visit the park you will see amazing stone structures, colourful ceramic tiles and the house were Gaudí lived. You can easily spend half a day on a visit to this park.