More about Barcelona
Below are just some of the things you can see during your stay
The Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) is the centre of the old city of
Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, though
some are from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona.
Nowadays this area is predominantly a shopping enclave, stretching
down to the seafront.
Literally the 'Old Harbour', Port Vell is Barcelona's historic
port. This historic area was rather run down by the time it was
restored for the 1992 Olympic Games, and is now a wonderful focal
point of the city, with an attractive array of shops, bars
restaurants and cinemas. Arguably the highlight of the port is
Europe's largest aquarium, which is home to eleven sharks amongst
its 8,000 water-dwelling creatures, all living in 1.5 million
gallons of water.
Although there are a few of Gaudí's architectural masterpieces
dotted around Barcelona, the magnificent Sagrada Familia is
probably the most famous. He devoted the final years of his life to
its design, and the building was unfinished at the time of his
death in 1926. Nevertheless, the incredible structure was awarded
UNESCO World Heritage status in 1984, and is a delight to discover
Housed in five adjoining medieval palaces in Barcelona's La
Ribera, the Picasso museum was the first museum to be dedicated to
the famous Spanish artist's work, and was the only one to be opened
in his lifetime. The collection of Picasso's works is one of the
world's largest, and highlights include two of his first major
pieces, The First Communion (painted when he was just 15), and
Science and Charity, which followed a year later.