Escorted Rail Tours to Barcelona
The largest port in the Mediterranean
As Spain's most visited city, and the largest port on the
Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of Europe's premier
destinations. Packed with cultural monuments, historic castles,
beautiful parks, popular museums and galleries and brilliant
beaches, it truly offers something for everyone. Having been
settled by the Romans, Barcelona grew quickly, largely due to its
advantageous position on a trade route and as a sea port. By the
Middle Ages the city was the seat of the mighty Crown of Aragon,
which had possessions stretching as far away as Athens. Barcelona
has enjoyed a huge amount of wealth and prosperity for centuries,
and much of this still shows in its myriad of attractions.
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.