City Guide

Barcelona

Make Barcelona the right way!

Barcelona is Spain´s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia. The city has something from everyone. Its Mediterranean character contrasts its gothic roots, which also contrast with its wide avenues and beautiful modern buildings. 

Barcelona is a place where architecture and art melt together. The influence of Gaudi has been profound and exceeds his masterpieces. 

Food markets, nightlife, art galleries, FC Barcelona, the beachfront… No matter what you are looking for you will probably find it here! 

A few days in Barcelona?

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Barcelona trip 2 day city break

Barcelona in 2 days. A complete itinerary to enjoy a short-break in Barcelona. Day to day activities, recommended hotels to fit the itinerary and restaurants to enjoy local gastronomy. Budget per person per day in Barcelona and daily activity plan maps and timing per day. You will also find ideas to adapt the itinerary to your budget and travel style

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Your travel style

Our team of local experts have put together a selection of best things to enjoy (hotels, flats, restaurants, attractions tours, parks, shops…) adapted to your travel style.

Family traveler

Top ideas to enjoy Barcelona with children of all ages. Nou Camp Stadium, Montjuic park, cool tours and excursions...

No-hassle traveler

Take it easy... Everything you need to visit Barcelona in a relaxed manner. Great activities and things to do ad see

Trendy traveler

Find out what are the coolest places in Barcelona. Shopping ideas, new restaurants, hotels with amazing design...

Romantic traveler

Hand in hand... Parks, dinner by beach, views from Park Guell or Montjuic. Barcelona, despite all the noise and bustle of a large city can get really romantic too!

Like a local Traveler

Enjoy Barcelona like locals do...

Fun traveler

If fun is what you are looking for... Barcelona has so much to offer: the beach, tapas tours, markets, night-life...

Culture seeker

Herigate, culture, history, traditions... You want to learn whilst you travel and each day offers so many opportunities. Barcelona has been a mediterranean cultural hub for centuries....

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In depth

Barcelona - Short history

Barcelona - Roman times

Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio conquered the Iberian town of Layi, which was originally

founded by the Layetani, and called it Barcino. Its official title as a Roman colony

later became Favencia Julia Augusta Paterna Barcino.

During the 4C it was surrounded by a wall, which was (and a still is) cut across by two roads.

 

Barcelona - Between France and the islam

In the 8C it was taken by the Arabs and in 801 recaptured by the French King Louis. From this time the Garraf massif became the dividing line between the French and

the Mohammedans, and what is now Catalonia became part of the Spanish border. The province became an organized unit, and the Counts of Barcelona held

Sway over much of the surrounding area.

Expansion and development

.After Wilfred ‘el Velloso’ (the Hairy, 878 -97) the title became hereditary, and under Borrell II (947-92) Barcelona became the capital of an independent state (988).

Ramon Berenguer I and his brother linked the old border territories under their command, and the kingdom of Catalonia was born. The first nobleman to hold the title of king was Alfonso I (1162-96), who reigned over Catalonia and Aragon (united by marriage), but also Provence, Béarn, Bigorre, Carcassonne,

Béziers, Nîmes and Nizza.

The Catholic King Pedro I (1196-1213) lost most of the French provinces as well as his life by taking part in the Crusades; the Catalans only managed to hold on to Roussillon and Montpelier. His successor, James I, known as the Conqueror, started by moving into the Mediterranean. He took the two largest Balearic Islands (Mallorca in 1235, Ibiza in 1238), and also the province of Valencia. Succeeding kings annexed Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and Greece. Barcelona remained the capital until the reign of the

Catholic King Ferdinand II, after which the royal seat moved first to Burgos and then to Madrid.

Barcelona kept a viceroy and remained capital of its province, representing Barcelona in general, until Philip V, on the side of Charles of Austria,

stripped it of its rights during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-13). In 1860 the city we see today began to develop

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FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona – The incredible history of Barcelona’s team

FC Barcelona is one of the most popular football clubs in the world. The teams popularity is thanks to many factors, but success on the pitch is the main reason. FC Barcelona or Barça for short is one of the winningest teams in Spain and in Europe with many league and European titles to their name. Let’s take a look back at the history of this storied football club.

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Best catalonian restaurants in Barcelona

Food in Catalonia is rich and full of traditional dishes. A short visit to Barcelona is a good opportunity to enjoy local dishes and ingredients. Find some fantastic options to ensure you find good examples of traditional Catalan gastronomy

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Restaurants to enjoy the best paella in Barcelona

Paella was not born in Barcelona but the city offers many restaurants to enjoy quality paella and other sorts of rice dishes. This list includes restaurants that serve paella in different areas of Barcelona and with different styles and budgets. Enjoy!

La Merce in Barcelona, a colourful festival

The patron saint of Barcelona is the Virgen de la Mercé, and is celebrated every September 24TH since the nineteenth century to dismiss the summer solstice and prepare for the arrival of the colder months.

A Mediterranean feast that brings back all the inhabitants of the city to enjoy music, dance and street entertainment with Giants, Castellars and Sardanas that dance to traditional instruments such as the “chirimía” a kind of hornpipe.

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