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Spain

Barcelona

Best time to go: Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with cool winters and hot summers

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Craig Doyle
Barcelona was the Spanish city with the mostest, in at number 37.

Barcelona, Spain�s traditional alternate capital, a millennium older than Madrid, has been dubbed 'La Gran Encisera' - The Great Enchantress. It is the capital of Catalonia, with its own language and history and a very unique sense of style.

It�s not difficult to capture the essence of Barcelona. A stroll down Las Ramblas, the long shady promenade which cuts through the heart of the city will take you past many of the most atmospheric cafes, shops and stalls.

Tourists are treated to an abundance of Catalonian food and music and are encouraged to partake in the friendly Catalonian traditions.

The Sardana dance, a symbol of Catalan identity takes place in front of the Cathedral de la Seu every Sunday afternoon. Everyone is encouraged to join, and it is intended to represent the concept of brotherhood and democracy.

Barcelona is a haven for art lovers, featuring many works by Miro and Picasso, but no one can fail to be blown away by the architecture of Gaudi which seems to dominate so many areas of the city. Parc Guel, La Pedrera with its novel wave design and fantasy chimneys and the Church of the Sagrado Familia.

This was Gaudi�s magnum opus, and is Barcelona�s answer to the Eiffel Tower. The church remains unfinished, but is definitely worth seeing.

See our other reports from Barcelona.

   

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Price: Flight prices vary enormously - from low cost to scheduled prices. Average about £150 return

Approx flight time: About 2 and a half hours from London

  • Barcelona�s statue of Christopher Columbus is supposed to be pointing the way to the New World, but is actually pointing to Malaga
  • Somerset Maugham described Las Ramblas as 'the most beautiful street in the world'
  • legend has it that strangers who take a drink from the fountain of Les Canalettes at the top of Las Ramblas are sure to return to Barcelona
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