(26-28 nov 2009; 23 oct 2010; 19-20 mar 2013)
Barcelona is among the most visited destinations and loved by the young and cultural tourism. It’s the second largest city in Spain and the first center of Catalonia, Barcelona is a city overlooking the sea from the many and contradictory Catalan souls. The soul is very remarkable and makes it a city jealous of their culture and age-old traditions, so proud of their own language to survive it to oblivion of Franco.
The cosmopolitan Barcelona is always open to foreign trends, thanks to a very active port, today destination of many cruises on the Mediterranean Sea and the proximity of national borders and interpreted here in an original way.
The tourists discover an ancient and modern city at the same time. Beautiful architecture and artistic masterpieces, tasty cuisine and a very animated nightlife make Barcelona one of the favorite destinations of the travelers who arrive in Spain.
Walking through the center of Barcelona, walking a few blocks, it can space from the historic buildings of the “Barri Gotic”, a neighborhood that still today constitutes the political and cultural center of Barcelona, until the unmistakable lines of the architect Gaudí avveneristici buildings.
Any of Barcelona tourist itinerary certainly includes a walk on the “Rambla” very unusual and very central pedestrian avenue of trees – every night invaded by the “Movida” – which connects Plaza de Catalunya to the statue of Christopher Columbus over the shopping area “Maremagnum” at the port of Barcelon.
Impossible to get bored in Barcelona!
ARRIVAL (some tips)
Barcelona has two airports.
The main airport is not far away and you can get the city center using the convenient “Airbus”, a fast shuttle service carried out the heavenly bus service between the city quickly and efficiently. Good price (5.90 euro per person) and leads in less than an hour in the central Plaza Catalunya.
Girona Airport, where abide by the Ryanair flights, is instead a hundred kilometers from Barcelona. The buses stop just outside the airport and lead in the center, to Estacio d’Autobusos Barcelona Nord, the main bus terminal of the city. From there you can take the metro to reach the desired destination. The nearest metro to the bus station is Arc De Triomf (Red Line, L1).
The transfer from Girona to Barcelona takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The coaches, while not having to do with Ryanair, provide times of departure and arrival coinciding with flights.
NOT TO BE MISSED
WHERE TO STAY
H10 Hotel (Plaza Catalunya 7). Central hotel, very comfortable rooms, great breakfast. Average prices.
WHERE TO EAT
“The Consentida” (formerly “Costa Gallega”), at no. 71 Passeig de Gràcia
“Mikel Etxea”, located near the Rambla. Tapas very yummy and excellent sangria. Expensive.
“Taller de Tapas”, near the Church of Santa Maria del Pi. Tapas and paella average, prices average.