Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Return airfare from Vancouver to Barcelona (Via Toronto)
- 7 nights hotel at your choice below
- Breakfast daily or full kitchenette
- Airport Transfers
*Located close to the Olympic Village, a short subway ride away from the city centre and only a few minutes walk to the beach
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains, medieval quarters and the most beautiful examples of 20th century Modernism and avant-garde. It is no surprise that emblematic constructions by the Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.
The city’s origins are Roman, and its long history and economic dynamism have made Barcelona a cultural city, which can be seen in the historic-artistic heritage and the promotion of the most innovative artistic trends. A wide cultural program will take visitors to museums, exhibitions, open-air sculptures… and many concerts, plays and dances.
The visitor will enjoy Barcelona’s Mediterranean character, which can be clearly felt on the Costa del Garraf as well as the Maresme coast. In addition, the city has beautiful urban beaches, marinas, and seafront golf courses. Nature lovers will not need to travel far to be able to hike through the hills that are part of the coastal mountain range and the Catalan Pyrenees.
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Light Atlantic west winds are common. Summers are not as dry as in most other Mediterranean locations: August, September, October and November are the wettest months of the year. Barcelona is generally a sunny city, however, some days of fog and spells of cloudy days are not rare.
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Attractions & Sights
Interesting districts for visitors
– Ciutat Vella, or the old town makes up that majority of the attractions. The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) is the centre of the old city of Barcelona dotted with several squares. Many of the buildings date from medieval times if not from Roman settlements. Here you will find the Palau Güell, the Cathedral which is the main church of the city, the Cathedral of St. Eulalia, the Gothic church of Santa Maria del Pi, the Palau Reial Major, the Museum of the City of Barcelona and the Erotic museum of Barcelona. La Rambla is the main boulevard and it is one of the best places to catch the rhythm of the city. It stretches from the harbor to La Plaça Catalunya and finds along its way the church of Santa Anna, the Santa Creu Hospital, the Church of Sant Pau del Camp, the bird and flower stalls and La Boqueria, a very large open air market. Nearby museums in this area are the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the Barcelona Maritime Museum. El Raval is on the border of La Rambla and it is known as Barcelona’s Chinatown. Today you’ll find a very diverse immigrant community, as well as many bars, restaurants and night spots.La Ribera is home to the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar and the Picasso Museum.
– Eixample is the modernist quarter, noted for its art nouveau buildings. An example is the Hospital de Sant Pau, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The most famous building is the unfinished warped Gothic church, the Sagrada Família, designed by Gaudi, a project that began in 1882.
– Gràcia has narrow streets and a cosmopolitan and young atmosphere with not too many tourists. It is home to the Park Güell designed by Gaudí.
– Barceloneta is known for its sandy beaches and many restaurants and cafes along the boardwalk. It is home to a huge aquarium, a zoo, the Olympic port, the Museum of the History of Catalonia and the Museum of Natural History.
– Sants-Montjuïc is a broad shallow wooded hill. It is home to the Funicular de Montjuïc, the Montjuïc Castle which provides a beautiful panorama, the Montjuïc Cemetery, the botanical gardens and the Mies van der Rohe’s German national pavilion. The hill also has several of the 1992 Olympics venues such as the Olympic Stadium and the municipal pool of Montjuï which is open to the public in the summer months. Museums around here include the National Museum of Art of Catalonia in the Palau Nacional, the Fundació Joan Miró, the Archeology Museum of Catalonia and the El Museu de l’Esport Olímpic.
Of course there are a few must see places outside of the main districts described above. La Plaça Catalunya is a large square in central Barcelona and some of the city’s most important streets and avenues meet in this square. It is especially known for its fountains, mosaics, sculptures and performing theaters. Can’t get enough Gaudí? Several other works by Antoni Gaudí are scattered over the city, including Casa Milà, Casa Vicens, Casa Batlló, and Crypt in Colonia Güell. The Cosmocaixa is an excellent hands-on science museum great for kids and adults. Finally, if you’re a football fanatic, then you can’t miss a visit to Camp Nou, the FC Barcelona Stadium.
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