While Madrid is neat and “disciplined”, Barcelona, also having as every Spanish city, that neatness, brightness (as also Siviglia for example), present in few others European nation, is more exuberant than the spanish capital; and to realize it you just have to spend an evening on the Ramblas. Obvioulsy cold in winter and hot in summer ( but not that much as one can imagine and for sure nothing to see with the Andalucia’s cities’ extreme temperature), it benefits the Mediterranean breeze. It is the city of Antonio Gaudi who left his traces everywhere; obviously not to be missed (always in construction) Sagrada Familia, so beautiful to take the breathe away, but also parc Guell (where there is also an outdorr bar), Casa Milà (La Pedrera) and Casa Batllò. Interesting also the historical centre (the “Barrio Gotico“) and the “Born“, so as also the beautiful “Camp Nou” deserves a visit (Europe’s biggest stadium that saw the big champions’ achievements as Maradona and now Messi, besides Italy’s team during the unforgettable 1982 world championship).
A big choice of restaurants and high level hotels, but also hostels and restaurants for the youngest (also Barcelona, as Madrid and Spain in general, it is not very expensive).
Very good the transportations, in particular the buses, especially those connecting with the airport ( they leave every 5 minutes, from different parts of city, as for example Playa De Catalunya, cost € 5,90). The view lovers has to go up to Montjuic, for those who want to swim there is “Barceloneta”, where there are typical restaurants where people love to meet, while for the night’s lovers, there is a lot of things to do, as Barcelona is “the city of Movida”. To mention also the “Sports Bar”, in Born (Carrer Ample 51), managed by Neapolitan people, where you can eat a wonderful pizza and watch at the most important sport happening.
To visit both in a long week-ends (well connected also with cheap low cost flights) and during a vacation together with balearian islands, in particular Ibiza and Formentera.
Here is in the end, a very useful contribution made by a private transfer company:
Barcelona, capital of Catalunia, is actually one of the most lively and dynamIc european cities. With its 16000000 inhabitants, is the second most important Spanish city. It also hosted the olympic games in 1992, and has one of the biggest port in Europe. Barcelona has a lot of places to visit, credit of the architect Antoni, that left in the city indelible traces of its passage. Let’s think of Sagrada Familia, an everlasting construction site; La Pedrera, a very particular building, Parc Guell with its fairly and unreal atmosphere. You can’t say have been to Barcelona if you haven’t walked on Ramblas, very long boulevard leading to Columbus statue. For those traveling with kids we recommend to spend a day at Tibidabo, the big theme park located on a mountain. Barcelona’s airport is El Prat de Lobregat. It is 10km far from the city centre and has a passenger traffic of 40 million people a year. It is possible to reach the centre in several ways: by the urban bus; Aerobus, leaving every 10 minutes from El Prat, and the train, arriving in the city in 40 minutes. For those who want a relaxing vacation, the best solution is to book a private taxi to and from El Prat airport. Filling the form you know the cost in advance. A driver will wait for the customers inside the airport holding a sign with the passenger’s name. For any doubts, you can talk to a customer service speaking three languages.
- Restaurant: El National
- Restaurant: Casa Alfonso
- Restaurant: Botafumeiro
- Restaurant: Montiel
- Restaurant: La Paradeta (Born or Passeig de Gràcia)
- Restaurant: La Pepita
- Movie: Todo sobre mi madre by Almodovar
- Movie:Vicky Cristina Barcelonafrom W. Allen
- To read : “The wind’s shadow” by Zafon
- To read: “Marina” by Zafon