Barcelona is the capital of the Catalan region of Spain and is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid. It’s a lively, historic city with stunning architecture, great food and entrancing street life.
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Barcelona is a city blessed with incredible viewing points. Surrounded by a ring of mountains, it has hilltops and parks and an aerial tramway to give visitors plenty of opportunities to gaze over the rooftops of this lively and beautiful city. Here are some of the best places for a breathtaking view of the city.
A golden rule of travel is to remember that you are leaving your own home and going to someone else’s. That means remembering that they may do things a bit differently than you, so fitting in isn’t always easy. You should always try to accommodate the local customs, as it’s respectful and it’s also less likely to get you into trouble.
Flights, hotel, suitcase – the three essentials when planning a holiday, right? Or is it Flights, apartment, suitcase? Most of us automatically think hotel but renting an apartment can be cheaper and have many benefits.
Barcelona is blessed with parks and beaches and the sort of weather that lures you outdoors, but if you need to stretch your wings further than the city allows, heading just out of Barcelona will provide everything you can want from mountain climbing to alpine hiking to beach strolling.
The name translates as Serrated Mountain and this jagged peak is forbidding which makes it even more impressive that there has been a monastery located high up on the mountain since the 11th century. 30 miles (48km) from Barcelona, the monastery itself makes an excellent day’s outing and there are walks further up via a cable car, or down to the sacred grotto. But if it serious climbing you want there are a huge range of routes here. From sporty bolted single pitch routes to classical multi pitch routes of between 200 – 300 metres, there are well over a thousand routes in all. The Gorros area is a good place for first time climbers here. Read more about Exploring Montserrat and Costa Brava.
The wind in your hair, the sun shining down, the freedom to go where you want – it’s the perfect dream, it’s cycling in Barcelona.
Much of Barcelona, especially the historic quarter around La Rambla and the gothic quarter, plus the beachfront, is very flat, perfect for cycling. In a city with such good weather, this makes cycling a great way to see the sites and earn your tapas and wine.
Gloria Rodriguez was born and raised in vibrant Barcelona and loves touring her city. Art Historian by degree, Gloria has acquired the perfect training to complement any tour of this European masterpiece. Her main goals are to be welcoming and empathetic, but to most importantly act as the perfect cicerone – a private Barcelona guide that’s able to point out places of interest, importance and historical value to tourists.
The Greeks, the Romans, the Carthaginians, the Visigoths, Napoleon’s army and Spain itself may have spent their lives fighting over, for or against Barcelona, but through it all the city has persevered and staunchly maintained its identity as the capital of region of Catalonia – even when former dictator Generalissimo Franco effectively erased all traces of its heritage and language publicly.