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Active Break in Barcelona Discovering Coastal Villages, High Peaks, Medieval Towns and Castles by Walking An active and adventure short stay in Barcelona. Enjoy daily excursions from your city centre hotel in Barcelona to the country side of Catalonia. Coastal villages, mountain trekking, castles and more...more...
All Barcelona Monumental Highlights Barcelona is a Cosmopolitan city and home of Gaudi's Masterpieces. On this private day tour you will visit the citys most important monuments: Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, Casa Mila...more...
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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
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Visiting Barcelona, with limited time?  There is so much to see in this fascinating city, which would normally take at least a week, but it is possible to see the major highlights in a couple of days too.

I would highly recommend the following:

The Gaudí masterpieces:

1. Temple de la Sagrada Familia - or Temple of the Sacred Family - Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece and a must-see in Barcelona.  A fascinating combination of the original architects' vision (Martorell and De Villar), combined with the magic of Gaudí.  Unfortunately Gaudí passed away before the work was complete.  Construction still continues on this amazing building and your entry fee helps towards this.

2. Casa Milà (La Pedrera) - in the L'Eixample neighbourhood - Antoni Gaudí was commissioned by the industrialist, Pere Milà, to construct a building on the boundary of Barcelona and Gràcia, as both a family residence and also to be leased as separate dwellings. 

La Familia Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain
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Owing to the way its facade appears to be carved out of rock, the Casa Milà was nicknamed "La Pedrera", which means stone quarry.  Amazing interior architecture, as well as  the famous and fascinating chimneys on the rooftop.
Casa Batllo, Exterior, Barcelona, Spain
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3. Casa Battló also in the L'Eixample neighbourhood - a fairytale building.  Originally Gaudí was commissioned to demolish the building, and build from scratch, but he convinced the owner to let him completely redesign the existing building.  This was in the days when the Paseo de Gracia was undergoing a "keep up with the Jones'" battle - everyone trying to outdo each other with their architecture. Gaudí did an incredible job using tiles and scales on the exterior of the building, wonderful interior design, plus again the famous chimneys on the roof top.

4. Parque Güell  (Güell Park) - ideal for a restful stroll after your busy days in Barcelona.  Originally planned to be a residential area, it is now a beautiful park with many wonderful Gaudí creations in tilework and stone.  The views over Barcelona to the sea are simply beautiful.

Other areas worth visiting are the following:

- The very famous Las Ramblas - a busy street between the Plaza de Catalunya and the port with many Barcelona restaurants, cafes, bars, kiosks and the famous Human Statues of Barcelona

- Poble Español de Montjuic (the Spanish Village)

Situated at the foot of Mount Montjuic.  Created in 1929 on the occasion of the Barcelona International Exhibition, the Spanish Village is the only initiative of its kind which has survived the test of time.  A collection of streets and squares, monuments and buildings, representing the different peoples and cultures of Spain.  Some might call it kitsch, but it is an attractive and interesting place to visit, full of shops selling the handicrafts of the various regions.  There are restaurants and cafes to enjoy a break and also an art gallery, Fundacio Fran Daurel.  Above the entrance is a terrace cafe with incredible views (but alas, bad service and incredibly high prices!)  However, the views were worth it!

Detail of Tiled Roof of Casa Amatiler-Cadafalch, Barcelona, Spain
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- The Cathedral - a Gothic creation of great beauty

- The Palau de la Musica - a beautiful concert hall

- The Port, Barceloneta and the beaches

Barcelona has many more attractions, too numerous to list here - so if you are only spending a couple of days in this city, plan ahead for a longer trip to Barcelona in the future - you will not regret it.

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Auto Hogar, Barcelona
Centrally located on Avenida Paralelo, this modest hotel is one km (one half-mile) from both lively Las Ramblas Boulevard and Olympic Port's stadium and Galería Olímpica.  Hotel amenities include a parking garage, laundry facilities, multilingual staff, and Café Español Olimpia, serving a complimentary buffet breakfast daily, plus lunch and dinner.  All 170 air-conditioned guestrooms are simply furnished with windows that open, small desks, satellite TV, handheld showers in tiled baths, direct-dial phones, and in-room safes.
Avenida Palace Barcelona
The Hotel Avenida Palace is a reference for the Hotel Industry in Barcelona, providing all the comfort expected in the 21st century first-class hotels. The Hotel was built in 1952, has been totally renewed and features over 151 spacious and comfortable rooms.  Centrally located, a few steps away from La Rambla, from the Picasso Museum, in short distance to the FC Barcelona Stadium and its Museum and very closed to the best works of the great modernist architect Antoni Gaudi.  This privileged location makes the Avenida Palace the perfect choice for your business trip or vacation.
Eurostars Grand Marina, Barcelona
Avant-garde art exhibitions, fine dining, eclectic events, close vicinity to the Barcelona Convention Centre, and the soft breeze of the Mediterranean Sea prevail at the luxurious facilities of the five-star Eurostars Grand Marina GL, hotel located in the heart of Barcelona, at the World Trade Center leisure and business complex, in the 2000 year old Port Vell.  Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel is only 2 minutes away from one of Europe´s most famous and exciting streets; Las Ramblas, located in the centre of the culturally rich Ciutat Vella and its world popular zones: El Raval, Barrio Gótico and El Born, where one can visit the Cathedral, Picasso Museum, the world-renowned Gran Teatre del Liceu opera theatre, and enjoy the diverse and attractive shops, restaurants and numerous bars.
Grupotel Gravina, Barcelona
The Grupotel Gravina, Barcelona is situated in a 19th century building within three blocks of La Rambla, Plaça Catalunya and two Metro Stations and one kilometer from the Gothic Quarter.  The Grupotel Gravina hotel is located in a quiet street in central Barcelona, just 300 metres from Plaza Catalunya. The building, which dates from the nineteenth century and is under renovation in 2006, has a façade classified as being of architectural interest. Its comfortable rooms provide a perfect setting for relaxation.  Breakfast buffet. Restaurant. Lobby Bar.  Comfortable rooms with bathroom with hair dryer. Heating/ air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone. Satellite TV with international channels. Safety Deposit Box. Minibar.
Hotel 1898, Barcelona
Located on Las Ramblas, in the heart of Barcelona, Hotel 1898 takes its name from the year in which the last Spanish colonies, Cuba and the Philippines, gained independence. Elaborate and elegant decor, lavish finishing touches and unusual quality make H1898 an ideal spot for those who appreciate luxury and enjoy small pleasures. Centrally located, H1898 gives you privileged access to some of the city's architectural jewels, including Casa Batlló, la Pedrera, Plaça Sant Jaume, Palau de la Música Catalana and the Cathedral, all at walking distance and is also conveniently close to the city's most emblematic areas. The Gothic neighborhood and the Born are only a 15 minute walk, and recreational spots like Port Vell, Plaza Catalunya and Portal de l'Àngel are only 10 minutes away.
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