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The airport is 8 miles southwest of the city centre, with a regular train service to the city taking 15 minutes. Barcelona Sants Stationis the city’s main station serving national, international and suburban routes. It is not located in the city centre but two metro lines, the blue line and green line, which offer easy access to the centre.

Barcelona - Spain

map of CataloniaBarcelona is positioned on the northeastern coast of the Iberian peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean and is the second largest city in Spain in both size and population. It is also the capital of Catalonia. There are two official languages spoken in Barcelona: Catalan, generally spoken in all of Catalonia, and Castillian Spanish. Barcelona is a modern and enterprising city that has preserved its historic Gothic centre almost intact, with its maze of narrow streets, the Barri Gotic and the grid-like layout of the Eixample, the urban planning "Enlargement" project of the end of the 19th century.

Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi ( is a giant temple designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudi and one of the most popular tourist sites in Barcelona. The life's work of Barcelona's favourite son, the magnificent spires of the unfinished cathedral imprint themselves against the sky with swelling outlines inspired by the holy mountain Montserrat. They are encrusted with a tangle of sculptures that seem to breathe life into the stone. Gaudí died in 1926 before his masterwork was completed.

La Pedrera - Casa Mila by Antonio Gaudi is another one of Antonio Gaudi's creations. It was built between 1905 and 1910 as a combined apartment and office block. Formerly called the Casa Milà, it is better known now as La Pedrera (the quarry) because of its uneven grey stone facade that ripples around a street corner - it creates a wave effect that's further emphasized by elaborate wrought-iron balconies. Visitors can tour the building and go up to the roof, where giant multicoloured chimney pots jut up like medieval knights. On summer weekend nights, the roof is eerily lit and open for spectacular views of Barcelona. One floor below the roof is a modest museum dedicated to Gaudí's work.

Las Ramblas is famous tree-lined pedestrian boulevard around 1.2 kilometres long with Port Vell (near the cruise port terminal) at the southern-most end and Placa Catalunya at the northern-most end. It consists of five separate streets strung end to end and is the central-most Boulevard cutting through the heart of the city centre, a vibrant and lively promenade.

The Miró Museum is an art gallery with a wide range of Miró's work dating back to1914. The artwork collection not only includes his paintings but also a good selection of sculptures, tapestries and early sketches and is a wonderful collection of Miró's work. This is the largest single collection of his work.

Picasso Museum has arranged Picasso's paintings in chronological order from his early days to his final works. Arranging the paintings in this way gives a fascinating insight into the development of Picasso's thinking over time, showing how he developed the distinctive designs that he is famous for today.
Barcelona Zoo is based in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The zoo has a wide variety of animals on show and also has a restaurant, picnic area, a shop, electric cars, ponies and a mini-train.

Barcelona FC Museum ( is a must see for all football fans. It has wall to wall trophies, pictures and statues of the greats. When you buy your ticket you have 2 options. You can buy a ticket for the museum and to see the stadium, or you can buy a dual ticket where you get to see the museum and behind the scenes at the club e.g. changing rooms, VIP lounge, press conference areas etc.

Montjuic, the hill overlooking the city centre from the southwest, is home to some fine art galleries, leisure attractions, soothing parks and the main group of 1992 Olympic sites.

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