Friday, August 16, 2013

Your Guide to Beautiful Barcelona

Barcelona has been described by many to be a buzzing, rich, and multi-cultural city which has added to its value as a worldwide tourist destination. Every year, millions of tourists flock to this city, eager to behold its beauty and immerse in its robust crowds.

In your search for a good resource guide to Barcelona, you will find different views and opinions about this city. But one thing is for sure, everyone is going to say that it definitely is a place bursting with people, sights, and sounds.

When in Barcelona, you may choose the beaten path, or the more "touristy" places. These are the places that the city has been acclaimed for and are the popular attractions in Barcelona. Meanwhile, those who want to have a unique experience may also go for the road less traveled. There are a number of ways to behold and appreciate the beauty of Barcelona, you just need to do a thorough research so that you will be able to study your options better.

Popular attractions

Barcelona is quite known for many things. Here are a few that you shouldn't miss:

1. Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudi, a Catalonian who was once bashed for his eccentric styles in architecture, is now Barcelona's highly esteemed architect. His unique approach at architecture is influenced by natural landscapes, and was best showcased by the Sagrada Familia church -- a project that took him half of his lifetime to work on but to this day remains unfinished.

2. Other Gaudi masterpieces

The Sagrada Familia is not the only Gaudi masterpiece that you can expect to see in Barcelona; there's La Pedrera and Casa Battlo located on the boulevard of Passeig de Gracia. To be able to access both of these Gaudi mansions, you'll have to pay some fee and wait in long lingering lines.

3. Montjuic (Jewish Mountain)

Immerse in the cultural richness of this city by heading to Jewish Mountain where you can visit the MNAC Museum, Miro Foundation, Poble Espanyol, Caixa Forum, and Calatrava's Needle. In the evening, you have the Magic Fountains to marvel at.

4. Las Ramblas

After days of discovering the city on foot, you can head to the beach and see what all the mixed reviews of Las Ramblas are really about. Grab an icy cold mojito, lounge around and be astonished by the eccentric fusion of unapologetic nudists, beautifully tanned surfers, energetic volleyball players, passionate percussionists, and persistent hawkers. Although a different sight from the rest of the city, Las Ramblas pretty much exudes a consistent Barcelona feel: beautifully messy.

Tips on booking an accommodation in Barcelona

The length of your stay should be your primary consideration in booking your accommodation. If you plan to stay in Barcelona for a month or more, check out ShBarcelona's website. Your best bet will be long-term vacation rentals which will be an economically advantageous option compared to luxurious hotels. There are also short-term vacation rentals for those who are booking for a week or two only.

About the author:

Cedric Loiselle is a passionate traveller who also enjoys imparting travel information to fellow wanderlusts through writing. For short-term and long term vacation rentals in Barcelona, Spain, he recommends

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