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Natural surroundings: Forest, Hills, Mountains, National/State Park, Sea
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Sports to do: Basketball, Cycling, Dancing, Football, Golf, Gym/Fitness, Hiking/Walking, Kayaking, Mountain Climbing, Paintball, Parachuting, Rafting, Sailing/Boating, Skate park, Skiing, Sky diving, Swimming, Tennis, Water skiing, Windsurfing
Barcelona is a metropolitan city, with people from all around the world. It is important to know that in Catalonia local citizens speak 2 official languages, i.e. Catalan, (the official language of Catalonia) and Spanish (the official language of Spain). This fact allows citizens from Barcelona to be open to other languages and cultures.
LA DIADA DE ST. JORDI / ST. GEORGE´S DAY
EL DIA DE LA ROSA / THE DAY OF THE ROSE
April 23 is one of the most important days of the year for Barcelona and Catalan citizens.
La Diada de Sant Jordi, also known as el dia de la rosa (The Day of the Rose) or el dia del llibre (The Day of the Book) is a Catalan holiday celebrated on April 23 similar to St. Valentine's Day with some unique twists that show the ancient practice of this day. The main event is the exchange of gifts between sweethearts, loved ones and respected ones. Historically, men gave women roses, and women gave men a book to celebrate the occasion—"a rose for love and a book forever." In modern times, the mutual exchange of books is customary. Roses have been associated with this day since medieval times, but the giving of books is a more recent tradition. In 1923, a bookseller started to promote the holiday as a way to honour the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on April 23, 1616. Barcelona is the publishing capital in both Catalan and Spanish and this heady one-two punch of love and literacy was quickly adopted.
On Barcelona's most visited street, La Rambla, and all over Catalonia, thousands of stands of roses and makeshift bookstalls are hastily set up for the occasion. By the end of the day, some four million roses and 800,000 books would have been purchased in the name of love. You will be hard-pressed to find a woman without a rose in hand, and half of the total yearly book sales in Catalonia take place on this occasion.
The rose is given together with a senyera, a catalan simbol and a spike of wheat. Red colour of the rose means passion, the senyera is one of the catalan identity simbols and the Spike of wheat represents fertility.
Catalonia has exported this tradition of the book and the rose to the rest of the world. In 1995, the UNESCO adopted April 23 as International World Book and Copyright Day.
La Diada de St. Jordi is also a protest day for Catalan Culture, and many balconies show the autonomic flag, la senyera.
Barcelona is known for the wide variety of sea food it offers and also cheap wines. One must not miss the Paella dishes, which are the speciality of Spain. Lobster house on Calle Paris, Rambla Calatunya on Calle Provenza are some of the good restaurants in this area.
Today, La Rambla is the main centre of commercial activities in Barcelona. It is the place where you can enjoy delicious Spanish food at many restaurants and find the finest places for shopping. Clothes are available at cheap prices and can be bought from stores like El Corte Ingles, Bershka store in Av. Portal d'Angel and Av. Diagonal
Although tourists have always been attracted to Barcelona, but the restructuring and renovation that it underwent in 1992, in order to prepare itself for the Summer Olympics, has attracted even more tourists than what it did before. Some of the must-visit places are:
It is the commercial centre of central Barcelona, which connects Catalonia Square (Placa de Catalunya) to the Columbus monument. The area is divided into five sections where one can find shops, restaurants, movie theatres and night clubs and also some monuments with excellent architecture, like the fountain Font de les Canaletes.
The works of Antoni Gaudi and Montaner have been the hallmark of Barcelona's architecture. Temple de la Sagrada Familia (a church still in its building stage), Parc Guell (a garden complex located on hill el Carmel), Casa Mila or La Pedrera (a combined apartment and office block) are some of the famous works of Antoni Gaudi.
La Sagrada Familia
The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família ("Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family"), often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive, privately-funded Roman Catholic church that has been under construction in Barcelona, since 1882 and is expected to continue until at least 2026. Considered the master-work of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project's vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona's (and Spain's) top tourist attractions for many years.
This museum has the most extensive collections of artworks by the world famous 20th century Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. It is one of the most popular and most visited museums of Barcelona. It is housed in five adjoining medieval palaces in Barri Gotic area.
Museo de Cera
Also called as the Barcelona Wax Museum, it features wax statues of some of the world famous sports personalities, musicians and statesmen.
Barcelona has 7 beaches which makes the overall experience of travelling even more enjoyable.
F C BarcelonaIt is a famous sports club of Barcelona, best known for its football team, called by locals as "Barça". With the seating capacity for 100,000 people, F C Barcelona is the biggest privately owned stadium in the world and is one of the most visited tourist places in Barcelona.
F.C.Barcelona has achieved during 2008-2009 three triumphs. The team has won everything, the National Football League (La Liga), The King Competition (La Copa del Rey) and the Champions League.
However the best is that one year ago the football team was in very bad conditions. A new and young trainer, Pep Guardiola, has changed everything in 12 months, keeping mainly same players but changing mentality and applying psychology and work team lessons, resulting in sportive best success and giving a high football spectacle that makes even non football experts enjoy all matches.
Being one of the most populated and important cities of Spain, Barcelona has got the second largest airport in Spain, the Barcelona International Airport, which connects it to the other cities and to the outside world.
Barcelona has also one of the most important economic Mediterranean Harbours, where you can find cruises to Main Mediterranean Cities, including Balearic Islands.
Main Spanish cities and France have train connections with Barcelona. High Speed train line available with Sevilla-Madrid-Zaragoza-Lleida-Tarragona-Barcelona, and under construction to connect Paris and Barcelona.
4 sport harbours; Port Fòrum (www.portforum.net), Port Olímpic (www.pobasa.es), Marina Port Vell (www.marinaportvell.com), Real Club Nàutic de Barcelona (www.rcnb.com), Real Club Marítm de Barcelona (www.maritimbarcelona.org)
Traveling within the city can be done by Metros, Trams, Aerial Cable Cars, Buses and Funiculars.
In 2007, Barcelona's City Council started the Bicing or Bicycle service, to promote environment friendly transport options, and has been a great success.
For all public transports, you can check all MAPS, TIMETABLES, TRAVEL CARDS at www.tmb.cat