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4.5 out of 5
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The beautiful Mediterranean city of Barcelona is often thought of as a hybrid between the more traditional Spanish peninsula and northern Europe, making Barcelona one of the most unique destinations worldwide. Even the distinctive language spoken here, Catalan, separates Barcelona from other Spanish cities. As it is a combination of old-Europe and the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolis, Barcelona offers travelers of any budget plenty of things to do. Some of the main attractions in Barcelona are products of one man – Antoni Gaudi, a modernist architect and designer of the distinct La Pedrera, the beautiful Parc Guell, and the famously incomplete Sagrada Familia cathedral, which has been under construction for 128 years. If it’s sunny, the Mediterranean beaches are always options for vacationers. Once the sun goes down, the cuisine in Barcelona is simply exquisite, as chefs here add new twists to traditional Spanish fare to create a taste all its own. Nightlife is also extraordinary, with multi-story clubs highlighting the options. For accommodation, Barcelona offers a wide selection, ranging from hostels to high-end hotels. In Barcelona, the city where new ideas are required to succeed, there is never a shortage of activities for vacationers.

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  • BarcelonaAmbassadorPro 2014
    Katie Pierce
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    5 Apr 18, 2014

    Went to visit a friend living here and had an incredible time. Barcelona is a beautiful and vibrant city full of Spanish and Catalonian culture.

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  • BarcelonaPro 2014
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    5 Apr 18, 2014

    On Spain's coast, Barcelona is its second largest city and the capital of Catalonia, a proud and borderline secessionist region of Spain. Most signs in Barcelona are in Spanish and Catalan, and you will find the odd barkeep who does not take kindly to your pidgin (or fluent) Spanish. Barcelona is famous for the proliferation of Gaudi's architecture, particularly the still-in-construction cathedral the Sagrada Familia, a mad mix of Gothic and art nouveau sttyles with a nod to mother nature, and Park Guell, a sculpted surrealist park atop the city. The Gothic district (Barri Gotic) is the old center, with historic architecture and small winding streets. For the sporty, there is FC Barcelona, one of Europe's better soccer teams. The Picasso Museum has a strong collection of the artist's works, as does the Dali Museum. It's also a city you can visit multiple times without tiring.

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  • Barcelona
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    5 Feb 18, 2014

    Probably the best option if your planning on visiting just one spanish city. Very very beautiful city, amazing architecture, gothic old town, beach/ocean and hills. Tons of cool restaurants and places to party. This is a city for pretty much everybody.

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    5 Feb 12, 2014

    Brilliant city. It has the fancy restaurants for the business travelers yet it also won't let you down with it's comfy cafes for the people on the budget. Plenty of things to see without much planning needed. Everything is right at hand, very compact city. It holds a great marathon too!

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  • Barcelona
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    3 Feb 11, 2014

    Barcelona is a interesting city that has a lot in terms of museums, restaurants and everything Gaudi. It is not a hard city to get around in, just be cautious because some of the motorists drive crazy. It gets three stars because I don't like Gaudi and everywhere you go it Gaudi, Gaudi and Gaudi, the Familia Sagrada was big waste of time to me. The best thing about Barcelona for me was the food, great restaurants, I didn't have one bad meal while there.

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  • Barcelona
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    5 Feb 03, 2014

    Barcelona is a fun city to visit – it has amazing architecture, rich culture and history, wonderful food, variety of incredible sights to fit many interests, great vibe and energy… You need at least 3-4 days (preferably more) to get a feel for it. You can download free walking tours to your iPod and explore various districts and sights at your leisure. Barcelona is a good base to explore the surrounding area (then you need to plan more days here, of course).

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  • BarcelonaPro 2014
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    5 Feb 01, 2014

    Enjoyed every moment of my two months in this amazing city!
    The food, the people, the weather, the culture, everything is lovely!

    Before arriving I read about the pick pockets in the city but I've got to say I have been ALL OVER this city and I have felt completely safe here. As with any city it is important to have your wits about you especially in packed touristy areas. But there was a decent amount of police patrol up and down the Ramblas on the look out for shady activity.

    Important to note, I was in Barcelona was during October and November. I was told repeatedly during my time in the city that the shoulder seasons, spring and autumn, are the best times to visit Barcelona. Summer is hot, packed with tourists and the prices sky rocket and winter it can get rather cold whereas the weather in spring and autumn is quite pleasant. If you can make it during the shoulder seasons April/May or September/October, even June or November are your best bet for enjoying the city.

    As an aside, I don't know if this is true of all of Spain but in Barcelona almost every cafe/restaurant/bar (almost everywhere serves coffee, food and liquor) there is also an orange juice machine that makes fresh orange juice upon order. It was nice to have fresh juice everywhere we went, especially to help rehydrate from the copious amounts of coffee and wine!

    Wonderful experience! I'm so glad I decided to come for a more extended stay and I'll definitely plan to come back to visit again in the future!

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    5 Mar 08, 2014

    One of my favorite cities in the world. There is so much to do from visiting the olympic stadiums, hitting the beaches, and exploring all the marvels and museums the city has to offer. A place you must visit in your life time

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  • BarcelonaPro 2014
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    5 Nov 06, 2013

    Barcelona is a really fun place. Good food, stunning architecture, rich culture, pleasant weather and most of all, highly affordable. Is there a bad time to visit? I don't think so.

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  • BarcelonaPro 2014
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    3 Oct 29, 2013

    I saw the Mediterranean for the first time as the overnight train from Granada pulled into the station. Barcelona was highly touted by every guidebook and most people I knew who had been to Spain. The Olympics were held here when I was 13. Unfortunately I belong to that minority of travelers who prefer Madrid. Perhaps if I had seen the two in reverse order... I enjoyed going to the beach every day. The water was as warm as a bathtub. By night, though, I felt uncomfortable walking down Las Ramblas as the prostitutes are particularly aggressive with their groping and catcalls.

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