Barcelona is known as the 5th busiest city in the world, and it isn´t lacking reasons to be such. Starting with the catalan gastronomy which hides treasures such as Crema Catalana, Calcots, or delicious Ali-Oli, being famous for its architecture worldwide thanks to Gaudí, or its ideal location amongst the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona offers us marvels which few other places in the world have.
It´s communications with the exterior don´t leave indifference, thanks to it´s sea port known as one of the most important ones in the Mediterranean, its´enormous El Prat airport, or its land connections with France via motorway or high speed train, we must recognize that Barcelona is completely accessible, which is a factor which betters the quality of the tourism it receives each year.
Barcelona is also known for having various international events dedicated to culture, economy and sports. Some of the more well known ones are the Universal Exhibition of 1888, the International Exhibition of 1929, the XXXXV International Eucaristic Congress in 1952, the Mediterranean Games in 1955, the Olympic Games of Barcelona in 1992 and the Universal Forum of Cultures in 2004.
Close to our hotel we can find not only beauties such as the Sagrada Familia, but also other curiosities easy to access such as various Gaudí works like La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and the mythical Parc Güell, iconic construction by the hand of the architect where he also lived and which are also some of the main atractions of the city.
Aswell, the connections couldn´t be better. Located next to the Verdaguer (L5) underground station, and 10 minutes from the Diagonal underground stop, we have excellent public transport conections which allows us to reach any part of the city. If we move left looking towards the sea, we can visit Torre Agbar, skyscraper known for being the entrance to Barcelona´s technology district and the third highest building in the city. Next to it, we´ll find La Barceloneta, as well as the majestuos park of La Ciutadella, located in the district of Ciutat Vella, as well as inside the triangle the Estacion de Francia, the Arch de Triumph and the Olympic Village. Inside this we can fins the Parliament of Catalunya, the Barcelona Zoo, an institute, the Martorell museum of geology, a green house and a shade house amongst others.
Once we exit the park, we can easily reach the Paseo Maritimo, where we can observe the Aquarium and the famous Mare Magnum commertial center. At the end of this we can find the famous Columbus monument, which is said to be Catalan, pointing to India with an engraved plaque about his history.
Going up from the Columbus monument in direction of the mountain, we find la Rambla, the emblematic walk of Barcelona,which has so many stories hidden behind it. With a surface filled with theatres, cinemas, restaurants and other lifestyle establishments, it´s star for its´charm and beauty, sheltering some places like La Boqueria. The market of Sant Josep, more known as La Boquería, is an obligatory visit for carrying out tourism in Barcelona. We can find all kinds of products for sale, both national and imported, and a large amount of daily visitors wish to try its´magnificent products on sale.
On the Rambla we can also find the Gran Liceo theatre, which is the most antique and prestigious in Barcelona, having its own underground stop (L3).
Higher up, leaving the memories of La Rambla behind, we find the great round Plaza de Catalunya, which functions as a union between Barcelona´s old district and Ensanche. This is why its´streets are the main representation of Barcelona, and is right in the center. Also, surrounding, we can find some of the faculties of the most antique university of Catalunya, the University of Barcelona.
Also, in Plaza Catalunya we can find the Mobile World Center, an initiative formed by the Mobile World Capital Foundation and Telefonica, which wishes to help people understand telecommunications better. We must remember that Barcelona is the Mobile World Capital.
Once at the Plaza Catalunya, if we choose to go down Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, we will end up at the Plaza Espana and Montjuic, where we can enjoy amazing views from its castle and palace, such as a show of music and light at the Magical Fountain during certain nights of the year.
From Plaza España we can enter one of the main shopping streets in Barcelona, Sants. Here we´ll be able to find all kinds of stores as well as the Sants Train Station, where you can catch both national and international trains.