Barcelona is Spain's second largest city after Madrid and is the capitol of the autonomous Catalonia region. The Catalonian citizens, once repressed under the rule of Franco, have now taken their proud place among this city's citizens and Barcelona has two established native languages: Spanish and Catalan.
This amazing city is the 12th most visited city in the world, and the 4th most visited in Europe, receiving in excess of 5 million tourists each year.
Barcelona has arrived on the world stage. It is fully accepted as one of the world's true global cities, being rich in historic culture, a center of international trade and education, and now also having been established as one of the planet's leading financial and economic hubs.
With so much to see and do, booking a holiday apartment online gives you the perfect base from which to travel out and take in all there is to be found in this diverse city of beauty and culture.
Originally founded by the Romans, Barcelona has developed into one of the most popular tourist destinations and has achieved Unesco World Heritage status. It displays some of the most awesome architecture to rival that to be found anywhere else, not only in Europe, but also worldwide.
The old city of Barcelona houses the Gothic quarter and many of its buildings herald from Roman and medieval times. One of the most awe-inspiring pieces of architecture is the Sagrada Familia church, which began construction in 1882 and is still a work in progress with completion scheduled for 2026. It is being built entirely from private funding.
This sprawling city boasts 68 municipal parks, 12 historic, 5 botanic (themed), 45 urban style parks and 6 beautiful forested parks for city inhabitants and tourists to enjoy. When you book a holiday apartment online, you can select one well positioned to enable you to enjoy all that these wonderful parks have to offer.
For those city tourists who also like to take a dip in the sea, Barcelona has some wonderful beaches. Nominated as the best beach city in the world by National Geographic magazine, you can take your choice from 7 beaches along a 2.8-mile stretch of coastline. Seafood is also a specialty of the region and the restaurants that offer Catalonian dishes are amongst the most renowned in the world.
Finding your way around this large city can prove challenging, but they have a great network of tourist information points known as Turisme de Barcelona. There are several booths that are spread across the city in strategic locations where you can get all of the information you seek. You can get each of their locations by going to the Barcelonaturisme website. In addition to the little booths, there is a large tourist information office in the center of the city at the Placa de Catalunya, with other offices to be found at the Placa Sant Jaume, and the Paca Portal de la Pau inside the Columbus Monument.
Barcelona has a superb public transport network including the metro, busses, taxis, trams, and even a cable car. There is also a dedicated city tour bus (The Barcelona Bus Turistic), which is an open-air double-decker bus that will take you around the city's major tourist attractions including the Arc de Triumf (built in 1888), The Palau de la Musica Catalana, and the Hospital de Sant Pau, (Unesco World Heritage nominated site).
Booking a holiday apartment online gives you the freedom to come and go as you please to be able to take best advantage of all that this fabulous city has to offer.