The Old Town, traversed by the city's most famous avenue, Las Ramblas, is one of the most extensive medieval city centres in Europe. The Barri Gotic contains the catehdral and a maze of streets and sqares which ensure that you're in for a treat by just spending some time wandering around and taking in the special atmosphere.
|Inside the Barri Gotic|
The historic avenue of Las Ramblas seems to be busy around the clock, full with street traders selling their wares, street artists and of course tourists. Be careful of your vaulables here as it does have a reputation for pickpockets.
|Las Ramblas, early morning|
Barcelona claims to have the greatest collection of Art Nouveau buildings of any city in Europe. The style know in Catalonia as Modernisme, flourished after 1854, when it was decided to pull down the medieval walls to allow the city to develop into what had previously been a construction-free military zone.
|Gaudi's Casa Batllo|
|Casa Mila "La Pedera", again a Gaudi design|
For me part of the fun of visiting a city like Barcelona is wandering round the streets enjoying the sights and sounds of the city, stopping for some refreshment or a break from the heat when needed. However there is so much to see in Barcelona that its worth taking a ride on one of the "hop on, hop off" tour buses. That way you can see the more further afield attractions, enjoy this lovely city.
|Church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla|
|The waterfront at Sitges|
So what about places to eat and enjoy a drink? You'll be spoilt for choice in Barcelona with something to suit everyone's pockets and tastes. We enjoyed some great food on our most recent trip, with two recommendations; Agua and Zarko. Situated down by the beach on Paseo Maritimo, Agua specialises in fresh and simple seafood, on a sunny day it gets very busy so if you want a table on their terrace be sure and book ahead. You'll find Zarko on Carrer del Comte d'Urgell 280, the food is delicious, a modern take on Tapas.
If cocktails are your think than be sure and visit Cafe San Telmo on C/Buenos Aires 60, be sure and dry the strawberry moquitos. Finally, on Bon Pastor 6 you'll find Luz de Gas, a great bar with a relaxed atmosphere and fun music, a great place to mingle before heading onto a club, or if you have an early flight the next day, home to bed. For full details on these restaurants and bars, you'll find their weblinks under our list of Favourites.
|Adíos de Barcelona|