Things to Do in Barcelona Spain

Things to Do in Barcelona Spain
Barcelona prides itself on being Spain's center of culture and sophistication. It is the country's second largest city, the center of Spain's Catalan minority and has roots that date back to its foundation as a Carthaginian colony in the 3rd century B.C. Its combination of Mediterranean coastline, modernity and antiquity make it a natural tourist destination with numerous options for keeping a visitor busy.

Exploration

Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world to stretch the legs on a city walking tour. There are the expansive pedestrian zones of El Portal del Angel, with its numerous stylish shops and the beautiful tree-lined Las Ramblas. There are arguably two hearts to Barcelona. One is Placa de Catalunya, with its fountains and statues, which is where all the city's major avenues come together. The other is its ancient center, the Barri Gotic. There are also miles of boardwalk down on the beach to stroll.

Nightlife

Barcelona is famous for its nightlife, so going bar and club-hopping at one or more of Barcelona's plethora of night spots is fairly easy if just a couple of rules are kept in mind. First, things get started late in Spain and especially in Barcelona. Do not go out to dinner before 9 p.m., and do not appear at a night spot until after midnight. Beyond that the people of Barcelona have a well-earned reputation for being fashion plates, so dress your best when out on the town. Barcelona is also a great place to take in a Flamenco show, so try to mix one into a night out.

Tablao de Carmen
Avda. Marqués de Comillas s/n.
Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc.
08038 Barcelona
011 (+34) 933256895
www.tablaodecarmen.com

Sports

Anyone who loves soccer needs to take a look at the FC Barcelona (or simply "Barca") schedule before making a visit to the city. During the decades of the Franco dictatorship, the Catalans were a repressed people, and their beloved soccer team was virtually the only mass expression of ethnic identity allowed to them. The team is one of Europe's best, and their stadium, Camp Nou, could be considered something of a soccer cathedral. Camp Nou is the biggest football stadium in Europe, seating over 98,000 people, and that alone makes it worth at least a drive-by peek. To see Barcelona play their bitter rivals, Real Madrid, plan to buy tickets far in advance, as they routinely sell out months before the game.

Avinguda Aristides Maillol, s/n,
08028 Barcelona
www.fcbarcelona.cat

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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