There are few cities in Europe that can boast the type of historical and cultural attractions that can be found scattered throughout the atmospheric city of Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s Catalonia community. Visitors booking a hotel in the city for their first visit will be extremely impressed by the number of exquisite attractions the city has to offer, which include sites such as the Sagrada Familia church designed by Antoni Gaudi, the 13th century Barcelona Cathedral, and the aromatic Boqueria market.
Outdoors in Barcelona
Barcelona is also surrounded by a wide variety of landscapes, and visitors planning an extended stay in the city should be sure to get out and explore places like the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees mountain range, which provide wonderful activities to enjoy, from sunbathing to skiing. Of course, if you want to stick to this glorious city, there's also a number of incredible parks, such as the grand Parc de la Ciutadella. This beautiful green space was once the barracks of the occupying Spanish army, but today houses the city's zoo, the Parliament of Catalonia and an intricate fountain and lake.
The Arc de Triomf of Barcelona
Sitting at the end of the prominade that leads to the Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona's Arc de Triomf. Built as the main access gate for the World Fair in 1888, the Arc de Triomf, or Arco de Triunfo in Spanish, is a memorial arch that stands astride a wide promenade leading to the cities Ciutadella Park. It contains a stone sculpture entitled, 'Barcelona welcomes the nations'.
With so many things to see and do in Barcelona, a visit to this seaside city is certain to be an exciting one.