Why visit Barcelona?

Stunning architecture! Gaudi's Sagrada Família which mixes Catalan Modernism, Art Nouveau and Spanish Late-Gothic styles are stunning, but no more so than the ceiling located in the nave. Gaudi's work is scattered across the city: check out Casa Batlló for beautiful specific details and mordenist architecture at Casa Milà [Pere Milà] and a wide-range of unusual architecture styles at Park Güell.

When should I visit?

Even in the winter months it is rare to get rainy days in Barcelona: nevertheless, late spring, i.e. May to June and late summer, September through to the end of October are good choices as there are less tourists and better hotel prices.

Must-sees?

Bustling Las Ramblas is a promenade that must-be visited with it lined with bars, cafes, market stalls and street art - keep hold of your belongings here and know where they are as this area tends to have theives on the look out for items to steal. The Spanish Village should be on any itinerary, otherwise known as Poble Espanyol, which showcases 117 buildings from across various Spanish regions and were constructed in 1929 for the World's Fair when it was hosted here in Spain. Wander the beachfront boardwalk and breath in the sea air; sunbathe on Sant Sebastià beach; football fans will love Camp Nou with the 99,000 seat stadium being the home of FC Barcelonan and shoppers will adore Passeig de Gracia promenade of boutiques.

Local traditions?

Let your imagination run wild! Every August, the Festa Major festival takes place in the suburb of Gràcia where residents decorate their streets in the mot imaginary ways to become the best in the area.

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