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About Barcelona

Welcome to Europe’s Big Apple! If you want to learn Spanish in a city that has it all, look no further! Barcelona, located at the Mediterranean sea in the north of Spain is certainly the most cosmopolitan and economically active city in this country.  

Barcelona has been a center of Modernist architecture and is distinguished specially by the works of  Antoní Gaudí. Although the city has always proven to be modern with its architecture, nightlife and lifestyle there is more than meets the eye. Different neighbourhoods like the Gothic Quarter will make you feel like you have gone back in time.

There won’t be any other city in Spain where you will find more diversity and nationalities as you will find in Barcelona. This makes it easy to mingle in with the locals, who will soon turn into friends with whom you can discover everything this city has to offer. From sunny beach days to delicious tapas and long nights out.

 
 

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Sagrada Família a large Roman Catholic Church is certainly the most famous place in Barcelona, a symbol of the city that is well known outside the borders of Spain. The construction of the church started in 1882, with the most famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí, being involved into the design of the church. Despite the fact that the church is not completely finished, it has already been included into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA

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If you want to see buildings that date back to medieval times, you should visit the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. Despite the renovations during the 19th and the 20th century, some of the buildings inside this part of the city are preserved as remnants of history, some even dating back to the time of Roman settlement. Most of the area is closed for traffic, which is why it is perfect for taking a walk and enjoying the scenery.

GOTHIC QUARTER

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Park Güell is another must-see place in Barcelona, being a great example of Spanish magnificent architecture. Combining natural elements, modernism and its distinctive style, Antoni Gaudí has once again managed to create something so beautiful and worth preserving for the future generations. The park maintains the natural beauty of the environment with ornaments trying to symbolize different mythological and religious elements.

PARK GÜELL

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Casa Milà, often called La Pedrera, is another masterpiece designed by Antoni Gaudí. A large building, with innovative and unusual structure was built between 1906 and 1910. The building is known for its twisted walls and a modernist look, which resulted in the building becoming World Heritage Site in 1984. You can visit some parts of the building interior. The visits are organized during the day, as well as during the night.

CASA MILÀ

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Montjuïc is a hill outside Barcelona, which provides an amazing view of the city and the coast. The top of the hill was a very convenient location for building fortresses in the past, as the view enabled a beneficial position in case of an attack. Nowadays, if you visit the hill, you can find fortresses that mostly date back from the 17th and the 18th century, as well as some castles, Montjuïc Castle being the most famous one.

MONTJUÏC

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Parc de la Ciutadella is a park in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona. It encompasses a large area of the city, which includes the zoo, a small lake, a large fountain and museums. The park is opened during the entire year, with the zoo being the most popular attraction in the park. The zoo has a great collection of animals, with guided tours available apart from the regular visits.

PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA

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It would be impossible to create a list of places to visit in Barcelona without mentioning the Botanical garden of Barcelona. Located on the Montjuïc hill, the garden has been renewed in 1999, offering a large collection of species from around the globe.

JARDÍ BOTÀNIC

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Barcelona has a lot of squares around the city, but Plaça d'Espanya is one of the most famous important ones, and one of the biggest squares in the city. It is a giant junction, connecting different parts of the city, with some of the most famous landmarks located in this area.

Plaça d'Espanya

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La Rambla Street is one of the most popular streets in Barcelona, located in the central area. It is a pedestrian area, full of shops and cafes. The street starts from the Plaça de Catalunya and goes down to the cost, to the Columbus Monument at Port Vell. The street is filled with shops, street performers, places where you can buy souvenirs and eat out.

LA RAMBLA STREET

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The Columbus Monument is a tall monument to Christopher Columbus located in the end of La Rambla street, on the harbor. It has been built in honor to Columbus first voyage to America, with tall bronze statue at the top of the column. The pedestal is octagonal in shape with statues that adorn the lower part of the column.

THE COLUMBUS MONUMENT

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Having visited La Rambla Street and the Columbus monument you get to Port Vell, a modern looking harbor of the city, which has been built as an urban zone in 1990s, thus becoming an important tourist location. Apart from being inside this tourist zone of the city, and providing an amazing view of the sea, the harbor also has Maremàgnum, a mall with shops, bars, restaurants and the cinema, aquarium and pedestrian area.

PORT VELL
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