Ciutat Vella - Barcelona
Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Spain. It has a population of 1.6 million people within its limits. It is considered to be one of the most famous tourist destination in Europe with around 8 million visitors every year. Barcelona was first populated in 200 BC by the Celts who lived on a hill called “Ibiricu” which means “the place where Iberians dwell” as it was a stronghold for the Iberian tribe from which Iberia took its name. The Romans conquered Ibiricu in 218 AD and established a settlement there under the name Barcino.
Being the most famous tourist destination in Europe, Barcelona attracts tourists for lots of reasons. It is the capital of Catalonia and hence a must visit for all those interested in history. It has excellent beaches along the Mediterranean coastline, which is also known as the Costa Brava. Other than that it hosts one of the most prestigious football clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, and their home ground Camp Nou is one of the largest football stadiums in Europe accommodating close to 100000 spectators at any given time.
Museu PicassoFor those who are interested in art and culture there is an abundance there as well. The Museu Picasso is Spain’s largest museum dedicated to a single artist; it houses a collection comprising 1000 paintings by Pablo Picasso.
Museu Nacional d’Art de CatalunyaThe Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is considered to be one of the most important art museums in Catalonia and contains over 130 000 art pieces including sculpture, painting, textiles and ceramics.
Museu d'Historia de BarcelonaThe Museu d'Historia de Barcelona is another important museum in Barcelona which has a collection of artefacts that trace the history of both Catalonia and Spain.
Park GüellThen there is the "Park Güell" by Frank Gehry, which is a part of Barcelona’s park system that has many bars and restaurants surrounded by water and gardens.
Palau de la GeneralitatThese include the Palau de la Generalitat that was built in 1702 and later became the seat of Catalan government, the Palau Milà that was originally called La Capella Reial de Catalunya and now houses a museum with artistic treasures from Arte Moderno.
Parc de la CiutadellaBarcelona also has a multitude of different attractions for travellers of all ages. The Parc de la Ciutadella is an amusement park for children with rides and mini ferris wheels as well as fun activities such as walking on a narrow rope over the sea.
Festa de la MercèThe Festa de la Mercè or “La Mercè” as it is known to the locals takes place every year on September 24, which is also Catalonia’s National Day. The La Mercè Festival features parades, giant puppets, fireworks and concerts celebrating this festival.
FC BarcelonaBarcelona’s most important football club, FC Barcelona, is entirely responsible for making the city an even more popular tourist destination. The club has won over 50 trophies which includes the European Cup 18 times and the Spanish league 12 times. Barca is also known to be one of Europe’s most successful clubs attracting thousands of fans every year.