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Barcelona is Spain’s busiest port. Its terrain varies a lot with plains that gently rise from the sea to a range of forested hills. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia – a region that has rich history and a charisma of its own. With a large collection of Gothic architecture and the famous Sagrada Família Church, this town offers a huge variety of spectacle that just cant be ignored. Just like all other cities Barcelona has its fare share of warnings you should be aware of. Here are a few:
Even though Barri Gotic is located centrally and there are numerous budget hotels located here, it is a dimly lit area and you may want to avoid its dark alleys. You may feel comfortable walking around Passeig de Garcia instead. La Rambla is a colorful market that you would love to visit. However, avoid visiting it after 11pm, as theft is common. You can bargain easily and keep an eye on your belongings. This market leads to the La Rambla beach, which is yet again a great place. But you have to be very careful of your things here.
While most attractions are within walking distances, you may get tired, as there is a lot of see. So you can take Metro that runs until 12 on weekdays, until 2am on Fridays and all night during weekdays.
You have a variety of transport options from BCN Barcelona Airport to the city center. You can reserve a minibus shuttle transfer from airport to your hotel or vice versa. You can hire the low cost Barcelona airport taxis also. For a journey to the city center form the Barcelona airport, expect to pay around €25 - €30.
All tourists are entitled to same right as any Spaniard as far as emergency medical treatment in public hospitals is concerned. On showing the European Health Insurance Card all EU citizens can get the entire range of medical services.
There are many banks with ATM in Barcelona. The foreign exchange offices are open for longer hours as compared to banks, but they offer poor exchange rates. You can easily change your cash or travellers cheque in most of the major currencies at any of the banks.
One of the most famous work of Antoni Gaudi is the oval apartment complex that were built around two oval patio. Rosario Mila was one of the first homeowners. Now Caixa de Catalunya bank is owned this house and gave the money for restoration the building. Read more
Where to eat? In any local coffee shop and restaurant always high-quality servis. If you want to try local cuisine just need to order paella, fideuà, tapas, and in the summer – gazpacho. Beaches. Barceloneta, Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella, Nova Icaria and Bogatell, the Paseo Maritimo and Sant Sebastia - any of the beaches of the Catalan capital is an excellent place for swimming and sunbathing. All beaches are free to visit. Read more
Barcelona Magic Fountain. Singing Fountain of Montjuïc or simply Barcelona Magic Fountain is incredible show, which involved light, sound and water flows. Dynamic and stunning paintings can be seen in the evenings. When the show begins thousands of tourists are gathering on steps leading to the National Palace. The higher you climb - more beautiful panorama you will see. Read more