Barcelona City Breaks
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Self confident, prosperous and buzzing Barcelona, capital of the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia, is one of Europe's most compelling cities, pulling in millions of annual visitors who flock here to experience its style and diversity.
Park GuellSalvador Dali was filled with 'unforgettable anguish' as he strolled among the architectural forms of this hilltop park, Gaudi's extraordinary landscape design. A great feature is the terrace, supported by neo-Grecian columns.
Sagrada Familia TempleGeorge Orwell thought Gaudi's great Temple of the Holy Family one of the ugliest buildings, and wondered why Anarchists hadn't wrecked it in the Civil War. Today it is an emblem of the city. A must on every visitor's itinerary.
Gothic CathedralOne of the finest examples of the Catalan Gothic style. It is a noble successor to its Romanesque predecessor and an even older Christian basilica. Dedicated to an early Christian virgin and martyr, Eulalia, the cathedral is in the middle of city life.
Picasso MuseumPicasso lived in Barcelona at the age of 14 and many of his formative experiences took place in the old town. The Picasso Museum's collection concentrates on certain periods of Picasso's life and artistic evolution.
Las RamblasSupreme among city strolling spaces, the Rambla stretches from Placa de Catalunya to the waterfront. Most Catalan towns have their Rambla, a promenade where people go to see and be seen. None, however, enjoys the worldwide fame of Barcelona's.
Placa del ReiThere is no better way to experience the antiquity of the city than in the Roman settlement of Barcino, the underground world that extends beneath the medieval palace and the Placa del Rei.