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Barcelona from A to Z: Part I

Arc de Triomf: This arch was built in the nineteenth century as an entrance to Barcelona’s Ciutadella Park, which once housed the World Expo. Today it is an emblem of Barcelona.

Bicing: It is impossible to be out around town and not see people traveling about on these red rental bicycles.

Columbus: At the foot of the Ramblas you’ll find this statue commemorating America’s discoverer, who points out to sea. There’s also a gazebo, which is the first thing you’ll see in the city if you’re arriving by water.

Diagonal: The largest avenue of Barcelona. The Diagonal lives up to its name, crossing the city diagonally until it ends at the sea.

Estrella: Without a doubt, this is the city’s most popular beer and you can order it just about anywhere. This Catalan beer is perfect for an afternoon spent soaking up the sun watching the world go by.

Futbol Club Barcelona: This club is the most important ambassador of the city and maybe even the best football club in the world. One can even go to Camp Nou and enjoy watching these world-class stars of the sport.


Camp Nou via JoJan


Gaudí: This modernist architect is one of the main reasons why people visit Barcelona. His modernist buildings are truly unique, and works by Gaudí  such as the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Park Güell or Casa Batlló, Gaudi changed the face of the city and turned it into a work of art.

Hospital de Sant Pau: This wonderful modernist building is surely the most beautiful hospital in the world. Designed by the architect Domènech i Montaner, its domes, mosaics and trencadís are true works of art. Who knew that a hospital could be a place of great beauty?

Ictíneo: The first air-independent and combustion powered submarine was designed by the Catalan intellectual Narcís Monturiol. And how his invention changed history can be seen at the Maritime Museum of the city.

St. Jordi: The Catalan patron saint and the patron of the eponymous holiday. On April 23, Sant Jordi is celebrated with a festival that fills the town with roses and books. This is certainly one of the best days to enjoy the true spirit of Barcelona.

Kebab: In recent years, increasing numbers of stands have been selling this Turkish dish. If you´re partying in Barcelona and want something to eat, you can usually find a kebab stand nearby that is open until very late.

La Boquería: The most famous market of the city, La Boqueria is located on the Ramblas. You can find all kinds of fresh goods as well as some very rare ones. You should definitely try its small restaurants and fresh dishes.

Montjuïc: The mountain that rises above Barcelona, Montjuïc, is an emblem of the city. Visit its Magic Fountain, the castle and the Olympic Ring, including the Olympic Stadium and the famous Calatrava Tower, a symbol of the Barcelona Olympics .