A guide to making the most of your stay in Barcelona. Packed with information about finding the right accommodation, what to see and do, food and drink and Catalan culture. Also includes sections to order tickets for FC Barcelona and the F1 Grand Prix.|
Details: Barcelona is the place to go for people looking for a modern city with a strong sense of tradition, the most eccentric architecture ever designed, one of the world's greatest football teams, and unrivalled choice of options for eating, drinking and nightlife.
As well as the constructions of Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona was home to Joan Miro, and the artistic scene acted as a magnet to the young Picasso - both artists have museums dedicated to their works.
Barcelona has a streak of independence running through its veins that is apparent in all aspects of daily life, but in the years of repression that followed the Spanish Civil War the city lost all self-confidence and Barcelona seemed to be in a terminal state of decay. Its rejuvination can be traced back to the 1992 Olympics, when Barcelona was finally able to escape the shadow of Franco's dictatorship and shine once more in front of the rest of the world.
The massive increase in tourism only happened after the launch of the no-frills airlines and these airlines, led by easyJet, now dominate the routes to Barcelona. And the addition of direct flights from the United States means that the city has been opened up to visitors from America for the first time.
The aim of this guide is to really get under the skin of life in Barcelona and while you can't escape the sweeping tide of tourism completely, there are many places that have yet to be reached. Rather than offer just the usual tourist advice, we want you to experience life as it really is in Barcelona, by sharing what the locals know from first hand knowledge.
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