Barcelona: Ancient city

Welcome to Barcelona, welcome to the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean city. Welcome to the art, music and innovative design. Welcome to the history, nature and good gastronomy. This special combination turns Barcelona into one of the most complete destinations to visit at any time of the year. Today we will make a trip to the most central part of the city, although in every travel to the capital of Catalonia is essential to visit certain areas such as Montjuic and Tibidabo.

If you stay in a hotel in the centre of Barcelona, any of the historical places will just few steps away: The Gothic Quarter and the Cathedral; La Rambla, Raval and La Boquería; MACBA, Gràcia and the modernist Barcelona… The suitability of these accommodations for those who travel to Barcelona during a couple of days or a long weekend compensates for the price differences from hotels on the outskirts of the city.  Staying in a room close to El Born or Liceu is always a wise choice. Additionally, there we usually find quality accommodations offering complete services. Some of the most outstanding ones are managed by the chain Catalonia, such as Catalonia Ramblas Hotel, Barcelona Plaza Hotel or Catalonia Atenas, next to Sagrada Familia.

4-star hotel in Barcelona centre
4-star hotel in Barcelona centre

If we are in Plaça de Catalunya, we can walk to Ramblas and to the heart of Ciutat Vella, while we contemplate the stores and buildings situated in these central streets in direction to the old quarter. The most recommended is to visit the squares, have a coffee or a traditional breakfast from Barcelona in one of the classic pubs (delicious bread with tomato, sometimes accompanied by serrano ham or cheese, and even anchovies…). The streets surrounding the Cathedral of Barcelona hide thousands of spots to photograph and, in these winter months, light is perfect to get them in all their beauty. There are associations and companies that organize guided tours, allowing you to know the hidden part of the historic city centre, even by night, when the area offers a special charm.

Between La Rambla and Via Laietana are located some of the must visit monuments and buildings. But, in general, if we stay near to Sant Pau, Sant Antoni, Pelai street, Trafalgar, Pujades and Wellington, we will contemplate the authentic essence of Barcelona.  There we also find Princesa street, Portaferrisa, Hospital street, Paseo Colon, Picasso Museum and the harbour. Next to the harbor we find the Aquarium, which is a recommended visit, especially when you travel with children.

This area also includes the emblematic Ciutadella Park, with its triumphal arch in one of the entries. Many residents of the centre of Barcelona visit this park to do sport or play with children. There is always a good atmosphere and it is one of the must visit places in the historic heart of the city. Besides, it is right next to El Born and just few steps away from the promenade of La Barceloneta.

This area is full of design boutiques, brand stores, crafts shops, museums, art galleries, record stores, bars and restaurants. It is a good place to enjoy some tapas in a terrace and to take advantage of most of the days that, even in winter, are a bit sunny and have good temperatures.

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