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1. Las Ramblas

It is a long boulevard which joins the Columbus monument by the port to Plaza Catalunya. Look out for Palau de la Virreina, a grand 18th-century rococo mansion, which is next to the Boqueria market.South is Barcelona's Opera house (Gran Teatre del Liceu) after which the Ramblas begins to get seedy as you approach the sea with peep shows and the like. La Rambla ends at the Columbus Monument which you can go up in a lift for spectacular views up the Ramblas and across the harbour. The street is 2km long. Name derives from the Arabic "ramla" meaning "sandy ground". Until the beginning of the 18th century La Rambla consisted merely of a path beside a stream running between convents on one side and the old city walls on the other. It was in 1704 that the first houses were put up at the Boqueria on the site of the old city walls and the first trees were planted.


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2. Sagrada Familia

Open 9-8pm, Admission : 8 Euros, Metro: Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2)
A Giant Temple designed Antonio Gaudi. This building has been under construction since 1882 and they've still got another 30 to 80 years. He only built the nativity scene then he ran out of money and started sleeping on site, got hit by a tram and died. He was obsessed with precision even on the highest points and when asked why he was so particular about something so high up he said because the angles can see them. Anarchists came and smashed up the site and his plans. But few years later work started again and entry fees paid for it.


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3. La Pedrera

Open: 9-8pm, Address: La Pedrera, Provenca, 261-265, 08008,
Metro: Diagonal (Green Line, L3) and (Blue Line, L5)
Cost: 8 Euros
La Pedrera was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. La Pedrera (The Stone Quarry) has a wavy, curving stone facade that undulates around the corner of the block. Topped by chimneys so eerie they were nicknamed espantabruxes (witch-scarers), the building was unveiled in 1910 to the horror of local residents. The sudden appearance of these cavelike balconies on their most fashionable street led to the immediate coining. One critic put it, that the rippling, undressed stone made you feel "as though you are on board a ship in an angry sea." Seemingly defying the laws of gravity, the exterior has no straight lines and is adorned with winding balconies covered with wrought-iron seaweedlike foliage sculpted by Josep Maria Jujol.

The building was originally meant to be dedicated to the Mother of God and crowned with a sculpture of the Virgin Mary. The initial design was altered by owner Pere Mil i Camps, who, after the anticlerical violence of the Setmana Trgica (Tragic Week) of 1909, decided that the religious theme would be an invitation for a new outbreak of mayhem. Gaud's rooftop chimney park, alternately interpreted as veiled Saharan women or helmeted warriors, is as spectacular as anything in Barcelona, especially in late afternoon when the sunlight slants over the city into the Mediterranean. Visitors can tour the building and go up to the roof, where giant multicoloured chimney pots jut up like medieval knights. On summer weekend nights, the roof is eerily lit and open for spectacular views of Barcelona. 1 floor below the roof is a modest museum dedicated to Gaud's work.


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4. Casa Batllo

Address: Casa Batll, No.43 Passeig de Grcia, Barcelona.
Metro: Passeig de Grcia (Green Line, L3) Calle Arag-Rambla Catalunya exit.
Cost: 16.50
The building is said to present the legend of Sant Jordi (Holy George), the patron saint of Catalunya, and his killing of a dragon. The roof of represents the back of the dragon, and the balconies, formed sculls of his victims and jaws of the beast. The faade's blue, mauve and green tile studded with wave-shaped window frames and balconies, rises to an uneven blue-tiled roof with a solitary tower. Locals know it variously as the casa dels ossos (house of bones) or casa del drac (house of the dragon). The 1st floor of the building has been open to visitors since 2002. When Gaud was commissioned to refashion this building, he went to town on it. The internal light patios shimmer with tiles of deep sea blue. The ceiling is twisted into a vortex around the sunlike roof lamp; the doors, window and skylights are dreamy waves of wood and coloured glass.


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5. Casa Amatler (Choc shop)

Passeig de Grcia, 41. Metro: Passeig de Grcia (L2, L3 and L4), Nearest Landmarks:Casa Lle-Morera, Casa Batll, Casa Mil (La Pedrera)

Built 1906 by Josep Puig I Cadafalch for Antoni Amatler, a Catalon chocolate manufacturer. Casa combines Gothic window frames with a stepped gable borrowed from urban architecture of the Netherlands. Inside, tourists may view the original Neo-Gothic interior; building now is the headquarters of the Institute Amatler d'Art Hispanic.


6. Casa Lleo Morera

Address Passeig de Grcia 35, Location L'Eixample Esquerra,
Transportation Metro: Passeig de Grcia
The last building of the trio, on the corner of Carrer del Consell de Cent, is the Casa Lle Morera. This florid work, completed by Domnech i Montaner in 1906, is perhaps the least challenging of the three, as it represents a more international style of Art Nouveau. One of its quirkier features is the tiered wedding cake-type turret and abundance of ornamentation. Comb the facade for a light bulb and telephone (both inventions of the period) and a lion and mulberry bush (after the owner's name: in Catalan, lion is lle, and mulberry is morera). Tragically, the ground floor has been mutilated by its tenant, who stripped the lower facade of its detail and installed plate glass. The shop's interior, which fared no better, is the only part of the building open to the public.


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7. Mont Juic

Metro: Placa Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)

Is an old watchtower. At its entrance there are two engraved stones from 1679 & 1704. By the road up to the castle there is a winged victory sculpture on a pedestal, which commemorates the aviator Juan Manuel Durn, 1 of the heroes of the seaplane Plus Ultra which in 1926 made a non-stop Transatlantic flight from Spain to Argentina. In 1751 the castle was enlarged by the engineer Juan Manuel Cermeo, giving it its present appearance. See parade ground, the well, and the bastions named San Carlos and Santa Amlia in honour of King Carlos III and his wife. Used as a prison.


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8. Parc Guell

Directions: Metro; line 3. Lesseps Station, then follow the street signs.
The Casa Museu Gaud within the grounds is where he lived for 20 years. The Gaud's salamander is here. The Parc Gell is situated on the Carmel hill, which, along with that of La Creueta and the Muntanya Pelada, separates the district of Grcia from that of Horta. The financier Eusebi Gell decided to construct a garden city on the old estate of Can Montaner, and commissioned the project to Gaud. Only two houses came to be built within the enclosure of the Park, which was conserved as such and which is now a municipal garden. The whole of the urban development part was realised between the years 1900 and 1914.


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9. Tibidabo

Address: FGC train from Plaa de Catalunya. Frequent Cost 2 , Parc d'Atraccions del Tibidabo Plaa del Tibidabo 512 metres high. Hosts an amusement park, which has recently been recovered by the Barcelona City Council. The Blue Tram and the Funicular were inaugurated on 29 October 1901, and shortly afterwards the first attractions were installed on Tibidabo. In the zone of the former amusement park we find sculptures. 4 dedicated to: Carmen Amaya, by Josep Caas (1966); Joaquim Blume (1966) and Charlie Rivel (1972), both by Ros Sabater, and Charlie Chaplin (1972), by Nria Tortras. 5th is of sardana, the Catalan national dance, also by Josep Caas (1966).


10. Parc Ciutadella

The Parc Ciutadella is right next to the Ciutat Vella of Barcelona. The park was created during the 1860s on the grounds of a citadel. In 1888. Enjoy nature, culture and their free time in the centre of Barcelona. On Sundays the park is full of young people who play drums, sell food and clothes. Contains a fountain made by young Gaudi.


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11. Santa Maria Del Mar

Location: At the bottom of c/ de Montcada, Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Hours: 9-1:30pm & 4:30-8pm, Cost: Free
Address: Placa Santa Maria Barcelona 08003
La Ribera, to the left of Via Layetana as you head down towards the port, has its origins at the time when the old medieval centre of Barcelona started to get too cramped. The narrowness of La Ribera's streets even today are witness to the fact that it too was originally built in late medieval times.The paintings in the keystones overhead represent, from the front, the Coronation of the Virgin, the Nativity, the Annunciation, the equestrian figure of the father of Pedro IV, King Alfons, and the Barcelona coat of arms. The 34 lateral chapels are dedicated to different saints and images. The first chapel to the left of the altar (No. 20) is the Capella del Santo Cristo (Chapel of the Holy Christ), its stained-glass window an allegory of Barcelona's 1992 Olympic Games, complete with names of medalists and key personalities of the day in tiny letters. An engraved stone riser to the left of the side door onto Carrer Sombrerers commemorates the spot where San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order, begged for alms in 1524 and 1525.


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12. La Seu

Location: Plaa de la Seu s/n, Barri Gotic , Metro: Jaume I or Liceu,
Open: Cathedral: daily 9am-1pm and 5-7pm; Cost: Free

Barcelona Cathedral built 1298, during the bishopric of Bernat Pelegr and the reign of King Jaume II, known as "the Just". The work on the present-day faade of the Cathedral remained unfinished until the end of the last century, being completed by the architects Josep Oriol Mestres and August Font i Carreras, taking inspiration from a drawing from the 15th century by Mestre Carl. Outside the main nave of the cathedral to the right you'll find the leafy, palm tree-shaded cloister surrounding a tropical garden and pool filled with 13 snow-white geese, one for each of the tortures inflicted upon St. Eullia in an effort to break her faith. Legend has it that they are descendants of the flock of geese of Rome's Capitoline Hill, whose honking alarms roused the city to ward off invaders during the ancient days of the Roman Republic. Don't miss the fountain with the bronze sculpture of an equestrian St. George hacking away at the dragon, on the eastern corner of the cloister. In front of the cathedral is the grand square of the Plaa de la Seu, where, on Saturday from 6 PM to 8 PM, Sunday morning, and occasional evenings, Barcelona folk gather to dance the sardana, the somewhat dainty and understated circular dance, a great symbol of Catalan identity.


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13. Barceloneta beach

Can Sol

Address: C/Sant Carles 4 Info: (93 221 50 12). Metro: Barceloneta. Open 1.30-4pm, 8-11pm Tue-Sat; 1.30-4pm Sun. Expensive seafood. Located in a charming old fishermans cottage, this lavishly tiled restaurant has been serving traditional harbourside food for over a century. Regulars, usually of port-quaffing age themselves, tuck into plates of shrimp, wild mackerel, stewed lobster and superb paellas cooked almost under their noses in the bustling open kitchen. The decor is elegant yet not overboard, with plenty of photos of former fans like Santiago Rusinol and Joan Mir.

Luz de Gas

Address: Moll del deposit, Metro: Barceloneta (L4)
This restaurant is located on a ship in the old harbour Port Vell. You can eat very tasty tapas here and/or sip a few drinks. The mojitos are delicious and you can also taste good wine and sparkling wine. It is not inexpensive but you can enjoy the unique location.

El Vaso de Oro

Balboa, 6, 08003 93-319-3098, Metro: Barceloneta.
El Vaso de Oro is always packed with people waiting at the bar to order tapas and some of their specially brewed beer. You have a plethora of different tapas to choose from, including meatballs with cuttlefish, sausage, or squid. There are no tables, so prepare to stand around and chat while you munch!


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