About Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the capital city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Spain. It is the second most populous city in Spain after Madrid. As it is part of Catalonia, most people in Barcelona understand Catalan in addition to Spanish. The city is culturally and historically rich, and it is a popular tourist destination because of its comfortable climate and numerous attractions. Barcelona’s cultural and economic influence is not just limited to Spain, but extends to Europe as well. This is evident from the sheer number of international summits and events that the city has hosted.
Popular Destinations in Barcelona
There is a wide variety of sights and sounds in Barcelona, which is known for its architecture as much as it is known for its football club. Here are some of the well known attractions:
PortAventura: This is one of Europe’s most popular theme parks. PortAventura sees around four million visitors each year. Situated a short one-hour drive away from Barcelona city center, the complex includes the theme park itself, as well as four hotels. The theme park features five themed areas, each based on a historic civilization, as well as one based on Sesame Street. One of the rides in the theme park, the Dragon Khan, was formerly the record-holder for being the roller coaster with the most number of inversions.
Park Güell: Park Güell is the brainchild of world-famous architect Antoni Gaudi, and entrepreneur Eusebi Güell. Combining both naturalistic and baroque elements, the park was originally conceived as a municipal housing site, inspired by the Temple of Apollo of Delfos. However, the project was unsuccessful as a housing site, and was thus converted into a public park. Now, visitors to the park can admire Gaudi’s whimsical creations, as well as learn about his life and work from the Gaudi House Museum situated within the premises of the park.
Sagrada Familia: Construction of this iconic church began in 1882, but was never finished. Nevertheless, the building is widely known as the magnum opus of renowned architect Antoni Gaudi. The church was constructed in the Gothic Revival style, a style that is fairly prominent in the architecture of Barcelona in general. Gaudi also combined elements from both the Gothic Revival style, and the Art Nouveau style that characterizes his works.
FC Barcelona Museum: The FC Barcelona Museum is a veritable Mecca for all fans of FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona Museum was inaugurated in 1984 and reopened in 2010 after a long period of renovation. It is the second-most-visited museum in Spain. The museum houses memorabilia from FC Barcelona, and has several interactive sections that allow fans to learn more about the club and its history.
Barcelona Pavilion: In spite of its name, the Barcelona Pavilion was actually originally used as the German Pavilion during the World Expo of 1929. Designed by Mies van der Rohe, the building was avant-garde for its minimalist design, which combined simplicity and the spectacular, as well as the numerous famous pieces of furniture created specially for it. In particular, the Barcelona Chair is well known for its spectacular design.
Luxury Lodging in Barcelona
There is no lack of high end luxury accommodations in Barcelona. Here are some of the top-tier hotels that you can choose from:
- ALMA Barcelona
- Bagues Hotel
- Casa Fuster Hotel Barcelona
- Claris Hotel Barcelona
- El Palace Hotel Barcelona
- Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel Barcelona
- Gran Hotel La Florida
- Hesperia Fira Suites Hotel
- Hesperia Tower Hotel
- Hilton Barcelona Hotel
- Hotel Arts Barcelona
- Hotel DO
- Hotel Princesa Sofia
- Le Meridian Barcelona
- Majestic Hotel & Spa
- Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
- Melia Barcelona
- Mercer Hotel Barcelona
- Ohla Hotel Barcelona
- Pullman Barcelona Skipper
- W Barcelona
Restaurants in Barcelona
Barcelona boasts no less than 24 Michelin-starred restaurants:
2 Michelin stars:
passeig de Gràcia 38-40 08007 Barcelona
Mallorca 259 08008 Barcelona
Marina 19 08005 Barcelona
av. del Tibidabo 1 08022 Barcelona
1 Michelin star:
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 668 08010 Barcelona
- Dos Pallilos:
Elisabets 9 08001 La Barceloneta
- Koy Shunka:
Copons 7 08002 La Barceloneta
Aragó 214 08011 Barcelona
- Cinc Sentits:
Aribau 58 08011 Barcelona
La Granada del Penedès 14-16 08006 Barcelona
- Roca Moo:
Rosselló 265 08008 Barcelona
Còrsega 200 08036 Barcelona
Diputació 424 08013 Barcelona
av. del Paral. lel 164 08015 Barcelona
passatge de Marimon 9 08021 Barcelona
Lleida 5 08002 Barcelona
València 28 08015 Barcelona
- Via Veneto:
Ganduxer 10 08021 Barcelona
- Dos Cielos:
Pere IV-272 08005 Barcelona
- Hoja Santa:
av. Mistral 54, 08015 Barcelona
Rafael Casanovas 31 08921 Santa Coloma de Gramenet
Airports In or Nearby Barcelona
Interested in chartering a private aircraft to Barcelona, Spain? Although there aren’t many airports serving Barcelona in its surrounding regions, the ones that you can choose from are well equipped to handle your private jet charter flight, both in and out of Barcelona.
- Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN): This is the nearest airport to the city of Barcelona. It is situated 7.5 miles southwest from the city center. This airport is also known as Barcelona International Airport and is the second busiest airport in Spain after Madrid Barajas Airport. BCN handles 37.5 million passengers alone in 2014, a 6.7% jump from the previous year. Barcelona-El Prat Airport has two terminal buildings and three runways. Even though this airport mainly serves commercial flights, it is gradually becoming more popular with private jet operators.
- Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO): Girona-Costa Brava Airport was built in 1965. Situated 7.8 miles away from the city of Girona and 57 miles away from Barcelona, this airport serves as an alternative airport for Barcelona-El Prat Airport due to the lack of other nearer airports to the city of Barcelona. Today, GRO serves both international and domestic flights, and is considered one of the best arrival airports to access the ski resorts of the Andorra, the Pyrenees, as well as the Costa Brava region in Spain.
- Reus Airport (REU): Located approximately 49 miles away from Barcelona, the Reus Airport was founded in 1935 and used to be a Ryanair base. Reus Airport is approximately 4.7 miles away from the city center of Tarragona. For visitors heading to the beach resorts of Cambrils and Salou, the Reus Airport is considered the most optimal access point. It is also nearby PortAventura, one of Europe’s biggest theme parks. For 2014, this airport handled more than 850,000 passengers. In recent years, there is a surge in general aviation aircraft operating in the Reus Airport. REU will also be undergoing new improvements in order to meet its future air traffic demand.
- Seu d’Urgell Airport (LEU): Situated inside the city of Seo De Urgell, this airport is 80 miles away from Barcelona. Its official name is Pirineus – la Seu d’Urgell Airport, and it is the closest airport to the small country of Andorra.
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