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Barcelona

Spain’s heaven of the outré

Barcelona is Spain’s misfit child. Your first taste of this sun-baked city’s waywardness will come upon you the first time you hear Catalan spoken instead of Castilian (Spanish). The city’s unfinished church, La Sagrada Família (the Sacred Family), is further proof, and resembles a drip castle made with wet sand. Its designer, the iconoclastic artist Antoni Gaudí, left other marks on the city, such as his phantasmagorical, highly photographed Parc Guell. But of course, Gaudí was not Barcelona’s only artist. Picasso’s work can be found here too, from his art student sketches to his final works. Yet in a twist that is quintessentially Barcelonan, the inventive spirit of the city has most recently manifested itself in the highly creative cuisine bubbling out of the kitchens of Barcelona’s cutting-edge chefs. Enter these food laboratories and prepare to ingest foams, mousses, and delicious concoctions of every variety. Siestas are widely observed (stores being closed), and typical evenings begin in traditional fashion, which used to be a sunset stroll down La Rambla (which nowadays became more of a tourist activity). Meals are taken late, and the nightlife pounds on until sunrise. Barcelona’s unconventional vitality will test your conceptions of Spanish culture, which may be the best reason to go.

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  • برشلونة
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  • You can also check www.planbikebarcelona.com for some quality bikes for rent
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  • Großartige Stadt!
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  • One of the most beautiful and relaxing places I have ever been. I will travel there again.
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  • ville extraordinaire architecture magnifique et cadre de vie exceptionnelle à voir absolument!!
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  • Ja, da war ich schon!
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  • the most happy city, smile forever.
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  • soon
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  • Fiesta!
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  • barcelona è un vero paradiso!!! ❤❤❤
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  • super!
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  • barcelona was great!
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  • wonderful, well worth a visit
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  • Ich lebe hier seit 9 Jahren und möchte nicht wieder weg hier! Nur die catalanische Sprache.....!
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  • bellissima
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  • Schöne Stadt
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    an unbelieveable city, that always surprises. This time with MIBA, Museum for Ideas and Inventions. Highly recommended! www.mibamuseum.com
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    I had a great vacation in Barcelona. I was here during Easter. I booked lodgings on barcelona-home.com and was very happy. Even got Equipment (like a chair) for our 5-year-old son. Everything very good!
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    It's a very special city where it is sunny almost everyday in the year!
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    very pretty…
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  • Sehr schön aber trotzdem eine teure Baustelle ;)
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    one of the most exciting city of the world!!!!!
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  • I’ve been with my boyfriend recently in Barcelona, and I really recommend the city for a short break… Barcelona has amazing urban beaches and plenty of cultural, artistic and gastronomical offers. I also recommend to book accommodation online, I did it with www.barcelonapoint.com and we had a great holiday apartment in the city center, value for money -)
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    cool
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    there are few cities as great as Barcelona
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    Really gorgeous city with many possibilities! culture, beach, lifestyle, party, or wellness vacation! a very colorful mix!! really great.........
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    awesome place
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    Amazing!
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    Sooooo cool
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    a must on any Europe tour!
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  • Barcelona is worth for the town itself. The buildings and the sights are astonishing. However Catalans are not the kindest people that I found until now. If you are going there to work or study for some time, be prepared: the houses are expensive and not worthy for the money they ask.
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    cool
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  • I love the information and since when I'm going there this works out great!!!
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  • Yes of course I've been there ! The Sagrada Familia is so amazing ! No one can skip this monument during a trip in Barcelona ! You have to see it ! For those who are planning a trip in Barcelona, check this website : www.top-barcelona-apartments.com
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    good
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  • i love spain !
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  • great help
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  • I've been to Barselona!!!!! Oh! I love it!!!!!!!
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  • One of the nicest city in Europe! It's impossible not to stare hours at the beautiful Sagrada familia and enjoy the great spanish food at the beach restaurants. I also love the shopping there!
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    An animated city, moving all the time, hard to get bored! A very rich history, and a great dynamism and cultural wealth today
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    Not to miss in Spain and sooo different from... Spain....
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  • a great city, i recommend anyone to go there at least one time in his life but go prepared because there are so much beautiful things to see and some much entertainment to have fun so before leaving to this city, i was looking for info and found out this topic, a very great source of info and also a site http://www.world-rt.com/ a barcelona blog from a local guy, another great source of info
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  • Barcelona - La Guapa: video on http://vimeo.com/2331177 !
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    one of the best cities in europe
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    A very youthful city, with a rich culture and history, never resting. To love with no limits !!!
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  • Better to stay in Sants - Montjuic intead of the crowdy Rambla!
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  • Beatiful City ..
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  • A great friend of mine here in Barcelona and write about the cultural events and cool things that goes on around the city. If you are visiting Barcelona and want to escape the tourists traps, rent her for the day :) www.rentalocalfriend.com
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  • Not only does barcelona have incredible sights, it has an unbelievable landscape, with hills/mountains behind offering a beautiful view of the city, and the beaches along the coast offering swimming and relaxation from the hectic world of a city. One of the best cities in the world! (And of course dont forget the nightlife in barcelona...full of life and excitement!)
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    i studied there and fell in love with the city. traffic is chaos in the city itself, but the possibilities for nightlife, art, photography, and food are endless.
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    great city, great nightlife, many young people
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