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BARCELONA

13 Things to Remember When Visiting

If Spain is on your radar, be sure to visit Barcelona, the second-largest city, and arguably the most diverse. It stands out for its rich culture and beautiful architecture.

Barcelona is divided into ten districts, which are, like the arrondissements of Paris, very different from one another.

These districts are home to several neighborhoods. Some are more on the luxurious side, especially if they are close to tourist attractions, while others are humbler.

Intrigued yet?

Here are 13 things to remember when visiting Barcelona.

There Are Two Official Languages

You’ll hear plenty of Spanish, of course, but also Catalan. Both have a Latin root, but they sound and look different.  You’ll see signs in both languages.

Barcelona Is The Capital of Catalonia

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, one of the 17 autonomous communities which make up Spain.

Sagrada Familia Is Spectacular

Did you know that Sagrada Familia, the brainchild of Antoni Gaudí, was never completed in his lifetime? In fact, it still isn’t finished!

Don't Expect Speedy Service At Restaurants

The quick restaurant service you get at home you probably won’t get in Barcelona. Remember what we said about that chill, laid-back vibe? Exactly.

Eating Is A Religious Experience

La cena, or dinner, is served around 9 or 10 at night in Spain. One of the reasons for that could be that lunch is a large meal, consisting of multiple courses.

Beware of Pickpockets

A general rule of thumb, especially when you are in the crowded, touristy areas, is to keep your bag within sight.

There's A Variety Of Museums

To soak up some culture, check out the museums.
If you’re interested in art, there is the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, with mostly Catalan art.

The Parks Are Numerous And Lovely

If you need a break from the city, check out the parks. Parc de la Ciutadella is a must-see, with fountains, statues, and grassy areas for picnics and relaxation.

Sand, Sun and Sea Are Nearby

You can get to Playa de Barceloneta on foot or by the metro. There are eateries alongside it.Other beaches include Bogatell, Nova Icaria, and Mar Bella, a nude beach.

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