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Plan Your Barcelona Vacation

The capital of Catalonia is a banquet for the senses, with its beguiling mix of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafés and markets, and sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches. A stroll along La Rambla and through waterfront Barceloneta, as well as a tour of Gaudí's majestic Sagrada Família and his other unique creations, are part of a visit to Spain's second-largest city. Modern art museums

and chic shops call for attention, too. Barcelona's vibe stays lively well into the night, when you can linger over regional wine and cuisine at buzzing tapas bars.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Gaudí The iconic Sagrada Família, undulating Casa Batlló, and playful Park Güell.
  2. Food From the Boqueria market's bounty to tapas bars to avant-garde restaurants.
  3. Museums Museu Picasso and the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya lead the list.
  4. Architecture Roman and medieval in the Barri Gòtic, Moderniste in the Eixample.
  5. Shopping Stylish fashion boutiques and innovative design emporia tempt buyers.
  6. Beautiful Beaches Sandy havens and surfing hubs delight urban sun worshippers.

When To Go

When to Go

For optimal weather and marginally fewer tourists, the best times to visit Barcelona, Catalonia, and Bilbao are April through June and mid-September...

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