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<span>Barcelona - Las Ramblas</span>Barcelona - Las Ramblas
<span>Barcelona - Palau de la musica</span>Barcelona - Palau de la musica
<span>Barcelona - The Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi</span>Barcelona - The Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi
<span>Barcelona - National Palace</span>Barcelona - National Palace
<span>Figueres - Dali Museum</span>Figueres - Dali Museum
<span>Girona</span>Girona
<span>Tarragona - The aqueduct</span>Tarragona - The aqueduct
<span>Montserrat</span>Montserrat
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Barcelona is without doubt one of Europe´s most exciting cities, the second largest city in Spain, and host of the Olympic Games in 1992. Barcelona is a place of extraordinary architectural dazzle, exemplified by the work of architects Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch, exponents of Catalan Art Nouveau and Modernisme.

Monumental sculptures by local masters like Joan Miro adorn public spaces, and museums house extraordinary treasures ranging from works of the ancient Romans to those of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. The city is further enhanced by brightly coloured outdoor markets, a magnificent Mediterranean port where yachts sway peacefully, and a plentiful array of stylish restaurants. Needless to say, the nightlife is splendid.

Starting in the Old town, traversed by Barcelona’s most famous avenue the Ramblas, you can find several interesting places to stop at: the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), where the 13th century Gothic Cathedral is located, and the Parc de la Cuitadella is also sitauted in the area.

The Mountain of Montjuic not only provides a great panoramic view of the city, but also mixes the old with the new, from the modern Olympic sports halls to a 17th Century Castle. Also in Monjuic is the Palau Nacional, home of the Museu Nacional d’Art Catalan, hosting a great collection of medieval art.

Focusing on Gaudi there are three contructions that should not be missed. The Guell Park, covered with brightly coloured tile mosaics, will provide you with a fascinating and relaxing stroll. Casa Mila or `La Pedrera´ at the centre of the Eixample district is full of Gaudi designs. The Sagrada Familia, the most unconventional church in Europe and symbol of the city is the most famous of Gaudi´s buildings. Unfortunately he died before finishing the work and his body is now buried in the crypt.

Other interesting visits in Barcelona include the Palau de la Musica, Museu Picasso and the Olympic Harbour.

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Figueres

This is the pretty capital of Alt Emporda, very close to the Costa Brava. The high winds that are often experienced here inspired the town to erect a statue of a woman about to be blown away, called the Monument of Tramontana. But Figueres´ star attraction is without doubt the Museu Dali (open daily). It is Spain’s most visited museum after the Prado Museum and it houses the biggest collection of the town´s most famous native artist, Salvador Dali.

Girona

A delightful city badly damaged by French troops in 1809 but which nowadays boasts many interesting sights including the Passeig Arqueologic (Archaeological Walk), a pleasant walkway along the old ramparts of the city. See the Iglesia de Sant Feliu, dating from the 14th century as well as the 15th century cathedral which has some Catalan Baroque style but is mainly gothic.  The Jewish quarter is very interesting to explore and the city boats many fime restaurants, bars and shops.  There is a regular train service between Barcelona and Girona which takes an hour or so.

Tarragona

One of Spain´s oldest cities and a bustling busy port where one can still see the remains of its Roman past. The finely preserved remnants of the Romano Amphitheatre are just one example. Not too far away lies the church of Santa Maria del Miracle, of the 12th century. The Praetorium, a Roman tower, now contains the Museu de la Romanitat, and adjoining this is the National Archaeological Museum, hosting a suberb collection of Roman artifacts. Also remarkable is the 12th century Cathedral built on the site of a Roman temple. There is a regular train service between Barcelona and Tarragona which takes an hour or so.

Monastery de Montserrat

Visit to the Monastery of Montserrat (the jagged mountain) located 25 miles northwest of Barcelona and the holiest site in Catalonia. Dating from the 9th century it became independent from Rome in 1409. Of particular interest is the Basilica´s Neo-Renaissance Façade built in 1900 to replace the Plateresque one. The Virgin of Montserrat, called La Morenata (the Dark One), is the patroness of Catalonia. 

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