Barcelona

Barcelona

Often referred to as the second capital city of Spain, Barcelona offers an eclectic mix of old and new, and boasts some of the finest architecture in Europe combined with modern chic. Wandering around Barcelona you will easily spot many of Antoni Gaudi's designs, which are dotted all over the city, including his signature building, the Sagrada Familia cathedral. The famous pedestrian route Las Ramblas features a mix of typical touristy souvenirs and local arts and crafts, however the main attractions here are the numerous life statues, each one as fantastic as the next. Sports fans should head to Camp Nou, the home ground of Barcelona FC. Those looking for some retail therapy will be happy too with stores on almost every street, and include many famous high street and designer names. So pack your bags, fly with Austrian Airlines to Barcelona and experience this unique and beautiful city soon.

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Worth knowing

Spain
    • Currency: Euro(EUR)
    • Language: Spanish (Castilian), Basque, Catalan, Galician
    • Capital: Madrid
    • Austrian flight destination: Barcelona, Ibiza, Palma

Shopping

Shopping in Barcelona
Enric Rovira
The name Rovira is widely known in Barcelona. Father Pedro runs a patisserie in the heart of the city, his son Enri creates art works made of chocolate, like Dali did with his paintings. One of his first chocolate masterpieces was the facade mosaic by Catalan architect Gaudi. This was his breakthrough. Today he supports young artists himself and translates their concepts into chocolate. In doing so he does not only focuses on the taste but also on the form. Bilious green ginger chocolate and orange cocoa corn mixtures - which do not appear tasty at first sight - bear witness of that. All chocolates are produced without any preservatives. If you fancy even more chocolate, then you should visit the chocolate museum near the Parliament afterwards!
Julie Sohn
Zsu-Zsa

Sights

Sights in Barcelona
La Mercè
One of the most important events taking place every year is the La Mercè, which attracts about 2 million visitors. The party, which first took place in 1902, is held in honour and as a celebration of Barcelona's patron, Mare de Deu de la Merce and people enjoy a party on the streets.   It is the biggest street party that you will ever see that sends off summer and welcomes in autumn. A highlight of the programme is the crazy fireworks called Correfoc during which the audience is attacked by wild savage devils with sparking candles. If you like to experience a Correfoc event, then you should wear sun glasses and a hat for protection. Alternatively try the children Correfoc early in the evening.   The human towers (Castellers) at the Placa de Jaume are also worth seeing. At the top of the tower stands very brave child. Just go with the crowd. There are more than one hundred places offering music, culture and parades.
Placa Reial
El Raval

Eat

Eat in Barcelona
Venus Delicatesse
Vegetarians in Barcelona do not have a particularly difficult life. However, if you don't want to order what's the only vegetarian dish left on the menu but would like to have a choice from an entire menu, you should pay a visit to Venus Delicatessen. Every now and then you'll find a meat dish on their menu, but that is rather an exception.   From Bulgur with vegetables to meatless lasagne - everything tastes so wonderful at Venus. In fact even your non-vegetarian friends will be happy to eat here. Additionally this is a perfect spot to watch the world go by as the entire window wall can be fully opened.
Jai-Ca
Santa María

Stay

Stay in Barcelona
La Florida
Don't be scared off by the name: If in the morning, you don't remember whether you are staying in a hotel or a castle, then you are in the La Florida. The grand hotel does not hold back with luxury and has been the accommodation of choice for the rich and beautiful.   Service and rooms are top class since the early 20th century. A highlight is the generous private terrace that provides great views of the city. In addition, you'll have a beautiful spa area for relaxing. Double rooms are available from Euro 227 per night.
987 Barcelona
Hotel Claris

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