The Real Meaning of Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world, but what does Barcelona mean for you? We look at the origin of the name 'Barcelona' and what it has meant and inspired in people throughout the years
Barcelona’s best 100-year-old shops
Barcelona is a unique shopping destination. If you're heading here to hit the shops, it's a good idea to venture off the high street and discover some of the city's fascinating and ancient boutiques. Here's our guide to some of Barcelona's oldest independent shops and their wares.
Tarragona – Roman history in a corner of Catalonia
Just one hour on the train from Barcelona, Tarragona sits invitingly on the Costa Dorada, and makes for a convenient day trip from the Catalan capital. An ideal destination for history buffs and sunseekers alike, the city is worth taking the time to visit if you find you're at a loose end in Barcelona.
All about the Catalan language
There's no doubt that the Catalan people are extremely proud of their language and the history it represents. Catalan is thriving and you'll come across it everywhere in Barcelona, making it worth your while checking out this article about its difficult past and modern-day position in Spain.
The museum that uncovers Catalan history
Often overlooked by visitors to Barcelona, the Museum of Catalan History offers an interesting perspective on the events and influences that helped make the region what it is today. From the sea to the industrial revolution to the Franco dictatorship, the museum's hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations leave no stone uncovered.
Montserrat – the mystical mountain at the heart of Catalonia
Within easy reach of Barcelona, Montserrat, the mountain at the heart of Catalonia, offers an excellent day trip from the city. A visit to Montserrat monastery and a walk among its steep crags is an unforgettable experience.
Girona – a confluence of cultures
Step back from the Costa Brava coastline to wander through Girona. Discover the mix of influences that has shaped this beautiful and historic city and explore the impressive attractions before relaxing by the river with drink or enjoying tapas in one of the squares.
Montjuïc Castle – see the city from a different perspective
Up on the hill of Montjuïc, sits an 18th-century castle overlooking Barcelona. Take in the views of the city and then stroll around this historic fortress which now hosts some of the city’s main calendar events.
Barcelona – capital of Catalonia
Many people who visit Barcelona arrive thinking they're in for an authentically Spanish experience. But the city also has a very distinct role as the capital of Catalonia - a proud region with a separate history and culture all of its own. Learn how Barcelona differs from other parts of Spain, and what to expect on your stay in the Catalan capital.
Arqueo-ticket Barcelona – five great museums in one
With a Ticketbar ticket you’ll have access to five of Barcelona’s top history museums. Travel back in time and discover Barcelona’s history, maritime, archaeology, Colombian art and Egyptian museums.
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