Barcelona is the obvious choice for Europeans looking for short breaks, due to is close proximity to most major European hubs. Barcelona is a must see for New Zealanders travelling through Europe. Located on the Mediterranean, Barcelona’s vibrant street life, fascinating architecture and world class cuisine make it the prefect short or long stay holiday destination.
Best Time to Visit Barcelona
Barcelona is probably most enjoyable during Spring time. Temperature during Spring are usually close to 20C. Barcelona during summer it’s often very hot and humid, upward of 30C. Summer and large number of festivals in Barcelona during September always draw large crowds of tourists.
Barcelona Mercè Festival
Festes de la Merce is Barcelona's main annual festival. Plenty events take place leading up to the actual day of celebration on the 24th September each year. The festival celebrates the day of the city's saint, the Virgin de la Merce. One of the most spectacular events of the celebration is when locals come together and compete to form the highest human tower. There are also plenty of live music events, fireworks, Cava, the national drink of Catalonia Barcelona, which is similar to champagne.
Barcelona is well known world-wide for its live music and extravagant music festivals. Classical, opera, jazz, rock, rumba, flamenco, latin, hip hop, and electronic are all common genres. There is a flavour for every music, dance and party enthusiast in Barcelona
Las Ramblas of Barcelona
Las Ramblas is large open-air walkway through the centre of Barcelona city centre. Stalls, restaurants, bars and street performers line the way with the many thousands of people visiting each day. Las Ramblas run from monument a colom to plaza de Catalunya and are easily accessible with many hotels close by. The Barcelona metro also has three stations along the strip.
Barcelona Galleries and Museums
Spain is home to some of the worlds most famous artists. A trip to Barcelona is not complete without viewing the inspiring works of Picasso and Dali.
Barcelona Picasso Museum
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona opened in 1963 and has since undergone some brilliant renovations and expansion. A collection of nearly 4,000 by Pablo Ruiz Picasso are on permanent display in the museum.
The other museum dedicated to artwork by Dali is located just outside Barcelona in Figueras. The museum opened in 1974 is home to the largest collection of works by Salvador Dali, and includes paintings sculptures, 3-dimensional collages and mechanical devices. The museum displays a selection of works by other artists that were collected by Dali during his lifetime.
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