Barcelona Tours

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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The sweep of scenic mountains and Mediterranean Sea behind any Barcelona tours highlights the famous beauty of this northeastern Spanish city. A major cultural center with a long and remarkable history, Barcelona is Spain's most important Mediterranean port. With a city population of about 1.5 million and a metropolitan population of just more than four million, it has been remarked on since Hans Christen Anderson described it in 1862 as the "Paris of Spain."

Several High Points of Barcelona Tours

The capital of the Catalonia region, Barcelona is a "closed" city in that it both cannot and does not want to grow any larger. Restoration of its streets and buildings is a major ongoing effort. It's being handled so successfully, however, that its famous squares are attracting visitors worldwide. Many fine restaurants and cafes delight both visitors on Barcelona tours and residents alike with the variety of tapas of smoked and marinated seafood. The area is also home to the famous Pendes and Priorat wine regions. Any of those vintages complement the local cuisine very nicely indeed!

At the center of old Barcelona at the Placa de Sant Jaume is the site of Roman forum founded in 200 BC. The surrounding walls were built 600 years later to guard against invasions. Nearby are the old Gothic cathedral, several medieval palaces, and a rich variety of wonderful church and public architecture. Near all of this, of course, are Barcelona's wonderful Mediterranean beaches to enjoy.

Any Barcelona tours emphasizing art and architecture will prove particularly rewarding. The Museum of Catalan Art features collections of both Romanesque and Gothic murals, redoses, and carvings, as well as European Baroque. Barcelona's modern museums are also spectacular, from an extraordinary collection of Picassos, to a Miro center, to the Calra sculpture collection.

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