The capital of Catalonia is a banquet for the senses, with its beguiling mix of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafés and markets, and sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches. A stroll along La Rambla and through waterfront Barceloneta, as well as a tour of Gaudí's majestic Sagrada Família and his other unique creations, are part of a visit to Spain's second-largest city. Modern art museums and chic shops call for attention, too. Barcelona's vibe stays lively well into the night, when you can linger over regional wine and cuisine at buzzing tapas bars.
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This pedestrian-only main drag is lined with kiosks selling flowers, food, clothing, even live birds; street artists perform near sidewalk cafés.
Enjoy the views, visit the Olympic Stadium, and stroll the rooftop terrace and sculpture garden at the museum of surrealist painter Joan Miró.
Still unfinished, this church is the magnum opus of Antoni Gaudi, the eccentric star of architecture’s Modernista movement of the late 1800s.
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Another Gaudi masterwork: a hilltop park with serpentine benches, fountains and pagodas covered in colorful mosaic tiles.
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Winding streets and quiet squares take you back to medieval Barcelona. Look for the tiny Museu del Calçat, devoted to the history of shoes.
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