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Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and it is very interesting destination for XX century art lover. It was situated in the north-west area of the country and it was the most important trade and tourist seaport on the Mediterranean sea.

The city increased from Olympic games in 1992 and now it has a  great influence in entertainment, media, fashion and the arts all over the world and it is a point of reference in Europe.

The heart of the city is the Rambla, the lined avenue that was a river formed by the waters from the mountains near the city and the name infact means "sand"or "stream" or "watercourse". A long walk will be a good way to start our explore of the city: from Paseo de Gràcia, the boulevard of the most expensive shops, then Piazza Catalunya with the beautiful Palau de la Música Catalana and the Rambla with a lot of buskers, stands and souvenir stalls. You can enter the Barrio Gótico, the historic zone of the city, and visit the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia and the Iglesia di Santa Maria del Mar. At the end of the Rambla we find the Monument a Colom in Portal de la Pau, built in occasion of the International Expositions of the 1888 in honour of Cristoforo Colombo that indicates the sea. Nearby there is Port Vell, the seaport of the city that was completely changed after 1992 in a modern yacht-basin and with an entertainment center called Mare Magnum with shops, cinemas, bars and restaurants connected by a new wooden pedestrian bridge.

A trip in the trip An important and eccentric artist will act as a good guide for us: his name is Antoni Gaudì. He was the most influential architect of the Spanish modernism from the end of 800 and the early 900 and the city tells us a lot of its personal conception of Art Nouveau. Seven of its works are inscribed in the World Heritage list and by visiting them we can have a good opportunity to know Barcelona. One of the most famous monument of Barcelona is the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família for its particular history: its works started in 1882 and not yet concluded, the death of Gaudì after he lived in the building state, eight spires built of eighteen originally expected, no wrote projects leaved by the author are some of the features that make it as unique in the world.

To feel like a real inhabitant of Barcelona: you should moving in the city using metro with its eight lines. On the stop Liceu of the green line you find the big covered market La Boqueria with a lot of food, fishes, spices, vegetables and fruits. You can taste one of the fresh fruit shake or a fish skewer. But you can't leave from Barcelona without paella and sangria.

Do not miss: the Font màgica de Montjuïc, a fountain built in 1929 with an amazing evening show of water, colours and music.

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