Barcelona’s Oldest Fountain: El Font de Santa Ana

Medieval fountain in Barcelona's gothic quarter - El font de Santa Ana

From the narrow streets and alleyways of the Gothic Quarter to the wide boulevards of l’Eixample district, wherever you go in Barcelona you’ll see fountains of all shapes and sizes. The earliest fountains were built during the middle ages to provide water for Barcelona’s inhabitants and livestock. Simple and functional, early fountains were sparsely decorated …

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El Capricho de Gaudí, Comillas

The El Capricho de Gaudí house in Comillas, northern Spain

Born in Reus in 1952, Antoni Gaudí moved to Barcelona to study architecture when he was eighteen. After finishing his studies, he began working for some of the city’s wealthiest residents. In the years which followed, his ground-breaking and fanciful designs helped transform the city into what we see today. Despite the fact that most …

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Monument to Santiago Rusiñol

White statue of artist Santaigo Rusiñol in Barcelona's La Ribera neighbourhood (aka el Born)

Santiago Rusiñol was a key figure in Catalan Modernism, an artistic movement encompassing art, architecture, design and literature. Born in Barcelona in 1861, he was the son of a wealthy family which owned a textile manufacturing company founded by his grandfather Jaume Rüsiñol. As a teenager, Rusiñol started sketching and painting in his free time …

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The Remnants of Barcelona’s 18th Century Citadel

Photo of the Catalan Parliament building in Barcelona citadel park. Ther is a small pond in front of the building with a white marble statue of a crying girl.

Centrally located, at the north edge of the Gothic Quarter, the Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona’s best known and most popular park. The seventeen-hectare park is home to Barcelona Zoo, the Catalan Parliament Building, two museums, a large fountain, a bandstand, a boating lake and a diverse collection of sculptures and monuments. A green …

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Terrassa: What to See and Do

White arches of the Masia Freixa mansion in Terrassa Spain

Thirty kilometres inland from Barcelona, Terrassa’s attractive, pedestrianised city centre is an interesting and lesser-known day trip or weekend break. Sometimes referred to as the Catalan Manchester, Terrassa played a key role during the Industrial Revolution when it was an important city for textile manufacturing. In its heyday at the beginning of the twentieth century, …

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Estació de França Railway Station

Girl playing the guitar on the platform at Barcelona França train station

Barcelona França railway station (Catalan: Estaçió de França) was built in 1926 in preparation for the Barcelona International Exhibition which took place in 1929. The Noucentista style station was designed by Pedro Muguruza and Andreu Muntaner as the main terminus for trains arriving from France. Nowadays, the station has largely been superseded by Barcelona Sants …

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A Man With as Many Noses as There Are Days Left In the Year

The Nose Man parade through the narrow streets of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter on New Years Eve

L’Home dels Nassos (the man of the noses) is a mythical figure from Catalan folklore with as many noses as there are days left in the year. On January 1st he has 365 noses which he then loses, one per day, as the year advances. During most of the year, the nose man hides away …

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The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in Barcelona

Freak Brother Freddy setting eyes on Gaudi's Casa Batlló in Barcelona

The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers is a cult comic strip which first appeared in underground magazines in the late 1960s. Created by Gilbert Shelton, the comics recount the misadventures of three hippies (and their cat) and have been translated into 14 languages. Barcelona is featured in The Idiots Abroad which was originally published in The …

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Best Souvenirs and Gifts You Can Buy at Barcelona Airport (and where to find them)

Barcelona football shirts at BCN airport

Barcelona is a shopper’s paradise with an abundance of department stores, boutiques, flea-markets and artisan shops where you can pick up a unique and authentic memento of your trip. With so many options to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. Add to that the fact that holiday time is short …

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Figueres and the Dalí Theatre-Museum

Bronze statue of a woman in front of the Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain

Best known as the birthplace of Salvador Dalí and home to the Dali Theatre-Museum. Figueres has a relaxed small-town vibe and a historic centre dotted with Art Nouveau buildings, picturesque plazas and a handful of interesting museums. Thanks to its strategic location near the French border, the town also boasts one of the largest bastion …

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