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 Nowadays, the station has largely been superseded by Barcelona Sants …

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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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Monument to Narcís Monturiol : Inventor of the Steam Powered Submarine

Bronze replica of the first steam powered submarine Ictineo II which was invented by Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol and launched in Barcelona in 1865

Located on Avinguda Diagonal, this four and a half metre concrete and bronze monument to inventor and political activist Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol was inaugurated in 1963. Created by Josep Maria Subirachs, the monument includes a replica of Monturiol’s most famous invention, the steam powered submarine Ictíneo II which was first launched in the Port …

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A Thoughtful Bull and a Very Flirtatious Giraffe (Statues)

Bronxe statue of a Giraffe by Josep Granyer, the giraffe is reclining in a sexy pose, it's tail draped over one hoof

The streets of Barcelona are often likened to an open-air museum or art gallery. From the famous Art Nouveau architecture to monuments, sculptures and street art, there’s something to catch your eye at every turn. Two of the most unusual statues are Thinking Bull (Brau Pensador) and Flirty Giraffe (Girafa Coqueta) which are located at …

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Dalinian Triangle Guide – In the Surreal Footsteps of Salvador Dalí

Dalís version of the Sisitine Chapel at the Theatr museum near Barcelona Spain

Possibly the best known and most instantly recognisable artist of the 20th Century, Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, 140km north of Barcelona. Famous for his dreamlike surrealist paintings and eccentric public persona, Dalí spent most of his life in Catalonia. Many of his best-known paintings were inspired by the rocky landscapes and coastline between …

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