Barcelona, Spain travel tips

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If architecture is your thing, don't miss the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Though part of the building was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, it retains much of its original beauty.

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Visit Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat--Conjunt Monumental de la Placa del Rei for the most extensive below-ground Roman ruins in the world. You will also be able to see Roman-era streets.

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If you like sports you should check out Camp Nou, home of the Barcelona football team. It's a team with a lot of history and home of some of the greatest footballers of all time.

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Head up to the top of Tibidabo, where you can see an amusement park that is more than one hundred years old.

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It's not the city's most famous museum, but be sure to visit the Museu Etnologic, which is home to artifacts from all over the world.

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One of the most striking modernist buildings in Barcelona is the Illa de la Discordia. If you have an interest in architecture, don't miss it.

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Take a sightseeing tour around the harbor in a golondrina.

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If you're in Barcelona in August, enjoy the Festa Major, when each district tries to outdo the others in their elaborate decorations. The best can usually be found in the Gracia neighborhood.

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In addition to the Picasso Museum, you can also see a frieze designed by the artist at the College of Architects.

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It's worth going to the Palau de la Musica Catalana just to see the enormous stained-glass dome--it's really incredible.

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If you're traveling with children, be sure to see the Museu de Cera, the waxwork museum, with over three hundred displays.

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For some lively people-watching, head to Placa Reial. The lampposts in the square were designed by Gaudi.

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Check out the massive monument to Christopher Columbus on Las Ramblas.

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One of the most interesting sights in the city is the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya, which is housed in a medieval mansion.

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Be sure to see the town hall, which was built in the 1300s and 1400s. Be sure to look for the sculpture Three Gypsy Boys, in the entrance hall.

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It's worth going to the Palau de la Musica Catalana, just to see the stunning mosaic pillars.

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If you're interested in high-end Spanish fashion, look for the Zara and Mango shops that are located all over the city.

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Be sure to do some shopping at Encants Vells, the city's major flea market.

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One of the best festivals in the city is the Festa Major de Gracia, a celebration of street art.

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A great time to be in Barcelona is Sant Joan, the shortest night of the year, when there are bonfires on the beaches and fireworks over the water.

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