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									          Barcelona Travel Summary

Long pegged as a mere “smokestack city,” Barcelona has come into its own since the 1992
Olympics, and today is one of the liveliest tourist destinations in Europe. Cradled between the
Mediterranean and the Serra de Collserola hills, Spain’s second largest metropolis arguably
eclipses Madrid as a showcase for the arts, music, and cutting-edge design. A morning’s walk
can take you from the original Roman settlement, much of it still intact under the narrow
streets of the medieval Barri Gòtic, to the palaces and churches of the city’s 12 th and 13th
century golden age and on to the 19th-century neighborhood, where every avenue seems to be
lined with flights of architectural fancy in stained glass and wrought iron, ornamental brick, and
ceramic tile.

Must-See Places
Camp Nou
See a home game at Futbol Club de Barcelona’s 98,772-seat soccer stadium. Season runs
September-June; showdowns with Real Madrid unloose the passions of local patriotism. FCB’s
museum draws over a million visitors a year. Carrer d’Arístides Maillol 12-18; tel. 34 90 218
9900; fee.

Font Màgica de Montjuïc
Spectacular choreography of classical music favorites, dancing sprays and floodlights in the
huge fountain at the foot of the steps leading up to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
Tours occur on seasonal days and times, on the half hour.

Hospital de Sant Pau
Revolutionary 1902 masterpiece by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, in the exuberant
colors and shapes of art nouveau. UNESCO World Heritage site. Quick Tip: Guided visits in
English occur daily at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret 167; tel. 34
93 291 9000.

Casa Milà, “La Pedrera”
Exhibition space in Gaudí’s signature apartment building provides a comprehensive course on
his visionary ideas of form and design. Explore the roof, with its whimsical chimney towers, and
the apartment restored in the style of the period.
Carrer de Provença 261-265; tel. 34 90 240 0973; fee.
Mercat de la Boqueria
Barcelona’s biggest, oldest, and best market. Present building dates to 1840, but the open-air
markets on this site date to the Middle Ages. Fish, meat, fresh produce, and preserves; 265 stalls
selling over 20,000 different products. Tip: Lorenç Petras, at Fruits del Bosc (stall No. 867 in the
back), sells wild mushrooms and herbs, edible flowers and insects, and is extremely
knowledgeable about these and other exotic ingredients. Plaça de la Boqueria; tel. 34 93 318

Museu d’Història de la Ciutat
Descend 2,000 years to the sprawling remains of the Roman settlement under the Barri Gòtic
quarter, and exit at the Saló de Tinel—the audience hall of the Royal Palace, where Columbus
reported his discoveries to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1493. Plaça del Rei 7-9; tel. 34
93 256 2122; fee.

Templo de la Sagrada Família
Gaudí’s masterpiece, the city’s iconic building, still in progress. Fascinating to see how the parts
built when he was still alive—all rippling curves and motifs of plants and animals carved in
stone that seem to flow down the walls like melted candle wax—contrast with the recent work.
Carrer de Mallorca 401; tel. 34 93 207 3031 fee.

Santa Maria del Mar
“The most elegant of all Barcelona’s churches.”—George Semler, author, Barcelonawalks. A
14th-century Catalan Gothic masterpiece of stunning, elegant simplicity. Tip: Visit Saturday
morning when a well-connected Catalan family might be having a wedding. Choral or orchestral
performances here are breathtaking; check weekly listings. Plaça de Santa Maria1; tel. 34 93 310

The hill overlooking Barcelona from the southeast, main site of the 1992 Olympics. Acres of
parks and sculptured gardens, sweeping views of the city. Don’t-miss attractions on Montjuïc
include the Fundació Joan Miró (Avingudade Miramar; tel. 34 93 443 9470), the Museu
Nacional d’Art de Catalunya with its unique Romanesque and early medieval collection
(Mirador del Palau Nacional; tel. 34 93 622 0376., the Olympic Stadium and
adjacent Palau Sant Jordi (Passeig Olímpic; tel. 34 93 426 2089), and the Poble Espanyol
open-air museum of representative buildings from different regions of Spain (Avinguda del
Marquès de Comillas; tel. 34 93 508 6300; Tip: Poble Espanyol also
has a flamenco dinner show at the Tablao de Carmen (tel. 34 93 325 6895); if you have
confirmed reservations, admission to the rest of the complex is free.
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers.
Barcelona is located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, so Atlantic west winds often
arrive in Barcelona with low humidity, producing no rain. The proximity of the Atlantic, its
latitude, and the relief, are the reasons why the summers are not as dry as in most other
Mediterranean Basin locations. Lows (not surface lows but high-atmospheric "cold invasions")
can easily affect the area of Barcelona (and Catalonia), causing storms, particularly in August.
Some years, the beginning of June is still cool and rainy, like April and May. Together with
August, September, October and November these months are the wettest of the year. The
driest are February, March, June and July. As in many parts of Catalonia, the annual weather
pattern varies greatly from year to year.

So, on average, the rainy seasons are spring and autumn, and the dry ones are winter and
summer. The order from wettest to driest is: AUT-SPR-WIN-SUM. The Western Mediterranean
Climate is one of the most irregular climates in the world. For instance, one year October can be
very dry and July or February wet months. Barcelona and London have the same annual rainfall,
but London's climate is not as irregular and torrential as Barcelona's.

As for temperatures, December, January and February are the coldest months, averaging
temperatures of 9°C at the Airport and over 10°C in the city. July and August are the hottest
months, averaging temperatures of 24°C . The highest temperature recorded in the city centre is
38.6°C.[26] The coldest temperature recorded was –6.7 °C on 11 February 1956 and –5°C on 12
January 1985. However, in the 19th century –9.6°C was recorded in January 1896.

At the Fabra Observatory, situated on the Tibidabo hill, 412 m above the sea level, the record
summer temperature is 39.8°C [27] on 7 July 1982, and the lowest temperature ever registered, -
10.0°C on 11 February 1956. Near the hills and the Airport annual rainfall reaches 650 mm, and
in the city centre about 600 mm.
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Hostel Sun & Moon Barcelona
You will be staying right in the center of this beautiful city and contemplate its history all
around. Hostel Sun & Moon is in the gothic area, where you can walk around the little streets
around the Cathedral, discover the most old antique dealers’ merchants in the street and
experience the most determining historical events of Barcelona!

Waitlisted at:

W Hotel Barcelona

Where Miró meets the Mediterranean and medieval quarters showcase modernist masterpieces,
W Barcelona is an avant-garde icon created by the world-famous Ricardo Bofill, rising above the
spectacular beachfront in one of Europe's most stylish cities.

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