Barcelona City Breaks

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					Take a Quick Look at Barcelona

Home of the 1992 Olympic Games, the coastal city of Barcelona boasts city life and
beach time all in one great package. With a population of 3,000,000 people, Barcelona
is a great place for a sight-seeing city break when you have just a few days to spare.

Barcelona has a major International Airport, El Prat de Llobregat. It is only about
seven miles from the city centre. Take a taxi from the airport to downtown Barcelona
and you will find yourself among the bustling crowds that move in and out among the
city's finest restaurants and shops.

You'll be able to get to all the great sites in Barcelona by way of taxi or the city's
metro bus service. It will take you pretty much anywhere you want in the city until
about 11:00 PM and until 1:00 AM on the weekends. There's also a sky ride that will
allow you to view the whole city in route to your destination.

Because lots of Europeans take their vacations in August, you'll find that the tourist
locations in Barcelona are more crowded during that time. If you love crowds, that's
the best time to go. If you'd rather avoid the crowds, you might want to choose
another time.

The lodging and the cuisine are varied with the Ritz Carlton near the Olympic Village
being one of the pricier hotels. Restaurants boast Catalan and Spanish cuisine as well
as typically Spanish meal times. Most Spaniards begin their days later than do
Americans but then, they stay up later than Americans, as well. With lunch between
2:00 and 4:00 PM and dinner around 9:00 PM, Spaniards stay up well into the night
and have a much more laid back way of life.

Barcelona is home to seven beaches. While some of the beaches offer restaurants and
promenades, others are available simply for those who want to spend the day with a
picnic and relaxing in the sun. While these seven beaches are right at Barcelona's door,
the area around the resort of Sitges, just a little to the south, also offers pretty beaches
with ice cream shops and rental facilities for some great water sports.

Other sights you might want to take in are the National Museum of Art which houses
a great collection of Romanesque art as well as the Barcelona Museum of
Contemporary Art which gives its focus to Catalan and Spanish art rendered since
1945. You will see lots of variety in architecture, as well, from the Barri Gotic to Art
Nouveau to modern buildings all mingled in the same area, if not the same sections of
town. A quick city break in Barcelona will be a time to remember for you and your
family and friends.