About Barcelona

by SmarterTravel Staff
You don't have to be an architecture buff to admire Gaudi's whimsical architecture, which you can find throughout Barcelona. You also don't have to book pricey tours to visit sites like the Sagrada Familia cathedral, Park Guell, and Casa Batlló. Public transportation is easy to use in this city—just hop on the bus from the ship to the Columbus statue, cross the street, and take the subway wherever you please. Tickets cost €1.25 each way. Photo: iStockphoto

From the brightly colored buildings that seem more like sculpture than architecture to the famous La Rambla, a boulevard where visitors soak up the street life and Mediterranean sun from cafe tables, Barcelona delights the senses. And even as its hip factor continues to increase exponentially with each passing year, the city maintains the independent spirit that makes it an accessible and enjoyable destination for travelers of many interests and budgets.

Flights to Barcelona land at Barcelona Airport, about 11 miles southwest of the city center.

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