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Barcelona needs no introduction. The capital of Catalonia, is a popular tourist destination. As well as being a vibrant, contemporary city, it boasts a long history. You will find Roman remains, medieval quarters and Modernist monuments in Barcelona. Architectural works by both Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner greatly contributed to the reputation of this Unesco listed city. Barcelona's cultural identity is tied up with its long history and its wealth of culture.
Located in the fishermen's district, Barceloneta beach remains one of Barcelona's oldest and most popular beaches. There are courts where you can enjoy a game of beach volleyball, beach tennis or table tennis and a special effort has been made to facilitate access to the beach and the sea to wheelchair users. For information, Barceloneta beach inspired Cervantes since it served as the backdrop for the battle between Don Quixote and the White Knight of the Moon.
Visit the Barenys Roman Villa Archaeological Park and discover the remains of a Roman settlement dating from the 1st, to the middle of the 2nd century BC. Ceramics were produced on the site, which included a purpose-built rectangular building. The massive kiln, 3 1/2 metres in diameter which was used for firing ceramics can be seen: the lower section, where the fire was lit as well as the perforated grid which let the heat pass through to fire the ceramics have been retained. Next to the kiln are the remains of a large, columned space which most likely housed the potters' workshops.
The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is one of the most well-known buildings by the architect Antoni Gaudí and one of the most visited monuments in the world.
The construction of this gigantic church began in 1882 and is still in progress. Completion of the basilica is expected in 2026.
Bearing witness to some extraordinary architecture, the church is characterised by its three monumental façades, each representing a major event in the life of Christ.
A fascinating architectural site, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia remains a religious building: it was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
The Basilica of St. Mary of the Sea in Barcelona has strong links with the history of Barcelona. Shortly after the arrival of Christianity to the Roman colony of Barcino, a small Christian community was born near the sea and outside its walls. Because the martyr Santa Eulalia was buried there in 303, a first chapel was built and named Santa Maria de las Arenas. At the end of the 7th century it became the Parish of Santa María del Mar. It was during the 13th century that works transformed it and it became a Basilica.