Barcelona, the Most Visited City in Spain 2007, According to the Spanish Tourism Ministry

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Based on the statistics compiled as part of the Frontier Tourist Movement Survey (FRONTUR), the number of tourists visiting Spain grew by one million (+1,7%) last year from 58,2 million to 59,2 million, the Spanish Tourism ministry revealed today. With respect to destination, Catalonia was the most visited area with 15,2 million visitors in 2007.

It is not a coincidence that Barcelona was the most visited city in Spain last year, as there are few places in Spain with so much variety in landscape and culture as Catalonia. Therefore, we at IMS, have asked our tourism expert David Zynert to give us a list of the must sees in Barcelona, for every taste.

David Zynert, IMS 7.5.2008,

Barcelona, situated in the north east coast of Spain, is one of the most dynamic cities in Spain, and in Europe. Every year more than 58 million tourists visit Spain and over 15 million with destination Barcelona. Therefore, I have made a list of the "must sees" in Barcelona.

1.The most famous monument - Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi (2,056,448 visits/year)

Address: Calle Mallorca, 08034 Barcelona
Opening hours: 09.00-18.00 (Oct-Mar) 09.00-20.00 (Apr-Sep)
Admission: 8 euros (7 with Barcelona card)

The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (official Catalan name; Spanish: Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia; "Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family"), often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive Roman Catholic church under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Construction began in 1882 and continues to this day.

Originally designed by Antoni Gaudí (1852 -- 1926), who worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life entirely to the endeavor, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2026. On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have remarked, "My client is not in a hurry." After Gaudí's death in 1926, work continued under the direction of Domènech Sugranyes until interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

For those who do not like to walk much, a hotel Barcelona near the Sagrada Familia comes in handy.

2.The most famous street in Barcelona - La Rambla

La Rambla is an iconic and busy street in central Barcelona, popular with both tourists and locals alike. A 1.2 kilometer-long tree-lined pedestrian mall in the Barri Gòtic, it connects Plaça Catalunya in the center with the Christopher Columbus monument at Port Vell. Usually full of street theatre, cafés and market stalls, it serves as the emotional hub of Barcelona.

It is also the most famous street for searching hotels, you better book with time as hotels las Ramblas are almost always full.

3. The museum of Miró - Fundació Juan Miró

This art gallery has a wide range of Miró's work dating back as far as 1914. This artwork collection not only includes his paintings but also a good selection of sculptures, tapestries and early sketches. A wonderful collection of Miró's work.

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4. Barcelona FC tour

For all the soccer fans this is a must see! Here you can find trophies, pictures, statues and costumes. You can choose between seeing the museum or the stadium, or buy a dual ticket and see both. If you are deciding to see both, you can save money by staying at a cheap Barcelona Hotel in the city centre

5. National Museum of Art of Catalonia MNAC

The museum was created in 1990, when the Catalonia Museum Law reunited the collections of the former Museu d'Art de Catalunya and the Museu d'Art Modern, adding also the Gabinet de Dibuixos i Gravats, the Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya and the Biblioteca d'Història de l'Art. In 1996, the Department of Photography was created.

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6. Park Güell - designed by Gaudi

Here you can find statues, monuments, mosaics etc, or just sit down and rest your feet after walking all Barcelona. If one gets tired of walking it is also easy to find a hotel in barcelona near the park.

These are some of the most famous attractions in Barcelona, but you will find much more. The richness of Barcelona and Catalonia is endless.


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