Ignore the Obvious – Five Unusual Attractions in Barcelona

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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.com announce new route to Barcelona from Manchester as holidaymakers seek the beauty of the Spanish city

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.com announce new route to Barcelona from Manchester as holidaymakers seek the beauty of the Spanish city.

This year, ignore the Familia, amble past the Ramblas because it’s out with Nou and in with the old. Barcelona is more than its headline attractions; delve deeper to discover more cultural and architectural gems.

British holidaymakers seeking a city break in Barcelona now have extra choices following the announcement of an additional route to the city from Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.com.

Incredible Architecture

Barcelona’s popularity is seemingly undiminished, led in no small part by the array of iconic landmarks and attractions. It is a blessed with architectural beauty, rivaled only by the likes of Rome and Paris. Pioneered by the city’s favourite son, Antoni Gaudi and continued by a new wave of architects, the city is a testament to design brilliance.

However, all too often the main attractions dominate column inches and website reviews but what about some of the other things to see?

Casa Batllo

One of the more macabre styled buildings as legend has it that Gaudi used skulls and bones to construct the unique façade. In fact the balconies and pillars are just designed to look that way. It is quite a remarkable design and arrests attention.

Torre Agbar

From the ancient to the modern and the 2005 opened Torre Agbar. The giant modernist tower is an impressive demonstration of contemporary architecture. Its phallic design is inspired by Mount Montserrat.

It’s not hard to miss, standing at 474 feet high and it has been labelled as a symbol of Barcelona, no doubt a nod towards the new wave of designers heading to the city.
Barrio Gotico

This is not so a single attraction as a whole area. It is the old city that was built on the old Roman town of Barcino, and many of these Roman influences can still be seen. The many narrow streets are a throwback to Roman times and visitors will find churches, plazas, markets and museums here.

Park Guell

Try as you might, but visiting a collection of sights not inspired by Gaudi is almost impossible in Barcelona. However, Park Guell is one of Gaudi’s lesser known feats of architecture – although by no means any less impressive.

Whilst not as macabre as the aforementioned Casa Batllo, there are some similarities. The use of smooth curves creates a sense of soothing and freedom. This area is in fact visited by over 2 million people a year. It is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site

Poble Espanyol Village

Now, this is a very different kind of attraction. Built for the 1929 for the World Fair and Universal Exposition in Barcelona, its popularity was such that it was decided to keep it. Today it remains with an abundance of cafes and shops catering to visitor’s needs.

Jet2.com will launch their flight from Manchester to Barcelona in 2012 with bookings now being taken. As a result Jet2holidays.com will be able to provide more city break deals for people hoping to discover everything that the place has to offer. Including these lesser known attractions.

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