I am fascinated by Spain and Marina has promised some more posts from time to time. I hope you find them as interesting as I do.
Here is her post about Barcelona:
The city of Barcelona is located in the northeastern region of Catalonia, in Spain. This city is known for Gaudí's architecture and its many cultural landmarks. A trip to this city offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy cultural landmarks and local food.
Gaudí's style can be seen in many buildings in this city. The city's symbol is the Sagrada Familia, an unfinished cathedral designed by Gaudí. Visitors can climb up one of the towers, from where they can enjoy views towards the city and the sea. The east façade of the cathedral represents the Nativity scene in a baroque fashion, and the Glory and Passion façades decorate the building.
Other buildings by Gaudí include Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, both of them located on the Passeig de Gràcia, a main street known for its boutique shops and restaurants. There are audio guides and tours available at Casa Batlló, an ancient mansion which offers views towards the city.
Park Güell, located on a hill in the city, was designed by Gaudí. A large, colourful mosaic dragon greets visitors into this park. Gaudi's old home is now a museum in the park. The park has several areas and a large porch with twisted columns, and there is a tiled observation platform at the top.
The Gothic Quarter is where Barcelona's Cathedral and several churches are located. This quarter is known for its Gothic architecture, with narrow stone streets and many small squares.
The country is known for its tapas, small appetizers served with a drink which vary from region to region. Traditional Catalan tapas are served in many of the city's centric bars, and visitors can savour local produce at the centric Boquería market.
Poble Espanyol is the Spanish Village, an attraction that replicates small towns and villages from several regions in Spain. Each small town in this artificial village sells traditional products typical of each region.
Montjuïc is a palace located in the city. The fountain in front of the palace is one of the city's main attractions, mainly during the afternoons, when the fountain is lit up and the fountain spray start to move.
La Rambla is one of the city's main streets, joining the centric Catalonia Square to the statue of Christopher Columbus by the sea. The street is lines with many bars, restaurants and shops and there are many flower shops and street performers.
Sports are part of the city, which was host to the '92 Olympics. There are three tourist bus routes around the city, and one of the lines tours the Olympic Village. The Camp Nou stadium, where Barcelona F.C. Plays, is another of the city's attractions.