Five Sights to See on a Barcelona City Break

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Five Sights to See on a Barcelona City Break

Barcelona is a Spanish city with a population of about 1.5 million. It is the second largest city in Spain. With a busy port, one would expect the city to be bustling with activities day and night. It has a seasonal climate, with the coldest months in December, January and February. In those months, temperatures can drop to as low as 9 degree centigrade. However, during summer, the weather can be as hot as 38 degree centigrade. So be prepared to dress appropriately depending on when you visit Barcelona. Here are some sights that may wish to consider visiting.
Ciutat Vella (The Old Town)
Every city with rich heritage and history will have a city center. For Barcelona, the name of the city center is Ciutat Vella. In ancient times, Barcelona was only a small Roman settlement that was protected by a massive defense wall. During the 14th and 15th century, the little settlement started to grow quickly. Buildings were erected, and winding streets were laid. The best way to explore this ancient town center is by foot. To appreciate the town center, one must not be in a hurry. Take your time to soak in the breath taking architecture of the ancient town center.
El Raval
Raval is a place that is distinctly different from ordinary town centers. The buildings are shabby, and the alleys are dark and narrow. They often appear more sinister than inviting. As you can expect, shady activities seem to take place in this area. For instance, some streets in El Raval make up part of the red light district in Barcelona. You can also find dodgy bars.
This place was once known as a poor district. However, that is changing rapidly. Because of its central location, more and more shops are starting to line the streets. As a result, the district has brightened up considerably. Perhaps the immigrants who are hungry for success will be hardworking enough to impact the district in a positive manner.
Las Ramblas (La Rambla)
Las Rambla is perhaps the most well known boulevard in Barcelona. The street is about 2 kilometers long, and is right smack in the middle of the city. That means you can expect it to be one of the most densely populated street in Barcelona. There is a lot of space for pedestrian to walk. As you walk, you will be able to buy all kinds of unique and interesting products from the traders that line the street. It is also common to find street traders performing on Las Ramblas.
Parc Ciutadella
Parc Ciutadella is right beside Ciutat Vella, the Old Town. It is a park that was created in the 1860s. This is where you can find time to relax and enjoy the greenery.
Hill Montjuic
Hill Montjuic is a landmark in Barcelona with considerable significance. It is over 200 meters above the busy harbor, and is a very popular tourist attraction. As it was used as a venue to host huge events such as the Olympic Games (1992), most tourists have already heard about this hill.

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