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    heading off to spain in a few weeks and we're staying about an hour from Barcelona so plan to head there for a day or two. Just wondering if anyones been before and if so what are some 'must dos' whilst there? thinking of doing the hop on hop off tour bus but any other ideas would be fabulous

    Get to know the city's history:When visiting a new city, it's always good to learn a bit about its history in order to understand its architecture, its art, what makes it tick, and something of the character of its people. As an international city, Barcelona is full of diverse cultures and heritages, and with every step you take through its streets, you'll stumble upon some of its history.
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    Hi silverfox44,

    Barcelona is an awesome city with so many cool things to do!

    One of the main attractions for both tourists and locals alike is visit Las Ramblas, where there are many shops and cultural attractions alike. Some of these include the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona's opera house, the Teatre Principal, Barcelona's oldest theatre, and the Centre d'Art Santa Monica.

    The Gothic Quarter, located midway through Las Ramblas is a starting point for many tourists to the city, and is a definite 'must do' if architecture is your thing! Here there are breathtaking buildings such as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, that, in addition to incredible gothic architecture, houses an almost 500 year old and still in-use organ! In addition to the architecture found here there are also other historical offerings, such as Placa Sant Felip Neri, where devastation from bombs dropped during the Spanish Civil War can still be seen.

    Hop on hop off bus tours are a great way to ensure that you see a majority of the main sights a city has to offer, though Barcelona as a whole is a very pedestrian friendly city so exploring it through walking or cycling would be very possible, allowing you to see the big sites as well as discovering some hidden gems that are off the main tourist routes. If the thought of walking around the city in order to see Barcelona is appealing to you, you could always take it one step further and hike the Carretera de las Aigües, which is a 10km trail that can be hiked to offer panoramic views of the city in a tranquil setting. Further out from the city centre still is Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona, that offer stadium tours for the price of €23 for an adult.

    Finally, no trip to Spain would be complete without some tapas! Widely regarded as one of the best places in the city is Quimet i Quimet, a family run business that has been passed down between generations, though as a small restaurant there is no room for seating, so be prepared to stand if you visit! Bacoa is home to amazing burgers if you fancy something more substantial after your busy days of exploring, or Cat Bar, which is located just off of Via Laietana, serves some incredible vegetarian and vegan dishes, alongside a big selection of beers. Also, Bar Crawl Barcelona does as its name suggests and runs Europe's biggest pub crawl, showing you the city at night whilst allowing you to let your hair down.

    I hope this helps!

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