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La Rambla | Barri Gòtic | Museu Picasso | Port Olímpic | Parc Güell |
If you're looking for a city that's got it all you couldn't do much better than choose the Catalan capital Barcelona, Spain's second city, and one that's bursting with life at every turn. Whether you’re looking for a party town, laid back beach resort, or a cultural oasis in which to lose yourself this city has activities to keep everyone happy.
Not many European cities steeped in culture can also boast beautiful beaches literally right on their doorsteps, but Barcelona is no average city. Explore out-of-this-world buildings courtesy of famous local architect Gaudi, head down to Las Ramblas to find crazy street performers and market stalls selling everything from fruit and flowers, to birds, bunnies and snakes in cages or join the bikini set at Barceloneta Beach, a 15-minute stroll out of town and finish your day enjoying nightlife to rival Paris or London. This city has it all.
To the unwary foreigner Catalonia's Christmas traditions can seem a little bizarre. Firstly, there's the peasant who likes to poop in the nativity manger (look out for celebrity versions of Obama and Messi at the Xmas markets), and then there's Tio de Nadal, a log you beat with a stick until it deposits presents.
The Barcelona Jazz Festival, currently celebrating its 48th edition, continues into December, finishing with a concert by The Black Heritage Choir on the 21st of the month in the wonderful Palau de Musica Catalana, one of the city's foremost architectural wonders. www.jazz.barcelona
Whilst Park Guell draws the path beaters, locals will be heading to the gorgeous Parc de la Ciutadella to sunbathe, slackline, practice yoga, and sip a "cerveza beer amigo".
The preserved medieval town of Besalu barely looks a day older than it did back in its 11th century heyday, and crossing its fortified Romanesque bridge over the Fluvia river for a spot of exploring is a real pleasure. It's about 1.5 hrs by car from Barcelona. www.besalu.cat
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