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Explore the Sagrada Família, the Boqueria market, Park Güell, and beyond Discerning Fodor's Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more"Word of Mouth" tips from fellow Fodor's travelersIllustrated features on the Gaudí's sites, Spanish wines, and Spain's food revolutionBest tapas touring, museum hopping, and beachcombingTips for making the most of your euros.

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  • By Bundt Lust on 1 January 2014

    While living in Spain for the second time in 2005, I had the pleasure of spending a long weekend in Barcelona. Given, I was too rushed for time to see everything, but I'd decided beforehand to focus on Modernisme (the Catalan word for Art Nouveau) architecture by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Gaudí's vibrant murals (his mosaics for Parc Güell are on the cover here) and breathtakingly dramatic buildings are organic in style and remain contemporary a century after their construction, and Fodor's Barcelona pays appropriate tribute to these visionaries (Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró were also from Catalunya and both have museums in Barcelona that are worth a visit). But Barcelona has many ancient treasures that are just as fascinating, from the Roman foundations of the city (visible at Museu d'Història de la Ciutat de Barcelona) to numerous Gothic cathedrals (La Seu, Santa Eulalia, Santa Maria del Mar). The famous Rambla is also covered in depth. Fodor's includes compact sections revolving around the various districts of Barcelona (Barri Gotic, Rava, Eixample, La Ciutadella and Barceloneta, and beyond), including must-see attractions, top experiences, restaurant suggestions, shops, and transportation info.Roughly half of the book is dedicated to Barcelona, while the remainder focuses on other Catalan destinations such as Montserrat (famous for its mountaintop Benedictine monastery, but the monastery museum includes some art treasures as well; be sure to attend Mass for the polyphony and Gregorian chant), the Costa Brava (beaches, beaches, and more beaches), and Girona. Bilbao also merits a chapter; it fits in a bit oddly, seeing as it's quite a distance (and a whole other culture and language apart) from Catalunya. The main thing going for it is the Guggenheim. However, the Spanish Basque Country is beautiful, and the local food, language, music and culture merits a short stay to explore in greater detail. Nearby Getxo is worth a side trip.Fodor's excellent maps deserve special mention, particularly in the removable full-color map that's an all-in-one smorgasbord of subway stations, restaurants, transportation hours and info, and walk itineraries. There's a good primer about Catalan and Basque nationalism (and languages), although the included glossary is in Castilian only (but it's widely spoken in Catalunya and Basque Country). The included hotels and restaurants will appeal to a wide range of budgets and tastes, and there are separate sections devoted to Spanish wines (Catalunya is famous for cava, or champagne, and is home to numerous cava cellars) and food. Catalunya is famous for seafood paella, sure, but it's also home to botifarra (sausage), all-i-oli (garlic sauce) and pa amb tomaquet (Catalan bruschetta). There are other tips on enjoying Barcelona like a local (FC Barcelona, aka Barça, figures prominently) and how to make the most of your travel Euros.Overall, Fodor's Barcelona is a great choice for your first visit to Barcelona and environs; it's compact and filled with useful information, colorful photos, interesting sidenotes, and very good maps that make it a winner.

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