Situated between golden beaches to the south and dramatic mountains to the north, Barcelona is a glittering jewel in the Mediterranean .While the city dates back over 2,000 years, it is also a thriving modern hub. It is this heady combination that gives Barcelona its magic, attracting millions of visitors every year. From twisting medieval streets and extraordinary buildings to world-class art, tiny tapas bars and dramatic vistas, there is something for everyone in Barcelona. Secrets of Barcelona will introduce you to the city, taking you to the truly unmissable parts, as well as those lesser-known places that you might just fall in love with, too. This stunning book is divided into five chapters, each dealing with different parts of the city, bringing you a complete picture of this diverse place. The first chapter guides you through Barcelona’s waterfront, including Port Vell and Barceloneta, areas that underwent regeneration for the 1992 Olympic Games. Further chapters explore the Old Town – the ancient Barri Gòtic, La Rambla and El Raval, the districts of Eixample, Gràcia and Horta, as well as areas a little further out of the center: Sants, Sarrià and Tibidabo. Highlights include the fabulous Modernista architecture of Palau de la Música Catalana and the Sagrada Familia, the fantastic gardens of Park Güell, hidden squares, like the beautiful Plaça del Pi, the wooded headland of Montjuïc with its ancient castle, the street sculptures of El Cap de Barcelona and Els Mistos, and the many markets boasted by the city, Mercat de SantAntoni and Mercat de la Concepció among them. The wealth of treasures Barcelona has to offer are portrayed by striking photographs, and accompanied by interesting nuggets and historical facts, helping you get to the heart of this most exciting of cities. Whether you are a beach-lover, curious about culture or simply a city wanderer, this book is for you.
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About the Author
Michael Robinson is a former lecturer in art and design history and has written many books on the subject. He continues to write extensively on this and other subjects as well, reflecting his extensive travel interests and experience as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide.