Barcelona is located on the northeast coast of the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most important cities of Spain with Madrid.
Barcelona has a prominent role in the culture and politics of Spain, a fact that can be demonstrated to admire the different types of buildings and landmarks.
From Sants Station is a new direct connection from Barcelona to Paris by TGV , the duration is only 6 hours. And with the Ave Barcelona to Madrid in just 2 hours. There are no excuses to visit Barcelona and stay at the Apart- Suites Hostemplo.
The languages spoken are officially Castilian and Catalan, but because of its rich history and for being a truly cosmopolitan city can recognize other languages in different parts of the city like English, French, Portuguese, Italian.
Depending on the season, Barcelona offers several options for those who visit, the weather never becomes inhospitable.
The Sagrada Familia is the most popular and representative monument of Barcelona. It is the main index for modernist architecture created by Gaudi and it has been converted into the symbol of Barcelona. A visit there is essential. Although it is still not finished, the Sagrada Familia is an exuberant temple loaded with religious symbolism. Its construction started in 1882 and, since its inception, the Sagrada Familia has been an expiatory temple, i.e., built from donations. Gaudi died in 1926, leaving the project unfinished, but thanks to the conserved plans, his dream seems like it could finally be realized in 2026 thanks to the work of other artists and the money obtained from donations and visits. To design the interior, Gaudi was inspired by natural forms and he thought tree trunk shaped columns would convert the interior of the temple into an enormous stone forest.
The Agbar Tower is one of the most famous skyscrapers in Barcelona; it is the third tallest after the Arts Hotel and the Mapfre Tower. It is located by the Glories Plaça and the Els Encants market and is one of the representative symbols of the Barcelona skyline. The most significant characteristic of this tower is the 34 floors and its 145 meter height along with its lighting. It has more than 4500 LED lights that project different forms and drawings while they change colors. Because of its characteristics, it is easy to see from various points in Barcelona and has become one of the iconic tourist locations. Without a doubt, the best time to visit it is in the evening, when the façade is full of color. The tower belongs to Aguas de Barcelona (hence the name, Agbar), and was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, who was inspired by the rounded shape of the mountains at Montserrat and the bell tower at Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia.
In existence for more than seven centuries, this is one of oldest active markets in Europe. The commercial dynamic of Barcelona is reflected in the Els Encants Market. For a large part of its history it has occupied different places with a true provisional air until 2013 when it opened the doors to an actual and definite location, between Meridiana and Glories Plaça. The market consists of a spectacular 24-meter cover, full of mirrors that reflect of the market’s activities, while also being an architectural jewel. Thanks to this, the market conserves its essence and retrieves the feeling of shopping in the open air while being sheltered from the rain. The best part of the market is the stops and auctions (where from 7 to 9 in the morning auctions for apartments, shops, and stocks are held). “Els Encants” receives 150,000 visitors every week. It is with no doubt one of the best places to buy items that are less common, old or new at an unbeatable price.
The Ciutadella Park was for many years the only park in the city of Barcelona. It was built by Felipe V in the former grounds of the city fortress, in order to dominate it after the War of Succession (18th century). The park was declared object of cultural interests and historical heritage of Spain and is currently one of the biggest parks in the city. Inside its enclosure is the Barcelona Zoo, a striking waterfall composed by group of monuments and the building of the Three Dragons’ Castle (The Zoology Museum). The park stands out with its large, extended garden with ample trees and areas to take a walk as well as a lake and a waterfall. The lake consists of various small islets and a wide variety of exotic plants, marine animals, where boats can be rented. Next to the waterfall we can find the Romantic Garden, with a large variety of plants. And in the old parade ground there is an oval pond with Josep Llimona’s popular sculpture: Distress.
Las Ramblas is the most symbolic promenade in Barcelona. It starts at Cataluña Square and the street flows until the port, where it reaches the Christopher Columbus statue. Las Ramblas consists of diverse sections, hence its name being plural. La Rambla of the Flowers stands out along with La Rambla of Canaletas, with the famous fountain where FC Barcelona celebrates their victories. In addition to flower stands there are kiosks, souvenir shops, and an artisan flea market as well as numerous bars and terraces. In Las Ramblas there are a multitude of artists like living statues, musicians, dancers and cartoonists of all types. If you want an instant portrait, this is the right place! Walking along them one can see various interesting buildings like the famous Boquería market and the Liceo Theatre. The tile design imitating the waves of the ocean is particularly remarkable, together with the magnificent work of artist Joan Miró, halfway down, symbolizing the entry to Barcelona by sea.