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Founded as a Roman colonial outpost, Barcelona is uniquely positioned on the Iberian Peninsula in north-east Spain. The city is more reflective of Mediterranean culture than the rest of the country. Ebookers can help you find Barcelona hotels that share in this character, providing regional ambience.
Barcelona is both a city and a metropolitan area of numerous thriving cities. As a cultural centre, Barcelona is home to many museums, theatres and concert halls. Modern art enthusiasts can visit the FundaciÃ³ Joan MirÃ³ and lovers of classical works can indulge their passion at the Museu Picasso. Ebookers customers who want to experience the great Spanish playwrights will enjoy the presentations at Teatre Lliure. Meanwhile, music lovers can take in world-class concert performances at Palau de la MÃºsica Catalana. If sun and warmth are calling to you, Barcelona's many beaches do not fail to provide either. Some are replete with amusements and recreation, while others simply boast natural beauty. Popular beaches include Nova Icaria, Bogatell, Mar Bella and Barceloneta
Of the best features of Barcelona is that the native traditions stand out. The Sardana is a traditional dance of Catalonia, the province of this capital city. During the mid-20th century, the dance became a symbol of Catalonian unity and defiance of the Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco. The Sardana is danced in front of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia each Sunday. Other traditions include the La MercÃ¨ festival, in honour of Barcelona's patron saint, where human towers up to nine people high are erected. Using ebookers to select the best accommodation depends on your desired attractions and where they are located.
Named after the city's most central beach, the neighbourhood of Barceloneta is a big draw for families. Ebookers customers and other visitors flock here during summer months to enjoy its beautiful sands, warm water and outdoor restaurants. Populating the oceanfront are retailers of all kinds and a cable car runs from the neighbourhood up to the Montjuic mountain, providing the best city vista. Rooms in Barceloneta are plentifully available at The Sunset-Barcelona Hotel, Barceloneta Beach I, Barceloneta Beach II and Hotel 54 Barceloneta.
Barcelona's oldest neighbourhood, Ciutat Vella, offers ebookers customers all the beauty of Europe, including Gothic architecture, narrow streets and seemingly limitless history. The cathedral marks the centre of the community and the crowded thoroughfares form town squares around the neighbourhood. Bars, cafes and clubs all add an exciting nightlife to this venerable section of Barcelona. Ciutat Vella accommodation include Hotel Barcelona Catedral, Ciutat de Barcelona, Hotel Ciutat Vella and BCN Cosmopolitan Apartments.
Also called La Ribera, El Born is adjacent to Ciutat Vella and is popular with Barcelona's artistic and literary communities. Fashion design boutiques are ubiquitous in El Born and ebookers customers can shop for cutting edge wardrobes. In addition to the trendy coffeehouses, bars and eateries, Barcelona hotels in and around this neighbourhood include Park Hotel, Barcelona Hotel Colonial, BWH Born-Playa and Santa Marta Barcelona.