This is the fourth in a series of five Parallel Texts Spanish English with Spanish audio about Spanish city Barcelona in Cataluña and here we look at the best things to see and do in Barcelona. Barcelona is an amazing Spanish city in so many ways and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. Barcelona has everything really that you could wish for in a tourist destination: close proximity to the coast with beautiful beaches, great restaurants and bars, good weather, a hustling and bustling modern city, culture, art, history, etc, etc. Parallel Texts are a fantastic way to practice your Spanish. You can listen to my Spanish audio and see how much you understand and then after one of two listens you can check first the Spanish text and afterwards the English text. Try to push yourself not to go straight for the easy option of listening and reading and especially try not to concentrate too heavily on the English translation. Remember that you cannot always translate everything literally and you have to go with the flow of the Spanish version primarily. We have already looked at lots more other Spanish cities in this Parallel Texts Spanish English Course so far and all of the lessons are available completely FREE on the website.

Parallel Texts Barcelona Parte 4 Qué visitar

In Spanish:

Barcelona es una ciudad llena de fantásticos parques: parques urbanos, parques históricos, parques forestales y parques botánicos. El parque “Montjuïc” es el parque más grande, situado en la montaña del mismo nombre, seguido del parque Ciutadella, el parque “Guinardó” y el parque de “Güell”, diseñado por Antoni Gaudí.

Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) fue un arquitecto catalán que pertenecía al movimiento Art Nouveau modernista y fue famoso por sus diseños altamente individualistas. Nació en la provincia de Tarragona en el sur de Cataluña y es ampliamente reconocido como un elemento clave de lo que hace a Barcelona tan especial. Sus obras más importantes son el Parque Güell (1900-1914), la Casa Milà (1905-1907), la Casa Batlló (1905-1907) y, por supuesto, su obra maestra inacabada, La Sagrada Familia. Gaudí era un devoto católico, hasta el punto de que en sus últimos años, abandonó el trabajo secular y dedicó su vida al catolicismo y a su Sagrada Familia.

Barcelona cuenta con siete playas, un total de casi tres kilómetros de costa. Las playas “Sant Sebastià” y “Barceloneta” son las más grandes, las más antiguas y las más concurridas de Barcelona. El Puerto Olímpico las separa de las otras playas de la ciudad: “Nova Icària”, “Bogatell”, “Mar Bella”, “Nova Mar Bella” y “Levante”. Estas playas se abrieron como resultado de la reestructuración de la ciudad al ser sede de la Juegos Olímpicos de 1992, cuando un gran número de edificios industriales fueron demolidos.

La zona comercial principal de la ciudad se encuentra alrededor de la “Plaça Catalunya” y la Avenida Diagonal. Barcelona cuenta con varios complejos comerciales, entre ellos “L’Illa” y “Diagonal Mar” en la “Avenida Diagonal. Otros son “La Maquinista”, “Glòries” y “Maremagnum” situados cerca del puerto. Hay varios rascacielos impresionantes, siendo los más altos el Hotel Arts y su torre gemela la Torre Mapfre, seguidas de la Torre Agbar.

In English:

Barcelona is a city full of fantastic parks. Urban parks, historical parks, forest parks and botanical parks. “Montjuïc” park is the largest park, located on the mountain of the same name, followed by “Ciutadella” park, “Guinardó” park and “Güell” park, designed by Antoni Gaudí.

Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) was a Catalan architect who belonged to the Modernist Art Nouveau movement and was famous for his highly individualistic designs. He was born in the province of Tarragona in southern Catalonia and is widely acknowledged as a key element of what makes Barcelona so special. His most important works include “Park Güell” (1900–1914), “Casa Milà” (1905–1907), “Casa Batlló” (1905–1907) and, of course his unfinished masterpiece, “La Sagrada Família”. Gaudí was a devoted Catholic, to the point that in his later years, he abandoned secular work and devoted his life to Catholicism and his “Sagrada Família”.

Barcelona has seven beaches, totalling nearly three miles of coastline. “Sant Sebastià” and “Barceloneta” beaches are the largest, oldest and the most frequented beaches in Barcelona. The Olympic port separates them from the other city beaches: “Nova Icària”, “Bogatell”, “Mar Bella”, “Nova Mar Bella” and “Llevant”. These beaches were opened as a result of the city restructuring to host the 1992 Summer Olympics, when a great number of industrial buildings were demolished.

The city’s main commercial centre is found around “Plaça Catalunya” and “Avinguda Diagonal”. Barcelona has several commercial complexes, including “L’Illa” and “Diagonal Mar” in “Avinguda Diagonal”. Others include “La Maquinista”, “Glòries” and “Maremagnum” by the port. There are several impressive skyscrapers, the tallest being the Hotel Arts and its twin the Torre Mapfre, followed by Torre Agbar.

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