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Spanish Holiday Home & Villa
Casa Sotavento
...a Catalan country retreat
Barcelona
To do/see
Gaudí Architecture – examples of his work (modernist) can be seen all over the city, The Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Parque Guell to name but a few.
The Picasso and Miró museums both have important collections of these world renowned artists.  
Roman necropolis.  The Plaça Villa de Madrid, located very near La Rambla and the Plaça Catalunya, is well worth stopping to see. Surrounded by buildings with elegant façades, the square contains the most important burial site from the Roman city of Barcino.
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross watches impassively the passing of time in a constantly moving and changing city. It also reflects the different generations who have left their imprint and the blend of architectural styles in this predominantly Gothic building which needs to be viewed inside in order to fully understand its splendour.
Tourist bus - The double-decker Barcelona Bus Turístic is the most convenient way to discover Barcelona's most interesting and attractive sights. You can get on and off the Bus Turistic as many times and for as long as you like at any of the 44 tour stops. Combine 3 different tourist tours with the same ticket -you have six transfer stops- and see all that Barcelona has to offer.
Festivals
23rd April – Saint George’s Day (Sant Jordi), patron saint of Catalonia. Also called the book and rose day as book stalls and stands selling red roses are to be seen all over the city.  The men buy a red rose for their loved ones and the women correspond by buying a book. In 1995 UNESCO declared the 23rd of April as International Day of the Book.
23rd June – Eve of Saint John’s Day.  The celebration of the summer solstice includes bonfires, fireworks and parties in streets, squares and on beaches.  Tradition dictates that one parties till dawn and goes to the beach to watch the sunrise.
Mid August – Fiestas de Gracia. These week-long festivities in this very popular neighbourhood include a street decorating contest where some very unusual and imaginative decorations can be seen.  In the evenings people are sitting at bar terraces  enjoying a meal or drink whilst listening to live music.
24th September – La fiesta de la Merce, patron saint of Barcelona. Four days of live music, fireworks, cultural events and dances all over the city.  
13th December – Christmas fair. This takes place in front of the catedral in the gothic quarter and also in the Square in front of the Sagrada Familia. Mainly selling Christmas decorations and trees, there are also stands selling typical artisan gifts.
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l’Ametlla de Mar - el Perello - Ebro Delta - els Ports - Tortosa - Tarragona - Barcelona - Morello - Miravet - Benifallet
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