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Vacation apartments in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the largest tourist destinations not only in Europe, but in the world. For a comfortable alternative to hotels, consider choosing short-term apartment rentals in Barcelona that constitute a successful and secure market in Europe.
Rental apartments in Barcelona cost less than hotel rooms of comparable sizes, and yet offer you a real home where you would love to come back after a day out in Barcelona.
You get all the advantages of independent living and working in a rental apartment: you may choose to cook in a fully-equipped kitchen, you may entertain guests in the living room, you have the privacy of your own bedroom. Would you have all that in a hotel? More and more travellers prefer to rent an apartment in Barcelona for these reasons.
If you frequently travel with family or friends, you know how difficult it may be to book adjacent spacious rooms in a hotel. 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom apartments in Barcelona are easy to find. What is more, you pay per apartment, not per guest, which allows you to cut rental costs considerably, and spend quality time together.
Barcelona is a city you would not want to leave and where you would love to come back, but if you are set on more exploring, we also offer apartment, cottage and villa short-term and long-term rentals all over Europe and North America!
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Parc Ciutadella

Pаrc de la Ciutadella is the biggest green space in the centre of Barcelona, a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. You should come here to have a picnic or for a long stroll, to visit the zoo that is admired both by children and adults, or follow the example of locals who come for a breath of fresh air after a night of heavy partying.

After the War for Spanish Succession, Felipe V demolished a good portion of La Ribera for the sole purpose of building a giant fortress, La Ciutadella there to keep an eye on the freedom-loving Barcelona. It comes as no surprise that nobody in the city liked it, and the fortress came to represent everything the Catalans hated about Madrid and the Bourbons. The fact that soon it had become a political prison did not help much either. It was only in the 1869 that the city got permission to get rid of the grim symbol and lay out a park on its place, in which Barcelona hosted the Universal Exhibition in 1888. The remnants of the wall were found in 2008 while a new sports center was being constructed, and now the architects are working to incorporate the ruins of La Ciutadella into the project.

А splendid fountain "Waterfall" (Cascada) decorates the park entrance from Passeig de Pujades. This creation by Josep Fontsère was put into its rightful place between 1875 and 1881 with some help from a young unknown architect Antoni Gaudí. The fountain is a provocatively dramatic mixture of sculpture, falling water, rugged rocks and greenery – all of it absolutely fake and totally compelling. To the southeast from the Cascada fountain, the former arsenal of La Ciutadella houses the Parliament of Catalonia. Considered a bad joke by some, this symbol of Catalan identity is open to the public two days a year, and it is worth a visit to see the magnificent "Stairway of Honour" (L’Escala d’Honor) and take a look at a semicircular hall in which the actual parliament sits.

From the side facing Passeig de Picasso the park is lined by several buildings constructed for the Universal Exhibition. One of them, the medieval-looking beautiful house, known as The Castle of Three Dragons (Castell dels Tres Dragons), was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and now houses the museum of zoology, which is underwhelming considering that this building marked the beginning of Modernism in Barcelona. To the south, an arboretum "L’Hivernacle" with a pleasant café, a geology museum and another arboretum, "L’Umbracle", is found.

North from the Ciutadella park stands Arc de Triomf, an example of Modernist architecture completed by Josep Vilaseca. The Arc was commissioned for the Universal Exhibition, to which it served as a main entrance, but it is still unclear what kind of triumph it was meant to represent, as the Exhibition was a waste of money for Spain in general and for Barcelona in particular. The Arc is best regarded as a brick-concrete symbol of the 19th century and is best admired for its unusual Oriental-style brickwork. The main reliefs were done by Josep Llimona.

Parc de la Ciutadella entrance View of Arc de Triomf
Parliament of Catalonia Castell des Tres Dragons
The Cascada fountain Sculptures of the Cascada
View of the Parc de la Ciutadella from the Cascada fountain Mammoth!
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