Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain, after Madrid, with a population
of 1,620,000. The urban
area of extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population
of over 4,200,000.Barcelona
is the most popular tourist attraction in Spain, with more than 5 million tourists each year. It is the
largest metropolitan area in the European Mediterranean coast.
Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The summer's season lasts about
6 months, from May to
October, although also in November and April sometimes there is temperature
above 20 C . Winters
are mild, with average temperatures over 14.5 C during the day and 5.5 C at night in the period
December to March.
Placa d'Espanya is one of Barcelona's most important squares, built on
the occasion of the 1929
International Exhibition, held at the foot of Montjuic. Placa Espanya is also a major transport hub
that serves most parts of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.
The Torre Agbar tower, in which 30,000 are in offices, 3,210 in technical
facilities, 8,132 in services.
It was officially opened by the King of Spain in September, 2005 and at
a cost of 130 million euros.
Once it was finished, the Agbar Tower quickly became an architectural icon of the city of Barcelona
and one of its most famous buildings. Although initially it was not immune
to criticism from citizens
and experts who said that its characteristics did not fit into the architecture
of Barcelona. After
a while, it has become one of the symbols that universally identify the Catalan capital and is one of
its tourist attractions.
(L) The closed exterior of the Torre Agbar (R) A building cleaner is washing
the window glass with a pumping water.
(L) The Torre Agbar ( Agbar Tower ), is a 38-story tower located near the
Placa de les Glories Catalanes, Barcelona.
This photograph was taken from the Sagrada Familia. Mediterranean Sea formed
a blue beautiful background.
(R) Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas viewed from the Estaco de Barcelona-Sants
A cafe/bar at Barcelona
(L) Royal Palace, Palau Reial on the Avinguda Diagonal built in 1924 (R)
A palace garden is rich in green.
Royal Palace provides a delightful garden, which are ideal for a peaceful
(L) Exterior of the Hospital de Barcelona (R) The floor guide of Hospital
(L) Barocelona taxi (R) A unique tour bus at Barocelona
Minibuses are used by TMB ( Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona ) at
a narrow street in Barcelona.
(L) Bicing, the name of a community bicycle program in Barocelona inaugurated
(R) A bicing station. The yearly user fee is 30Euros.
A garden of a geometric pattern seen in front of the Castell de Montjuic,
located on the hilltop of Montjuic.
(L)(R) The yard and approach to the citadel, Military Museum at present
(M) A former fortress over the sea, constructed at the end of 18th Century.
(L)(M) A cat in the Castell (R) Parc de Montjuic
(L) Parc de Montjuic
(R) A view of Catalunya National Museum of Art on the hill slope of Montjuic
A panorama view of the Barcelona port area, which is a great contemporary
This is the Europe's ninth largest container port.
Port Vell (Old Harbour in Catalan) is a waterfront harbour in Barcelona,
Spain. It was built as part of an urban renewal program
prior to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Before this, it was a run-down area
of empty warehouses, railroad yards, and factories.
Now, the 16 million people visit the complex each year.
(L) A yacht harbour in Port Vell (R) Girl student travelers are enjoying
a brief rest at the waterfront of Port Vell, Barcelona.
(L) A yacht harbour in Port Vell (M) Catalunya Histrory Museum (R) A park
near to the Port Vell yacht harbour
Photographed in May, 2010.
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High-speed train in Spain The first Spain's law to restrict smoking enforced in 2006.
Smoking ban in Spain in 2010 Spain poised for tough no-smoking law.
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The article was written and photographs were taken in May, 2010,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.