A night out in Barcelona, Catalonia!
Barcelona is today one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. Indeed, it is a major cultural and economic centre in southwestern Europe (Iberian Peninsula), 26th in the world (after Moscow, before Dubai) and a growing financial centre (Diagonal Mar and Gran Via) Europe's fourth best city for business and fastest improving European city. Barcelona is the 16th-most-visited city in the world and the fourth most visited in Europe after Paris, London, and Rome, with several million tourists every year.
As the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia, Barcelona is the seat of the Catalan government, known as the Generalitat de Catalunya; of particular note are the executive branch, the parliament, and the Supreme Court of Catalonia. The city is also the capital of the Province of Barcelona and the Barcelonès comarca (district).
The Barri Gòtic ("Gothic Quarter" in Catalan) is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Catalan modernista architecture (related to the movement known as Art Nouveau in the rest of Europe), developed between 1885 and 1950 and left an important legacy in Barcelona.
Barcelona was also home to Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion. Designed in 1929 for the International Exposition for Germany, it is an iconic building that came to symbolize modern architecture as the embodiment of van der Rohe's aphorisms "less is more" and "God is in the details."
Nightlife and Entertainment
Barcelona's real party begins at midnight. Do like the Barcelonese -- take an evening paseo (stroll) in the Ciutat Vella, leading to an intimate bodega in Barrí Gótic and Plaça Real's jazz clubs and tapas bars. In trendier El Born DJs spin everything from techno to tango. Summer means cocktails and people-watching on Gràcia's squares and fiestas at Villa Olímpica's beach bars. Dress up for concerts at the Palau de la Música Catalana and opera at Gran Teatre del Liceu.
El Born (to Party!)..
For a slightly more sophisticated slice of Barcelona's nightlife, the equally pretty, but slightly less touristy, El Born is also very central and here you'll find all manner of trendily-attired nightowls crowding into cafes and bars - especially in the district's heart, the Passeig del Born.
A natural starting point for newcomers is of course Las Ramblas and - on either side of it - the narrow streets of the medieval Old Town. Barcelona's busiest boulevard by day, Las Ramblas is also heaving by night, especially in the early stages of the evening when the street performers are still playing their trade and the pavements throng with locals and tourists heading out for drinks and dinner.
Magic Club (Clubs in El Born District ): It is one of Barcelona's most famous and well-loved indie clubs. Expect sweaty dancefloors and 80s hits.
Macarena Club (Clubs in The Gothic Quarter) : It is a shoebox-sized techno club that sits a stones throw from the Ramblas. Great soundsytsem.
Boulevard Club (Clubs in El Raval) : It is a large and rambling club sitting right in the middle of the Ramblas.
Razzmatazz (Clubs in Poble Nou) : It is a super-club containing a whopping five spaces. Arguably Barcelona's most famous club.
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