Barcelona might have the Olympic Games to thank for its current international recognition. However, its beautiful architecture and its cultural offer are the aspects that have consolidated the city as an attractive tourist destination. Antoni Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces and museums such as those devoted to Pablo Picasso and Barcelona’s history museum are only a few examples from a very long list of unmissable places and monuments in this Mediterranean city. Gaudi’s Park Güell and La Sagrada Família – still under construction – received more than one million visitors each in 2021, maintaining their top places in the ranking of Barcelona’s most visited attractions despite the COVID-19 pandemic. And with approximately 700 thousand visitors, the aquarium was placed third place that year.
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Ana M. López
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