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Barcelona park to be expanded

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Travellers on Barcelona tours will soon be able to head off on an even longer adventure through the Collserola natural park, which is set for a major expansion.

Barcelona mayor Jordi Hereu and Catalan minister for the environment and housing Francesc Baltasar were among the attendees at a recent meeting to guarantee the future of the park.

The area will be expanded to cover some 8,320 hectares and will include the individual nature reserves of La Rierada-Can Balasc and Font Groga.

Mr Baltasar said that Collserola will now be the "big park" for most of the citizens of Catalonia and visitors to Barcelona.

It is expected that work to improve and develop the park into a more attractive area for visitors will be completed by the end of the year.

Other natural areas that visitors to Barcelona can explore during their trip include Parc Guell, which was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi, and the Parc de la Ciutadella.

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Check out some cutting-edge cars in Barcelona

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People with a passion for cars will be able to visit a major event dedicated to the world’s newest automobiles during Barcelona tours in May.

The Barcelona International Motor Show will be held at the Fira de Barcelona between May 9th and 17th, where it will be celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2009.

Considered one of the biggest motor shows in Europe, the event will feature 171 direct exhibitors and 44 leading automobile brands from around the world, with more than a million visitors expected to see them this year.

The fair will cover cars, vans, customisation equipment, spare parts, audio technology, vehicle services and much more.

In a major development for 2009, the show has been declared an ‘event of exceptional public interest’, a classification previously given to occasions such as the Barcelona Olympic Games and the Seville Universal Exposition.

An added bonus for petrolheads taking Barcelona tours in May will be the Formula One Catalunya Grand Prix, which will take place on the weekend starting May 8th.

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New season begins at Barcelona amusement park

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A whole world of fun and entertainment is once again on offer to people taking Barcelona tours following the reopening of the Tibidabo amusement park on February 28th for its 2009 season.

With the new season comes a brand new star attraction – a rollercoaster that offers impressive views over Barcelona as well as plenty of white-knuckle thrills.

The ride reaches a top speed of 80km per hour as it winds along a 718-metre track, climbing to a maximum height of 522 metres.

People looking for some slightly more distinguished entertainment can visit the amusement park from April to take advantage of Tibidabo Plus, a programme of events for older visitors including painting and scenic walks.

Youngsters will also be offered plenty of entertainment, including a series of educational activities designed by Lluis Ribas, who also works on the operations of the park’s automaton museum.

The Tibidabo amusement park occupies a picturesque location on a mountain of the same name and can be reached either by a funicular railway or by the Tibibus, which operates everyday from Placa de Catalunya.

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Picasso comes alive in Barcelona

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The legendary 20th century artist Pablo Picasso spent much of his life in the city of Barcelona and indeed much of his earliest work is displayed in the city’s Museu Picasso.

However, a special event is currently running at the museum, called Living Things: Figures and Still Life in Picasso.

This exhibition focuses on how the artist created relationships between figures and objects, and uses around 60 of his pieces to display this.

Works on show at Living Things include everything from sketches to paintings and drawings to engravings.

Picasso’s family moved to Barcelona when he was a teenager in the late 19th century and thought of the city as his real home, according to some biographers.

In the early part of the last century, he mainly divided his time between the Catalan city and Paris, and it was in Mougins, France that he died on April 8th 1973.

During his lifetime, Picasso created thousands of works, with some estimates placing the number around 50,000.

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The passion of Barcelona at the Nou Camp

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The people of Barcelona have a love of football and the city’s biggest club is on course to break all sorts of records this season.

With the front three pairing of Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry, Barcelona have swept all before them and are on course to score more points in a Spanish season than any team before them.

However, the Champions League is seen by many as the biggest prize in club football and French side Lyon stand in Barcelona’s way in the last-16 stage of the competition.

Lyon have dominated French football for the best part of a decade but few would bet on them to upset the Barcelona steamroller.

The first leg is played in France but the second, deciding fixture will be in Barcelona’s awe-inspiring Nou Camp on March 11th at 19:45 GMT.

This is an excellent chance to not only see some of the best football on the planet, but also to sample native Barcelonans at their most passionate.

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Take in the Barcelona marathon

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For runners and spectators alike, the Barcelona marathon is one of the best of its kind in the world, set against the stunning backdrop of this beautiful city.

At 08:30 in the Avinguda Maria Cristina on March 1st, thousands of runners will take off, with the pace setters expected to finish the race around 10:40.

Runners will be hard pressed to keep their minds on the job, as they race around a city famed for its architecture.

Icons such as the Nou Camp (home of Barcelona’s football club), La Sagrada Familia and the Hospital de Sant Pau will all be passed.

Following its humble begins in the 1970s, the marathon has been growing in popularity, with 7,919 men and 1,202 women taking part last year – up from a respective 6,541 and 934 in 2007.

While most of the runners come from Spain, the UK is well represented too, coming third in the number of runners behind France.

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Fiesta de San Medir in Barcelona

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Barcelona is known for its football, its culture and its architecture – but like all cities on the Iberian Peninsula, it knows how to put on a great festival.

One of the best occurs in early March and is known as the Fiesta de San Medir.

Taking place in the arty district of Gracia, the event celebrates the life of San Medir, or Santo Emeterio, who is the patron saint of broad beans.

Luckily, for those with a sweet tooth anyway, that tradition seems to have been widely forgotten about and now the sugar plant is the champion of the day.

A parade takes to the streets, with horses and carriages all dressed up in colourful costumes, and passengers throw sweets to the crowds gathered on the Calle Grande de Gracia.

At the end of the festival a firework display takes place in the Jardinets de Gracia, marking the end of a day where not a single broad bean has been celebrated.

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Barcelona”s best food and drink

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Barcelona”s best food and drink will be under public scrutiny at the Catalan Wine and Cava Show between September 17th and 24th.

The annual festival is held in the town of Maremagnum, and wines from across the region will be on show to tie in with the grape harvest.

More than 400 wine producers from Catalonia and Alt Penedes will have stalls set up at the show. A host of different businesses from all over the wine industry gather to compare and contrast their produce.

Cava is key to the show, as the dry and yeasty-flavoured beverage originates from Sab Sadurni de Noya, only 30 kilometres from the city of Barcelona, and many consider the wine to be better than champagne.

The show consists of a wide range of traditional producers and is worth a visit for anyone who may be holidaying in the region in late September.

The grape harvest is in fact becoming earlier each year as the effects of global warming cause the crop to ripen earlier than ever before.

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Barcelona”s best food and drink

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Barcelona”s best food and drink will be under public scrutiny at the Catalan Wine and Cava Show between September 17th and 24th.

The annual festival is held in the town of Maremagnum, and wines from across the region will be on show to tie in with the grape harvest.

More than 400 wine producers from Catalonia and Alt Penedes will have stalls set up at the show. A host of different businesses from all over the wine industry gather to compare and contrast their produce.

Cava is key to the show, as the dry and yeasty-flavoured beverage originates from Sab Sadurni de Noya, only 30 kilometres from the city of Barcelona, and many consider the wine to be better than champagne.

The show consists of a wide range of traditional producers and is worth a visit for anyone who may be holidaying in the region in late September.

The grape harvest is in fact becoming earlier each year as the effects of global warming cause the crop to ripen earlier than ever before.

Wonderful Gaudi architecture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere have made Barcelona Spain”s most popular city.
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Barcelona”s best food and drink

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Barcelona”s best food and drink will be under public scrutiny at the Catalan Wine and Cava Show between September 17th and 24th.

The annual festival is held in the town of Maremagnum, and wines from across the region will be on show to tie in with the grape harvest.

More than 400 wine producers from Catalonia and Alt Penedes will have stalls set up at the show. A host of different businesses from all over the wine industry gather to compare and contrast their produce.

Cava is key to the show, as the dry and yeasty-flavoured beverage originates from Sab Sadurni de Noya, only 30 kilometres from the city of Barcelona, and many consider the wine to be better than champagne.

The show consists of a wide range of traditional producers and is worth a visit for anyone who may be holidaying in the region in late September.

The grape harvest is in fact becoming earlier each year as the effects of global warming cause the crop to ripen earlier than ever before.

Wonderful Gaudi architecture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere have made Barcelona Spain”s most popular city.
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