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Getting around

Finding your way about in Barcelona is not very difficult, but you should bear in mind some important references: The centre of the city is of course Pl. de Catalunya, to the south of which you can find the old town and most of the museums and other historical places of interest of the city.

The famous Rambla meanders from the Plaša de Catalunya down to the Columbus statue, just before the port. To the east of the Rambla you can find the beautiful and romantic Barri G˛tic and to the west, the Barri del Raval. From the Columbus statue you can follow Passeig MarÝtim (Seafront walk) to the east, past the Moll de la Fusta, and Port Vell, the colourful Barceloneta area and up to the Port OlÝmpic (Olympic Port). To the west, following Paral.lel you get to Plaša d'Espanya from where Montju´c, one of the mountains of Barcelona, rises up.

The other mountain, Tibidabo, marks the northern limit of the city. The popular Av. Diagonal is another important landmark, since it runs diagonally across the whole city.

Between Diagonal and Pl. Catalunya is most of the "Eixample" area ("expansion" in English), which arose from the famous "Pla CerdÓ" (CerdÓ's city plan), aimed at joining the old town with the nearby villages, which are now part of Barcelona. These villages, such as GrÓcia, Les Corts, SarriÓ-Sant Gervasi, etc. have remained untouched over the years and have kept most of their own historic and cultural identity. L' Eixample, with its square blocks of houses forming a grid pattern, has as its main boulevard the Passeig de GrÓcia, where you will find the famous "Pedrera" of Gaudi.

Other important landmarks are: Sagrada FamÝlia, Parc de la Ciutadella, Barri de la Ribera and L'Illa Diagonal.

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