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Vacation apartments in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the largest tourist destinations not only in Europe, but in the world. For a comfortable alternative to hotels, consider choosing short-term apartment rentals in Barcelona that constitute a successful and secure market in Europe.
Rental apartments in Barcelona cost less than hotel rooms of comparable sizes, and yet offer you a real home where you would love to come back after a day out in Barcelona.
You get all the advantages of independent living and working in a rental apartment: you may choose to cook in a fully-equipped kitchen, you may entertain guests in the living room, you have the privacy of your own bedroom. Would you have all that in a hotel? More and more travellers prefer to rent an apartment in Barcelona for these reasons.
If you frequently travel with family or friends, you know how difficult it may be to book adjacent spacious rooms in a hotel. 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom apartments in Barcelona are easy to find. What is more, you pay per apartment, not per guest, which allows you to cut rental costs considerably, and spend quality time together.
Barcelona is a city you would not want to leave and where you would love to come back, but if you are set on more exploring, we also offer apartment, cottage and villa short-term and long-term rentals all over Europe and North America!
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Santa Maria del Mar Church

At the southwestern end of Passeig del Born one of the most beautiful churches of Barcelona can be found. Església de Santa Maria del Mar literally means a dedication to "Our Lady of the Sea". Built in the 14th century, this Catalan Gothic church had not stood out as a particularly showy architectural piece even before anarchists damaged it in 1909 and 1936. A lack of decorative elements was meant to emphasize its harmonious proportions and refined graceful outlines.

It was built in a record-breaking period: the construction took only 59 years, which was considered fast at the time. Even today Santa Maria del Mar never ceases to amaze the visitors by its architectural harmony which had become possible due to the hasty construction. The majority of European churches blend several architectural styles in their appearances, because it took ages (literally centuries) to complete them; Santa Maria del Mar, however, managed to retain the aesthetic integrity of its look. The main body of the church is made up of a central nave and two side aisles separated by slim pillars, which creates an enormous lateral space.

The church was build for the people by the people. City porters made everyday trips to and from Montjuïc quarries to snatch and carry on their backs the stone required to build Santa Maria. The memory of their titanic efforts lives on in the carvings in the church doors and elsewhere inside the church. Santa Maria del Mar frequently serves as a place to hold musical concerts of classical and baroque periods. The acoustics may not be the best, but the surrounding architecture makes up for that hundredfold.

Church of Santa Maria del Mar Gothic facade of Santa Maria del Mar
Reliefs and ornaments of Santa Maria del Mar The relief centrepiece of Santa Maria del Mar
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