What to see in Barcelona

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Sagrada Família

The world's most breath-taking building site

Under construction for well over 120 years, Barcelona's most iconic building is still nowhere near completion. Modernista legend Antonio Gaudí played a key role in the design of the Sagrada...

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Park Güell

Gaudí's magic suburb - with UNESCO World Heritage status

The Park Güell was commissioned by a wealthy patron who was inspired by English garden cities. If he was expecting something like the leafy streets of Welwyn then he shouldn't have...

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La Pedrera - Mila House (Casa Mila)

Historic building designed by Antonio Gaudi

Featuring abstract sculptures and a roof terrace full of “scare-witches” chimney stacks, La Pedrera - Mila House (Casa Mila) offers a unique attraction for Barcelona visitors. Built for the...

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Casa Batlló

Fairytale architecture

Of all the beautiful Modernista architecture on the Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample area, Gaudí's Casa Batlló is the centrepiece. The tiled facade is such a swirling vortex of curves and waves that it appears more...

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Las Ramblas

Pure street theatre

Once a riverbed running alongside the Barri Gòtic, this has always been a meeting place, these days, rather than a promenade for locals, Las Ramblas is where tourist crowds from every corner of the globe congregate to...

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Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Historic district with quiet shopping and restaurants

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) is named so for its previous Roman inhabitants, who left their mark on the neighborhood’s landscape. Walking through the narrow and winding streets feels...

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Mountain of the Jews (Montjuïc)

Recreational area, also known as Parc de Montjuïc

Originally a medieval Jewish cemetery, the Mountain of the Jews (Montjuïc) overlooks the city of Barcelona. As a historic and consecrated land for the Jewish Spanish people of Barcelona,...

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La Ribera

Medieval architecture

La Ribera is part of the Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera quarter in Barcelona. It is worthy of attention for its Medieval architecture, as well as for its popular tourist attractions, including Museu Picasso,...

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Museu Picasso

One of the most popular and most visited museums in Barcelona

'There is where it all began… where I understood how far I could go,' Picasso said of his formative years in Barcelona. His family arrived here just before his 14th birthday;...

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Catalunya Square

Place where all Barcelona’s roads start

The true onset of the city, Catalunya Square is the link of where all Barcelona’s roads start. Begin here, and you can journey to nearly anywhere in the city, whether by taxi, tourist bus, metro or...

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Little Barcelona (La Barceloneta)

Park at the former fortress of Spanish King Felipe V

Little Barcelona (La Barceloneta) was returned to the city of Barcelona after it had been taken by Spanish King Felipe V for the construction of his fortress. Now a park, only a handful...

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Ciutadella Park (Parc de la Ciutadella)

Grand park on the former Ciutadella fort site

Built in 1714 as a fort for Spanish ruler Philips V after the war of the Spanish Succession, the Ciutadella was demolished after the district was returned to Barcelona. Three of the citadel’s...

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Font Màgica de Montjuïc

The 'magic fountain'

Still using its original plumbing, Font Màgica de Montjuïc works its wonders with 3600 pieces of tubing and more than 4,500 light bulbs. Summer evenings after nightfall see the multiple founts swell and dance to...

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Catedral

Barcelona's Gothic cathedral

The construction on Catedral began in 1298. However, because of civil wars and plagues, the construction progressed slowly: although the architects remained faithful to the vertical Nordic lines of the...

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Camp Nou

Where FC Barcelona has played since 1957

Camp Nou is one of football's great stadiums, a vast cauldron of a ground that holds 98,000 spectators. That's a lot of noise when the team is doing well, and an awful lot of silence when it isn't....

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MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya)

One museum, a thousand years of art

MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) provides a dizzying overview of Catalan art from the 12th to the 20th centuries. The Gothic collection is also excellent and starts with some late 13th-century...

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Passeig de Gracia

Commercial city avenue of notable architecture

One of the most breathtaking avenues in Barcelona, the Passeig de Gracia is full of amazing architecture designed by Spanish greats. Antonio Gaudi, for instance, is well represented on this...

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Palau Güell

Architectural landmark of Gaudi design

Palau Güell commissioned architect Antonio Gaudi to design a new house he wanted built in Barcelona, in Nou de la Rambla street. As one of the few Gaudi sites that has seen little modification since...

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Museu Barbier-Mueller d'Art Precolombí

A treasure house of pre-Colombian art

Museu Barbier-Mueller d'Art Precolombí in the Born contains a spell-binding collection of pre-Columbian art from South and Central America. Exhibits are regularly alternated to ensure as much of the...

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Museu Marítim

Sailing into history

The Museu Marítim in Port Vell stands testament to Barcelona's role in maritime history. Housed in a cavernous Gothic shipyard, the collection of craft and memorabilia span the centuries.

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Poble Espanyol

Architectural treasures, art and more

Poble Espanyol is an architectural museum complex, one of the top attractions of Barcelona. It is ideally located not far from the iconic Fountains of Montjuïc, and boasts no less than 117 structures,...

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Museu Egipci de Barcelona

Spain’s only museum dedicated to Egyptology

As the sole museum devoted to Egyptology, the Museu Egipci de Barcelona is largely supplemented by the personal collection of museum founder Jordi Clos. Owner of the Hotel Claris, Clos offers...

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Museu de Ciències Naturals de la Ciutadella (Geologia and Zoologia)

Museums of Geology and Zoology

The two museums come with a package deal, viewable on the same ticket. The more popular of the two is the Museu de Zoologia, inside an amusing building designed by modernize architect Lluis Domenech i...

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Fundació Francisco Godia

Art Museum Featuring Francisco Godia’s Collection

The Catalan art lover and businessman, Francisco Godia spent much of his time building his collection. His sensitivity to art is now displayed at Fundacio Fancisco Godia, with a range of...

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Science Museum (Museu de la Ciencia)

Barcelona’s science museum

Great for children and adults alike, the Science Museum (Museu de la Ciencia) operated by CaixaForum Barcelona offers a wealth of exhibits and activities in an exciting and educational environment. It’s easy to...

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Casa Amatller

A Barcelona attraction built in the Modernisme style.

Casa Amatller is an important attraction of Barcelona's modernist architecture. Constructed in a cubical design with a Dutch gable, Casa Amatller is the product of Josep Puig i...

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Ciutat Vella (Old City)

Historic district of previous royal residents

Ciutat Vella (Old City) is dripping in history, located on the very spot where kings once ruled. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella welcomed Columbus at the district’s Placa del Rei. The old...

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Jardí Botànic

A botanical garden in the Montjuïc area

After the original 1930s Jardí Botànic garden was disturbed by the construction for the Olympics, the only solution was to build an entirely new replacement. This opened in 1999, housing plants from...

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Museu d'Història de la Ciutat

A village beneath a city

Stretching from the Plaça del Rei to the cathedral are 4,000sq m (43,000sq ft) of subterranean Roman excavations – streets, villas and storage vats for oil and wine, all discovered by accident in the late 1920s...

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Monument a Colom

Inspired by Nelson's Column

Monument a Colom (Christopher Columbus monument) was designed for the Universal Exhibition of 1888. Positioned at the base of La Rambla, the monument allegedly marks the spot where Columbus docked in 1493 after...

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Fundació Joan Miró

Museum Dedicated to Catalan Artist Joan Miro

An influential master of contemporary Catalan art, Joan Miro’s work was abstract, bold and surreal. Approximately 10,000 of Miro’s works are held at the Fundacio Joan Miro, including paintings,...

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Placa Reial

Popular square just off the Ramblas

Placa Reial is a social gathering spot, quite popular in Barcelona. Located just off the Ramblas, the square is easily accessed and is nearby to other popular city districts. At night time Placa Reial...

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CaixaForum

One of the masterpieces of industrial modernism

CaixaForum is a former yarn and textile factory that was designed by Puig i Cadafalch in 1911. It spent most of the last century in a sorry state, acting briefly as a police barracks and then...

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Miscelanea

Art gallery and bar

Miscelanea is a multi purpose cultural space, initially founded as a not-for-profit cultural association. The association discovers and promotes up-and-coming artists, both local and national.

An event venue,...

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Port Vell

Lively harbor with shopping and dining

Full of yachts and cruise ships, Port Vell is also the home to various entertainment venues. There is a mall featured at Port Vell, with several shops and restaurants. Here you will also find a...

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Galería Miquel Alzueta

Antiques and art

Galería Miquel Alzueta is a favorite with collectors and antique dealers, and a must for connoisseurs. You will find unique items from the XIXth and XXth centuries, as well as rare designs by the likes of Le Corbusier...

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Kowasa Gallery

For emerging photographers of note

The Kowasa Gallery is a combination art gallery, photographic gallery, and bookstore in the center of Barcelona. Permanent and rotating exhibitions, workshops, and sales both on and offline are a central...

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Mutt

Bookstore and art gallery

Mutt is hip, cool, and happening, a unique concept store, combining the best of art and literature. The bookstore itself boasts a rich collection specializing in contemporary literature, self editions,...

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Casa Vicens

One of Barcelona's first Art Nouveau residences

As Antoni Gaudi's first important work, Casa Vicens offers a look at the architect's notable, early commissioned work. Created for industrialist Manual Vicens, the homeowner's livelihood as...

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Arc de Triomf

Brick arch built for the 1888 Universal Exposition.

The Arc de Triomf, situated at the end of a wide promenade, served as the 1888 Universal Exposition’s main entrance. The exposition took place at the Parc de la Ciutadella. With an...