What to see in Barcelona

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Santa Maria del Mar

A graceful gothic gem

As the Sagrada Família eloquently illustrates, 55 years is quick when it comes to constructing great churches. The fact that Santa Maria del Mar in the Born district was built so quickly is one of the reasons for its...

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MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona)

A glacially cool museum

Sometimes a gallery building can be just as impressive a work of art as its contents and this is certainly true of the MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona) in the Raval area. Designed by Richard Meier, the...

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Gaudi House Museum (Casa Museu Gaudi)

Museum named after the architect who lived there

From 1906 to 1926 famed architect Antonio Gaudi lived in the house which is now bearing his name. The house itself was designed by fellow architect Francesc Berenguer. The style of the...

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Església de la Concepció

Historic church, now a minor basilica

Església de la Concepció, formally Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady, is a minor basilica, resulted from the relocation and reconstruction of the church and cloister of...

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Parc del Laberint d'Horta

Oldest gardens in town

The Parc del Laberint d'Horta is a beautiful, historical garden in Barcelona's Horta-Guinardó district. Designed in 1792 by the Italian engineer Domenico Bagutti, it's the oldest garden area in the Spanish...

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El Born

Fashionable village of craftsmen and crowds

A small village in the city of Barcelona, El Born is quaint and offers a lively and energetic experience. Once the hill for jousting, the area now hosts the shops of violin and glass-makers and...

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Barcelona Zoo (Parc Zoologic de Barcelona)

Barcelona’s zoo located in the city park

One of Spain’s top zoos, Barcelona Zoo (Parc Zoologic de Barcelona) has a lot to offer. There is an infant zoo where children can see adorable baby animals of varying kinds. The zoo’s train offers...

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Museu de la Xocolata

Chocolate Museum

Museu de la Xocolata, the best-smelling museum in town draws chocoholics of all ages to its collection of chocolate sculptures made by Barcelona's master pastissers for the Easter competition. Reserve in advance for...

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Anella Olímpica

The 1992 Olympic Parc

Also known as the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc, and Barcelona Olympic Stadium, the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys was the the main stadium for the 1992 Games of the XXV Olympiad. The stadium is also the main venue in the...

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Estadi Cornellà-El Prat

Home of RCD Espanyol

Also known as Power8, Estadi Cornellà-El Prat is a €60 million venue with a capacity of just over 40,000. The new home RCD Espanyol, the venue also host concerts and other events.

Located on the borders of the...

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Carrer de la Riera Baixa

Popular shopping street in Raval

Carrer de la Riera Baixa is a narrow one-way street in Raval, famous for its vintage stores, and second-hand designer clothes. For vintage clothes, check out Vintage Galalith, Le Swing, Lailo or...

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La Mercè

Barcelona’s Beloved Lady of Mercy Church

Adored by the people of Barcelona, La Mercè is the city’s patron saint. For her duty of warding off the plague of locusts in 1637, the city’s main celebration in September is in honor of her. To...

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Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys

Home of the 1992 Olympics

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, also known as Barcelona Olympic Stadium, was built in 1927 for the 1929 International Exposition. Today the stadium hosts major athletics, concerts, and other major events....

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Sant Pau del Camp

St Paul in the Field

Sant Pau del Camp reflects a time when the Raval was still countryside. In fact, this Romanesque church is over 1,000 years old; the date carved on its most prestigious headstone – that of Count Guifré II Borrell, son...

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Ajuntament

The City Council

Around the corner of the city hall's rather dull 18th-century neo-classical façade sits the old entrance, in a wonderfully flamboyant 15th-century Catalan Gothic façade. Inside, the building's centerpiece is the famous...

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Plaza de Sant Felip Neri

Historic square, surrounded by monumental buildings

Plaza de Sant Felip Neri (in Catalan Plaça de Sant Felip Neri) in Barrio Gótico (the Gothic Quarter), was built atop the medieval cemetery Montjuïc del Bisbe, which was destroyed during...

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Sarria Cemetery

For a leisurely stroll through history

Situated in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi part of Barcelona, Sarria Cemetery (Cementiri Sarrià) is a historic spot where once the village of Sarria stood. Sarrià dates from the year 987, but few relics...

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Plaza de la Virreina

A fun place to be every Sunday

Once the site of the palace of the Virreina, today's Plaza de la Virreina is still known among the locals as Plaça de Sant Joan, formed around the 1884 church of Sant Joan. But the square was born earlier,...

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Parc del Castell de l'Oreneta

Barcelona park at historic castle site

Having been abandoned and overrun with vegetation, the historic Castell de l’Oreneta site still features beautiful ruins spanning an expansive field over two rural estates; Can Bonavia of the Count...

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Monestir de Pedralbes

A classic Spanish monastery

Monestir de Pedralbes is an old monastery that doubles as a museum of cultural history. While there are a number of exhibits inside the stone walls, many people come here for the architecture.

Monestir...

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Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Museum Dedicated to the Artwork of Fundacio Antoni Tapies

The third museum in Barcelona dedicated to a single artist, Fundacio Antoni Tapies opened in 1990. The location of the museum holds special meaning as the site dedicated by the...

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Museu del Calçat

Shoes and tools used in the trade

Museu del Calçat traces the history of footwear, with an interesting collection of shoes from the 2nd century to the present day, some reproductions, and some authentic. Visitors can also see traditional...

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Palau de la Virreina

Courting contemporary arts

This classical palace takes its name from the widow of an unpopular viceroy of Peru, who commissioned it and lived in it after its completion in the 1770s. Palau de la Virreina houses the city cultural department...

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Museu Frederic Marès

The strange and beautiful world of Frederic Marès

Museu Frederic Marès in the Barri Gòtic is not only a fascinating and diverse collection but also an insight into a bizarre character. Frederic Marès was an obsessive hoarder and he begged,...

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Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya

Historic museum of archaeology

Spanning works from the Greek, Roman and Carthaginian periods, the Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya is located in what used to be the Palace of Graphic Arts. Built for the 1929 World’s Fair, the Museu d’...

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Museu d'Història de Catalunya

The Catalan History Museum

Located in a 19th century warehouse in the Palau del Mar, the Museu d'Història de Catalunya is part of the re-developed port that is now part of the recreational marina from the 1992 Olympic Games. Eight...

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FC Barcelona Museum

Football club museum named after the club’s founder

FC Barcelona Museum was a dream of Joan Gamper, the club’s founder, in the 1920s. It wasn’t until 1984 when the football club’s then president Josep Lluis Nunez opened the museum, which...

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Erotic Museum of Barcelona (Museu de l'Erotica)

Museum dedicated to eroticism

The Erotic Museum of Barcelona (Museu de l'Erotica) offers a scholoarly look at eroticism, filling its walls with paintings praising the human body and its sexuality. Sculptures are also on display at the...

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Galería Olímpica

Museum of the 1992 Olympic Games

Held in Barcelona, the 1992 Olympic Games brought a sense of sportsmanship to the entire world. One of the few European museums dedicated to sports, you will find costumes, photos and other memorabilia at...

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Centre d'Art Santa Mònica (Contemporary Art Museum)

A multidisciplinary centre for art, science, thought and communication

Recently remodeled, Centre d'Art Santa Mònica (Contemporary Art Museum) reopened in March 2009 with 'Architecture Without Place'. Other plans include reactivating...

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Museu Militar de Montjuic

Museum hosted inside a genuine fortress built in 1779

The Museu Militar opened in 1963 inside the Montjuïc Castle. The museum currently has an exclusive collection of more than 11,000 military miniatures, a collection of antique and modern...

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Impossible Barcelona

Different perspectives on instant photography

Impossible Barcelona is a space to enjoy instant photography from every perspective. You will find a variety of polaroid cameras in different shapes, and sizes, from different time periods,...

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Foment de les Arts Decoratives i del Disseny (FAD)

Art and Culture Preservation Organization

The Foment de les Arts Decoratives i del Disseny (FAD) (Fostering Arts and Design) is a group that maintains the integrity of Spanish design’s culture. At the headquarters you will find it...

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Temple d'August

Well-preserved Roman relic in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

Temple d'August dates back to the first century AD, marking the Roman religious, artistic and cultural influence of Barcelona. One of the city’s most well-preserved aspects from...

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Casa Marti "Els Quatre Gats"

Built in 1896 under the supervision of architect Puig i Cadafalch

Casa Marti "Els Quatre Gats" was designed to look like a medieval castle. The Gothic façade of the home is additionally adorned with charismatic and ornamental elements of...

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El Desconsol

Notable sculpture in Parc de la Ciutadella pond

El Desconsol is a sorrowful man, his arm thrown across his down-turned head. Known as Grief in English, the sculpture is an early 20th century representation of modernisme, the Catalan...

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Sant Sebastià

Traditional city beach

Sant Sebastià, one of the longest beaches at 1,085 m, is the favorite beach of Barcelona's local residents. After Barceloneta, this is the most popular city beach, and also, the most authentic, as it is mostly...

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Mar Bella

Young and trendy

Mar Bella is one of the newest beaches in Barcelona, developed for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. It is a local favorite, particular among residents of the Sant Martí district. You'll notice a young party vibe day and...

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El Dragon de Gaudi

A colorful salamander greeter

One of Parque Guell's most famous residents, El Dragon de Gaudi, sits playfully and ominously at the park's entrance. But the dragon's presences is felt throughout the park via serpentine benches and other...

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Museo de las ilusiones

Where photography is encouraged!

Opened in Barcelona in 2015, Museo de las ilusiones is just off of Las Ramblas, and brings you IN to in the famous paintings that you've always wanted to be a part of!

A unqiue experience in...