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  • 1 Plaça Reial Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 08002 Barcelona

    This harmonious square (1840-50) at the heart of the Barri Gòtic is made up of uniform buildings with Corinthian pillars and arcades. Two of the street lamps here were designed by the young Gaudí. A popular place for a drink (though be mindful of the..

  • 2 Carrer Montcada Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 08003 Barcelona

    The busiest street in the El Born district is a perfect illustration of the wealth of the merchant families who once lived here. In the 13C and 14C, Barcelona's fleet dominated Mediterranean commercial traffic between the Balearics, Sicily and Italy...

  • 3 Picasso Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Montcada 15 E - 08003 Barcelona

    This magnificent museum, to which Picasso donated 1 700 works before his death, pays homage to the relationship the artist had with the city of Barcelona. The most important section contains a large number of little-known drawings from his early year..

  • 4 Santa Maria del Mar church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pl. de Santa María 1 E - 08003 Barcelona

    Built in the 14C with unusual speed for a building of such large proportions, this marvellous church was the result of a popular initiative, and soon became the spiritual centre of the district. Its three façades are highly representative of Catalan ..

  • 5 Monasterio de Santa Maria de Pedralbes Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Baixada del Monestir 9 E - 08034 Barcelona

    Founded in 1326 by Queen Elisenda de Montcada, this convent has housed a community of nuns from the Order of St. Clare since the 14C. It comprises a church and a cloisters on three levels, a magnificent example of Catalan Gothic architecture from the..

  • 6 Port Olímpic Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 08001 Barcelona

    The new marina, the work of engineer JR de Clascà, has become one of the town's busiest and most popular leisure venues and boasts countless bars, restaurants and terraces. The view from the top of the striking Hotel Arts and Torre Mapfre (153m) is q..

  • 7 Palau Sant Jordi Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pg Olímpic,s/n E - 08038 Barcelona

    The Palau Sant Jordi forms, with the nearby Olympic Stadium, the heart of a sports complex built for the 1992 Olympic Games. Designed by the famous Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki, it is housed under a large metallic structure, making it a most unu..

  • 8 The roof of the cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    E - 08002 Barcelona

    During your visit to the cathedral don't miss the chance to go up on the roof. A lift located in one of the chapels of the ambulatory will take you up to the metallic bridges dominated by the imposing silhouettes of the cathedral's towers and cupola...

  • 9 Hôpital Saint-Paul Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sant Antoni M. Claret 167 E - 08037 Barcelona

    The red-brick building built between 1902 and 1912 covers an area of 10 000 sq metres. Domènech i Montaner worked on his monumental work alongside prestigious sculptors Pablo Gargallo and Eusebio Arnau. The pavilions are decorated with mosaics dep

  • 10 Parc Güell Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Olot 1 E - 08024 Barcelona

    This magic place half-way between reality and fantasy, looks onto two quite unique mushroom-shaped buildings straight out of the fairy tale book. A stairway headed by a dragon made up of ingenious mosaics leads to the Hall of a hundred columns On top..

  • 11 Ramblas Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 08002 Barcelona

    This open-air avenue and theatre is Barcelona's most famous street, lined by cafés, flower and bird stalls, a famous market, and street artists. Depending on the time of day, it is teeming with thousands of tourists, locals and football fans, and rem..

  • 12 Palau Güell Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nou de la Rambla 3 E - 08001 Barcelona

    This stunning residence, built between 1886 and 1890 to extend the home of the Güell family (with ten children), is a fine example of Gaudí's architectural style. The great innovation is in the parabolic arches in the entrance, enhanced by typically ..

  • 13 Palace of Catalan Music Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sant Francesc de Paula, 2 E - 08003 Barcelona

    Built by Domènech i Montaner between 1905 and 1908, it is undoubtedly the most striking symbol of the Catalan middle classes in the 1900s and one of the masterpieces of Modernism. Headquarters of the Orfeó Català (Catalan Choir), it is the largest co..

  • 14 Gràcia Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    del Sol E - Barcelona

    To the north of the Passeig de Gràcia, the quarter of the same name retains its little-village intimate atmosphere. The streets (often pedestrianised) are punctuated by sunlit little squares which come alive at night. Groups form everywhere composed ..

  • 15 Fundació Fran Daurel Interesting

    Museums and art

    E - 08038 Barcelona

    The museum is home to a contemporary art collection which features a large number of great Spanish artists from the 1950s to the present day (Tàpies, Saura, Equipo Crónica, Chillida, Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Mompó, Barceló, etc.): in all, some 300 artwor..

  • 16 Trade Towers Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Gran Via de Carles III E - Barcelona

    This group of undulating cylindrical towers, a fine symbol of Barcelona's architecture, was created in 1968 by Josep A. Coderch.

  • 17 Maritime Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Av. de les Drassanes, s/n E - 08001 Barcelona

    In this museum, you are given a fulfilling, interactive lesson on the history of the Catalan Navy, which includes many extremely valuable pieces. Note the Portolano of Gabriel de Vallseca (1439), the nautical map which belonged to Amerigo Vespucci an..

  • 18 Barcelona's Aquarium Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s/n E - 08039 Barcelona

    This is one of Europe's biggest sea life centres. The aquarium has twenty tanks displaying all sorts of Mediterranean and tropical sea-life. During the visit, enter the transparent oceanario 80m-long tunnel made from methacrylate where you will be th..

  • 19 La Mercè Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Pl. de la Mercè 1 E - 08002 Barcelona

    The two façades of this basilica, which dates from 1760, have been perfectly conserved. The main façade is Barcelona's only example of a Baroque curved façade. The other Renaissance style façade was transported here from a neighboring church in 1870...

  • 20 La Llotja Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 08003 Barcelona

    TheTrading centre was once under an open-air porch With commercial relationships with Barcelona strengthened in the late 14C construction began on what was to become the headquarters of the Sea Council .The current building (headquarters of the Chamb..

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