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  • 1 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..

  • 2 Nuevo puerto deportivo 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..

  • 3 Palau Sant Jordi Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Passeig 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..

  • 4 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...

  • 5 La Manzana de la Discordia Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Passeig de Gràcia E - 08007 Barcelona

    This block of houses includes works by three of the most important modernist architects, Gaudí, Puig i Cadafalch and Domènech i Montaner who are respectively credited with the Casa Batlló, the Casa Amatller and the Casa Lleó i Morera. Besides this th..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 Gothic quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 08001 Barcelona

    The Barri Gòtic extends from the southeast corner of Plaça de Catalunya to the sea. Hemmed in between the Ramblas and Via Laietana, this maze of narrow streets lined by old buildings remains one of Barcelona's liveliest districts. It owes its name to..

  • 8 Ramblas Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    La Rambla 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..

  • 9 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 ..

  • 10 Plaça Reial Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Reial 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..

  • 11 Palace of Catalan Music Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    calle Palau de la Música 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..

  • 12 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Carrer de Santa Llúcia E - 08002 Barcelona

    The current building was built at the end of the 13C. on a site which once boasted the old Roman cathedral. Inside there is so much to see. There is the chapel of Saint Sacrement ; the chapel of Santa Llúcia, the last relic of the Roman cathedral; la..

  • 13 Maritime Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    av. de les Drassanes 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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...

  • 16 Port Vell Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 08039 Barcelona

    The old port has become a very popular centre for leisure activities. Take the modern Rambla de Mar footbridge to get to the Moll d'Espanya, which accommodates the Aquarium, the large Maremagnum shopping centre with its restaurants, lively terraces, ..

  • 17 La Llotja Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Carrer del Consolat de Mar 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..

  • 18 Gare de France Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. del Marquès de l'Argentera E - 08003 Barcelona

    The station was the starting point for the first railway line to link Barcelona and Mataró was replaced in 1929 but the recently restored French Station. This enormous glass roof iron structure marks the start of «long distance routes» and is the set..

  • 19 Park of the Citadel Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Passeig de Sant Joan E - 08003 Barcelona

    Philip V initiated the construction of the Citadel in 1715. Deemed a symbol of repression, it was demolished in the name of Catalan nationalism in the 19C. A public par was built on the site instead. The approach to the park, the Passeig de Sant Joan..

  • 20 Waterfall Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Paseo de Pujades E - 08003 Barcelona

    Preceded by a circular plaza, this giant waterfall in the middle of the parc de la Ciutadella was built with Gaudí's assistance, when he was still an architectural student. Rowing boats can be hired on the small lake to the right of the waterfall.

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