If you’ve never visited Barcelona we are convinced that your stay in the city won’t leave you indifferent. Among other aspects stands out for its great cultural offer suitable for all kind of tastes and public. Organize your stay according to your preferences:
Modernism is very present in Barcelona thanks to major architects who left their most prized and valued works worldwide in the city as were Gaudi, Puig i Cadafalch or Domènech i Montaner, between all of them the most popular is Sagrada Familia, the most visited building in the city and the only modernist work that is still under construction. 3 streets away on Paseo de Gracia you can admire La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and right beside Casa Amatller and Casa Lleó Morera. In the Gotic quarter hidden among its narrow streets you will find the majestic Palau de la Música, a building which has been declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997. In the upper part of the city is one of the most magical gardens built by Gaudi Park Guell, one of the most ambitious projects of the Guell family that was not finish. One of the most admired buildings is the Hospital de Sant Pau, where they perform guided tours in different languages. Currently at one of his pavilions is installed the Asian House included in the visit of the hospital. A unique building located in the middle of Avenida Diagonal is the Casa of les Punxes, known by this name by the 6 needles in conical shape that crown each of its towers.
A good option to learn about the history of Barcelona is visiting its museums which include a significant part of their cultural heritage, in them; you can obtain information about periods and events that have marked the city.
If you like the world of pyramids don’t miss the Egyptian museum, where you will find one of the most important private collection in Europe. The Maritime museum is one of the references of the marine world and can be complemented with a visit to the Santa Eulalia Pailebot moored in the Moll de la Fusta. If you can spend hours in front of a painting you can’t leave Barcelona without visiting the Picasso Museum, where all the works of the time of formation of the painter in the city are collected. The Joan Miró Fundation picks up the most outstanding work of the artist from all the fields in which he worked: paintings, textiles, sculptures and ceramics, works on paper and sketches. The National Palace built for the International Exhibition of 1929 houses the MNAC, where Catalan art is preserved from the Romanesque period up to the twentieth century. A referent of Barcelona is the artist Antoni Tapies and in his Antoni Tàpies Fundation discloses his works of modern and contemporary art. In the old house of charity you can visit the CCCB cultural center of great importance in the city where exhibitions, symposiums, conferences and many other activities. In the well known Plaza dels Angels where skaters from all parts or the world meet every day is the MACBA, in a building that combines straight and curved lines, a museum which publicizes the art of the second half of the twentieth century. If you like sports in the MOE Joan Antoni Samaranch you will get to know a large number of them: their different levels of practice, its history and evolution, all of this information is supplemented with an area of the visit more interactive tour through the new technologies.
When a resident looks for a corner of quietness the more likely is that we look at strolling the parks of Barcelona where you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, one of the best known is the Ciutadella Park, the most extensive of all and which is also where you will find the Zoo of Barcelona. If you like cactus and tropical plants in the gardens of Pare Costa i Llobera you will find many of them. In Cervantes Park you can enjoy a total of 2000 types of roses. In the mountain of Montjuic is located the Mediodía Park specializing in plants from the Mediterranean and the Pacific. In an old slaughterhouse is the Joan Miro Park in the highlights the sculpture ‘Dona i Ocell’ (Woman and Bird) of Joan Miró. Above the Diagonal Avenue hides the Turó Park that initially it was opened as a family amusement park.
Thanks to the Olympic Games held in Barcelona in 1992, the mountain of Montjuïc became important to accommodate most competitive facilities; proof of this is the Olympic Ring. In one of the accesses to Montjuic is the Magic Fountain, the only one that offers a musical show where the water and the lights dance at your own pace. Just in front of the fountain is located the famous Fira of Barcelona, where each year takes place a total of 80 fairs, 15 of which are related to European level. About a 10 minute walk away is the Spanish Village a unique venue where the walk will give you the feeling that you visit several regions at once. At the top of the mountain with stunning views of Barcelona you can walk around the Montjuic Castle. The Mies van der Rohe Pavilion was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1929 as a German pavilion as a curiosity this building was dismantled after the exhibition but it ended up being a point of reference and years later they returned to build again. Every summer since 1976 takes place in Barcelona the Festival of the Grec specializing in theater, dance, music and circus and is in the Teatre Grec where each year is inaugurated the festival and where it is concentrated much of the entertainment.
The squares in a city filled with people as soon as it begins to make good weather already that become the meeting point of many of its citizens. The most well-known and centrally is Plaza de Catalunya, also is where much of the events and activities of the city take place. One that has more charm is Plaza Real because it is the only one arcaded. The plaza where there are two of the most important buildings is the Plaza Sant Jaume located in the ancient roman forum. Plaza Universitat is possibly the one that meet a greater number of academics because it is located the Central University of Barcelona. The plaza which provides direct access to the mountain of Montjuic is Plaza Espanya, which was established in 1929 on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition.
The citizens of Barcelona keep alive the tradition of going to buy to the market, this is evidenced by the number of markets that there is spread throughout all neighborhoods, the most well known is the Sant Josep Market (La Boquería) where you can find any product both in the area such as international and exotic. The St Antoni Market currently under reconstruction consists of two tents specializing in food and the other in clothes. The market that more has changed in recent years and that is one of the oldest is the Encants Vells Market where you can find all kind of items both new and second hand.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Even having appointed a large number of interesting sites to know in Barcelona there are a lot more that you cannot miss as the Arc de Triomf monument; that was used in his day as a gateway to the Universal Exhibition of 1888. A building that does not go unnoticed is the Barcelona Cathedral; its construction lasted no less than 6 centuries. Following by the Gothic Quarter do not cease to take a stroll down La Rambla where you will be surprised with its human statues, its flowers, its portrait painters, etc…, half street Liceu Theatre is located one of the largest in the world and at the end of la Rambla you can visit the Columbus monument, the Santa Monica Art Centre, and opposite Las Golondrinas, the Maremagnum shopping centre, Imax and Aquarium. Since the Maremagnum you can contemplate the World Trade Centre from where you can catch the shuttle ‘Aerial Tramway' that links the port with the Montjuic Mountain. Since the 2004 Barcelona counts with a new space the Forum area currently very busy during fairs, festivals, etc. Two of the main streets of the city where you have to go if you want to do shopping in the city are Rambla de Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia, in the latter is where you will find several of the most important modernist buildings and the most exclusive shops and luxurious from Barcelona. For those who like football can approach to the FC Barcelona Stadium and the Museum of the Club where you can learn about the history of this team. In the Barceloneta neighborhood was built the Sea Palace (Palau de Mar), a building that houses the Museum of History of Catalunya among others. If you are visiting the city when begins the good weather, do not miss a stroll through the Olympic Village and the beaches.