Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia, with a
population of 1,621,537.
It is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations and has a rich cultural heritage and is a centre of modern architecture. It is particularly famous for the architectural works of Antoni Gaudi. Some of his most famous works include Casa Calvet, Casa Milà, Palau Güell, Park Güell and Sagrada Familia.
To give you a helping hand, in choosing what to see first on your trip, we have chosen the top ten things to visit in Barcelona:
1) Museu Picasso
The Museu Picasso houses more than 3,500 works by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and has the most complete collection of his works. The Museu opened to the public in 1963 and has been declared a ‘museum of national interest’ by the Government of Catalonia. The highlights of the collection include his first two works, The First Communion (1896) and Science and Charity (1897).
- +34 933 19 63 10
- Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
2) Sagrada Familia
The Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia is a largeRoman Catholic church that was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. The incomplete church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaudi took over the project in 1883 and transformed it with his architectural style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau. Art critic, Rainer Zerbst said, “it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art.”
- +34 935 13 20 60
- Calle Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
3) La Rambla
La Rambla is a popular tree-lined boulevard in central Barcelona that is 1.2 kilometres long. The street is full of kiosks, selling anything from newspapers to souvenirs, cafés, shops and restaurants. There is also a stage for street performers (from fire eaters to human statues).
Montjuich (Spanish spelling) is a hill located near the centre of Barcelona, overlooking the harbour. You can reach the top of the hill by using the Funicular de Montjuïc, (a funicular railway). There are a large number of attractions and sights at Montjuïc, including the Magic Fountain, Montjuïc Gardens and Castell de Montjuïc.
5) FC Barcelona Museum
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- Arístides Maillol s/n, 08028 Barcelona
The museum was renamed President Nuñez Museum in 2000. It is divided into three sections, the first section displays a collection of photos, documents and trophies, detailing the club’s history, the second section displays a private art collection by local artists, such as Miró and Dalí. The third section is the Futbolart Collection, which displays various football memorabilia from the history of the club. The museum attracts 1.2 million visitors per year.
6) Aquarium Barcelona
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- Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s/n, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
This popular attraction at Barcelona’s waterfront opened in 1995 and houses more than 8,000 fish. The aquarium is divided into themed areas; Mediterranean, Tropical Waters, Oceanarium and Planeta Aqua. The main attraction is the Oceanarium, where you can see some of the largest species, including ocean sunfish, rays and sand tiger sharks. The moving sidewalk runs slowly through a long tunnel, giving you a fantastic close-up view of the different species.
7) Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is the centre of the old city of Barcelona, that goes from La Rambla to Via Laietana and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere. Here you will see many buildings that date back to Medieval times, with some dating as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. You can see the Medieval Jewish quarter and the remains of the squared Roman Wall.
8) The Magic Fountain
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a fountain at the head of Avenida Maria Cristina and is situated below the Palau Nacional, on the Montjuïc hill. It was constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. The fountain was designed by Carles Buigas, who started designing illuminated fountains back in 1922.
9) Park Güell
The garden complex, which includes architectural elements, was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi and was built in the years 1900-1914. It is situated on the hill of El Carmel, in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. It is one of the largest architectural works in south Europe and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Works of Antoni Gaudi”.
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- Park Güell, Carrer d’Olot, Barcelona, Spain
10) Tibidabo Mountain
The mountain, overlooking Barcelona, stands at 512 metres and is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola. Tibidabo can be reached by car, bus or by the funicular railway, which was built in 1901 and was the first of its kind in Spain. At the top there is a Catholic church, a telecommunications tower and an amusement park.