The Catalan capital is a thriving hub for culture and art, home to spectacular buildings and famous museums.
As many as 2.5 million people call Barcelona home, making it Spain’s second largest city as well as the capital of Catalonia. Here you’ll find packed tapas bars down narrow, winding side streets, whilst in the teeming squares, traditional dancers captivate the crowds. The dramatic cityscape is a delight to behold, influenced by modernist architect Antoni Gaudí across town.
You can see for yourself the impact Gaudí has had on this city, exploring his work by delving through his life and times. Start off at his first house, Casa Vicens, before ending up at his final magnum opus, Sagrada Familia. On your way, stop off at Park Guell and admire its mosaic terrace, from which you can look out across the city and the harbour.
The busy pedestrian streets make driving around the city difficult. The metro system and the bus lines serve the heart of town, while many prefer to bike to get around. However, the best way to see the city and all it has to offer is to head out on foot and take in the sights for yourself. Head for Las Ramblas in the centre of town, the central boulevard of which runs south from Placa de Catalunya Square all the way to the seafront. While enjoying the street entertainment, visit the flower stalls and souvenir shops all around. Stop off for lunch at one of the nearby restaurants, or at night, head to one of the lively bars you’ll find here.
North of here, you can see the Gothic District, home of the 14th century Barcelona Cathedral. The remains of the city’s patron saint Eulalia are kept here. With dozens of museums to explore, art lovers are spoilt for choice. Learn about the legendary 20th century Spanish artist at the Picasso Museum before heading back in time to the 14th century dockyards and visiting the Maritime Museum (Museu Maritim).
Head a little further afield and take a cable car to the top of Montjuic, where you can enjoy what’s on offer. See the Magic Fountain (Font màgica de Montjuïc) by the neo-baroque National Palace (Palau National), then enjoy the classic cuisine and the art at the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol).
Whether you want to enjoy the company of the locals, explore the depths of the sea at the Barcelona Aquarium or enjoy the lively Catalan culture at the Palau de la Musica Catalana, there’s something everywhere for you to enjoy.