This stunning church is unfinished but nonetheless remains one of Gaudí's masterpieces. The construction began in 1882 and Gaudí continued to work on it until his death in 1926. It's uncertain when it will be finished - new towers are still to be added to the church. Its exterior is magnificent. There are three facades describing the life of Jesus: Nativity Façade picturing the birth of Jesus, Passion Façade dedicated to Jesus’s suffering during his crucifixion and Glory Façade representing his glory after the resurrection. The interior is also beautiful with its high ceilings, tree-like columns and play of lights between the walls from white marble and the colorful windows.
This wonderful park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Completely designed by Gaudí, it is by far the most beautiful park in Barcelona and one of the highlights of your visit. Spare some time to explore it and witness the amazing connection of architecture and nature. Climb on top of the hill to see one of the greatest views of the city and finish your visit with a picnic. There are two zones in the park. One is accessible to visitors free of charge, the other (Monumental Zone) requires a ticket, which is assigned per time-band. You can enter up to 30 minutes after the assigned start time. Beware of long lines, reserve your ticket beforehand or come early.
This long pedestrian street is lined with cafés, bars and shops and always bustling. Performances of street artists are common here. When you stroll down the street, you will also see many sights, such as the oldest theatre in the city or the Palace of the Virreina. Do not miss Joan Miró’s colourful pavement mosaic in the centre of the boulevard.
One of the main squares of Barcelona boasts beautiful fountains and statues and is an ideal place for people watching. For example, you'll find a monument honoring the former president of the Generalitat here, as well as a statue of a female figure by Josep Clara called La Deessa. Live musical performances often take place here. The square is also a significant transportation hub.
This building's facade will certainly catch your eye while walking around. Being one of Gaudí's masterpieces, it is definitely worth the visit! The house was awarded the Europa Nostra prize for the best conservation of architectural heritage in 2004. Casa Batlló is open to public since 2002. You can visit the former residence of the Batlló family (Noble Floor), the former store rooms and laundry rooms (The Loft), and the Roof Terrace. Unlike in other museums, in Casa Batlló, you are invited to touch and explore anything you want. Also, the device you receive for your tour will bring many objects to life. It really is a magical experience.
The fountain situated right below the Palau Nacional was designed for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929. It was a very ambitious project at that time not many people believed in its success. However, the fountain was completed and it worked as it was supposed to with colorful illumination and 2,600 liters of water going through this fountain per second. Since the 1980s, the show is accompanied by music, which is always different. It became a popular attraction especially with tourists, but also with children. Come early to grab some seats before the show starts, you can have a drink or a snack while you wait.
Barcelona's main cathedral is a lavish showcase of Gothic architecture - its high ceilings and gargoyles are truly breathtaking. Dedicated to the patron saint of Barcelona, the cathedral boasts a beautiful high altarpiece, designed by the artist Pedro Costa. Also note the organ under the bell tower. The Cathedral houses a small museum, where you can admire wonderful Gothic paintings.
Located in the neighbourhood of the same name, this beach with fine-grained sand is popular among locals and tourists for its nightlife facilities. The promenade is lined with many restaurants serving fresh seafood and traditional Catalan and Spanish dishes. You should also try Sangria - a popular drink consisting of red wine and fruit. See the Homenatge a la Barceloneta monument created by the famous artist Rebecca Horn and Frank Gehry's futuristic sculpture called “Peix d’Or”. On a sunny day, the city's most popular beach can get quite crowded. If you prefer a place that is a bit quieter, pick one of the beaches farther from the center.
The bronze statue depicts Columbus standing on a globe and pointing towards America. It was created by Rafael Atché for the 1888 World Exposition. More than 7 meters high, this statue is a tribute to Christopher Columbus, who supposedly landed here after he discovered America. The statue is set on top of a tall Corinthian column and the pedestal is decorated with allegorical statues. It features four characters which represent the four regions of Spain: the Principality of Catalonia and the kingdoms of León, Aragon and Castile. You can also spot some depictions of important scenes from Columbus's voyage and coats of arms. There's a lift that goes up to the observation deck. Although it's often crowded, it's worth the views.
A traditional market where you can find almost everything you could ever need. Come here for the souvenirs and the atmosphere! It is in fact one of the largest and most famous food markets in Europe. Apart from the stalls, there are also bars where you can buy lunch or a snack. You can have anything from pizza to seafood.
Huge city park with many attractions - you can find a zoo, museums, a lake and a lot more in it. Spend a nice family day here! You can row boats on the lake or wander around and admire the sculptures. The most significant piece of art is definitely the replica of Josep Llimona’s beautiful sculpture "Desconsol“, set in a pond. In the middle of the lake, there is a monumental waterfall, designed by the architect Josep Fontseré with help from Antoni Gaudí.
Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, is yet another masterpiece by Gaudí - stunning modernist building that attracts many visitors during the year. No wonder that this building was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. When you look at the exterior, you can notice that Gaudí tried to avoid straight lines, everything is deformed and dynamic. The modernism is everywhere –from Ventilation towers on the roof, to the beautifully designed iron gate or detailed decoration of the balconies. Gaudí also came up with the idea of an underground garage, which was something brand new in his time. La Pedrera is one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, be sure to purchase your ticket in advance to avoid waiting.
Arc de Triomf was constructed as the gateway to the Universal Exhibition, which was held in Barcelona in 1888. Since then, it became an iconic landmark of Barcelona. It stands at the end of the wide promenade and leads to Parc de la Ciutadella, where the fair was located. It was built in the Neo-Mudéjar style - take a closer look, you will see the Islamic influence. Also, note the carvings on the arch.
Stroll down the crooked paved streets, peep in the galleries and relish the historic charm of this vibrant quarter. The district boasts some wonderful squares and streets packed with sights and restaurants. Here you'll find medieval buildings and churches like Santa Maria del Pi. Walk around the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, explore the Jewish Quarter and visit Barcelona History Museum. If you are tired of sightseeing, you can visit some of the small boutiques or have a drink in one of the many bars.
The low hill facing the harbor of Barcelona is a nice place to spend your leisure time. There is a lot of verdure around. The park hosted the 1929 International Exposition and 1992 Summer Olympics. You can find several sports facilities which were built for the Games here, and also the Olympic Tower designed by Santiago Calatrava. Don't forget to visit the botanical gardens with beautiful plants and trees or some of the important museums, such as the Fundació Miró and the National Art Museum of Catalonia. The famous Magic Fountain is also set here. The easiest and fastest way to get to the top is by taking the funicular (included in your metro ticket) and then the cable car, which takes you directly to the castle. If you've got enough time, you can make it a trip and take a walk.
This colonnaded square with palms is a popular meeting place. It's packed with both locals and tourists during the day and at night - there are many cafés, restaurants, and popular nightclubs around. The square attracts tourists also because of the Fountain of the Three Graces and the two lamp posts designed by Gaudí. The fountain is situated in the center of the square and depicts three women - Euphrsyne, Aglaea, and Thalia. They are the daughters of Zeus, goddesses of charm, beauty, and fertility. The lamp posts are right next to the fountain.
This beautiful concert hall was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and built between 1905 and 1908 in the style of Catalan modernism. It is the only concert hall in this style to be listed by UNESCO. It boasts a richly decorated facade and splendid stained-glass windows. The concert hall fits about 2,200 people and it is the only auditorium in Europe that is illuminated during the day only by natural light. Various performances and music festivals take place here.Take a guided tour to get the best of your visit. Please note that there are no cloakrooms available.
Designed by a French architect Jean Nouvel, who was awarded a prestigious architecture prize in 2008, this 38-story skyscraper should remind you of geysers striking the air. This high building, opened in 2005, is a fine example of High-tech architecture. Materials used in the construction are mainly concrete, aluminium and glass. Popular sight to see during night, due to its illumination. There are mainly offices inside.
As part of the city walls, this castle was an old military fortress. It was renovated in the 17th century and until 1960, it served as a military prison. Allegedly, executions were regularly happening here during the civil war from 1936 to 1939. After that, it was turned into a military museum which closed in 2009. Nowadays you can take a tour of the castle and learn about the history of the region. The place also holds educational exhibitions and cultural events. The terrace offers 360º views of the city.
A large market dating back to the middle of the 19th century. Built on the site of a former convent, it is hidden under a colourful roof which was added recently. Local producers sell fruits, vegetables, flowers and also fish and meat here. You can drop by for some breakfast, tapas or a cup of coffee.
This symbolic square used to serve as a bullring. In fact, it was the last public bullfighting arena operating in Catalonia, until the ban on bullfighting was passed by the Catalan parliament in 2010. The building was also the only Art-Nouveau bullring in the world, although you can spot Mudéjar and Byzantine influences on the facade. Now it features a small bullfighting museum with matadors' costumes, vintage posters, and other memorabilia. It is also used as an entertainment venue, for example for concerts or theater.