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. The Monumental area consists of the porter's lodge pavilions with the Dragon stairway, which leads to the Hypostyle Room. Built to serve as a market, it consists of 86 columns resembling Doric order and its ceiling is decorated with mosaics. The center of the Monumental zone is formed by the artificial Nature Square with a view of the lovely Austria gardens. The ticket to the Monumental Zone 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 city block on Passeig de Gràcia boasts buildings designed in the Modernista style by famous Catalan architects. Each created in a slightly different style, they clash and create truly an intriguing sight. The most notable buildings include Casa Lleó-Morera designed by Domènech i Montaner, the architect of the Hospital de Sant Pau and Palau de la Música Catalana. There are also some of the Gaudí's masterpieces - La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Passeig de Gràcia is definitely a must for every lover of architecture since the most wonderful architectural gems are located here.
The building in modern style with beautiful ornamental facade was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and together with Casa Batlló and Casa Lleó-Morera, it makes up the most important buildings in the city block called the Block of Discord. The house combines neo-Gothic style with Dutch urban architecture and features sculptures created by Eusebi Arnau and Alfons Jujol. The house was constructed as a home of Antoni Amatller, a chocolate maker, art collector and a photographer. After Amatller's death, his daughter turned it into an archive which displays her father's collections of photographs, art pieces, and other memorabilia. The house still contains the original furniture. Temporary exhibitions are held in the gallery. The house is open for 30-minute or 1-hour long guided tours conducted in small groups.
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 is truly a magical experience. Purchase your ticket in advance to avoid the ticket office queues. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
If you are a fan of the Cubist painter Pablo Picasso, you should definitely visit this museum full of his drawings and paintings! The museum is housed in five palaces dating back to the 13th and 14th century. Opened in 1963, it was the first museum dedicated to Picasso's work. The permanent collection comprises of more than 3,500 artworks. Most of them were donated by Jaime Sabatés - former secretary and a friend of Picasso. Please note that when the admission to the museum is free, there are long lines. Use the free cloakroom service for bags measuring over 30×30 cm and don't take photographs inside.