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Barcelona Travel Guide

Barcelona What to See

Bacelona, the capital of Catalunya and the second most important city of Spain, has myriad places to satiate the tourists thirst. This rich historical city provides one of the finest city-walks in the world, with streets filled with museums, squares, churches and street sides of breathtaking sights of the Mediterranean cost.

The old quarter, known as Ciutat Vella, withholds the most popular attractions of the city; including the Gothic Quarter, in Catalonian Barri Gòtic, and its infamous cathedral, the Episcopal Palace. Here’s a short list of the places most important here:

  • Barri Gotic
    • Conjunt Monumental de la Plaça del Rei
    • Catedral de Barcelona
  • Barcelona's Patron Saint: Santa Eulalia, whose monument lies in Plaça San Pedro where she died. Her remains are in the crypt of the cathedral.
  • El Call – the Jewish Quarter
  • The neighborhood La Ribera:
    • Picasso museum
    • The church of Santa Maria del Mar
    • El Palau de la Música Catalana
  • The neighborhood El Raval with its creative new buildings remains a quarter of contrasts.
    • Palau Güell
  • Mirador de Colón
  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Bar
  • Foment de les Arts Decoratives i del Disseny
  • La Mercè
  • Mercat del Born
  • Museu Barbier-Mueller
  • Museu Frederic Marès
  • Museu d' Textil i d' Indumentària
  • Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
  • Museu de Ciències Naturals de la Ciuta
  • Museu de la Cera
  • Museu de la Xocolata
  • Palau de la Virreina
  • Parc Zoològic
  • Parc de la Ciutadella
  • Plaça Sant Jaume
  • Sant Pau del Camp
L’Eixample, is the "extension" of the city that was built outside its original walls, surrounding the old quarter and exposing its wide avenues, filled with most of Barcelona’s modernist heritage and the key buildings representing more than a hundred years of history; it’s known as the new town and its most popular attractions are:
  • Casa Batlló.
  • La Sagrada Família and Gaudi’s resting place in its crypt.
  • The block of Discord (La manzana de la Discordia or in Catalonian “Illa de la Discordia”).
    • Casa Amatler – The center of modernism.
  • The modernist walk - a tour to explore modernism in Barcelona.
  • The Golden Triangle (Quadrat d'Or) – vivacious sample of the modernist movement.
  • Gaudi’s “La Pedrera” (Casa Milà)
  • L'Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
  • Casa Lleó Morera
  • Fundació Antoni Tàpies
  • Fundación Francisco Godia
  • Museu Egipci de Barcelona
Barcelona is filled with landmark buildings and portrays an impressive architectural heritage and world-class museums. Its most popular green areas and parks are in Montjuïc and Tibidabo; both surrounded by stunning attractions as well like:
  • Castle of Montjuïc
  • Miró Foundation or “Fundació Joan Miró”
  • Montjuïc’s Militar Museum (Museu Militar de Montjuïc).
  • Font del Gat – a modernist café built by Josep Puig i Cadafalch
  • The Fine Arts Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)
  • The Magic fountain or Font Màgica
  • The Trasbordador Aeri also known as the Port’s Air Ferry.
  • Museu Olimpic i de l'Esport
  • Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya
  • Pavelló Mies van der Rohe
  • Poble Espanyol
  • CaixaForum
  • Jardí Botànic

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