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Discover Barcelona

We want to help you plan the perfect stay in Barcelona.

  ​WHAT NOT TO MISS IN BARCELONA?

Great history, art, modernist and medieval architecture, its design, terraces, shops, business centres… Barcelona has become a major tourism destination worldwide, for leisure as well as business travellers..

It is with wide opened arms that Barcelona, a constantly evolving city that has not lost its authentic charm, is welcoming you. Catalonia's capital offers you the perfect blend of a sophisticated European city and the traditional appeal and character from the Mediterranean. These are the proposals we have selected to discover the most emblematic buildings, the most popular landmarks as well as the hidden squares:

PLAÇA CATALUNYA

Plaça Catalunya is the most central spot in Barcelona. Surrounded by the large buildings of the shopping centres, it is the main meeting point for citizens and visitors to the city. It was inaugurated in 1927 by King Alfonso XII and occupies an area of 5 hectares. The plaza is surrounded by six sculptures representing the four Catalan capitals, labour and wisdom. At one end of the plaza, is a monument to former Catalan president, Francesc Macià, and is the work of Subirachs.

LES RAMBLES

Les Rambles, also known as La Rambla, is one of the main arteries of Barcelona and one of the best known places in the city. It is a pleasant walk of 1.3 kilometres that connects the Plaza de Catalunya with the old port of the city.

SAGRADA FAMILIA

It was the masterpiece of architect Antoni Gaudí, although he took charge of the work more than a year after the placement of the first stone on 19th March 1.882 when the project was still directed by Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, This architect designed it as a neogothic complex, rejecting the idea of Bocabella to make a replica of the Sanctuary of Loreto, to become, in the hands of Gaudí, the maximum exponent of Catalan Art Nouveau architecture, although still in construction.

PARK GÜELL

It is a park of 17.18 hectares with gardens and architectural elements situated on the top of the city of Barcelona, on the slope that faces the sea from the Carmel montain, belonging to the foothills of the Collserola. Its design clearly shows the signature of Gaudí. We can find elements with wavy shapes, like rivers of lava, convered boulevards with trees shaped columns, stalactites and geometric shapes and many of the surfaces covered with pieces of ceramic or glass as a mosaic of colours.

CASA BATLLÓ

Casa Batlló, Antoni Gaudí´s masterpiece, invites you to visit a house that, more than just a building, has become a modern artistic myth. Hidden behind the exceptional modernist façade, which mirrors a calm sea, a world of surprises and refined architectural details awaits you. Visits include the legendary noble floor, attic, roof terrace with its mythical chimneys and the fabullous stairwell.

CASA MILÀ

This house, better known as "La Pedrera", was built by order of Pere Milà i Camps, who was impressed by Casa Batlló and he commissioned Gaudí to construct an apartment building. On the outside, the undulating balconies look like a series of waves that undoubtedly evokes nature. The façade is built with calcareous stone, except the top, that is covered with white tiles, evoking a snowy mountain.

CATEDRAL

La Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia is a Gothic cathedral that houses the archbishopric of Barcelona. It was built during the reign of Jaume II in 1.298. It was raised as a reform and enlargement of the existing Romanesque cathedral, thus, the Gothic one retains the Chapel of Santa Llucia and the same axis as the Romanesque and the ambulatory is built around the Romanesque apse.

CARRER DEL BISBE

It was the main artery of the Roman city and one of the most important streets of Gothic Barcelona, joining Plaça Nova and Plaça Sant Jaume, where we can find the City Hall and the Palau de la Generalitat and where once the Roman Forum stood.

PLAÇA REIAL

Located in the Gothic district and adjacent to the Rambles, it was designed by architect Daniel Molina in a neoclassical style. Although is a trapezoidal space, it seems to be squared because the architect played with the spaces between pilasters. It is a singular place, full of life, with a fountain called "Les tres gràcies" and we can find here one of the first commissions of the City Council to Antoni Gaudí, the streetlights.

SANTA MARIA DEL MAR

This is the most emblematic example of Catalan Gothic, with a predominance of horizontal lines, no wide openings in the wall sections, or decorations. The horizontality is presente in all the building with mouldings, cornices and flat surfaces, to avoid excessive sense of height. As for the exterior, on the main façade, framed by two octogonal towers, the images of San Pedro and San Pablo with a rosette of XV century Flamboyant Gothic.

PLAÇA SANT JAUME

It is one of the main squares in Barcelona, where we can find the Palau de la Generalitat and the CIty Council.

PLAÇA DEL PI

This small plaza, located in the Gothic neighbourhood and under the watchful eye of the stunning Church of Santa Maria del Pi, is one of the most emblematic places of Barcelona and it is characterized by a singular pine tree (hence its name). It is a flat space between two streams and the old Roman road, which is the current Boqueria Street. The square hosts a craft market that gives it an authentic bohemian atmosphere.

LICEU

Built in 1.847, it is the oldest open theatre, and the most prestigious, of Barcelona. It retains its function as cultural and artistic centre. With its 2.292 seats and five amphitheatres, it is one of the largest opera houses in the world. This Grand Theatre allows visits to the most representative areas, where you can appreciate the details of its magnificent architecture.

PALAU GÜELL

A dignified, luxurious, original but also practical residence full of exquisite details and employing an innovative notion of space and treatment of light. It is Antoni Gaudí’s first great masterpiece that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1.984 in recognition of its exceptional universal value as a key component of the renovation of architecture on a global scale. It's also one of the first acknowledged Art Nouveau buildings.

LA BOQUERIA

El Mercat de Sant Josep, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, is a large public market near the Rambles and one of the city´s foremost tourist landmarks. The market has a very diverse selection of goods. It was inaugurated in 1.840, but its origins are outdoors, outside the gates of the old city, on the esplaned of Pla de la Boqueria, where street vendors and farmers from nearby villages and farmhouses were set up to sell their produce.

PALAU DE LA MUSICA

It is one of the most beautiful examples of Catalan Art Noveau and was designed by one of its leading figures, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

COLOMBUS STATUE

It is located at Plaça Portal de Palau, which connects the Rambles and Passeig de Colom. You can take the elevator inside and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

CASA DE LES PUNXES

Casa Terrades or Casa de les Punxes was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and is located on Avinguda Diagonal, It was built in 1.905 joining three buildings property of the Terrades sisters. The architect designed a building with clear medieval features, raising six towers crowned by spires of concave shape. It also has large soffits wich represent a sundial and an image of Sant Jordi.

PORT OLÍMPIC

Port Olímpic is a marina opposite the Olympic Village, between Barceloneta and Nova Icària beaches. It was built to provide the city with a marina port for the sailing events of the Olympic Games in 1.992. It is a great promenade full of restaurants, terraces, hotels and shopping centres. At its entrance, we can find two emblematic buildings: the Arts Hotel and the Mapfre Tower, The Casino is also nearby.

MOLL DE LA FUSTA

It was remodelled in 1.987 for the Olympic Games and it now has two levels: on at sea level, with palm trees and benches, and another one with restaurants, coffee shops and shops.

HOSPITAL DE SANT PAU

Its's one of Europe´s most important Art Nouveau complexes, it was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and built between 1.905 and 1.930. It was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1.997. With 12 buildings of great architectural value surrounded by beautiful gardens, it is a city inside a city. After housing the healthcare activity of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau for a century, it has undergone one of the most full restoration.

ARC DE TRIOMF

It was the main access gate to the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona and is located between Passeig de Lluis Companys and Passeig Sant Joan. It was designed by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas in the nineteenth century, concretely in 1.888. Its construction in reddish brickwork in a Neo-Mudejar style, has an altitude of 30 meters and, unlike others, it presents a noticeable civil character because it represents industrial, agricultural, craft, scientific and economic progress of that period.

CIUTADELLA PARK

It is one of the largest parks in Barcelona with 17.42 hectares. It was built on the former grounds of the fortress of the city and now houses the Catalan Parliament and the Zoo. The main tourist and interest points of the park are the large gardens with large trees and walking areas, the artificial lake, where you can hire a rowing boat and the monumental waterfall, near which we find the romantic garden.

AGBAR TOWER

The curious building, inaugurated in 2005, has 34 floors and a total of 145 meters in height, which makes it one of the tallest buildings in the city. The most representative feature of the Torre Agbar is its night lighting. The building has more than 4,500 luminous devices that project attractive images along the entire facade.

CAMP NOU

One of the biggest attractions of the city: at present it is the most visited museum in Barcelona and that includes the view of the stadium, changing rooms, press room, VIP lounges and have the opportunity to sit on the bench or step on the pitch.

POBLE ESPANYOL

The Poble Espanyol is an open-air museum of architecture of the most characteristic cities and towns in Spain. You can eat typical dishes of Spanish cuisine in its restaurants and see craftsmen working.

OLYMPIC RING

L'Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys was built for the Universal Exhibition, it was remodeled in 1.992 for the Olympic Games. The Palau Sant Jordi, designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.

FONT MÀGICA

The Magic Fountain is located at the end of Avinguda de Maria Cristina, with the National Palace in the background, and it offers an spectacular display of lights, water, acrobatics and music (which was incorporated in the 80s) and its ligh axis runs from the National Palace to Plaça d'Espanya. You can find waterfalls and a pond and, at the bottom, rows of bright columns on both sides of the avenue. The Magic Fountain was built for the Universal Exhibition that took place in Barcelona in 1.929.

MONTJÜIC CASTLE

The castle of Montjuïc is an old military fortress that has had an important role in the history of the city of Barcelona. It is located in the Montjuic montain of the city of Barcelona.

TIBIDABO

The Tibidabo is a very popular area, for its views of the city and its natural spaces. Since the 19th century on this summit, buildings such as the temple of the Sacred Heart, the amusement park (historical reference of the city to sel the first amusement park of Spain), the tower of Collsserola, Pastor Cruïlles tower, Inspired by the traditional architecture, and the tower of Les Aigües de Dos Rius, included in the catalog of Architectural Heritage of Barcelona.