Located on the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with great cultural, commercial, financial and tourist importance. Barcelona is one of the European most visited cities, either by tourists eager to discover the capital, or by those attending the conferences, meetings and all kinds of exhibitions that are held in the city. The well-known Sagrada Familia or the amazing Park Güell are some of the brands with which Antoni Gaudí decorated the city in a spectacular way, but where you can really appreciate the art that surrounds it is walking through the charming streets. Parks, gardens, waterfront and beaches, museums, theatres, architecture, design and fashion, sports and music events of the highest order and a suggestive gastronomy. All this makes Barcelona one of the most interesting cities of the world.
At the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth Centuries, Barcelona became one of the cities where the modernist movement was developed with more strength and character. Painters, designers and architectsleft an indelible mark in the city that has forever marked the idiosyncrasies of Barcelona. The city was lucky to count among their sons with the great Antoni Gaudí, top exponent of catalan modernism. As one of the most cultural cities of Europe, something you can't miss in Barcelona are museums. The National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC), the Picasso Museum, the Museum of the History of Catalonia, or the Foundation Joan Miró are the best known, although the offer is much wider. And we must not forget the lively theatres and shows in the Paral.lel area, great performances of the Lyceum and the Palau de la Música and many concerts and festivals with the hottest artists.
Sports and leisure
The city, which hosted the Olympic Games in 1992, has an important network of sports infrastructures. Barcelona is the European city with more sportpeople and the fact that is a maritime city also makes the sea and the beaches as sport venues. Barcelona is a city with a large range of world-class sports events. The city is home to FC Barcelona, but also known by mass popular races as the "Cursa del Corte Inglés" or the Barcelona Marathon, swimming across the port in Christmas or the Conde de Godó Tennis tournement. Everyone likes fun and leisure. And in Barcelona, there is fun for everyone: children and adults, strong emotions and tranquillity lovers. You can wander among sharks, dolphin petting, hop on a thrilling roller coaster or enjoy the magnificent views of Barcelona and the tranquility of its parks. Though, it is better, do it all.
And at night Barcelona doesn't sleep. City of reference in the international electronic music scene, the city dancs to the rhythm of the best DJ's. Also the lovers of jazz, rock and Latin rhythms or pop will find here their ideal place.
Shopping and gastronomy
Barcelona is one of the great world capitals of fashion, a cosmopolitan city in which lovers of shopping will enjoy buying clothing and accessories as well as other specialty products or souvenirs of the area. The most commercial streets are Passeig de Gracia and the Portal del Angel. Also the carrer Tallers, in el Raval, offers a different option to the rest of the shopping areas. Special mention for markets such as La Boqueria and the many shopping malls (El Triangle, Arenas, Maremagnum,...).
The Catalan gastronomy and cuisine in Barcelona are very rich in flavors based on the quality products from their gardens. Being located between the sea and the mountains, Barcelona
gets the best fruits of both places, and knows how to combine them perfectly with excellent wines and cavas from the area. In Barcelona you can find restaurants of any type and price practically around the entire city. Some highly recommended areas are the Mercat de la Boqueria, the Gothic quarter and Las Ramblas. The Olympic port is also becoming increasingly fashionable.
La Pedrera y la Casa Batlló
Two jewels of modernism. The Casa Milà, known by all as La Pedrera by its stone appearance, is a striking modernist building created by Gaudí. Casa Batlló is the masterpiece of Gaudi, a building that has become a myth of the art.
Las Ramblas is one of the main arteries of Barcelona and one of the most famous places of the city. It's a pleasant walk of 1.3 kilometers that connects Plaça Catalunya with the city's old port. Las Ramblas are always lively, full of tourists and street performers who act like human statues.
The Sagrada Familia is the most famous and characteristic monument of Barcelona . As a major exponent of modernist architecture created by Gaudí, thousands of tourists flock each day to contemplate the curious but unfinished temple full of religious symbolism.
Works performed for the Universal exhibition of 1929 and 1992 Olympic Games have turned Montjuïc into a very interesting area. It includes several museums and other attractions such as the magic fountain, scene of a show of lights and water and the Olympic ring with the Olympic Stadium and Palau Sant Jordi.
Park Güell is a huge garden with peculiar architectural elements created by the singular architect Antoni Gaudí. Although the main idea was the building of a luxury residential complex, with the passing of the years this idea was abandoned and instead a park worthy of the scenery of a tale was built.
The Gothic quarter and the Cathedral
Located in the Ciutat Vella, in the heart of Barcelona, the Gothic quarter is the oldest part of Barcelona and one of the most beautiful. You have to see the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, famous example of Catalan Gothic architecture from the 14th century and the Plaça del Rei, home to the Royal Palace.
Thanks to the latest titles, the stadium of Football Club Barcelona has become one of the most visited places in Spain. The Camp Nou Experience includes a tour by the stadium and a visit to the Museum of the F.C. Barcelona, with photographs, memorabilia and various trophies and personal objects of the legends that have formed part of the team.
Palau de la Música and Liceo
The Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the most special concert venues in the world and one of the most representative monuments of the catalan modernism. Inaugurated in 1847 and with a bumpy career, the Gran Teatre del Liceu is the oldest active theater and the most prestigious one in Barcelona.
Park Tibidabo is the highest peak of the Sierra de Collserola. With 512 meters in height, also known as the Magic Mountain, it is one of the best vantage points to see the city. In addition to the best views of Barcelona, there is the Tibidabo amusement park which is the oldest in Spain.
Located in the impressive Palace of Montjuïc, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC) is one of the most important museums of Barcelona and throughout Spain. The Picasso Museum contains the largest collection of works by Picasso in the world. The Joan Miró Foundation was created as a point of reference for the work of Miro and to try to introduce modern art to the world. And this is only the beginning...
Parc de La Ciutadella
Built on the grounds of the former fortress of the city because of the Universal exhibition of 1888, the Parc de la Ciutadella was for many years the only public park in Barcelona. With an area of more than 17 hectares extended over the District of Ciutat Vella, the park is one of the main lungs of the city and an oasis away from the traffic and the rush.
La Boqueria market
The market of San Jose, better known as "La Boquería", is a central municipal market located in Las Ramblas of Barcelona. It is one of the most emblematic points of Barcelona, a must-see for locals and tourists, who no doubt will enjoy the exciting mix of colours and flavours, and its lively atmosphere.