About Barcelona



Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. It has medieval roots, seen in the mazelike Gothic Quarter, but a modernist personality represented by architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical Sagrada Família church. Its restaurant scene, anchored by the central Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tiny tapas bars.
 
Barcelona is one of the world's leading tourist and cultural centers. Visitors spend time in the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), the center of the old medieval city of Barcelona, where the Cathedral and the Royal palace are located.  Barcelona is also the centre of Catalan architecture known as Catalan Art Nouveau. Most prominent is the work of architect Antonoi Gaudí. His best-known work is the Basilica Sagrada Família (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and other famous buildings of Gaudí are Casa Milá and Casa Batló that can be seen in Barcelona.
 
Tourists always walk along the famous La Rambla, a tree-lined pedestrian mall stretching from Plaça de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus Monument, or enjoy strolling along Passeig de Gracia, the richest street in the city.  Catalonia and Barcelona has become one of the finest and most popular tourist destinations of Spain. Located between the sea and the mountains, Barcelona offers an amazing balance between the traditional and the modern.
 
Local Attractions
Poble Espanyol

Poble Espanyol

The Poble Espanyol was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition as the pavilion dedicated to art. Right from the start, it was conceived as a real "village" in the heart of a city. The aim was to give an idea of what might be an "ideal model" of an Iberian village that would bring together all the characteristics of all peninsular villages. According to the latest data of Tourism of Barcelona, the Poble Espanyol is in fourth position in the Top 10 of the most visited tourist attractions in Barcelona.
www.poble-espanyol.com/en/architectural-museum
www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/1101/el-poble-espanyol.html


La Rambla

La Rambla

La Rambla was laid out in 1766, following the contours of the medieval city walls that had bounded this part of Barcelona since the 13th century. As you walk along, you'll see landmark buildings, such as the greatest theatre of Barcelona's opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Palau de la Virreina and the spectacular Boqueria Market. This human river, with its street artists, tourists and locals, who still come here for a stroll, take us on a journey through this microcosm of contemporary Barcelona.
www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/1103/la-rambla.html


La Pedrera

La Pedrera

A visit to Casa Mila, popularly known as "La Pedrera" (the stone quarry), a building that is a reference point in world architecture, allows you to understand and gain a deep knowledge of the work of Antoni Gaudi and, in particular, his last civil work, La Pedrera.
www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/1640/la-pedrera.html


Boqueria Market

Boqueria Market

La Boqueria is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona and one of the city's foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona's opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods.
www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/1687/boqueria-market.html


Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s unmissable landmark. On this tour you’ll discover one of the most widely admired buildings in the world and Gaudí’s masterpiece… without the endless queues! Discover the meaning of Gaudí’s artistic universe on this guided tour of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s iconand the dream of the brilliant architect.
www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/1107/sagrada-familia.html


Mount Tibidabo

Mount Tibidabo and Collserola

Mount Tibidabo is a mountain overlooking Barcelona. At 512 metres, it is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola. Rising sharply to the north-west, it affords spectacular views over the city and the surrounding coastline.
www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/1108/tibidabo-and-collserola.html


Montserrat

Montserrat

Montserrat is a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat about one hour North West from Barcelona by train. Not only is Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking.
www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/1111/montserrat.html


La Pedrera

Museu Futbol Club Barcelona - President Nunez, Camp Nou

Visit the FCB Museum and explore some of the most emblematic areas of the Camp Nou on an unforgettable tour. There is no better way to learn about the history of FC Barcelona and you can also enjoy a multimedia experience displaying the moments that made Barça "more than a club."
http://bcnshop.barcelonaturisme.com/shopv3/en/product/681/camp-nou-experience.html?prom=0


La Pedrera

Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB)

The Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre CCCB is a multidisciplinary institution which organizes exhibitions in particular on urbanism, music, dance, debates and readings. It is commonly frequented by people from Barcelona and offers outstanding architecture.
www.cccb.org/en/


La Pedrera

Museum d'Història de Catalunya

The Museu d'Història de Catalunya showcases the history of Catalonia by offering activities promoting the national history of Catalonia. It is structured chronologically, in eight areas, and includes authentic recreations of historical settings, as well as everyday items such as food and clothing.
www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/museu/18885/museu-dhistoria-de-catalunya.html


La Pedrera

Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum is one of the most imaginative and most visited museums of the city. It dates around 1378 and is the largest and most complete Medieval dockyards in the world with a large exhibition that includes model ships, drawings, replicas, paintings, figureheads and an interactive exhibition, "The Great Adventure of the Sea."
www.barcelona.com/barcelona_directory/museums/maritime_museum_barcelona


La Pedrera

The DalÍ Museum - In Figueres

Salvador DalÍ lived all over the world, but he was born and died in Figueres. He was buried on the 25th of January 1989 in the crypt of his Theatre-Museum, where he spent the last five years of his life. The Teatre Municipal de Figueres was built in the middle of the 19th century, but it was destroyed by a fire during the Spanish Civil War.
www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/181/figueres.html


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What to See and Do

City Districts and Neighborhoods

Wherever you are in Barcelona, there's always something to see nearby around the neighbourhood or district: jewels of home-grown Catalan architecture, modernisme, and contemporary architecture, markets that are a treat for the senses, treasures of the ancient Roman and medieval city, parks where you can unwind … And the best thing of all is, you don't have to be a great explorer to find and discover all of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods.


Barceloneta

Barceloneta

A nice central area of Barcelona. Especially popular among families since the most central beach, Barceloneta is located here.


Ciutat Vella

Ciutat Vella

The oldest neighbourhood and the heart of the old Barcelona. Full of narrow, crowded streets, fantastic architecture, and charming restaurants and cafes.


Eixample

Eixample

In Eixample you will find the best shopping in Barcelona, top-notch restaurants and bars, and Gaudi's most famous works such as La Pedrera and Casa Batilo.


El Born

El Born

Trendy and intriguing neighbourhood in central Barcelona with many tapas restaurants and bars. The district has a bohemian feel and many artists and designers live here.


El Raval

El Raval

Raval is home to a very diverse immigrant community. Small shops, bars, dirty streets and nightlife characterize this up-and-coming neighbourhood in Barcelona.


Gracia

Gracia

A cool funky neighbourhood in central Barcelona. Every August, Barcelona's most famous treet parade is held here, where you can participate in street painting.


Sant Marti

Sant Marti

The district of Sant Martí summarises the past and the future of Barcelona: the city's agricultural and industrial past and the future which looks to modernity with the transformation of neighbourhoods, reclaimed beaches and major projects of contemporary architecture


Horta-Guinardo

Horta-Guinardo

Horta-Guinardó is Barcelona's third largest district and is located in the north-east of the city, between the districts of Gràcia and Nou Barris. It is characterized by its uneven landform consisting of mountains, hills and valleys. Its profusion of green spaces makes it one of the most attractive places for those in search of peace and quiet in the open air.


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Themed Routes

The Barcelona Tourism Bureau has identified the following themed routes for visitors to explore, for more details click here.

Roman Route Medieval Route
Modernista Route Contemporary Route
Gaudi Route Picasso Route
Miro Route Parks
Lluis Domenech i Montaner Josep Puig i Cadafalch