It has the appearance of a British pub and the comforts of an English social club, but all the decoration refers to the Beatles, a group that its owners revere with genuine devotion. Beatles fans, you're already late.
Montjuïc Castle is an old military fortress, with roots dating back from 1640, built on top of Montjuic hill in Barcelona. Standing on a vantage point 173 metres above the port, the castle commands stunning views of the city. This fortress now endures in Barcelona as a symbol of repression but also of the city’s struggles during different periods in its history.
This statue of Gaudí is located right in the Miralles Portal, a Gaudí construction. You can find this structure just below the Portal and at ground level: highly recommended if you are nearby.
This is a modernist mansion built between 1904 and 1906 by the architect Puig i Cadafalch. It is listed as a Historic-Artistic Monument of National Interest and is currently the headquarters of the Institut Ramon Llull. Located halfway between La Pedrera and Casa de les Punxes, it has an area of 2,000 m2.
The Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau, the only concert venue in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which today represents an essential landmark in the cultural and social life of Catalonia.
Every Sunday, if you reserve a place, you can explore one of the most striking and best conserved vestiges of the civil war in the heart of Gràcia: the air raid shelter in Plaça del Diamant.
The Sant Antoni Market is one of the most important markets in the city of Barcelona. It is the only market that has a commercial offer 7 days a week. The building and its surroundings host the three markets: the fresh food, the charms, and the Sunday of the book.
As you explore Barcelona's Gothic Quarter you'll come across one of the city's best-kept secrets in a building on Carrer Paradís. Inside a small medieval courtyard, the four columns from the Temple of Augustus have survived despite the passing of the centuries, they are more than 2,000 years old.
The Hospital de la Santa Creu has evolved from a medieval charitable home to a modern hospital since its founding about 600 years ago. Today, it is one of the most beautiful and modernistic complexes. It has valued colorful design and Catalan civil-gothic architecture rather than typical hospital sterility.
The magic fountain of Montjuic is situated below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc mountain. It was constructed for the Barcelona International Exposition of 1929 . The fountain sprays 2,600 litres of water per second through 3620 jets to create its effect, with the highest water spout at 52 metres, and 4,760 lights to make the fountain’s spellbinding effect.
The Palau Güell is a mansion designed by architect Antoni Gaudí built in the late 1880s. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it features great iron gates, a parabolic arch, and intricate patterns of forged ironwork. Gaudí decorated the house with impressive woodwork, ceramics, ironwork, stained glass and stonework.
Torre Agbar is a 38-story skyscraper that marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona. It was designed by French architect Jean Noubel and the surface of the building evokes water: smooth, shimmering and transparent, with the materials revealing nuanced shades of colour and light.
The Archaeology Museum holds the most important archaeological collection of Catalonia. Its permanent exhibition is structured into five chronological spaces: prehistory focusing on the Iberians, the Greek and Phoenician colonisations, the Roman Empire, and finally the Visigoths. It displays valuable pieces such as the Jaw of a Neanderthal from 53,200 years ago, one of the oldest human remains in Catalonia.
Also known as “La Caixa” (the box), is a former textile factory that was transformed into a museum. The gallery contains some of the most important Contemporary Art pieces and houses over 800 exhibits by different influential artists such as Arata Isozaki and many more. Caixaforum is a great museum option for kids, as they organize activities for all age ranges.
Casa Vicens was world-renowned architect Antoni Gaudí’s first project. It's considered to be one of the first Art Nouveau buildings to exits. Today it has been transformed into a museum that reflects his later works. The museum offers audio tours in several languages, such as Spanish, English, and Catalan.
This unique museum offers great insight into the influence of eroticism on society. A visit to the Erotic Museum is bound to be an adventure as it houses over 800 erotic artifacts and earpieces. This is a great place for visitors to be free and explore, as Barcelona is known for attracting open-minded people, just as this museum is.
The MEAM is a must-see for art lovers that visit Barcelona. Although the museum does not exhibit abstract arts, it is worth visiting for its “out of the box” exhibition, which includes: concerts, painting and sculpting courses, workshops for children, and a whole lot of fun for those involved.
The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Barcelona contains a collection of over 9,000 cannabis artifacts. They contain the largest collection of cannabis dedicated items in the world. Here you can learn about the culture of cannabis through paintings and other artworks. The museum is very visitor-friendly, as it contains guided tours in 7 languages (English, dutch, french, german, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, and Portuguese).
The Fundación Joan Miró was founded by Miró himself, and it started off by only exhibiting works from his private collection. However, today it has become a center for cutting-edge contemporary art. The main pull to the foundation, other than Miro’s work, is the temporary exhibits that shows 20th and 21st-century contemporary art.
The Monasterio de Pedralbes was founded in 1327 by Queen Elisenda de Montcada and holds unique historical and cultural value. Visiting this institution can be a great way to learn Catalan history while appreciating the beautiful gothic architecture.
The Egyptian Museum of Barcelona holds one of the largest private collections of Egyptian art and culture. It contains over 1000 exhibits and it also offers many lectures, events and workshops. It's a great place to take kids to learn more about Egyptian history and culture as the museum is very well adapted for children.
The Museu d'Història de Catalunya can be a great option for history lovers who want to learn more about Catalan culture. The museum is divided into 8 time periods, that date from prehistoric times to the 21st century, which range in topic from architecture to pop culture.
Also known as the “Chocolate Museum”, the Museu de la Xocolata is a great option for families with children. Here visitors learn about the history and cultural impact of chocolate while enjoying some sweet Catalan treats.
The Museu del Modernisme de Català claims to be the only museum dedicated exclusively to Catalan Art Nouveau. It was inaugurated in 2011. Its collection contains over 350 works by 42 artists of various disciplines of modernism, such as painting, sculptures, furniture, and decorative arts.
Unlike most maritime museums, the Maritime Museum of Barcelona doesn’t just focus on maritime history, but it helps the visitors interpret and understand the Catalan maritime culture. The museum houses important maritime artifacts as well as art, allowing its visitors to learn while participating and cooperating with maritime organizations.
This Museum is a great option for those who want to get to know the life and works of Pablo Picasso. The museum shows the life's work of the painter and sculptor chronologically, as his different “phases” and styles are explained. The permanent collection counts with more than 4200 of his works, including the complete Las Meninas series.
This is a space unlike any other. If you want to have the full experience of the different cultural, architectural and historical corners of Spain, you will find them here. Poble Espanyol is a small villa within Barcelona, consisting of more than 40,000 m2 of outdoor space with 117 constructions, buildings, squares and streets from various parts of Spain, built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition. You will also find several restaurants, representative of the different gastronomic products and foods of Spain, shops and the Fran Daurel Museum where you will find the works of great artists such as Miró, Picasso and Dalí.
Basilica de la Merced is a baroque-style basilica built between 1765 and 1775 following the work of Catalan architect Josep Mas i Dordal. The dome of the church is crowned with a statue of Our Lady visible from the seaside promenade near the drassanes.
Santa Maria del Pi is a 15th-century Gothic church situated on the Plaça del Pi, in the Barri Gòtic district of the city. This was a small Romanesque church dedicated to the Blessed Lady of the Pine Tree (one of the titles of the Virgin Mary).
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady originated as the Jonqueres Monastery, that was moved stone by stone when the land of the monastery was going to be demolished. In 1879 a bell tower was added from the Church fo San Miguel, which was also going to be demolished.
The so-called Pavellons Güell, or Güell Pavilions, is a complex of buildings in the neighborhood of Pedralbes, constructed by the Catalan Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí, built between 1884 and 1887.
This baroque church of 1681 runs alongside La Rambla and was once considered the most beautiful church in Barcelona. The external stonework has a distinctive diamond pattern. The stone and brickwork has been darkened over the years, however, and it was burned in the 1936 Civil War, but it remains a beautiful historic site to visit.
Santa Teresa del Nen Jesús is a historicist church built from 1932 to 1940, that was included in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia. The parish of Santa Teresa de l'Infant Jesús is located in the district of Gràcia and faces Via Augusta, and Sant Marc and Benet Mercadé streets. It is a church with three naves and a rectory.
The Palau Reial de Pedralbes is a building placed in the middle of an ample garden in the district of Les Corts. From 1919 to 1931 it was the residence for the Spanish Royal Family when they visited the city. It houses the Museu de la Ceramica, Museu Tèxtil i d'Indumentària and Museu de les Arts Decoratives, both part of the Disseny Hub Barcelona and is the permanent seat of the Union for the Mediterranean.
The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia was designed by Antoni Gaudí, and forms part of his UNESCO World Heritage site works.
San Felipe Neri Church is a baroque-style church located in the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, built between 1721 and 1752. During the Spanish Civil War, it was bombarded by Franco’s air forces, and the effects of the explosion can be seen on the facade.
This church is located in the Ribera district of Barcelona. It was built between 1329 and 1383 at the height of the Principality of Catalonia's maritime and mercantile preeminence. It is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that is very unusual in large medieval buildings.
The church of Santa María Reina was built by the architect and landscape architect Nicolás María Rubió Tudurì, who designed it in the Neo-Renaissance style, with a strong Brunelleschian influence. It was built between 1922 and 1936, as a subsidiary of the Montserrat Monastery, which is why it was initially called the Church of Santa María de Montserrat de Pedralbes.
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