Barcelona
About

Located by the Mediterranean Sea on the northeast of the Spanish coast, Barcelona is one of the most interesting cities in Europe with its unique cosmopolitan and bohemian feel, a relaxed pace of life, fantastic gastronomy, a vast number of landmarks and attractions, mild Mediterranean climate, lovely beaches and eclectic nightlife.

Barcelona has a long history and boasts some breathtaking examples of Romanesque, Gothic Renaissance and Modernist architecture, including several buildings by Spain's most famous architect Antoni Gaudí, and dozens of great museums, including one dedicated to Picasso, another to Miró and yet another to Barça, Barcelona's world famous football club! The face of Barcelona as we know it has been largely shaped in the last 150 years and is a reflection of the way of life in this constantly pulsating city.

Barcelona is a city that is constantly aspiring for the modern and keeping ahead of the latest trends. You will find an abundance of things to do here: city tours, concerts and events, boutiques and great shops, restaurants and tapas bars for every taste and more.

Facts
  • Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea
  • Most of 19th century Barcelona was built according to a utopian masterplan grid
  • Barcelona has 2 official languages - Spanish and Catalan
  • 10% of the 100 square km area of Barcelona is covered in parks
Flights to Barcelona
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Eat

Botifarra

A sausage made in various forms – white, rice or blood botifarra. The most popular one is botifarra with stewed white beans.

Paella

The traditional Spanish rice dish typically cooked over open fire with saffron-spiced rice and either meat, seafood or a mix of the two.
Drink

Sangria

Set your spirit free with Sangria, traditionally consisting of dry red wine, fruits, brandy or rum, a sweetener, orange juice and ice.

Cava

A light sparkling wine (champagne) of Spain. Produced in varying levels of sweetness and may be white (blanc) or rosé (rosat).
See

Museu Picasso

This collection of more than 3,500 of Picasso’s artworks will give a thorough insight of the formation and evolution of the artist’s genius.

La Rambla

This is Barcelona's most famous street that will load your senses up with its crowds, theatres, architecture and skillful street artists.
Perfect for
Architecture
Bar Tours
Cafes
Caving
Church Landmarks
Concerts
Culture
Museums
Nightlife
Photography
Restaurants
Sightseeing
Tapas
Walks
Wine Tours
Places to Visit

La Sagrada Família

If you could only see one place in Barcelona, this should be it. The monumentally immense and unbelievably complex cathedral designed by Spain’s most famous architect Antoni Gaudí inspires true marvel and is rightfully the most visited landmark in Spain. Although already more than 100 years under construction, it is still unfinished, but once completed, the cathedral will soar 95 m high and span 60 m wide, with the spire reaching as high as 170 m, and will be able to seat 13,000 people. The design is bold, eclectic and sophisticated – the structure avoids straight lines, has many sections and multiple cohesive facades, each implementing unique and intricate ornamentation and sculptures. The interior is likewise unique with meaningful ensembles of detailed and stylized sculptures, pillars that disperse into tree-like branches as they near the ceiling, and ingeniously placed and shaped windows that dabble and disperse light to a stunning lighting effect. You can climb go up some of the towers for views of divine beauty that you won't ever forget. Since the passing away of Gaudí debates have been raging on the truthfulness of the concept of La Sagrada Família, and a completion is still uncertain, but so far it is already a wonder-like masterpiece.

La Pedrera

This quirky, world-famous building, also known as Casa Milà, is striking example of Modernista architecture. Designed by Antoni Gaudí and built in 1905–10 as an apartment and office block, it features an uneven, wave-like stone facade, a familiarly-shaped, yet very unusual roof with sculptural chimneys. The interior in furnished in luxury of the early 20th century with some unusual curves and thoughtful touches. The metal balconies and paintings are nature-inspired and complement the unevenness of structure’s shapes. The building also houses a small museum dedicated to Gaudí’s work.

Park Güell

Yet another of Gaudí’s masterful creations of the 1900s, this was originally commissioned by Count Güell as a high-class estate with family homes, but the project flopped and got transformed into a public park instead. The enchanting space is rich with Gaudí’s inimitable modernist structures and colourful mosaic decorations – a typical Catalan ornamentation element, that you will recognize throughout Barcelona. With its lush, tastefully gardened greens, nature-inspired shapes of houses and tree-like columns supporting the Sala Hipóstila (Doric Temple), and even a mosaic-plated dragon on the entrance staircase, the park revolves around a central square and is enclosed by a long, curvy, mosaic-decorated bench, that will make you feel like daydreaming. Here you can also find a small, spired house, where Gaudí lived in his last years, furnished with some interesting furniture designed by the dweller himself.
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