It’s coastline stretches for 4.5km and offers the tourists a wide variety of excellent beaches. The most popular beaches among our visitors include Barceloneta, Mar Bella, Nova Icaria and Bogatell. All Barcelona beaches have the EU blue flag of excellence awarded for water quality and services
Barceloneta is the first of the Barcelona beaches and can therefore get quite busy during the summer months.
You can have so much fun taking part in all types of water sports like sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, rafting and lots more.
BARRI DE GRACIA
QUARTER GRACIA Until the incorporation in 1898 Gracia was an independent village, connected with Barcelona by the Passeig de Gracia. There, everything is a little more comfortable and smaller than in the rest of the city. For many Catalans and foreigners, Gracia has become the district of choice for those that want to enjoy the charms of Barcelona, but without the tourists and overcrowding that often afflicts La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter. You'll find that many bars and cafes have menus only in Catalan, and you'll even see the odd pro-Catalan-independence splash of graffiti.
It’s a cultural center of the city with narrow streets and this creates one of the most beautiful parts of the city.
In Barrio Gótico is also located the Placa Reial which is always full of live and people relaxing on the terraces of the cafes. The nightlife in this neighborhood is lively, you always find open place for a drink or dancing.
The main sights in the Barri Gotic are:
- The cathedral in Pla de la Seu. The construction of this imposing cathedral started in the 11th Century on the foundations of a basilica destroyed by the Moors in 985. The nave was built between 1298-1448. The construction of the neo-gothic facade was finished in 1890. The church houses 29 side chapels, 10 of which are located around the apse of the alta
- St. James’s Square, political heart of Barcelona for a long time. This square is the old Roman forum.
-Museu d'Historia de La Ciutat
Overlooking the Plaça del Rei, where Columbus supposedly made a glorious re-appearance after returning from the New World, the City History Museum is full of Roman remains and centuries-old treasures.
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QUARTER EL BORN
El Born is a favorite area for lovers of Barcelona nightlife. Nowadays the Born is even more packed with bars, though it's nice that places like the Miramelindo are still there, largely unchanged. Is was also a site of the executions and witch burning in medieval times.
Calle Montcada was also a medieval street, which is now home to the Picasso museum and the Textile Museum which has a lovely café with a terrace attached to it. The textile museum is located here because in Born's early days it was home to the textile guilds of Barcelona
Do not miss it and walk along its narrow streets full of very fashionable stores and restaurants.
The beach is also just a 10 minute walk away so you can have both a beach holiday and a city break in one.
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The house of the Surrealist genius Salvador Dalí. you see the objects belonging to Dalí like his rugs, his antique furniture or such strange items as giant eggs, a sofa in the shape of a pair of lips, or a Michelin man model.
The ancient pavement, known as rastell was handmade using slate stones, can be appreciated when walking through the Old Town. Rastell has been best preserved in El Call Street. The slate stones, placed in a vertical position, were arranged following the herringbone pattern so as to absorb the excess of water and to prevent people from slipping.
CAMP NOU STADIUM
CAMP NOU STADIUM
it was originally going to go under the official name of ‘Estadi del FC Barcelona’, it soon came to be popularly known as the 'Camp Nou' (the ‘new ground’) , as opposed to the club’s old home at Les Corts.
With a capacity of 99,354, it is now the biggest stadium in Europe. However, the total capacity has varied over the years owing to different modifications. When it was first opened in 1957, it held 93,053 spectators, which would be increased to 120,000 in 1982 on occasion of the FIFA World Cup. In March 2016 FC Barcelona announced an exciting new plan for the new Camp Nou football stadium to renovated from 2017 to be ready for the 2021 season. This time the design is by a Japanese company Nikken Sekkei who beat 8 other finalist candidates to win the €420 million bid to renovate Barcelona's iconic Camp Nou stadium which is from1957. They will work with local architects Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes. The new Camp Nou will increase the seating from 99,354 to 105,000 and the new Nou Camp stadium will sell naming rights so it will have a brand name that will be used with the words Camp Nou. The stadium name sponsorship is expected to bring in €200 million for the club which will cover a third of the cost of the renovation.
Of the different facilities on offer inside the stadium, of particular note are a chapel next to the changing rooms, the presidential box, the VIPs lounge, the press rooms, several television studios, the Sports Medicine Centre, the Operative Control Unit (UCO), the veteran players area, the FC Barcelona club museum, and the offices of all of the many different club departments.
It is a true work of art. A common theory about the building that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George(patron saint of Catalonia), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon. The details of this building also show Gaudí at his best. Although this masterpiece had been disputed by the municipal authorities, it was selected as one of the best works of 1906 by Barcelona City Council.
Both houses are located in Passeig de Gracia, the most exclusive Barcelona Street , Passeig de Gracia is one of the major avenues in Barcelona and also one of it’s most important shopping and business areas.
Also known as La Pedrera, Casa Mila is one of the best examples of the architect’s creativity. Architecturally it is considered an innovation by utilizing a structure of columns and floors free of load bearing walls. A part of the original UNESCO World Heritage Site of “Works of Antoni Gaudi” since 1984, the house was built between 1906 and 1912. Today, it is home to the Fundacio Catalunya-La Pedrera which organizes a range of exhibitions and public activities but the building is also open to the public for viewing.
PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA
The park spans over 17 hectares and includes the Barcelona Zoo; geological and zoological museums; a lake with rowboats for rent; numerous winding paths perfect for running or cycling; and plenty of green space to spread out a blanket.
In the northern corner of the park sits a rather majestic waterfall designed by Josep Fontseré and his apprentice, a young Antoni Gaudí.
Known as the home of Salvador Dalí, this town with deep Catalan roots offers visitors the chance to go to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, dedicated to the genius of surrealist painting. The museum was Inaugurated in 1974, the Dalí Theatre-Museum was atop the remains of the former Theatre of Figueres, and contains a broad spectrum of works covering the artistic career of artist (1904-1989), from his early artistic experiences and his creations within the sphere of surrealism through to works dating from the last year of his life.
The historic city of Girona invites visitors to trace its more than 2000 years of history through two fortified enclosures. The city's artistic heritage has been preserved in the numerous monuments that have survived until today.
It is located at the heart of the Força Vella. It was built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it includes a series of walls and spaces in different styles.
A singular Romanesque construction (12th century) inspired by Roman baths which was used as a changing room and relaxation area and is covered with a barrel vault, and the cupola covering the central pool
The extension of the Roman walls during the medieval ages today enables visitors to stroll along a walkway following some sections of the longest Carolingian walls in Europe (9th century). The various towers are excellent vantage points offering views over the city and the surrounding areas.
PALAU DE LA MUSICA
PALAU DE LA MUSICA
It was completed in 1908 and designed by the architect Domènech i Montaner .Unusual materials were used: Lots of glass makes the Music Hall very bright and gives it a unique atmosphere, the ceramics with natural forms are typical of Modernism, the Catalan Art On the List of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1997.
It is situated in the district of Raval, just a few steps off the Rambla. Parts of the façade of the Palau Güell resemble a Venetian palace, the oval portals at the front are conspicuous. This allowed a direct access of the stables with a carriage. In 1885, Gaudí was assigned the task of designing a city palace by his patron, the industrial Eusebi Güelli i Bacigalupi. Construction started in October 1886. The roof has a total of 20 chimneys also used for the ventilation of the building.
The park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site.
The architect chose an uneven site covering a surface area of 15 hectares where 40 detached houses were to be built. Only two were actually completed, and Gaudí lived in one of them. It is now a museum devoted to the architect's life and work.
It built in the years 1900 to 1914
Gaudí's characteristic vivid imagination is revealed in the different elements that amaze visitors from around the world that visit Barcelona
Port Olímpic Barcelona was built for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.
Two of the city's most instantly-recognisable buildings reside at the port, in the forms of the Mapfre and Arts Hotel - two vast towers casting their shadow over the beach below. These skyscrapers were in fact built as part of the Olympic Village to house athletes during the Games, but are now an office building and 5-star luxury hotel respectively. They also form the perfect landmark for any disorientated tourists.
you just can’t miss on your trip to MONTJUIC
CASTELL DE MONTJUIC
OLYMPIC STADIUM LLUIS COMPANYS
THE BOTANIC GARDEN
How to get to Montjuïc
Hop on board the Montjuïc cable car and enjoy breathtaking views of the city and the sea from the castle. With brand-new cabins that can seat up to eight people, this is the ideal way to enjoy Barcelona’s green lung with the family
This funicular railway connects Montjuic with the Metro Transportation system at Paral·lel Station, Lines 2 and 3. It’s the fastest an easiest way to get to Montjuic when you’re in the Metro, taking just 2 minutes to climb the mountain. The trip is already included on your regular Metro ticket.
The site is located 38 km from Barcelona. The mountain looks very strange because of its rock formations.
From the top, you can experience a view far into the landscape of Catalonia.
The monastery of Montserrat is no specific architectural landmark, however exciting is the backdrop in which the ruins are build. The statue of the Virgin is called “La Moreneta” because of the black color of her face. The statue is a wooden Romanesque statue from the end of the 12th century. The varnish on the statue has oxidized and because of the effect of candle smoke and the smoke of lamps, the appearance is now black.
In the Museum of Montserrat monastery, you can see works of major artists such as Dali, El Greco, Monet or Giordano.
PLAÇA DE ESPAÑA
Fountains In Plaça Espanya
It was built in 1929. Something spectacular happens to Plaça Espanya's fountains. Thanks to a thrilling light show, they begin changing colours. The show lasts about half an hour. That are accompanied by music and fireworks once a year for the festivity of “La Mercè
Catalonian National Art Museum (MNAC)
The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya has astounding collections covering everything from Romanesque frescoes saved from deteriorating Pyrenean churches to works by masters such as Velasquez and Rubens right up to the 20th century and the Catalan modernists and impressionists.
Shopping Centre Las Arenas
Las Arenas used to be one of Barcelona's three bull rings. The view from the rooftop of the building is especially nice: you can experience a 360 degree view over the city and the Montjuïc. On six floors you can find over 100 shops, a cinema with 12 cinema halls, bakeries, supermarkets, several bars and diferent kinds of restaurants.
RAMBLAS AND BOQUERIA MARKET
RAMBLAS AND BOQUERIA MARKET
Ramblas is the most famous walking street in Barcelona and the most crowded street in the city. It is exactly 1.2 kilometres long. The name La Rambla is thought to originate from the Arabic "ramla," meaning "sandy ground." This was the name of the waterway, or storm drain, where rainwater would flow from the hills of Tibidabo down to the sea after heavy rains.
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.
The market is the oldest and most complete food market of Barcelona. They offer us vegetables, meat, fish and thousands of other products in stalls with great charm and imaginative presentation. Boqueria Market is a space full of life, history and unquestionable architectural value
La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí's most famous works in Barcelona. It's a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 (that's not a typing error) and it's not expected to be completed for some time yet.
Today new construction materials are being used which, some feel, Gaudí himself would not have used.
Regardless of all the controversy surrounding the Sagrada Familia it is a truly magnificent building and an absolute must-see when you visit Barcelona.
Tibidabo is with 512 meters the highest mountain in the Sierra de Collserola range. It offers splendid 360 degree views over the sea and on a clear day, you have a vision to Montserrat.. The top of Tibidabo is crowned by the cathedral del Sagrat Cor. This church has been constructed between 1902 and 1960 in a mixture of modernista and neogothic styles. Admission is free and you are rewarded with picturesque stained windows and beautiful stone work.
The chipest way is:
2-Take funicular de Vallvidrera.
3- Bus 111.
All included in same ticket (just metro-ticket like T-10 or T-day)
Opened on 24 October 1906, the funicular has played a key role in the development of Vallvidrera and is the main public transport access to this neighborhood. It runs at a basic interval of 6 minutes on weekdays, less frequently on weekends and public holidays, with a journey time of 2 minutes and 50 seconds.
It has excellent views of the whole city, from some specific places and in a clear day it is possible to see Mallorca and the Pyrenees on the horizon