Barcelona Sights

 sag-fam La Sagrada Familia The Sagrada Família is Barcelona’s most famous landmark. The modernist church is far from completed though, it will take several more decades before the building and its 18 towers will be finished.

 

 

 

 La-Rambla-Barcelona La Rambla The Rambla is Barcelona’s most famous street, always crowded with both locals and tourists. The partly pedestrian boulevard connects the Plaça de Catalunya with Port Vell.  Even though it is one continuous street, La Rambla actually consists of five ‘ramblas’. That’s why the street is also called Las Ramblas (Spanish) or Les Rambles (Catalan).

 

 park-guell-150 Park Guell This unconventional park is one of Gaudí’s most famous works and a must for any visitor to Barcelona. The park is a UNESCO world heritage site .

 

 

 

 

 casa-mila Casa Milà  Casa Milà is one of Antoni Gaudí’s many unconventional buildings in Barcelona, known for its chimneys. It was his last work before devoting his life to the construction of the Sagrada Familia.

 

 

 

 castell-de-montjuic Montjuïc  Montjuïc is a hill located near the center of Barcelona. The area boasts many attractions such as Poble Espanyol and the Calatrava Tower, a legacy of the 1929 Exhibition and the 1992 Olympics.

 

 

 

 catedral-barcelona La Seu Cathedral  Barcelona’s Cathedral is located in the heart of the Barri Gòtic, the gothic district. The cathedral was mainly built between 1298 and 1460. The gothic façade was completed at the end of the 19th century.

 

 

 casa-batllo-2 Casa Batlló  The colorful Casa Batlló, a remodeled 19th century building, is one of Gaudí’s many masterpieces in Barcelona. Its unique modernist interior is as fascinating as its surreal exterior.

 

 

 

 sp-110 Parc de la Ciutadella  Barcelona’s centrally located Parc de la Ciutadella was created at the end of the 19th century, replacing a large citadel. It is home to a zoo, museums and the Catalan Parliament.

 

 

 

 KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Magic Fountain  The Magic fountain was built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition as part of a large series of cascades and fountains. During summer evenings, this large fountain is animated with colored light.

 

 

 

 B-107 Plaça de Catalunya  The Plaça de Catalunya is Barcelona’s busiest square, located between the old city and the modernist Eixample district. It is also the start of the La Rambla, the city’s most famous boulevard.

 

 

 

 Arenas_de_Barcelona Arenas de Barcelona  Originally built in 1900 as a bull ring, in 2011 it was converted into a modern shopping and recreational complex. Its rooftop terrace offers great views over the area.

 

 

 

 sp-111 Arc de Triomf  Not just in Paris.  The Arc de Triomf is a triumphal arch with colorful brickwork in mudéjar style. The arch was originally built as the entrance gate for the 1888 Universal Exposition.

 

 

 

 Barcelona-Fish Barcelona Fish  Locally known as Peix, the Barcelona Fish is one of the city’s most eye catching pieces of public art. The sculpture was designed by the renowned architect Frank O. Gehry.

 

 

 

 plaza-espana Plaça d’Espanya  The Plaça d’Espanya is a large square located at the foot of the Monjuïc hill. From here you can walk up the hill to the Palau National along the cascade of waterfalls, for a magnificent view of Barcelona.

 

 

 mercat-boqueria Mercat de la Boquería  The Mercat de la Boqueria is the most popular of the many food markets in Barcelona. The market is a complete maze of food stalls.  The market’s iron and glass hall was built in the early 20th century.

 

 

 tour-agbar Torre Agbar  At 142 meters, the Torre Agbar is one of Barcelona’s tallest buildings. Its colorful cladding and phallic shape make it a remarkable sight, especially at night.

 

 

 

 

 Poble-Espanyol Poble Espanyol Poble Espanyol is a mock village built for the 1929 International Exhibition. It is now a popular tourist attraction with bars, restaurants and shops. The houses showcase the diversity of Spanish architecture.

 

 

 B-103 Port Vell  Formerly an obsolete harbor, the Port Vell was turned into a modern yacht-basin and entertainment center. The precinct features the largest aquarium in Europe.  

 

 

 

 Monument-Colom Columbus Monument  The Monument a Colom or Columbus Monument is a 60m tall column built in 1888 in honor of the famous explorer who arrived in Barcelona after his discovery of America.

 

 

 

 Barcelona_Parc_Joan_Miro Parc Joan Miró  This park was created in the 1980s as a homage to one of Barcelona’s favorite sons, the surrealist artist Joan Miró. The park features one of his modern sculptures.

 

 

 

 palau-nacional Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya  The MNAC is Barcelona’s most important museum with collections covering art from Romanesque to modern. The collection is housed in the monumental Palau Nacional.

 

 

 

 pedralbes-monastery Monastery of Pedralbes  The Monestir de Pedralbes is a former monastery in the northern part of the city. The medieval complex is one of the best preserved examples of Gothic architecture in Catalonia.

 

 

 

 Tibidabo Tibidabo Tibidabo is the highest point in the city of Barcelona. Its top is crowned with the church of the Sacred Heart, but the big draw here is the Parc d’Attractions, a historic funfair.

 

 

 

 aquarium Aquarium  The Aquarium de Barcelona is a popular attraction in Port Vell, a waterfront area. The aquarium’s top attraction is a large oceanarium with an 80 meters long tunnel.

 

 

 

 Barcelona Pavilion, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1929 Mies van der Rohe Pavilion  This masterpiece by Mies van der Rohe is considered a milestone in 20th century architecture. It was originally built as the German pavilion for the 1929 International Exhibition.

 

 

 

 santa-maria-del-mar Santa Maria del Mar  The Santa Maria del Mar is one of Barcelona’s most important churches. Built in the 14th century in a span of just over 50 years, it is a magnificent example of Catalan Gothic architecture.

 

 

 

 parc_de_lespanya_industrial Parc de l’Espanya Industrial  The Parc de l’Espanya Industrial is a modernist park created in 1985. There are several sculptures in the park, as well as a series of futuristic-looking watchtowers.

 

 

 

 Palau-de-la-Musica-Catalana Palau de la Música Catalana  The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall built in 1908. It was designed by the Catalan architect Domenèch, who created a magnificent building in Modernisme style.

 

 

 

 dv1847003 Montjuïc Olympic Tower  This iconic tower was built as the telecommunications tower for the Olympics of 1992. The slender design was created by the renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

 

 

 

 santa-maria Santa Maria del Pi  The Santa Maria del Pi is a 14th century church in Catalan Gothic style. It has a magnificent, 12 sided rose window, thought to be one of the largest in the world.

 

 

 

 B-109 Palau Reial de Pedralbes  Palau Reial de Pedralbes was built in the early 20th century as the local residence for king Alfonso XIII. Today the building also houses two museums: a ceramics museum and a museum of decorative art.

 

 

 antic-hospital-santa-creu Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu  This historic complex was built in the early 15th century and served as a hospital for more than 500 years. Today it is home to cultural institutions; its beautiful inner courtyard is now a public park.

 

 

 museu-dart-contmporani Museum of Contemporary Art  The Museu d’Art Contemporani opened in 1995 in the El Raval Neighborhood. Its collection of contemporary art is centered around Catalonian artists and art movements.     

 

 

 

 Plaza-Real-Placa-Reial Plaça Reial  The Plaça Reial (Royal Square) is one of the most elegant squares in Barcelona, laid out in the mid 19th century. Here you can find one of Gaudí’s earliest works: two lampposts with iron ornaments.