Barcelona - Things to see

Gaudi sculptures on the rooftop of the Casa Milá. © Michelle Chaplow
Gaudi sculptures on the rooftop of the Casa Milá.

Things to see in Barcelona

Barcelona is bursting with sights to see. The city itself is a fascinating place to wander about with the world-famous Ramblas promenade stretching across the city, a must-see Gothic neighbourhood, a beautiful port, beaches, surrounding mountains and so much more. There are also numerous monuments, many of which have been declared World Heritage Sites and enough internationally renowned museums to satisfy even the most demanding visitor.

In fact, Barcelona has a museum for every taste. If it’s football you fancy, then plan a visit to the FC Barcelona museum at Camp Nou. It happens to be the most visited in Cataluña. Art lovers have the Joan Miró Foundation, the Picasso Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia (the MNAC) and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, for starters. But this is just the beginning, there is also a maritime museum, a bullfighting museum, a zoo, botanical gardens, numerous private foundations and galleries and the list goes on. Visit the tourist office to plan your itinerary.

The architecture of Antonio Gaudí dominates the city of Barcelona and his Sagrada Familia only represents a fraction of the art locals inherited from this famous figure. You can also experience Gaudí’s work in the Parque Güell, the Casa Milá and the Casa Batlló, for example. Other famous architects have also designed amazing structures throughout this city. For example, the Contemporary Art Museum is the work of Richard Meier from the United States. Jean Nouvel created the Torre Agbar. Frank Gehry the “Torre del Triángulo Ferroviario”, and the Sant Jordi Sports Stadium was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. Again – just for starters!

But don’t just stay in the city itself. Two mountains offer amazing, panoramic views of Barcelona. Montjuic and Tibidabo will allow you the chance to rise above it all and get the big picture. Back down on the ground, weather permitting, the city also has six beaches and numerous parks.

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