15 Places To Visit In Barcelona
Barcelona has a storied majesty; it is a city both cosmopolitan and Old World, and renowned for its rich cultural heritage. Indeed, there is much to see and do. The Ciutat Vella is comprised of four neighbourhoods—El Barrio Gotico, La Barceloneta, El Raval, and Sant Pere, Santa Catarina, and El Born i La Ribera. To say it is breathtakingly beautiful would be to wax poetic, but it is all that and more—it is one such spot in the world wherein the ancient and the contemporary thrive in tandem.
1/15 Born District
Discover the unique cartier with vintage shops and small bodegas and wine houses. Make a stop at Santa Maria del Mar Basilica and Vila Viniteca, where you will find amazing gourmet delicatessens.
2/15 Casa Sant Vicenç
This modernist masterpiece is the first work that Gaudí made in Barcelona and has been recently refurbished and more open to be visited.
3/15 Park Güell
Explore the wonders of the garden designed by Gaudí. Visit the dragon staircase with its surface covered in broken shards of trencadis mosaic and the Hall of One Hundred Columns.
4/15 Palau de la Música Catalana
Built by the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, this UNESCO World Heritage site combines sculpture, mosaic, stained glass and wrought iron on its magnificent façade.
5/15 Modernist Houses
Houses on Passeig de Gracia from architects such as Casa Batlló and La Pedrera also called Casa Milà by Antoni Gaudí, Casa Lleó i Morera by Lluis Domènech i Montaner, Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, or his Casa de les Punxes on Diagonal Street.
6/15 Barcelona Seafront
The over four kilometres of urban beach is perfect for a walk, a run, or a bike tour. Stop by one of the chiringuitos such as Escribà, Can Majó o Pez Vela for a tasty paella.
7/15 Hospital Sant Pau
Built between 1905 to 1930 and designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, this was used as a hospital for a century and has been newly refurbished.
8/15 Sagrada Família
Barcelona’s iconic building and Gaudí’s masterpiece, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, began construction in 1882 and is slated for completion in 2026.
9/15 The Liceu Opera House
This has remained an important cultural centre and symbol of the city. Its private club, El Circulo del Liceo, possesses a rich artistic heritage, including paintings by Ramón Casas.
10/15 La Boqueria
Discover the flavours and colours of Barcelonian markets. Stop for a bite or a tasty dish of gambas con huevos fritos at El Quim de la Boqueria or Pinotxo where Juanito will suggest you his dishes of the day.
11/15 Gothic Quarter
Get lost and walk through history, from the Romans to the present by visiting the Cathedral, the Plaça del Rei or its charming squares Plaça Sant Felip Neri or Plaça del Pi.
12/15 Picasso Museum
Housed in five medieval palaces and inaugurated in 1963, this museum holds a collection of more than 4,000 pieces. Do not miss its temporary exhibition, “Picasso’s Kitchen,” which runs until 30 September, and discover the master's relationship with cuisine.
13/15 Tibidabo Hill
Whether you take a walk through the Carretera de les Aigües or visit the Tibidabo church or an amusement park, here you will get the best views of the city.
14/15 Passeig de Gracia
This is the Champs-Élysées of Barcelona where you will find most of the luxury brands and high-end local boutiques. Drop by Santa Eulalia or visit the famous local designers.
15/15 Montjuïc Magic Fountains
A unique show of water, music and colours, Montjuïc is also home to museums such as the MNAC in the National Palace, the Fundació Joan Miró, the Pavilion Mies van der Rohe, CaixaForum and the Olympic Stadium.
Mónica Homedes is the director of communications at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona.
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