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15 Places To Visit In Barcelona

15 Places To Visit In Barcelona
By Mónica Homedes
September 08, 2019
Your Tatler itinerary for your next trip to this Spanish city

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.

1/15Born District

Take a stroll around the Plaça Reial
Take a stroll around the Plaça Reial

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.

2/15Casa Sant Vicenç

Casa Sant Vicenç
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.

3/15Park Güell

A structure at Gaudi's Parc Güell
A structure at Gaudi's Parc 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.

4/15Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Música Catalana
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.

5/15Modernist Houses

Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló

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.

6/15Barcelona 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.

7/15Hospital Sant Pau

Hospital Sant Pau
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.

8/15Sagrada Família

Sagrada Família
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.

9/15The Liceu Opera House

Liceu Opera House
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.

10/15La 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.

11/15Gothic Quarter

Plaça Sant Felip Neri
Plaça Sant Felip Neri

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.

12/15Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum
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.

13/15Tibidabo Hill

Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Tibidabo
Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Tibidabo

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.

14/15Passeig 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.

15/15Montjuïc 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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