Known for its collection of Modernist architecture, Barcelona offer visitors a rewarding holiday experience, with sites and venues to suit most tastes. Consider this partial list of some of the most popular sites in this historic city.
Arguably the most visited attraction in the city the Picasso Museum, or Museu Picasso, contains more than 3,800 works of the renowned artist, reflecting the formative years of Picasso's career. Even if you've visited the museum previously, it's well worth another look: extensively renovated in 2008, the museum has grown to become recognized as a reference center for the study and exploration of Picasso's works.
One of the most popular districts, or "barrios," of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter is part of the city's Old Town area. One of the primary attractions here is the gothic cathedral, which faces Placa La Seu. Walk around the perimeter of the cathedral to see many more interesting architectural details. While in the area check out les Quatre Cats, was a favorite drinking spot of Pablo Picasso.
Barcelona's most famous and well visited street, Las Ramblas offers nightlife, pubs, fine dining and shopping, as well as beautiful architecture, street performers and local musicians. Even the hotels in this city are unusual. The ornate Casa Fuster, once known as the city's most expensive private home, is also here, and today serves as one of the most renowned hotels in Barcelona. Also have a look at nearby Hotel 1898, located in a completely renovated tobacco factory and popular with visitors looking for Barcelona hotels that also offer a taste of the city's rich heritage.
Once a rundown barrio, this city section is now home to the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the Center De Cultura Contemporanea De Barcelona, as well as world-class restaurants and trendy shops.
Avinguda de Gaudi
A walk down this street reveals the rich, modernistic architectural style for which the city has become famous. The street is named after the architect Antoni Gaudi, and one of the most famous sites along this avenue is his unfinished basilica, Sagrada Familia. The Hospital Sant Pau designed by architect Lluis Domenech I Montaner is also located here, and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This hill overlooking the city offers more than great views: it's also home to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the Fundació Joan Miró, and the city's military museum, as well as Montjuïc castle, a 17th-century fortress, and other cultural and historic sites. The entire area is dotted with gardens and parks, offering beautiful views of the city's harbor.
Barcelona is a rich treasure trove of ornate and unique architectural styles exhibited not only by public buildings, churches and museums, but also by Barcelona hotels , restaurants, shops and private homes. Even the alleyways offer surprising glimpses of beautiful buildings tucked away in deep recesses.