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SAGRADA FAMÍLIA

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA

A stone’s throw from the city centre is Barcelona’s iconic landmark, the Sagrada Família, Spain’s most popular attraction with some three million visitors per year. Amazingly, this awe-inspiring architectural masterpiece is still unfinished despite work starting in 1883, yet visitors can still ascend to the top of the tower for some unbeatable views over the city, or to the crypt beneath the cathedral where Gaudí himself is buried. Unquestionably amazing from every angle, this is an absolute Barcelona essential.
LA RAMBLA

LA RAMBLA

A natural starting point on any Barcelona itinerary, La Rambla is a unique, lively and colourful boulevard packed day and night with buskers, living statues, flowers, birds, newspaper stands and bookstalls running from Plaça de Catalunya down to the Christopher Columbus monument at the gateway to Port Vell. Be sure to take in the bustling Mercat de La Boqueria food market, where a fragrant and kaleidoscopic array of fresh produce will literally assault your senses, as well as the Plaça Reial, one of Barcelona’s most elegant squares.
BARRI GÒTIC

BARRI GÒTIC

Just off La Rambla lies Barcelona’s famous Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), characterised by its narrow streets and tall buildings, centrepiece of which is the magnificent La Seu Cathedral, venue for the Infanta Cristina’s wedding. You’ll also find here the awe-inspiring churches of Santa Maria del Mar and beautiful Santa Maria del Pi, the Plaça de Sant Jaume and historic Plaça del Rei, the Museu Picasso and the fabulously flamboyant Palau de la Música Catalana. A wealth of photo opportunities at every turn. 
MUSEU PICASSO

MUSEU PICASSO

Housed in three beautiful stone mansions on the Carrer de Montcada, the Museu Picasso is Barcelona’s most visited museum and features the most important and complete collection of Picasso’s earlier works dating from 1895 to 1904, the years in which he lived in Barcelona. The museum has over 3,000 different pieces in its permanent portfolio including paintings, drawings, ceramics and engravings, with numerous works from his Blue Period exhibited alongside various representations of his later Rose Period.
CASA MILÀ (LA PEDRERA)

CASA MILÀ (LA PEDRERA)

Star attraction of the grand Passeig de Gràcia, the distinctive Casa Milà was in fact Gaudí’s last project before turning his attention to the city’s iconic Sagrada Família. Also known as La Pedrera (the quarry), the undulating waves of this building’s exterior are one of the city’s most photographed sites and yet climb to the rooftop and you’ll not only be rewarded with weird and wonderful chimney pots resembling medieval knights, but you’ll also enjoy stunning views over the Eixample district.
CASA BATLLÓ

CASA BATLLÓ

A little way down the Passeig de Gràcia from Casa Milà lies the Casa Batlló, another of Gaudí’s very unique creations dating back to the early 1900s. One of three buildings constructed in the Modernist style known together as the ‘Block of Discord’, Casa Batlló boasts Gaudí’s trademark curved lines and mosaic-infused façade, indeed its colourful, scaled roof is said to represent a dragon whilst the oval windows and ornate sculpted balconies of its upper floors resemble skulls. 
PLAÇA D’ESPANYA

PLAÇA D’ESPANYA

At the foot of Montjuïc lies the Plaça d’Espanya, home to an interesting assortment of landmarks including the Central Fountain and two Venetian Towers, modelled on Venice’s own distinctive bell tower, marking the start of the avenue leading to the Magic Fountain and Palau Nacional. You’ll also find here the Arenas de Barcelona, a former bullfighting arena now a shopping complex, and the Parc Joan Miró, named after the famous Catalan artist and home to a 22-metre-high Miró sculpture.
PARC GÜELL

PARC GÜELL

Just a short distance outside the city centre, the iconic and truly individual Parc Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit. Firmly stamped with Gaudí’s flamboyant flair, the park is enchantingly colourful and visually surreal in equal measure, from the mosaic dragon lizard guarding the staircase entrance to the Sala Hipóstila and the Serpentine Bench to the curved roofs with kaleidoscopic ornamental spires giving way to the Mediterranean Sea beyond.
MONTJUÏC

MONTJUÏC

Ascend to the top of Montjuïc and you’ll be met by a wealth of landmarks and attractions, not to mention fabulous views over the city. Jewel in Montjuïc’s crown must surely be the striking Palau Nacional, home to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) and the Magic Fountain in its foreground. You’ll also find here the Fondació Joan Miró, the Castell and Botanical Gardens of Montjuïc, the 1992 Olympic stadium and Poble Espanyol, a collection of houses in different Spanish architectural styles.
PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA

PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA

Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona’s most central park and home to a wide number of attractions including the Parc Zoologic, the Martorell and Natural History Museums, the latter housed in the Modernist-style Castel dels Tres Dragons, and the dramatic Cascada Fountain. As well as the tranquil boating lake, sculptures and verdant landscapes, you’ll also find the three remaining buildings of the 18th-century Citadel, one of which, the arsenal, today plays host to the Catalan parliament. 

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