Barcelona travel guide: the best things to do for a city break, hotels, restaurants, attractions

Gaudi’s architecture

The Sagrada Família church in the Eixample district is Barcelona’s “most iconic symbol” and the most visited monument in all of Spain, says Construction began in 1882 and a year later it was commissioned from Antoni Gaudí, Catalonia’s most famous architect. Still unfinished, it is Gaudí’s best-known sanctuary for eccentric architecture.

In Barcelona, ​​art is everywhere – even in the architecture. For example, take Casa Milà, located on Passeig de Gràcia, one of the biggest avenues in Barcelona. Completed in 1912, Casa Milà, or La Pedrera (stone quarry) as it is also known, was designed by Gaudí. In 1984 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Considered ‘God’s architect’, you can’t visit Barcelona without seeing Gaudi’s influence everywhere you go, says the Matt Nomad travel blog. Other Gaudi attractions include Park Güell, one of Barcelona’s largest green spaces, and Casa Vicens, considered his first major project.

Museums and culture

Barcelona has long had a reputation as the ‘forward-thinking capital of Spain’, says Approximate guides. The art museums here are “world class”, including the “famous” Museu Picasso and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Most museums are closed on Mondays, Sally Davies said in The telegraph. The only “notable exception” is the MACBA contemporary art museum.

city ​​opera, The Grand Theater of Liceu, was first built in 1847 and has seen it all: fires, wars and recessions. Yet it still stands, magnificent and opulent. Adorned with gold leaf, rich red seats and ornate carvings embellishing every surface, the setting could be as grand as the performance. It is one of the most spectacular classical opera houses in the world and over the years has continued to fulfill its role as a cultural and artistic center by hosting a world-class opera, concert and dance program with its own orchestra and choir.


Located half an hour from Barcelona is La Roca Shopping Village, a place where all serious buyers flock. You’ll find all the best contemporary brands from Calvin Klein, G Star Raw and Diesel, to Barcelona brands Desigual and Custo Barcelona.

If you’re not looking to travel far, Passeig de Gracia, one of the city’s main avenues, is home to impressive modernist buildings and an abundance of international designers (think Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada). If you turn left at the top of Passeig de Gràcia you will find many other quality stores along Diagonal and the upper part of Rambla Catalunya where you can buy wedding dresses designed to look like “dresses of princess” and various interiors. designer stores.


The 1992 Summer Olympics “totally transformed” Barcelona, ​​said Xavier Trias, the former mayor. The city hosts sport events throughout the year, including sailing, marathons, triathlons, MotoGP, show jumping and the annual Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. It is also home to two football teams that play in the Spanish La Liga – FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol de Barcelona. Thousands of football fans visit Barca’s Camp Nou stadium for matches and tours every year.

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