Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. It is the 16th-most-visited city in the world and the fourth most visited in Europe after Paris, London and Rome, with several million tourists every year.
The heart of the city is La Rambla street. Stretching from Placa de Catalunya to the waterfront, it is home to many restaurants, bars, cafes and shops with souvenirs. Thousands of locals and tourists stroll this vibrant street everyday.
Barcelona is a centre of modern architecture. Famous for Antoní Gaudí’s creations. Some of the best are Case Vicens, Palau Güell, Cottage Teresianas, Church of Colònia Güell, Casa Calvet, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Park Güell and La Sagrada Família.
La Sagrada Familia is still under construction despite work commencing in 1883. Gaudí worked on this for more than 40 years.
Parc Güell is an extraordinary show of Gaudi’s landscape design. Beautiful gardens, mosaics & architecture, situated on top of the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, it offers terrific views of the city. Park Güell also has a small house in which Gaudí once lived. The house has now been converted into a museum and contains interesting furniture also designed by Gaudí.
Montjuïc is a blend of exotic gardens and tourist attractions and includes two of the cities finest museums. Fundació Joan Miró & Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
Fundació Joan Miró is a magnificent Mediterranean-style building designed by Josep Lluís Sert, and houses the most important public collection of works by Joan Miró. His paintings and sculptures are instantly recognizable with their intense primary colours and wriggling forms and his distinctive work can be seen across the city. The giant “Woman and Bird” dominates the Parc de ‘Escarxador.
The Poble Espanyol is a primarily open-air architectural museum, located on Montjuic. It was designed by Francesc Folguera and Ramon Reventós and constructed in 1929, for the Barcelona International Exhibition. It shows replicas of characteristic houses from all regions of Spain, such as from Castile, Andalusian, Aragon, the Basque Country, Extremadura and of course from Catalonia.
There are many, many galleries to visit in Barcelona, all well worth a visit. The Museu Picasso, is home to an extensive collection of art by Pablo Picasso and the best of the 20th Century is showcased at the Museu d’art Contemporani, it’s remarkable structure designed by American architect Richard Meier.
So, go with the flow. Pick and choose from the wonderful diversity of the city.