25 Top Tourist Attractions in Barcelona

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Monastery of Pedralbes

Pedralbes is half a kilometer from the Monestir and is also one of the Monestir’s most beautiful buildings as it looks like a castle. It was designed by the architect Ignasi Freixas and it contains a crypt that was used as a chapel. It was surrounded by four towers that were later eliminated.

The monastery’s history dates back to the sixteenth century, its construction began in 1775 and it wasn’t finished until 1842.

The monastery was originally designed to be a work place for the Jesuits. The building is one of the best examples of Catalan baroque style architecture. As it was run by the Jesuits, the monastery’s interior was designed to reflect the rules that they lived by. However, this was not the whole picture.

It is also pretty hard to explain the building’s eclectic style, so here are the facts about the monastery:

It was designed by Ignasi Freixas and constructed at the beginning of the eighteenth century.

The tower and nave are from the eighteenth century.

The interior was designed by the archbishop of Barcelona, who also allowed the Jesuits to use it for practicing their religion.

The monastery has several storybooks that contain chapters from the bible.

Palau Guell

Palau Guell is a curious building inspired by the organic forms of Gaudi’s dreams. Constructed in 1905, it is the jewel of Modernism in Palma de Mallorca.

During Gaudi’s lifetime, it was built as a summerhouse for Dr. Aiguader, an affluent physician. Many of Gaudi’s contemporaries chose to develop the city of Arts and Sciences, which was previously destroyed by fire, or resorts on the island. These people admired Gaudi’s creations and knew his sense of architecture was not practically oriented, but rather a reflection of his imagination.

Creating this building required a large amount of space and huge costs that could only be justified using only a single client. This ensured the construction of the Guell Palace. When the work started, the Hotel Guell was already completed and the adjoining apartments were inhabited. This did not stop construction on the building, but it set the stage for the ultimate surprise.

Poble Espanyol

Poble Espanyol is a simulated village in Barcelona’s old town where you can go for a stroll, do some shopping, or try out Catalan cuisine and local specialties at one of the many traditional restaurants. It conveys the urban, Industrial Revolution-inspired architecture typical of Europe’s major cities at the time, making it a lovely afternoon spent among the locals and a great place to get orientated.

There’s also the option to take an elevator up to the top of the tower, which is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, for a great panoramic view of Barcelona.

The tower also makes for a wonderful photo opportunity with one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

It is located in Barcelona’s old town, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Fundacio Joan Miro

The Fundacio Joan Miro (English: Joan Miro Foundation) is a modern-style art museum in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is dedicated to Catalan artist Joan Miro.

The building is located in a public urban park, in Barcelona's Montjuïc area, known as Parc de la Ciutadella. The building has a "cyclorama", a circular museum space surrounded by a 360-degree elliptical frame.

The museum was designed by the Catalan architectural firm of Jaume Sánszegi, Eduard Borràs, Lluïsa Fàbregas i Matas and Estudi Tàpies, who also created the adjacent Parc de la Ciutadella. The museum was opened on April 27, 2005, by the Catalan president, Joan Clos.

The building has the Miro Foundation Museum and Modern Art Library. It also houses other temporary exhibitions, concerts, and theater performances.

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

(MNAC).

Arc de Triomf

Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

If you're ever in Barcelona, you'll have to check out the Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, a building designed by Gaudí. The building exemplifies the Modernist style during the early twentieth century.

Gaudí, a Catalan architect, is known for his masterful creations that use organic forms and textures to create hidden architectural wonders. He was deeply inspired by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí born in Tarragona, in 1852 to a rural family (Figueres, 2016).

The Sant Pau Recinte was designed in 1904 and describes the evolution in the types of architecture used in the early twentieth century. It was completed in 1910, although Gaudí worked on the building continuously throughout construction. The Sant Pau Recinte Modernista is located on Canut Street. You can still visit the Gaudí Museum of Barcelona, which is located inside the Sant Pau Recinte Modernista. The museum contains photographs, drawings, models, and works of art, celebrating the life and work of Antoni Gaudí.

The building was designed with empty, covered passages that allow light to stream throughout the building (Figueres, 2016).

The chapel is built on the top floor with the courtyard as the main floor. The modernista complements the Gothic and Byzantine architecture, represented through the Gaudí Museum.

Placa de Catalunya

A statue of Christopher Columbus and independence hero Manuel de Rosales. This square is at the bottom of the famous La Rambla Mall.

Palau de la Musica Catalana

The Palau de la Musica Catalana or Palau de la Música Catalana (Catalan for Catalan Music Hall) is a music venue located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was opened in 1857 by the Board of Water Supply. The architect was Narcis Monturiol. This baroque building also houses the HQ of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona.

Tibidabo

Parc de la Ciutadella

Barcelona Cathedral

The barroque cathedral of Barcelona, Spain, is a fine example of 17th-century Baroque in Catalonia.

It was completed in 1716, with a 1793 renovation campaign that removed much of the Baroque fa?ade.

The cathedral’s history is linked to the eclecchies of several important figures, such as the founder of the church, Bishop Jaume of Urgel, who signed the “Assassination of St.

Sergi” in the ninth century, or Pope Benedict IX (1032), who was consecrated this cathedral’s bishop.

The interior is divided into three naves by four large pillars, with five aisles each containing three chapels.

Museu Picasso

The Museum of Picasso is located in Barcelona, Spain. This museum has an amazing collection of Picasso’s works, especially those related to his years in Barcelona.

The museum is open from Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and stays open until 8 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is 6.50 euros for adults and 4 euros for those over 18.

It is located in the centre of Barcelona, in a contemporary building in the same district as the Picasso Museum of Contemporary Art and a few blocks from the Colîn Modern Art Museum.

The museum’s permanent collection focuses on the artist’s work during the period from 1905 to the summer of 1939.

Part of the museum consists of one of the largest collections of photographs of Picasso in the world.

The museum is surrounded by a large garden designed by Gaudé.

La Boqueria Market

The La Boqueria Market is the biggest and most famous market of Barcelona, where street food, specialty foods and other local artisanal products can be found. The La Boqueria Market has been the marketplace for the locals for a few centuries, selling fresh and dried foods, artisanal products and souvenirs. In 1778, the market was rebuilt and enlarged by the architect Trias i Pujades.

The market's layout is symmetrical with small streets which lead to its center, and this is where the main stalls with the largest variety of artisanal products are found. These products include fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheeses, nuts, spices, and other products from the region. There are also large quantities of flowers. On the perimeter there are different types of eateries, bars, restaurants, and cafes.

The atmosphere of the market is very animated and lively, due to all the people walking through it, vendors shouting, and music playing. While there is always some music playing, live music can also be found playing in certain areas of the market on certain days of the week, such as Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.

Santa Maria del Mar

Barcelona’s most important medieval monument is not a castle, but it does hold an important place in the city’s history.

The Gothic church, which dates back to the 12th century, was once one of the most important churches of Barcelona.

The Santa Maria del Mar Tower, which stands in its courtyard, is one of the most visited monuments in the city.

The tower offers incredible views of the Medieval buildings surrounding the church’s courtyard.

If you decide to climb to the top, you’ll enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the city.

Monitoring water quality in the saltwater tanks at the fish and crustaceans aquarium is a painstaking task. At Tawid Aquario, they do that with the help of Stingray Waterproof Watches.

The Cessna 414 Skywagon is the oldest aircraft still in use. The plane has been taken across the world as a public service vehicle.

By the end of its flying life, the Cessna 414 was designed as a cargo capacity aircraft, so it can hold up to 2,000 pounds of cargo.

The plane was designed to be robust and durable, and has done well over the last 60 years. The plane was originally offered as a three-seater, but has since been downsized to accommodate a single pilot.

Camp Nou

Camp Nou (Catalan for ??ý??Æ??ï?à??´??­??º??à???, Camp NOU) is the home ground of La Liga professional football team FC Barcelona and the Catalan national team. It was built in 1957 to replace the Estadi del FC Barcelona, and it has since hosted many important football matches. It is located on the northern end of À la Ciutadella, in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat.

Camp Nou is monumentally important to FC Barcelona's brand and image, as it is, according to Forbes, "the club's greatest marketing tool." The club reported the rupture of a ticketing system in the stadium during a match between the Spanish national football team and the Argentine national football team in 2007, and this was seen as pivotal in the success of the white wristband plan.

Montjuïc

This castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has been a jail since 1878 and it used to be a Royal residence and religious building.

It was built in the 13th century and later became the residence of the Franco-Castilian monarchs. Now, it is a museum with lots of interesting things to see.

Its interesting and designed in Gothic and Renaissances styles. There are several cave paintings within the actual structure of the castle.

Casa Milà

Gothic Quarter

Barceloneta

A nice place to spend some time in Barcelona, or even to begin your visit to the amazing city of Barcelona, is the beautiful Barceloneta beach.

With palm trees, sand, water, a boardwalk, and beach clubs, this is a very interesting place to explore if you have the chance! Barceloneta is also where you’ll find the La Barceloneta market which is the most traditional market in the city.

Barceloneta is a very popular tourist attraction in Barcelona. It’s a great place to take some time out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. It’s also a great place to see dancing and enjoy the entertainment.

If you would like to visit the best beaches in Barcelona with a lot of activities, head to Barceloneta. Here you can find a lot of things to do for everyone, so make sure to explore the area.

If you love tanning, you are in the right place! The sun here is perfect for you, so don’t forget your sunglasses or sunscreen!

There are also some restaurants and cafes in this area. So if you are hungry or thirsty, you can have something to eat or drink.

Font Màgica

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter or are just looking for the next cool thing to do, check out the Font Magica. This is a tour that you take through the tunnels under Barcelona, which is filled with water.

There are seven levels (stairs) that you go through. You descend down level by level. The area was created in the late 1800s for a glass factory and a sewage plant.

A full guided tour of the yard takes a 80 minutes. If you prefer, you can take a self-guided tour, which lasts about 20 minutes. The price of the tour is about 15 Euros.

The main highlights of the Font Magica are:

  • The water journey through hidden catacombs under Barcelona;
  • The interesting industrial history;
  • The excellent views from the sky and underground;

High quality photos by Robert Musso.

Casa Batllo

Montjuic.

Casa Batllo, located in the Marina cove, west of the Golden Triangle, was designed by one of the most respected architects of the 20th century, Antonio Gaudí. Contrary to the popular conception of Casa Batllo as one of Gaudí’s most traditional projects, its innovative versatility and surprising functionality place it firmly within the current Catalan architecture movement.

A fusion of traditional and modern styles, the house, which was designed for British textile baron Sir Joaquim Mir, must be considered as one of Gaudí’s most successful works. It is a fascinating combination of classicist and modernist lines, with numerous references to Medieval and Gothic architecture.

The House

Casa Batllo was initially designed as a villa for Sir Joaquim Mir, who commissioned, from Gaudí, the construction of a home for his textile business. The design was reportedly influenced by Mir’s love for the English countryside: an influence that was induced by the English textile industry that primely inspired the success of his company.

The house is an architectural hybrid, whose origins clearly fall within the classicist movement, but which is also a modern interpretation of the Gothic Design. This unique design became a source of inspiration for numerous contemporary architects.

Parc Guëll

La Rambla

A stroll along the longest pedestrian street in the world.

The Rambla de Catalunya, also known as the Rambla, is a street in Barcelona and a major tourist attraction for the city. Located in the heart of the city, it's the biggest street (60-metre (200 ft) wide) in Barcelona and is crossed by the most famous monuments. It runs from the ruins of La Torre del Oro (15th century) in the Gothic Quarter to the north, to the Plaça de Catalunya in the Sants-Montjuïc district in the south.

In the middle of the street is an underground passage (Metropolitana de Barcelona) leading to the Gòtic and Jaume I stations. At the southern end of the street is Plaça de Catalunya, as well as a number of cafes and shopping streets.

At the beginning, the Rambla extends into the Barri Gòtic (Old Town) district, and there are rows of medieval houses and narrow streets on both sides. It is located in central Barcelona, in the area originally occupied by a Roman palace and a settlement of the same name.

Sagrada Familia

Getting to the Sagrada Familia will not be easy for you. It’s an unfinished construction project which is also a major tourist attraction. The number of tourists goes up according to the construction schedule. Every tourist need to spend an average of 7 minutes to get up to the terrace of the church.

If you love photography, you can have a great time capturing the breathtaking architecture of the building. You can also sit below and enjoy the fascinating illusion of glass blowing which adds more colors to the walls of the construction site.

Being in this tourist attraction, you will get the chance to experience an amazing authentic religious worship which will leave a lasting impression in your mind.

A unique experience that you must give a try for the best effect is watching the sunrise from the top of the church.

You can also participate in special tours to see Sagrada Familia from the different parts of the building.