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What to do and see in Barcelona

Las Ramblas:

Las Ramblas, Barcelona

The emblematic Las Ramblas promenade (which runs from Plaça Catalunya to Port Vell) is brimming with news and flower stands, street performers, cafés, restaurants and shops. We recommend walking all the way down the Ramblas to the sea, enjoying its special atmosphere (approx. 30 minutes). Be careful: it's the part of the city where most robberies of bags and wallets ...

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La Boqueria:

mercado de La Boquería

Brief description: San Jose Market, so called La Boqueria, is an original 12th century market. The biggest in Europe and without a doubt the most famous in Barcelona. Of particular note are its art nouveau entrance and unique stands, some of which specialize in only one type of food (bananas, eggs, codfish...). Cost: free. Length of visit: 30min-1hr. Hours: ...

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Cathedral of Barcelona:

La Catedral de Barcelona

Brief description: Gothic cathedral built between the 13th and 15th centuries over the old Romanesque cathedral. It pays homage to Saint Eulalia, also known as the Mercè, patron saint of Barcelona. Inside, the central choir, the crypt of Saint Eulalia (before the main altar) and the tombs of Ramón Berenguer I and his wife, count and countess of Barcelona and ...

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Passeig de Gracia:

Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona

After you come to Avinguda Diagonal, turn right and the first big avenue turning to the right again is Passeig de Gracia (parallel to Rambla Catalunya), the most glamorous street in Barcelona and one of the best places to appreciate the city's modernisme architecture. One of its most emblematic features, in addition to the buildings flanking the avenue, is the classic ...

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Casa Batllo:

La Casa Batlló

Brief description: Casa Batlló is one of the most famous works of Catalan art nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí. It's impressive not only for its spectacular facade but also its interior. On the "manzana de la discordia", or "block of discord", so called because along with this building the block features other works by contemporary art nouveau architects of radically ...

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La Pedrera (Casa Milá):

La Pedrera

Brief description: La Pedrera (Catalan for "The Quarry") was the last great civil work Gaudí undertook before devoting himself completely to La Sagrada Família. The owner, Pere Milà Camps, had seen the Batlló House and was deeply impressed by its beauty. As a result, he commissioned Gaudí to build this magnificent house. Gaudí designed a fantastic home with ...

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Sagrada Familia:

Sagrada Familia Barcelona

Brief description: The Sagrada Familia, UNESCO World Heritage site, is Antoni Gaudí's largest work. An art nouveau cathedral inspired by forms in nature, the architectonic solutions are still shocking today. Construction on this magnificent Catholic church began in 1882, when Gaudí was just 31 years old. He would devote the rest of life to it, and for the last ...

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Park Güell:

Park Güell

Brief description: Park Güell is an enormous garden designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Conceived of initially as a housing development, it was inaugurated in 1922 as a public park (the developer couldn't sell enough houses). The park marks the peak of Gaudi's artistic achievement and belongs to his naturalist period, when the artist was inspire by organic forms in ...

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Parc de la Ciutadella:

Parc de la Ciutadella

Ciudadela Park is one of the most extensive parks in Barcelona. It was built on the former site of the fortress raised by Phillip V to control the Catalans from the west (Ciutadella) and the east (Montjuic) after their definitive defeat in 1714. Built to resemble Luxembourg Park in Paris, it contains the Barcelona Zoo as well as various constructions that survive from ...

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Montjuic Mountain is the site of numerous museums, gardens and sports installations. If you go by Tourist Bus, you will be taken to the main places of interest. If you go on your own, we recommend visiting Avinguda María Cristina, the fountains of Montjuic and MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art) and then riding the funicular up to the castle. Below we provide you ...

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Touring the Born:

We depart again from Plaça Catalunya, this time following Carrer Fontanellas. After 50 metres, we turn right onto Vía Laietana and walk down. Everything on the right-hand side is the Gothic Quarter while everything on the left is the Borne. Crossing over to the sidewalk on the left-hand side of the street, we turn left at Carrer Ramón Màs and continue until we ...

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Picasso Museum:

Brief description: A visit to Picasso Museum is worthwhile not only for admiring the famous art but also for observing the interior of an authentic medieval mansion. Cost: 11€. Length of visit: 45min. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 19.00 (final entry 18.30). Thursdays from 09.00 to 21.30 (final entry 21.00) How to get there: Carrer Montcada ...

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Santa María del Mar and Passeig del Born:

Iglesia Santa María del Mar, Barcelona

In front of the Picasso Museum is the Textile Museum. On such a short trip to the city, however, it's not worth visiting, though its café is a pleasant spot for a refreshment or coffee if you're in need of one. Continuing along Carrer Montcada, we come to Passeig del Born. To the right, we can see the back of Santa María del Mar church. It is a must to get into ...

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Plaça Catalunya:

Plaza Catalunya Barcelona

The route begins at Plaça Catalunya. While not the most beautiful square in the world, it is the neuralgic centre of the city, both for commerce and public transportation. Here are the well-known large department stores El Corte Inglés and book and record store Fnac. At the corner of Plaça Catalunya and Portal del Á�ngel is the Tourist Office, located under the ...

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Plaça Sant Jaume:

Generalitat Barcelona

The site of two palaces, one in front of the other: Palau de la Generalitat (on the right-hand side coming from Carrer del Bisbe), the seat of government of Catalonia, and the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) of Barcelona (on the left). Major achievements of the city such as football championships are celebrated here. To get there, take Carrer del Bisbe, which comes out onto ...

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Around the cathedral:

Vuelta a la catedral de Barcelona

Once you've seen the Cathedral, we recommend walking around it. Start at Carrer del Bisbe (to the right of the church). If you take the first street on the right, you'll run into a beautiful square, Plaça de San Felip Neri. Return to Carrer del Bisbe, turn left at Carrer de la Pietat, and then follow Baixada de Santa Clara until you reach Plaça del Rey, a lovely square ...

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Plaça del Pi:

Plaça del Pi

This attractive square houses the Iglesia del Pi. You can visit the church but the best thing about it is the rose window at the entrance. The square has an artistic atmosphere, with street painters exhibiting their wares. If you look to the right on Carrer de Petrixol, you'll see on the wall the representation of an auca, a form of story in pictures once popular among ...

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Rambla Catalunya (30mins):

Rambla Catalunya, Barcelona

After eating, we recommend walking all the way up Rambla de Catalunya. This pedestrian street runs from Plaça Catalunya to Avinguda Diagonal, with a view of Tibidabo Mountain in the near distance. Rambla Catalunya is teeming with shops and mansions. In 2010, the city converted the street into an open-air museum, with temporary exhibitions of such renowned artists as ...

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Tibidabo Viewpoint:

Mirador del Tibidabo

After dinner we highly recommend going up to Tibidabo Mountain to appreciate the spectacular views of all of Barcelona. It's best to go at dusk so that you can enjoy a day view as well as one at night with all the lights of the city lit. The bar-restaurant Mirablau is ideal for having a drink (10.50€) or snack, especially at the bar facing an enormous picture window ...

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The Magic Fountains on Montjuic:

Las Fuentes Mágicas de Montjuic

Brief description: The fountain was inaugurated during the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. Ever since, there has been a spectacular display of colour, light, movement, music and water every week. Cost: free. Hours: From April 1st to May 31st: Thrusdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 21.00 and at 21.30. From June 1st to September 30th: from Wednesdays to ...

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Route through the Raval:

Ruta por el Raval, Barcelona

This visit will take approx. 30min-1hr. Here are some emblematic points of interest: Going down the Ramblas from Plaça Catalunya, turn right onto Carrer del Bonsucces (second street on the right). Soon, on the right-hand side, you'll see an arcade that gives way to Plaça de Vicenç Martorell. This square is nice for enjoying something in one of its bars, such as ...

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Stroll through Gracia neighbourhood:

Gracia was at one time a village independent of the city of Barcelona. From it comes the name Passeig de Gracia, the road that once connected the village to the city. As Barcelona grew, Gracia was absorbed by it, eventually becoming one of city's most picturesque neighbourhoods. Its hippy and international atmosphere make it an ideal place for shopping, walking and ...

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Port Vell:

Port Vell, Barcelona

At the bottom of the Ramblas you'll find yourself in Port Vell (Old Port). We recommend walking or cycling from here to Barceloneta (approx. 15min). Points of special interest: Statue of Columbus: at the end of the Ramblas. One of the most well-known monuments in Barcelona. You can go inside and up to a viewpoint below the statue, but it's not really ...

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Barceloneta Beach:

Playa de la Barceloneta

Barceloneta is the first of Barcelona's beaches, the one closest to the city and usually the liveliest. If you want to add a beach day to the route, you have several options: If you want to treat yourself to a bit of luxury, at the end of Barceloneta Beach on the right, at the foot of the Hotel W (called the "Hotel Vela", or "Sail Hotel" by locals), you'll find ...

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Hospital Sant Pau:

Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

Once you've eaten and had a rest, we suggest changing neighbourhoods. If you go by bike, follow the seafront promenade to Port Olimpic. Right before the towers is the beginning of a street with a bicycle lane that runs up to Sagrada Familia (Carrer Marina). If you take public transportation, return to the beginning of Barceloneta and take line 4 towards Trinitat Nova. ...

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Camp Nou:

Camp Nou Barcelona

Brief description: Camp Nou Stadium is the shrine and pilgrimage destination of "culés" (Barça fans) across the world. We recommend seeing a match (see special section in General Information). Even if there is no game, you can visit the Barça Museum. Cost: 28€ (0 to 4 y.o. free, 4 to 10 y.o. 21€). Since June 2023 they are rebuilding the stadium so the Museum ...

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Sitges is a charming coastal town to the south of Barcelona where many locals go to spend the weekend or their summer holidays, though nowadays an increasing number live there year round. Its proximity to Barcelona, beaches, good food and nice weather (it's said to have its own micro-climate) are the main reasons why Sitges has become one of the towns with the most ...

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Montserrat is the magic mountain of Catalonia. It is situated on an ancient lake that was drained of its water as the continent sank, giving rise to strange rock formations, mystical for some, a climbing challenge for others, and a spectacular site to see for everyone. In its monastery is the famous Moreneta ("the little dark-skinned one"), the image of the Virgin ...

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