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Barcelona overlooks the Mediterranean and has transformed itself into one of the most dynamic and stylish cities in the world. It is a coastal city and has over four kilometers of urban beaches. It's always up to date when it comes to architecture, food, fashion, style, music and good times. Although it's a large city, it is easy to get around on public transport and on foot. You can reach any point in the city by metro, bus and taxi. Magnificent examples of artistic trends throughout the ages can be found here providing a great Romanesque, Gothic and above all Modernista legacy, the latter represented by the work of architectural genius Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona is a city replete with monuments, buildings and unique places that are well worth a visit. In this section you will find information on different interesting places to visit.

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Areas to visit

Plaça Felip Neri is the most romantic square keeps its ghosts. It is built on the grounds of a medieval cemetery. The baroque church on its premises was built in 1752.

A stroll through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter brings to light the early Roman city of Barcino and the medieval town with its palazzos, mansions and Gothic churches. This is the style that defines “the heart of Barcelona”: a neighbourhood where the splendour of the historic past coexists with the vibrancy of the present.

Las Ramblas is one of the most famous streets of Barcelona. From the top of the street you can overlook down to the sea and feel the atmosphere of people walking on the street.

Passeig de Gràcia: This elegant, majestic boulevard was a showcase for Barcelona’s bourgeoisie at the turn of the 19th century, and links the Plaça Catalunya with the district of Gràcia, hence its name. The presence of Barcelona’s finest modernista buildings makes this avenue a veritable open-air museum.

Mercat de la Boqueria: At the Boqueria people eat, shop and gossip together doing what the Spanish excel at, living life well and enjoying a sense of community.

Buildings to visit

The Gran Teatre del Liceu was built in 1847 and is a unique cultural facility in Barcelona and one of Europe’s leading opera houses. The building was destroyed by fire in 1994 and reopened in 1999 after a magnificent reconstruction.

The Sagrada Família is Antoni Gaudí’s best-known work and has become an undisputed symbol of Barcelona. Extravagant, ambitious and controversial, this unique modern temple has been under construction since 1882, and is expected to be completed by 2030.

Casa Batlló is a key feature in the architecture of modernist Barcelona. It was built by Antoni Gaudí between 1904 and 1906 having been commissioned by the textile industrialist Josep Batlló.

FC Barcelona (Barça), founded in 1899 by a group of young foreigners living in Barcelona, was the result of the increasing popularity of football, and other British sports, across Europe. These origins have conferred upon the Club its intercultural identity, multi-sport focus and its deeply-rooted allegiance to Barcelona and Catalonia.

Barcelona is synonymous with culture.This city has so many cultural events and activities to offer that you'll only ever be able to take in a fraction of them during a single visit. Music, theatre, museums and public festivals, big and small, plus a series of events to make your stay in the city a veritable pleasure.

Museums

Fundació Miró, located in the beautiful Montjuic Mountain has one of the largest collection of Miró´s paintings.

Picasso Museum, The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the more than 3,800 works that make up the permanent collection.

Catalan National Art Museum (MNAC) is housed in the magnificent palace overlooking the fountains of Montjuic. The MNAC embraces all the arts (sculpture, painting, objects d'art, drawing, engraving, posters, photography and coinage) and has the task of explaining the general history of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the mid-twentieth century.

Timetables

Shopping in Barcelona
Monday to Saturday, from 09:30 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 20:00. Most of the department stores do not close at mid-day.

Eating in Barcelona
Lunch time is from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.
Dinner time is from 9.00pm to 11.00pm.
As for night clubs, some do not start to be animated until 3.00am.

Metro in Barcelona
Weekdays (Monday to Thursday) and public holidays: from 5.00 am to 12.00am.
Fridays and eves of public holidays: from 5.00 am to 2.00 am
Saturdays and eves of 1 January, 24 June, 15 August and 24 September: opens at 5.00 am, then continuous service
Sundays: continuous service until midnight 24 December: from 5.00 am to 11.00 pm

Dicovering outside Barcelona

In case you have some time, we encourage you to travel outside Barcelona. Catalonia is full of nature and small villages in which you can enjoy history, gastronomy and outdoor´s activities. For more information visit, touristic routes, Tourism information

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