Monuments of Barcelona: 10 essential places!
Las RamblasIs one of the most known place of Barcelona. Every day, thousands of tourist and residents take a walk along this avenue that goes from the centre of the city till the old port, Port Vell. One of the peculiarities of this beautiful street rounded by trees, is the quantity of living statues that can be found. In short, it's a special thing of Barcelona worth to be visited!
Sagrada FamiliaProbably the most contradictory work of Gaudí. Loved, criticized and very visited, sometimes the cue goes around the whole building… There is a reason! The church seems to be done out of sand, it is a referential point in Barcelona and an unique architecture work in the world.
Palau de la Música CatalanaThe authentic jewel of Barcelona, this palace is really impressive! It seems to be taken out of a fairy tale, it's architecture, work of the famous Lluís Domènech i Montaner, is a good example of the Catalan modernism. It is the central seat of the “Orfeón Catalán”, a choral society founded in 1891 and many famous musicians and artist, Spanish and international have passed trough it's concert rooms.
Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña: MNACThis mountain with its own castle, has something magic and not only because of its excellent views over the city but because of his fountain, an unique show of lights, music and colours. Montjuïc is a place you must visit if you come to Barcelona. Its name comes from Latin: Mont Iovis, (hill of Jupiter) and with the pass of the time it changed to Montjuïc. This zone holds the principal sports structures of Barcelona, built for the Olympic games in 1992: The Olympic stadium Lluis Companys and the Palau Sant Jordi. However, those are not the only attractions that you can find: The famous Poble Español, The MNAC museum, the Fundación Joan Mirò, Caixaforum museum, Teatro Grec, the Botanic garden… ¡And much more!
Poble EspanyolAt the foot of Montjuïc there is a special place, where you will be able to know all Spain without having to go too far away: el Poble Espanyol is a reproduction of the different architectonic works around all Spain. Here you will find things for children and handicrafts, restaurants, entertaining for children, flamenco shows, among others. Do you want to know all Spain? Visit the Poble Espanyol!
La Casa BatllóAt Paseo de Gracia Street number 43, you can find the majestic work of the Catalonian modernism: La Casa Batlló, building which already existed and was reconstructed by the genius Antoni Gaudí.. Constructed with sandy stones of Montjuïc, in its design we can find columns with bony shape, curve surfaces, coloured windows... which contribute to give a hunted house aspect to this building.
Park GüellAnother impressive work of Gaudí and one of the most original parks in the world is, Parc Güell. Declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage, it is located in a little hill so its views of the city and the sea are, with the Tibidabo, one of the best views of Barcelona. In its design straight shapes don't exist, it is a clear example of how Gaudí was obsessed with curved lines. ¡You can't miss it!
Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado CorazónThat's the name oh the highest hill of the Sierra del Collserola, which incredible church called Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazón reminds to the Basílica del Sacré Cœur in Monmartre because of its situation, design and obviously, for its name.
PlayasWith 4.2 Km. of coast, Barcelona offers different beaches equipped with all kind of comfort to enjoy the summer days and, why not? also in winter and spring. At few kilometres form the centre of the city you can find the Barceloneta beach, frequented during day and night, is without doubt the most popular and well known. Although there are also beaches farther from the centre, well communicated and less tourist.
Port VellOld port of the city, Port Vell has become a leisure space to all kind of public which offers culture and fun. You will be able to find: the Catalonia History museum, the Aquarium of Barcelona, Palau del Mar, Maremagnum, nautical clubs, restaurants, and much more. All of this, in front of the sea and at one step from Barcelona's centre.