Sights in Barcelona

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View from the Castle (Agbar tower, Temple of Sagrada Familia  and Port Vell

View from the Castle (Agbar tower, Temple of Sagrada Familia and Port Vell

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There are so many Barcelona activities and sights to see, that it has always been a challenge for most Barcelona travel guides to list them all. So in what area or what attraction is the best place to start exploring Barcelona? Well, once you leave your Barcelona hotel, grab a bite to eat at any Barcelona restaurant then head straight to a popular starting point for newbies -- the Ramblas. This lovely promenade runs from the port to Plaça de Catalunya.

If you head for the port, you can stroll down de Paseo de Colon boulevard, visit the beach, the harbour and the aquarium, and climb de San Sebastia tower to take in some of the best views of views of the city. The tower, located in an area that is better known as Barceloneta (little Barcelona), is also the place where the cable car for Montjuic departs.

The hill Montjuic has a nice park, an impressive fortress, and some good museums, such as the Miro museum, which has, besides a good collection of Miro paintings, a fairly extensive modern art collection. The Spanish village, which has remained  intact, is also located in this area.

Plaza de Catalunya is the heart of the modern centre. This is also the area where you will find a high concentration of houses designed by Gaudí. Pick up one of the walking Barcelona travel guides and follow the traces of this remarkable architect throughout the town. Of course, the tour isn’t complete without a visit to the unfinished Sagrad Familia, the Parc Guell, and the Gaudí Museum.

The old city centre, better known as the Gothic Quarter, offers a good view of medieval times and all sorts of architectural styles that left their mark on this part of the city. The Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral and its plaza are only a few of the interesting sights in this area. There are several palaces, either still in use by the government (or foundations) or left on their own to be explored by visitors. The Picasso museum is located in one of these palaces (Montcada 15-23) and this is only one of the many interesting museums that Barcelona has to offer. This is the perfect area to get lost and explore the winding streets, the little shops and some of the best Barcelona the tapas bars.

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May 16, 2008 change by mcburton (1 point)
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April 11, 2004 change by eurapart

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Casa Batlló

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Astonishing colourful building that illustrates one way Gaudí wanted to represent naturalism, that is, abstract with a lot of colours, mosaics and themes. Make sure you get to see the inside as well.

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address:Passeig de Gràcia 43

La Diagonal

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Barcelona’s main street packed with shops, restaurants and …traffic

type:Boulevards
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Mirador de Colon

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Mirador de Colon
Mirador de Colon
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At the end of La Rambla, near the sea, you will find the Mirador de Colon, a great work built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition as a reminder of the discovery of America.

The work combines stone, iron and bronze, and consists of a column that rises from a base sculpted with the figures of prominent people related to the discovery. At the top, the sculpture of Columbus points the sea. Inside the column, which measures 2.25 meters in diameter, there is a lift that goes up to the viewing gallery. Ride up and enjoy a panoramic view of Barcelona.

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address:La Rambla, Metro: Drassanes

Hospital de Sant Pau

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A hospital is not the typical image that comes to mind one thinks of architectural wonders. Hospital de Sant Pau will make think twice about the different types of structures that can be considered beautiful. Hospital de Sant Pau is considered one of the most beautiful hospital complexes on earth featuring lush gardens filled with trees and flowers, exposed brick facades, polychrome tile, sylvan paintings, and brightly colored mosaics throughout as well as sculptures by Pau Gargallo. The therapeutic power of design and color laid the foundation for the stunning design and color more..

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accessibility:Totally Wheelchair Accessible
tel:93 291-9000, 93 488 2078 (tours)
openingHours:Daily 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., weekends 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
url:www.santpau.es
address:Carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret 167
email:santpau@santpau.es

Pavelló Mies van der Rohe

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Pavelló Mies van der Rohe

The Pavilion is one of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s seminal Works and a key point of reference in XX-century architecture. The famous German Pavilion was designed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition and reconstructed in 1986 on its original site. Its innovative architectural structure marked a radical change in the layout of space and greatly influenced the development of modern architecture. Furthermore, the Pavilion exhibits the Barcelona Chair, also designed by Mies van der Rohe, along with a bronze reproduction of Georg Kolbe’s sculpture Morning. The Fundació more..

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accessibility:Underground: Espanya L1 and L3 Bus: Plaça d’Espanya, 13 and 50 Bus Turístic: stop CaixaForum - Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Barcelona City Tour: stop number 10 / CaixaForum - Mies van der Rohe Pavilion
tel:+34 93 423 40 16
openingHours:10.00 to 20.00h.
url:www.miesbcn.com
address:Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 7 Parc de Montjuïc
email:pavellomies@miesbcn.com

Sagrada Família

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Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
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This is one of Gaudí’s unfinished masterpieces and pays tribute to the Sagrada family.

La Sagrada Familia the magnificent surreal church is designed by Gaudí. While still unfinished it’s like no other church you’ll ever see: Its design is a combination of a dragon’s cave and a castle made from whipped cream. (You can take an elevator up one of the spires but be prepared to cover your ears—the bell may gong while you’re up there. The view is awe- and vertigo-inspiring.)

type:Churches and Cathedrals
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address:C/Mallorca 401
tel:+34 93 207 30 31
openings:Daily opened 9-18 in wintertime and 9-20 in summertime

Nou Camp Stadium

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Barcelona FC's home stadium.

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Plaça de Sant Just

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Entrance to Palau Moxó
Entrance to Palau Moxó

Excellent example (with its Gothic fountain and Palau Moixó) of the old character of Barcelona.

type:The Gothic Quarter
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address:End of C Hercules

Palau de la Musica Catalana

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The Palau is a great masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture. The stained glass cieling alone is worth the 5 euro you pay to get the guided tour. jasna goic: Phillippa: This is one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world, a World Heritage site. From the minute you go into the foyer with the huge mural on the left, and start to climb the shallow marble staircase with its amber glass balustrading, through to the point where you come out at the top and realise that those huge white plough-horses looming over the balcony are hardly more..

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Olympic Stadium

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The Olympic Stadium of Barcelona was redesigned in 1992 in order to host the Olympic Games professionally. An absolute must for sports’ freaks.

type:Montjuic
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address:Montjuic

Casa Calvet

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This is one of Gaudí’s most conventional awards and he received the Barcelona City Council Award for it in 1900.

type:Gaudi
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address:C/Casp 48

Pavellons de la Finca Güell

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The gate of the Finca Guell is also designed by Antoni Gaudí and is beautifully decorated and made out of iron. Metro Sagrada Família/bus 10, 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, 101. Open Nov-Feb 9am-6pm; Mar, Sep-Oct 9am-7pm; Apr-Aug 9am-8pm, daily. Closed pm 25 Dec, 1 Jan. Admission 800ptas, 600ptas students; group discounts.

type:Gaudi
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address:Avda Pedralbes 7

Parc Güell

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Outside the centre of Barcelona you find the beautiful Parc Guell. Guadi wanted to design a municipal parc that looked like one of the English parcs and so compensate the industrialisation in Barcelona a bit. Gaudí made it a splendid parc with lots of colours, round shapes, mosaic and lovely little houses which make you believe in fairy tales. Take bus nr. 24 or the metro. When you want to skip walking up the hill I'd suggest you take the bus.

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address:C/d'Olot

Castell de Montjuic

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View from the Castle (Agbar tower, Temple of Sagrada Familia  and Port Vell
View from the Castle (Agbar tower, Temple of Sagrada Familia and Port Vell
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Rising above it all, you can have spectacular views over the city from this 18th century castle that was built on top of ruins dating from the 17th century. D. Ralphs: A fine place to visit with military exhibits. Wonderful views of Barca and the port. A cablecar takes you there past a small fairground and the whole visit is not expensive.

type:Montjuic
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address:Montjuic

Casa Vincens

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This was Gaudí’s first architectonic work and seems to have escaped from 1001 Arabian nights.

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address:Carrer de les Carolines 18-24

Park de la Ciudadella

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Park next to the Olympic Port. It was a Militar Fortress that was rised in the 18th century and demolished in the 19th. Nowadays contains a park, zoo, and the Catalunya Parlamient

type:Parks, Gardens and Zoos
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La Casa Mila

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La Casa Mila (nicknamed La Pedrera) is the last wonderful building that Gaudí designed. It is built between 1905 and 1910 and has beautiful ornamental balconies and an extraordinary chimneys. There may be long queues for the entrance and you may fiind the entrance fee steep.

So if you're not into a full guided tour, you can go into the exposition hall on the first floor. It shows expositions of contemporary artists and entrance is free. You get a good impression of the building too, although you miss the chimneys on the roof.

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address:Passeig de Gràcia 92
tel:+34 93 487 36 13

Olympic Port

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Olympic Port

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Plaça de Catalunya

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The main square of Barcelona where all activities come together. Also the place where the main tourist office is located.

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address:At the end of the Ramblas

Poble Espagnol

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Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village), which was built for the exposition in 1929 as a concoction of architectural styles from all around the country, is worth a visit. Especially in the evenings, you can enjoy the temperamental Spanish music.

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