A coffee, croissant, and drink are included. Top Tip: Keep your swimwear to the beach. Restaurants and bars on Las Ramblas are about three times more expensive than a regular street. It's name comes from a stream raml in Arabic that used to run along the same path before the land was developed in the 14th century. Source: Las Ramblas Never mind that a lot of locals shun this sequence of promenades that runs from Plaça de Catalunya down to the Columbus Monument at the waterfront. Wander aimlessly and find hidden town squares, where street musicians strum melodies on Spanish guitars. Although the concert hall is not renowned for its acoustics, the Palau provides a suitably glittering backdrop to performances, making attending a concert at the venue a rich audio-visual experience.
On one side of the city you have the beach with wonderful sea views, on the other side you have the Serra de Collserola mountain range. Las Ramblas, a series of 5 stretches of road that run through central Barcelona, is known collectively just as La Rambla. Full of street vendors selling everything from fine jewellery to pigeons in a cage, one of the main attractions on the Las Ramblas Street is the street performances. Surrounded on both sides by skyscrapers such as the prominent Torre Mapfre and the Hotel Arts, the port is a marina for over 700 boats. Relax and tour the city in an open-air double decker bus while listening to an informative commentary, and hop off at any of the 44 stops to spend more time at your favorite attractions. Gaudí himself loved this area of the city, and his home was located here.
Highlights of the Barri Gótic include Barcelona's cathedral, the political hub of Placa Sant Jaume, and some of Barcelona's best surviving stretches of the Roman walls. Barcelona's Gothic Quarter Barri Gótic dates from medieval times. Children often play a pickup game of soccer in the Gothic Quarter's hidden corners, and little cafés with sidewalk terraces are found in its courtyards. A short walk away and only a block from La Rambla, includes breakfast and complimentary snacks all day. In this area, the exceptional avant-garde buildings were inspired by the work of Antoni Gaudí and constructed in the late 19th and early 20th century. Casa Milà was the last building Gaudí worked on before dedicating himself to the Sagrada Familia and is considered one of the most impressive buildings of the Modernisme.
Top Tip: Staff will try to encourage you to buy an audio guide and may even tell you there is no English inside. La Rambla stretches from the Plaça de Catalunya, where the beautiful Romanesque 12th-century Convent of Santa Anna stands, all the way down to the port. Visitors are first struck by the lavish exterior with its expressive Nativity facade depicting the birth of Jesus, and the evocative Passion facade that illustrates the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The ceiling sparkles with opulent decorative details, and colorful stained-glass windows allow ethereal light to flow in. Wander through this delightful maze of narrow cobblestone streets and atmospheric alleyways to discover this magical traffic-free medieval world. The roof area also rewards visitors with sensational views across the city, with the outlook extending to the Basilica de Sagrada Família in the distance. Different architects made their mark on the neighborhood, and the result is a diversity of the Modernist style.
Along the path are numerous shops, cafes and bars as well as some interesting attractions. Another must-see attraction in Park Güell is the Gaudí House Museum. Source: Park Güell Round off your Gaudí experience with a trip to this garden complex on Carmel Hill. I love a good city break in Barcelona! However, in the 18th century, the Ribera has gone into decline and the houses that lined along the streets began to disappear one by one. Stroll down La Rambla, where the locals hang out. Bars hidden from view and winding alleys of the old city are only part of what Barcelona can offer.
Below this, and also built for the exhibition was the Magic Fountain, which puts on light and music shows ever half-hour on the weekends. There are also temporary exhibitions of 20th and 21st century art, and all sorts of collaborative and educational projects going on. It is the largest football stadium in Europe and hosted the summer 1992 Olympics. Passeig de Gracia is one of the most significant avenues in Barcelona. On the facade, decorative glazed ceramic tiles in green, blue, and ochre colors add to the flamboyance. The window frame on the first floor is bordered by swinging shapes that suggest plants, others resemble entrances to caves. Visitors enjoy relaxing in the tranquil setting and learning about the life and work of 14th-century nuns.
The building is supported by ribbed arches that were designed for load-bearing purposes, a feature that reveals Gaudí's genius as a structural engineer. Equally stunning, the interior is an immense space of 90 meters long by 60 meters high. Ingeniously designed, the upscale district displays long avenues with cut-corner, octagonal blocks that allow for openness, light and ventilation. A fascinating structure, La Pedrera is recognized both as a symbol of the ridiculous opulence of the Catalan elite as well as one of Gaudí's most interesting works. Casa Mila houses the Fundació Catalunya cultural center that organizes events throughout the year. Piles of fresh fruits and vegetables, pails of glistening olives and huge slabs of cheese and foie gras line the stalls, alongside an array of local seafood and varying cuts of meat, including the odd pig head. Dalí also chose to include some pieces from his personal collection by other artists such as El Greco and Antoni Pitxot.
Walking Tour of Barcelona: Picasso and Picasso Museum 1881-1973 developed his unique style and famous the cat lived in this city, where he spent much of his life. You can either visit the attractions independently as I did, or there are numerous Barcelona sightseeing tours that will show you the best attractions and give you some of the history behind them too. This is best seen at night of course. The concert hall of the Palau, which seats about 2,200 people, is the only auditorium in Europe illuminated during daylight hours entirely by natural light. Both half-day and full-day tours are available.
It's also where you'll meet half of Barcelona on a busy morning as they shop for that night's dinner. The market boasts a long history, with the spot being used as a meat market as far back as the 13th century, but today the market is held in the Mercat de Sant Josep market hall in La Rambla, a Modernist iron and glass canopy built in 1914. Another highlight of a visit is the Monastery Museum, which displays an outstanding collection of medieval art from the 14th century as well as later religious art created through the 20th century. These are my top 10 things to do in Barcelona, but there are plenty of other things to do in the city such as all the activities along Las Ramblas, the market of La Boqueria, the temple of the sacred heart of Jesus and some great day trips including Monserrat monastery in the mountains. Discover picturesque quiet squares, enlivened by the sounds of people chatting and laughing or the strumming of Spanish classical guitar. Visit La Sagrada Familia has become the pervasive obsession of Gaudí, in recent years the life of this highly religious man.
Elaborate sculptures frame the concert stage. To explore some of the regional highlights, turn to our articles on the and. Top Tip: Some of the nicest rooftop bars are located in hotels but usually they are freely accessible to non-hotel guests — this photo was taken from the bar in Hotel Catalonia. You get a good view of the marinas and port area from the Port Cable Car, which ascends from here to hilltop Montjuïc. The Barri Gotic makes a popular starting point for a walking tour of the city, with sights including the historic Placa del Rei; the 14th century Palau Reial Major; the Gothic Barcelona Cathedral; the glitzy shopping street of Portal del Angel; the lively La Boqueria food market; and several Gaudi masterpieces, including the Palau Güell.