Things to do in Barcelona
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Casa Lleó i Morera: Masterpiece by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Lleó i Morera House was built between 1902 and 1906, remodeling an ancient building at Passeig de Gràcia. Inside the house we can nowadays admire the work of master craftsmen on mosaics, tiles, stained glass and wrought iron. Casa Lleó i Morera is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, and it is often compared to Palau de la Música Catalana, designed by the same architect.
Sagrada Familia: Maybe the most impressive work by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, Sagrada Familia is his unfineshed legacy. Gaudí started working there at 1883, after architect Francisco de Paula Villar resigned. Antoni Gaudí totally redraw the project and alternated it with other works, such as La Pedrera or Park Güell. In 1914, he decided to devote all his time only to Sagrada Familia, and even installed his house into it. In 1926, he prematurely died, run over by a tram, leaving his masterpiece unfinished. Sagrada Familia, which was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, is the most visited landmark in Spain and one of the world’s best-known buildings.
Park Güell: Originally planned in 1900 as a Garden-City where Barcelona’s wealthies families would build their residences, Antoni Gaudí‘s largest landscaping project in Barcelona ended being a park open to all citizens. On top of a hill, and with breathtaking views of the city, Park Güell attracks nowadays both locals and foreigners, and its colorful Dragon is one of the Barcelona’s best-known images. Ondulating benches, steep slopes, pines, oaks and other Mediterranean flora combine with the stone rock and pottery mosaics, surrounding the Chamber of the Hundred Columns, the Greek Theatre Plaza and the Gaudí’s Museum. Is part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Palau de la Música Catalana: Considered one of the most beautiful concert halls of the world, Palau de la Música Catalana was built in 1905 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Decorated with floral and organic motifs, curves and dynamic shapes, a monumental sculptural group representing the Catalan Music dominates the corner of the building. Busts of Beethoven, Bach, Wagner and Palestrina decorate the colorful mosaic covered columns. Inside, the concert hall is the only in Europe entirely illuminated by natural light, thanks to the impressive stained-glass skylight and windows. The rich decoration constantly refers to choral music, folk on the left side and classical on the right side. Both united at the center, the stage. Is part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
La Pedrera: Comissioned by Milà family, La Pedrera (The Quarry, in catalan) was built in 1905, facing several problems with local authorities as it was a total architectural revollution at the time. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, La Pedrera (also known as Casa Milà for its former owners) was a predecessor of many biomorphic appearance buildings, such as Guggenheim Museum in New York, or Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Located at Passeig de Gràcia, its roof architecture, ventilation towers, catenary arches and original balconies make of it an enormous moving sculpture, a homage to the Mediterranean.
Palau Güell: This town mansion (Palace) was one of the first works of architect Antoni Gaudí for his patron, Eusebi Güell, a wealthy industrial tycoon of Barcelona. Built in 1886, this large mansion just by Las Ramblas is part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and features the finest materials, accordingly to the status of the owner. Entrance was designed to arrive in carriages, with a ramp to keep horses on the basement meanwhile high-soociety members would meet on the first floor Grand Hall. Cinema fans surely remember how Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider met here on the flm The Passenger (1975).
Shopping in Barcelona: Barcelona is one of the finest shopping cities in Europe. From Las Ramblas to Passeig de Gràcia and Diagonal Avenue, more than 5km featuring about 35.000 magazines are waiting for you. All major international brands, such as Armani, Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Versace, Cartier or Louis Vuiton combine with the local business like Custo Barcelona, Zara or Tous in a pedestrianised promenade. Recently, Apple landed in Barcelona too. Non-EU residents can enjoy Tax-Free Shopping.
Museums in Barcelona: Culture and arts are part of Barcelona’s identity. From the ancient treasures at Egyptian Museum and Pre-Columbian Barbier-Muller collection to the Contemporary Art Museum, Picasso Museum or Fundació Joan Miró, all forms of human art and culture are in Barcelona. Discover as well the history of the city and Catalunya, or taste the best desserts at Chocolate Museum. Sport fans will not leave the city without a visit to FC Barcelona Museum. Shopaholics will surely enjoy the Footwear and Clothing Museum; and those on bachelor parties or stag weekends might have fun at Erotica Museum.
Cruises from Barcelona: The Catalan capital is nowadays a regular port-of-call for all the major Mediterranean cruises, and it’s not strange to see docked the biggest and most luxurious ships, such as Voyager of the Seas, Norwegian Jade, MSC Splendia or Brilliance of the Seas. Barcelona is the 5th largest cruise port of the world, the first one not on the Caribbean. The perfect blend of warm weather, wonderful architecture, delicious gastronomy, history and attractions of Barcelona makes our city a great choice for cruisers worldwide.
Traditions and Festivals: Catalan culture features many pintoresque traditions and customs, a living memory of the national identity. While some traditions are shared with other catholic nations, some are very specific, such as Castellers (Human Towers) or Ball de Gegants (Dancing Giants). If you are planning to visit Barcelona during summer, make sure to know where will be the Summer Festivals. For those visiting the city during Christmas, both near Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Cathedral you can visit the Pessebre Markets, selling all kind of miniatures and scenarios to make Nativity Scenes, which are extremely popular. Do not shock if you find a “pooper” among the miniatures. Caganer is a must on all Catalan Nativity Secenes.
Sant Jordi: Saint George’s Day in Barcelona is a working day. However, Catalans commemorate their Patron Saint with unique activities. Commonly called Dia de la Rosa i el Llibre (Rose and Book’s Day) lovers and friends exchange roses and books. Roses have been associated to Saint George since mediaval times, thanks to the legend of the Dragon. Books are a more recent tradition, dated from 1923, as a coincidence with the death of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Streets and Boulevards turn into open-air bookstores and flower shops. A promenade in Las Ramblas on April 23rd is certainly a must.