F O O D
Barcelona’s food is one of the city’s major attractions. Whilst it can be expensive, it is definitely worth it. The Tapas, Paella and Moroccan food that can be found there is particularly spectacular. When ordering, make sure that your food is made fresh, rather than frozen and reheated. This is a little more expensive and paellas will be for a minimum of 2 people, however the food will be much tastier.
1. Antunez 2. Cerveseria Catalana Restaurant 3. Mercat de Santa Caterina 4. La Boqueria Market
If eating out is not for you or you feel adventurous, you can get quality fresh local produce at one of Barcelona’s many markets to cook for yourself. The fresh seafood is particularly tasty and it is a good opportunity to try something new.
S T R E E T
A R T
The street art movement in Barcelona is thriving, artists draw on many different sources, such as politics or pop culture for inspiration, and then draw on the city. The brightly coloured artworks create a fun atmosphere that is often thought provoking and adds in interesting dynamic when travelling through the city.
M O S A I C
Barcelona is famous for its bold coloured mosaics. The most prevalent example of this is Gaudiâ€™s Park Guell. Gaudi developed a style of mosaic which incorporated broken tile as well as the more traditional square cut pieces, this created a more interesting surface. The colours are bold and bright and create a sense of motion with their organic shapes.
1. Park Guell 2. Casa Batllo
M A T E R I A L S
Barcelona is a city that has both contemporary and historical buildings, therefore it has a broad range of interesting materials. The most prevalent of these are the spectacular Stonework, masonry and the beautiful ceramics. These materials are all used in an organic way, giving rise to the natural forms in the city.
G A U D I
Gaudi’s influence is everywhere in Barcelona; it feels like almost every street has had some influence from his work. Mosaics and controlled but organic forms are everywhere. If you want to go and see some of his best works, booking in advance is advised and you will have to pay a small amount of money to go inside many of his buildings. The greatest examples of his work are La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila.
1. Park Guell 2. La Sagrada Familia 3. Casa Mila 4. Casa Batllo La Sagrada Familia is Antoni Gaudi’s Magnus opus. It has been under construction for over 100 years. When it is completed it will have the tallest church tower in Europe at 172.5m. Its Giant and incredibly detailed Stained Glass windows, as well as the incredibly intricate masonry are particularly worthy of note. It is without a doubt, already one of the world’s most spectacular buildings and is due to be completed in approximately 2032.
La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia
Cathedral of Barcelona
B U I L D I N G S
Barcelona’s Architecture is certainly worth taking the time to see, From Gaudi’s masterpieces to more recent additions, the city overflows with its beautiful designs. Architecture in Barcelona is Particularly interesting because it is so varied, and yet it all seamlessly interlinks. Some buildings of note besides Gaudi’s works are the Arco de Triunfo, the museum of modern art, Palau de la Música Catalana, La Catedral de Barcelona, La Barcelona Pavilion and la Palau Nacional. The Gothic quarter of Barcelona is also worth visiting, and wandering through the winding narrow streets is a wonderful experience.
1. Casa Mila 2. La Sagrada Familia 3. Casa Batllo 4. Arc de Triomf 5. Museum of Contemporary Art 6. Palau de la Música Catalana 7. Cathedral of Barcelona 8. Barcelona Pavillion 9. Palau Nacional
Mercat de Santa Caterina
Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona
Museum of Contemporary