Barcelona A unique city
Ciutat Vella (Old Town) LA RAMBLA (The Avenue) Barcelona wouldn’t be Barcelona without the Rambla. A wander up and down this famous boulevard is a ritual well worth observing. Just soak up the atmosphere and admire the buildings, from the Canaletes fountain to the Columbus Monument, which connect the old and modern city with places like Liceu and Boqueria. A walk through the life and history of the city.
EL RAVAL (The Rabad) The word Raval, which comes from the Arabic Rabad, means neighbourhood or district. Once home to a cluster of convents and hospitals in Barcelona, the Raval has become a multicultural mosaic where the mix of modernity and the past of the former Barrio Chino, have made it a pole of attraction for people from all over the world.
BARRIO GÓTICO (Gothic Quarter) A stroll through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter brings to light the early Roman city of Barcino and the medieval town with its palazzos, mansions and Gothic churches. This is the style that defines “the heart of Barcelona”: a neighbourhood where the splendour of the historic past coexists with the vibrancy of the present.
LA RIBERA (The Shore) La Ribera neighbourhood is a must for anyone taking a walk through Barcelona. Whether you get there from the Via Laietana or the Arc de Triomf, as you explore the maze of narrow streets in this neighbourhood where merchants, artisans and guilds once, you’ll discover the city of design, leisure and fashion.
SAN PERE AND SANTA CATERINA Across the Via Laietana from the Barcelona Cathedral is a maze of bustling, narrow streets. This is the city’s medieval Santa Caterina and Sant Pere neighbourhood where, among other things, you’ll find the modernista masterpiece: the Palau de la Música Catalana.
THE “BARCELONETA” The streets of the Barceloneta in Ciutat Vella district are arranged like corridors running parallel and perpendicular to the Port de Barcelona, and draw us into a world of modest buildings, with balconies displaying clothes hanging out to dry and small ground-floor restaurants and tapas bars, filled with chatter and noise, and permeated by the constant smell of the sea.
PORT VELL (Old Port) The old harbour, Barcelona’s Port Vell, which stretches from the Columbus Monument to the Barceloneta, offers endless possibilities to enjoy your leisure time, such as Imax, Aquàrium or Maremàgnum, amongst others. Following a long historic process, the Port Vell, with its landmark buildings and monuments, now gleams like one of the most valuable pearls on the Mediterranean coast.
CIUTADELLA PARK There are a hundred different ways to discover the Parc de la Ciutadella. You can explore the history of the former military citadel and the 1888 Universal Exhibition, or simply enjoy the surroundings and take part in one of its many cultural events. Barcelona’s public park par excellence will never let you down.
Eixample (The Enlargement) QUADRAT D’OR (Golden Square) Barcelona’s extensive Eixample district brings together a large number of modernista buildings of great architectural value. However, it is the central part which showcases most of the buildings designed in this style. Known as the Quadrat d’Or (Golden Square), it is the place where Barcelona’s moneyed classes came to live in the flats designed by the leading architects of the day, such as Gaudí.
AREA OF THE “SAGRADA FAMILIA” In Barcelona’s Eixample neighbourhood, just outside the Quadrat d'Or (Golden Square) heritage district, you’ll come across a bustling, lively neighbourhood which is home to two Catalan art nouveau, or modernista, landmarks by Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner: the Hospital de Sant Pau and the church of the Sagrada Família, which attracts thousands of visitors every day and has made the neighbourhood from which it takes its name so famous. LEFT OF THE “EIXAMPLE” This part of the Eixample district has everything you need. Here you’ll find the historic Barcelona University building; modernista landmarks such as the Casa Golferichs; the Parc de Joan Miró, and two important food markets, the Mercat del Ninot and the Mercat Sant Antoni, which give vibrancy and inject life into this Eixample Esquerra neighbourhood.
NORTH STATION AND “GLÒRIES” The neighbourhood around the former railway station, the Estació del Nord in the Eixample, and the area near the Plaça de les Glòries are in a constant process of transformation. They are transient, changing spaces where tall landmark buildings, such as the Torre Agbar and TNC, have sprung up in recent years and now form a new central area for Barcelona, below the new section of the
Gràcia and Park Güell No other neighbourhood in Barcelona better encapsulates traditional charm and vibrant modernity than Gràcia. Formerly a separate village, it now forms the core of the Barcelona’s 6th district, which also includes other neighbourhoods such as Vallcarca, Penitents and La Salut
No work by Gaudí better encapsulates the complete and perfect harmony of nature and architecture than Barcelona’s Park Güell. Initially designed as an English-style garden-city – hence the name Park – it eventually became Barcelona’s most unusual public park.
The squares were built as a result of the development of the former village of Gràcia and have become the focus of recreational and social life for locals and visitors in Barcelona alike. The neighbourhood is dotted with over 15 of them, places which afford light and shade, where people can meet and chat: colourful spaces which appear, almost by surprise, among the narrow streets.
Horta and Guinardó Barcelona’s third largest district is characterised by its uneven landform consisting of mountains, hills and valleys, as well as the abundance of green areas that make it one of the most attractive spots for people in search of peace and quiet in the open air.
The Maze Park
There is no doubt that this park is the green jewel of the Horta and Guinardó district. It was designed in 1792 by the Italian engineer Domenico Bagutti, as an initiative of the owner of the estate Joan Desvalls, the Marquis of Llupià and Alfarràs.
Pavilion of the Republic
In Barcelona’s Parc de la Clota, close to the villa known as the Torre Lluçana in the neighbourhood of Horta-Guinardó, we come across the reproduction of the Pavilion of the Spanish Republic, originally designed by the architects Josep Lluís Sert and Luis Lacasa as the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Exhibition.
The letters “A”, whole or broken; punctuation marks scattered on the grass. These elements create a curious, attractive ensemble that can be read like a vast corporeal poem. An urban sculpture which seeks to foster reflection on a journey from birth to death..
Les Corts and Pedralbes The city’s longest avenue, the Diagonal, cuts through the two neighbourhoods. To the south, Les Corts, which is a blend of modernity and the rural origins of the area. To the north, the smart residential district of Pedralbes, with its parks, quiet streets and outstanding Gothic monastery..
Santa Maria’s Museu-Monestir of Pedralbes
Barcelona's Museu-Monestir de Pedralbes is considered to be one of the finest examples of Catalan Gothic architecture and allows us to see the artistic legacy preserved by the community of nuns from the Order of Saint Clare throughout the centuries and to find out about the way they live.
Red, yellow and blue roses, climbing rose bushes and miniature ones, the Parc de Cervantes in Pedralbes neighbourhood features 245 varieties of the flower. You can enjoy the colourful spectacle nearly all the year round, as well as the open areas of the park which welcome you when you enter Barcelona from the Avinguda Diagonal.
Pavilion of the Güell property
Fantasy and technical innovation come together in the former gatehouses of the Güell Estate, on Barcelona’s Avinguda Pedralbes. The beauty and colour of the buildings don’t eclipse the main protagonist of the ensemble: the giant mythological dragon from the Garden of the Hesperides, a synthesis of Gaudí’s symbolism and craftsmanship.
Nou Barris (Nine Districts) The district of Nou Barris comprises 13 neighbourhoods, each one with its own secrets and hidden corners that are waiting to be discovered. They are blue-collar areas with a lot of character, which have evolved as a result of struggles by the community to improve their services and infrastructures. Now they are proud to show visitors the attractive and innovative green areas which are well worth discovering.
Viewpoint of Baro Towel
This viewing point is perfect if you want to enjoy lovely views of Barcelona and its surrounding area. Nestling at the top of the Torre Baró hill in the district of Nou Barris, it also marks the end of the neighbourhood of the same name.
Central Park of Nou Barri
The park covers a surface area of 17 hectares and gives Nou Barris a pleasant, modern appearance in keeping with the residential area where it is located. It blends in perfectly with the site and its undulating landform has a lot of surprises in store.
The residents of La Guineueta and El Verdun enjoy one of the most beautiful green areas in Nou Barris and Barcelona. The Parc de la Guineueta is also very popular with people from other parts of the city who often go there to take a stroll.
Park of the “Turó de la Peira”
Existen parques que conservan una atmósfera There are parks that are almost forest-like. High up in Nou Barris, the leafy pine grove in the Turó de la Peira is filled with the scent of Mediterranean plants, and it is easy to forget, for a few minutes, that you are in Barcelona.
Sants - Montjuïc Montjuïc Park The Parc de Montjuïc is located in the Sants neighbourhood and it occupies a vast swathe of the imposing hill overlooking the port, offering a plethora of green areas and gardens, museums and cultural attractions, sports facilities and Olympic sites. Montjuïc speaks to us about the history and life of a hill that has helped define Barcelona's personality
Poble Sec (Dry Town) The neighbourhood of Poble-sec in Barcelona stretches from the foot of Montjuïc to the Avinguda Paral•lel, close to the sea. The close-knit community and long-standing theatrical tradition are two of the distinctive features of this part of Barcelona, which retains one of the airraid shelters built by the local residents during the Spanish Civil War.
Sants and Hostafrancs The centre of the district of SantsMontjuïc in Barcelona consists of the neighbourhoods of Sants and Hostafrancs. These neighbourhoods started out as rural areas which were subsequently devoted to industry, but today the vitality of these neighbourhoods as a retail hub is the distinctive feature that makes them attractive to everyone who visits
El Paral·lel (The Parallel) In Barcelona, when people talk about "El Paral·lel", the world of the theatre and music hall immediately springs to mind. The section of this avenue closest to the royal shipyards and the port offers a plethora of venues and entertainments steeped in tradition. Today the artistic splendour of the past shines out again with renewed vigour.
Sarrià - St. Gervasi Tibidabo and Collserola The rivers Llobregat and Besós mark the geographical boundaries of the Collserola massif with Mount Tibidabo as its tallest point and the omnipresent symbol of the city. Tibidabo is also a metropolitan park with lush green areas, streams and viewing points overlooking the city, such as the amusement park and the Collserola Tower.
Viewpoint - Colleserola Towel Like a needle pointing towards the sky, the Collserola tower has been an iconic part of the Barcelona skyline since the year of the Olympics, 1992. It has become a major landmark which combines modernity with the most spectacular views of Barcelona and its surrounding area, from its observation deck, which is the highest in the city..
Colleserola’s Park Behind Tibidabo’s iconic outline, there lies a wealth of woodland and fields: a protected park where a wide variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna brings us into contact with nature just 15 minutes away from the bustling city. This is Barcelona’s great green “lung”
Sarrià Sarrià perhaps best encapsulates the true feel of a Barcelona neighbourhood. It retains the traditional flavour and personality of bygone years, with its close-knit community, small, charming shops, elegant townhouses, and parks, clinics and hospitals and prestigious schools. A walk through Sarrià is always a pleasurable experience, which brings
Sant Andreu (Saint Andreu) Sant Andreu was originally an agricultural community, which became one of the cityâ€™s main industrial and retail districts. In recent years, the area has evolved at a rapid pace, with improvements being made to abandoned industrial sites and derelict plots of land which have been incorporated into the traditional areas of
Sant Martí (Saint Marti) Villa Olímpica (The Olympic Village) The Olympic Village is a young neighbourhood which offers visitors a whole host of possibilities for their leisure time. Overlooking the sea, it is the ideal place to enjoy a stroll while admiring the cutting-edge architecture, enjoying a delicious meal in the marina or a dip in the sea along the Barcelona coastline.
Clot - Sant Martí (Hole - Saint Marti) The district of Sant Martí encapsulates Barcelona’s past and future. The city’s agricultural and industrial past, and a future that embraces modernity by transforming neighbourhoods, cleaning up and reclaiming beaches and carrying out major contemporary architecture projects.
Poblenou (New Town) Poblenou now turns its gaze proudly to the sea, satisfied to have it close by. It has left behind its industrial past and the harsh living conditions. I In the old part of the district, the Rambla, which can stand comparison with the best of Barcelona’s boulevards, is lined with elegant buildings and pavement cafés where you can sit and enjoy this part of the city.
Sea and Forum Diagonal Nowhere else in Barcelona better encapsulates post-modernity than Diagonal Mar and the Forum in the Sant Martí district. Set out along the final stretch of the Avinguda Diagonal, this neighbourhood originated from the major redevelopment of the industrial district of Poblenou and merges, in its final section, with the Forum
Leisure There's no time to get bored in Barcelona. There is a wide range of leisure and fun activities on offer. If you're visiting at a leisurely pace, we suggest you enjoy breathtaking vistas of the city from its landmark viewing points. Animal lovers mustn't miss the Zoo and Aquàrium. And young and old alike will have a fabulous time at Tibidabo and the Poble Espanyol. Are you ready?
Zoo of Barcelona
Over 7,000 animals from 400 different species live in Barcelona Zoo. A visit to the zoo becomes a living spectacle with inhabitants from around the world, as you discover its fauna: primates, felines, tropical birds, dolphins… The attractions at the zoo make for an unforgettable, perfect day out for all the family.
Imax - Port Vell (Old Port)
If you’re looking for leisure and to live a unique, fascinating experience in the heart of Barcelona’s old harbour district, the Port Vell, visit the IMAX: the ultimate large-screen cinema. Let yourself be carried away by the sights, sounds and themes of the films at the IMAX, Barcelona’s most innovative cinema.
Amusement Park of the Tibidabo
The Tibidabo Amusement Park has stood for more than a century on Barcelona’s highest point. It exists in the memories of generations of the people of Barcelona, and continues to be a place for fun, surprises and entertainments, with rides and attractions for young and old, for the wary and most daring.
Aquarium of Barcelona
The Aquarium of Barcelona in Port Vell is one of Europe’s biggest marine leisure and education centres and the most important concerning Mediterranean species. Its mission is to provide visitors with a greater understanding of undersea life with 11,000 marine animals from 450 different species which live in five million litres of water
Sant Sebastià Beach
The Bogatell Beach
Mar Bella Beach
Nova Icària Beach
Nova Mar Bella Beach
Fòrum bathing area
Museums Art, culture, science and entertainment come together in Barcelona's museums: Egyptian mummies and contemporary works of art, the reconstruction of a mangrove swamp and garments that have defined the history of fashion, the city's Roman origins and one of Europe's biggest sports clubs… The city's cultural life is just as rich.
Art and Culture Art in Barcelona can be found inside and outside its museums. Outside, in its landmark uildings, such as CaixaForum, the MACBA, the Fundació Miró and La Pedrera. Inside, on a journey through art from the dawn of time to the most cutting-edge, contemporary works. Look at all the art Barcelona offers you.
Science and technology Visit the Amazon rainforest, walk under the stars, discover the plants from the five continents, look at an army of ants, study fossils … At Barcelona’s museums of science and technology you’ll enter a fascinating world where you’ll find the answers to the most amazing questions.
History, archaeology and ethnology To find out about the past in order to understand the future. To know where we come from, what we are. To understand and admire other cultures. Barcelona gives you the opportunity to travel through 1,000 years of history at its museums dedicated to history, archaeology and ethnology.
Sports Barcelona and sport have a special relationship. FC Barcelona and the Olympic Games are inextricably linked to the city, and its sports museums will reveal it's most exciting and unknown side.elona.