A definite 'must-see', even if you're not into art. The Picasso Museum, showcases a small yet wide selection of the artist's works; you'll be taken through the different and very diverse stages of his life and career. The Museum often has special exhibits open for a few weeks at a time, so be sure to check the schedule. Some tour companies offer Picasso tours which include both the inside of the Museum and the streets and bars and shops where Picasso spent his time and gained inspiration. Hi. This Is Barcelona is one company that offers an Intimate Picasso tour.
Another one of Gaudi's amazing creations, Park Guell features the longest bench in the world as well as Gaudi's tiny house where he lived for several years. The park is a mix of design and architecture with nature and illustrates Gaudi's connection with natural beauty and its greatness. From the Park you can see beautiful city views and even bring food for a small picnic on the grass. This is a romantic and very unique park, intertwined with authentic Modernism structures as well as a rich and beautiful landscape. New to the Park is the Gaudi Experience which is a small shop and interactive ride at the bottom of the Park's entrance.
Built in the 1700's the Citadel turned into a park in the 19th century and today is a great place for family outings, yoga classes, gatherings amongst friends and a relaxing day in nature. There's a small pond in the center of the garden and a beautiful fountain built by Josep Fonster who was helped by his young apprentice at the time, Antonio Gaudi. Park Ciutadella is a great place to spend an afternoon amongst friends, with the kids or on your own. There's a small pond where you can watch the Swans or feed them and a few picnic tables as well. There's also ping pong on the far side you just need to bring your own rackets and balls.
Dubbed "The Stone Quarry" for its remarkably sculpted stone facade. Built in the early 1900's and designed by Gaudi, the building's edifice is considered the world's largest abstract sculpture. Declared a heritage sight by UNESCO in 1984. Founded in 1401, Hospital Sant Pau used to be six small medieval hospitals. The hospital now houses the art school in Barcelona (Escola Massana) and the National Library of Catalonia (Biblioteca de Catalunya). The actual hospital was closed in 2009. This is one of the lesser well known Modernist buildings in Barcelona, and not on the typical 'route'. So you'll definitely get a glimpse into something more off the beaten path.
If you're able to experience a concert in this gorgeous music hall, then definitely do it! Palau De La Musica is a modernist masterpiece, designed between 1905-1908 by architect, Lluís Dom?nech i Montaner. It was originally built as a home for the Choral Society but today has turned into a prime spot for live concerts on all scales. If you're able to take a tour of the inside, be sure to set up a time with the Palau de La Musica itself. Only their official guides are licensed to give tours inside, which they do in both English and Spanish.
Fabulous cooking classes by a professional nutritionist and vegan cook. Pabulum focuses on fresh, organic, local and in season foods, providing private and group cooking classes in a modern, trendy loft in the Gothic Quarter. Classes are run by a native American with a passion for food and not only are incredibly fun and informative, but focus on creating pretty, elegant dishes that are sure to impress vegans and non-vegans alike. Cocktails and an amuse-bouche accompanies the classes.
Without a doubt this is Gaudi's crowning glory. Set to be completed in 2046, the Sagrada Familia is a Barcelona must-see. Even if you don't want to go inside, the outside facades, history and master design are equally breathtaking. This was Gaudi's last piece of work before he died and is still yet to be finished having taken more than 100 years already. The outside is breathtaking and leaves most people gawking, eyes and mouths wide open. If you want to look inside it's worth it to take a tour or get the audio tour. The towers and elevator up provide for gorgeous city views as well.
What's a trip to Barcelona without taking a stroll down La Rambla. This vastly famous walkway is one of the most popular stretches in Europe as well as the world. Starting at the the Colon (Christopher Columbus Statue) by the beach, it goes until Plaza Catalunya dividing the Old City with the Gothic Quarter on one side and the Raval on the other. At the very top is the Eixample neighborhood, where the city expanded at the end of the 19th century. If you're looking for an entertaining and fun stroll, La Rambla won't disappoint. Featuring everything from street performers, to merchants selling books, art, portraits and even animals, this is a top Barcelona attraction. Just be sure to keep your purses closed and pockets zipped as it's also a haven for pickpockets.
Barcelona Slow Travel is one of the city's most unique tourism companies as it's all about sustainability. Founded and run by two young and dynamic locals, they focus on creating authentic and real experiences by connecting travellers to locals in every community. Each of their tours and experiences embodies their philosophy of respecting the local community, promoting family-run businesses, keeping culture and traditions alive and and helping to preserve the environment. This is truly a company that 'walks the talk' and practices what it believes in. They provide the ideal experiences for people who truly care about connecting with, learning from and supporting the local culture that they're visiting.
The Food Lovers Company tapas tour is an authentic and wonderful way to experience Barcelona through food. It is clear from the beginning that the guide is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about local, fresh and quality food. The tour visits four amazing places and at each of them the guide knows the owners as if they were family. It showed throughout the entire evening. This is a great way to experience Barcelona outside of the traditional tourist experience; eating and interacting like a local for the night. The food is exquisite: artichoke, butifarra and white beans,fresh grilled chorizo, fresh grilled calamari, croquettes, octopus stew, alioli bread, rice with quail, crema catalana, all to die for. Because every restaurant in Barcelona offers croquette or chorizo it can be overwhelming to choose and it may seem like any place will do the trick. Any tour can take you to the biggest and busiest tapas bar, but it takes a true local and foodie to serve up and experience like this.