As a must-see in Barcelona, La Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudí.
As a must-see in Barcelona, La Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudí.

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Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the second most populous municipality of Spain.
Located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, the city is a prominent cultural hub visited by millions every year.

Its origins are Roman, and its long history and economic dynamism have made Barcelona a cultural city, which can be seen in the historic-artistic heritage and the promotion of innovative artistic trends.

Barcelona has cleverly succeeded in embracing its past without forgetting its commitment to the future. The city’s exceptional transport connections, the Mediterranean climate and the multitude of attractions for visitors make it one of the world's leading business metropolises.

Major attractions

La Sagrada Família

As a must-see in Barcelona, La Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudí. The work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The work began in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026. Currently, 70% of the church is finished and the building of the six central towers is in the progress.

From wherever they are seen, once finished, the 18 towers will be an extraordinary sight and provide a sense of elevation to the central towers dedicated to Jesus Christ.

Park Güell.Park Güell

North of Gràcia, Unesco-listed Park Güell is one of the most impressive public parks in the world where famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí turned his hand to landscape gardening.

From the moment you enter the park it is evident that you have stepped into Gaudí territory, due to the exciting spectrum of colored mosaics, unusually shaped rooftops and an overall naturalist feel.

A trip to Park Güell is incomplete without a visit to see the famous multicolored salamander, popularly known as ‘el drac’ (the dragon). Situated at the entrance of the park, this magnificent monument is a brilliant display of Gaudí’s signature mosaic style.

La Rambla

Laid out in 1766, La Rambla is a 1.2 kilometers street in central Barcelona. It is both a tourist magnet and a window into Catalan culture, with cultural centers, theatres and intriguing architecture.

As you walk along, you will see landmark buildings, such as the greatest theatre of Barcelona’s opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Palau de la Virreina and the spectacular Boqueria Market.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

This human river, with its street artists, tourists and locals, who still come here for a stroll, take us on a journey through this microcosm of contemporary Barcelona.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Housed in the remarkable Palau Nacional (National Palace) on Mount Montjuïc, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (National Museum of Catalan Visual Art) is one of the main museums in Barcelona.

The palace is designed in a Classical style and influenced by Renaissance architecture. It has over 32,000 square meters and is beautifully decorated with mural paintings and interesting architectural elements.

The museum takes visitors on an uninterrupted journey through a thousand years of Catalan art, from the 10th to the 20th centuries, through its four permanent collections. The cultural supply of the museum is completed with a rich calendar of temporary exhibitions.

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló, locally known as the House of Bones, is a famous masterpiece built between 1904 and 1906.

Once inside the striking building, visitors will tour the Batlló family’s former residence and discover each of its nook and crannies, including the beautiful main staircase and light, as well as the legendary rooftop and chimneys.

The ground floor, in particular, has unusual tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.There are few straight lines, and much of the façade is decorated with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles.

FC Barcelona Museum.FC Barcelona Museum

The FC Barcelona Museum at Camp Nou Stadium is one of the most visited sports museums in the world.

The museum has an audiovisual area and multimedia installations with hundreds of photos and videos from FC Barcelona’s celebrated history, plus an entire zone dedicated to arguably the best player to have ever laced up a pair of soccer boots: Lionel Messi.

With renovated 2,770m2 space, the museum has two floors for hosting events in an outstandingly unique setting, thanks to the lighting and decorative elements of the venue. It also has a direct connection from the stadium forecourt that offers a wonderful general view.

Useful information

Transportation

Public transport such as the metro, tram and FGC are the most convenient ways of getting around in Barcelona. The city currently has eight metro lines that can be identified by the number and color of the line: L1 (red), L2 (lilac), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9 (orange), L10 (light blue), L11 (light green) and serve most of the city.

It also has an urban and metropolitan rail network the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC), run by the Catalan government, which supplements Barcelona’s metro network. There are three urban lines: L6, L7 and L8.

In addition, Barcelona has an extensive bus network which covers areas that are remotely linked by the metro. There are also night-bus services serving most of the city and its suburban area. The bus network operates an integrated fare system enabling passengers to obtain a free transfer from one means of transport to another within a period of 1 hour and 15 minutes.

There are different types of travel cards and transport passes in Barcelona that are valid throughout the public transport network (metro, bus, tram and suburban rail), including the T-10 card which is valid for 10 journeys, or day passes (2, 3, 4 and 5 days).

Airport

Barcelona Airport - El Prat is the main airport in Barcelona, located 16 km southwest from the city center. Barcelona can also be reached by transport links from other regional airports, including Girona, Reus and Lleida -Alguaire.

There are two terminals at the El Prat airport: The T1 and T2. Several types of transportation to the city are available, such as taxi, metro, bus or train services.

Weather

Thanks to the Mediterranean sea breezes, Barcelona enjoys pleasant weather. The average temperature in June is around 25° C.

Currency

The currency currently in circulation is the euro.

Useful numbers

General emergencies: 112

Medical emergencies: 061

National police: 091

Local police: 092

Fire service: 080