Fins aviat, Barcelona!

Barcelona is a great city to discover on foot. Fill up on tapas and pintxos along the way.

Facing the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a delight when it comes to architecture, historical monuments, beaches, food, and a well-designed infrastructure. Before you begin your exploration of the city, discover the city’s historical wealth at the Museu d’Història de Barcelona.

Some museums and landmarks have discounts for students and seniors. For others, I recommend a Pass and it will save you a bit of money.

The Barcelona Turisme website is a handy resource.

Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

The construction of Sagrada Família began in 1882. It was initially designed in a Neo-Gothic style but when Antoni Gaudí was commissioned, he redesigned it entirely. The Temple is packed with religious symbolism and it has three façades: Nativity, Passion, and Glory. You can climb to the top of two of the towers to examine the building’s outside architecture and get impressive views of the city. [Note: Lines are long; book your tickets in advance.]

Casa Milà - "La Pedrera"

Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, is a modernist building constructed by Antoni Gaudí. With a self-supporting stone front and columns, plus floors that are free of load bearing walls, the building is innovative. Crowned with chimneys, skylights, etc., the roof is one of the most significant parts.

Plaça Sant Felip Neri

The labyrinthine streets of Gothic Quarter led me to a small square with a fountain overlooked by the church of Sant Felip Neri. A plaque reminds us that a bombing raid by fascist planes ended the lives of 42 people, mostly children, who sought refuge in the air-raid shelter below the church.

carrer del Bisbe

Located in the Gothic Quarter, carrer del Bisbe is a street that should be on your must-visit list. Once a principal artery, Cases del Canonges is on one side of the street, which is a series of Gothic palaces. On the other is Palau de la Generalitat, which is the home of the regional government of Catalonia.

Roman tombs at Plaça de la Vila de Madrid

The Roman tombs at Plaça de la Vila de Madrid is an important burial site from the city of Barcino. The tombs date from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.

Els Quatre Gats [The Four Cats]

Opened in 1897, Els Quatre Gats [The Four Cats] is considered to be one of the main centers of Modernisme. Ramon Casas i Carbó is said to have financed the bar and Pablo Picasso was a regular during his early career.

Sala Parés

Originally a fine arts supply store, Sala Parés was the first gallery to exhibit Picasso's work to the general public. It was a space for modernists and postmodernists painters like Rusiñol, Casas, and Nonell. Galeria Trama, located upstairs, promotes contemporary art.

Picasso friezes, Col.legi d'Arquitectes

A frieze by Picasso on the façade of the Col.legi d'Arquitectes. The Picasso Museum should be on your must-visit list. The permanent collection is made up of 4,251 works from Picasso's early years.

Palau Baró de Quadras

A sculptured frieze decorates the windows on the first floor of the Palau Baró de Quadras. This Modernista palace was built between 1904 and 1906 by architect Puig i Cadafalch. To see the interior, you will have to take a 45-minute tour. [Note: Check timings for English tours.]

Casa Bruno Cuadros

Casa Bruno Cuadros is one of the easily recognizable landmarks on Las Ramblas boulevard. Also known as Casa dels Paraigües [in Catalan], the building was built by Bruno Cuadros who owned an umbrella shop that used to occupy the ground floor.

Pxley Extra:

In this Pxley Extra, James Payne explains one of Picasso’s masterpieces, Guernica. [Note: Guernica is exhibited in Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.]

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