The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) is Barcelona’s and Catalonia’s most important art museum which holds impressive collections from the Romanesque period all the way to the 20th century modern art and the avant-garde movement. Inside you will find an inspiring collection of medieval paintings and works by artists such as Dalí, Picasso, Gaudy, El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Fortuny, Casas, Torres-García and Julio González. You will enjoy over one thousand years of art in a remarkable edifice worthy of such an impressive collection.
Considered one of the principal and most iconic museums of its type in Europe, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) houses an ever-expanding art collection that focuses on the legacy of the second half of the 20th century. From the museum building itself, designed by Richard Meier, to the thoughtful exhibitions inside, the MACBA is sure to impress every visitor who decides to spend an educational and soul soothing day inside its premises.
Set up in 1984 with the aim of fostering the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies showcases one of the biggest collections of his art works but also hosts many temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists, various art symposiums, lectures and film sessions, and also produces publications which all complement the main activities and exhibitions devoted solely to Antoni Tàpies. If you are a fan of any form of abstract expressionism, and particularly of Tàpies, a visit to the Fundació Antoni Tàpies promises to provide you with hours of complete fulfillment!
Barcelona’s Joan Miró Foundation has managed to become a major point of reference in the world art scene and offers its visitors not only the greatest and most complete single collection of Miró’s work but also a pioneering exhibition space named Espai 13, which stimulates research and experimentation among young artists and offers impressive exhibitions of contemporary experimental and avant-garde artists. Hosed in a shimmering white temple designed by the architect Josep Lluís Sert, Fundació Joan Miró promises to impress admirers of Miró’s work, but also everyone interested in contemporary and experimental art and modern architecture lovers.
Barcelona embraces its architecture and isn’t afraid of new architectural styles. In this city buildings are as dynamic as the culture where old and new sit side by side or combine to form a new hybrid.
Often regarded as the lungs of the old part of Barcelona, the stimulating Parc de la Ciutadella extends over thirty hectares of land and provides a nice contrast to the ever-busy Ciutat Vella, offering the passers-by a welcome opportunity to hide in the shade of luxuriant greenery, to take pleasure in a laid-back stroll along the wide promenades and to enjoy the moment in a very tranquil setting composed of bright and colorful flowerbeds, exotic palm trees, a small boating lake and a large zoo, but also featuring lots of remarkable works of architecture and museums to catch the eye.
Ideally located within Barcelona’s city centre, the Picasso Museum boasts an impressive collection of the famous artist’s early work. Housed within five historical palaces, the museum is an attraction that is definitely worthy of a visit and welcomes tourists from all over the world
Narrating and interpreting the history of Barcelona from its early beginnings to the halcyon days in the Middle Ages, the City History Museum is the perfect place to truly get to know this city and it’s glorious past. The museum is dedicated to research, conservation and promotion of Barcelona’s heritage but is also an active institution which interprets and explains Barcelona thought its own collections as well as through collections of other museums in the city. Its main draw is the underground ruins and remains of the old Roman city, but the museum has much more to offer to its visitors!
For the last two decades Barcelona has been steadily climbing the list of Europe’s top tourist and traveler destinations, attracting more and more visitors each year. Recently, it has managed to find its way among the likes of London, New York, Rome and Paris and was included in the Forbes top 20 most visited cities in the world for 2012. This, of course, is not without a reason.
Conveniently situated within easy reach of Barcelona’s city centre, the impressive Camp Nou Stadium is not only the home of the world famous F.C. Barcelona, but is a true paradise for football fans. Offering an interactive, fun filled experience and exhibiting a wealth of fascinating history, the Camp Nou is an attraction not to be missed.