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.
The 4.6-hectare stretch of land found just a bit to the south from Estació Sants – the largest railway station in the area, which provides you with very convenient means of moving around the city (just like the nearby Placa d’Espanya) – is taken by a very spectacular mixture of natural landscape and modern artistic vision. It goes by the name of Parc de l’Espanya Industrial and has been a highly popular relaxation spot since its creation in 1985; it lies upon the grounds of a former textile factory, Vapor Nou and since the locals used to call it L’Espanya Industrial factory, the name has clung to the site and became synonymous with a real thrill and top quality leisure in an unusual and exciting setting.
Barcelona’s dramatic landscape makes for a wealth of stunning views, from the city hilltops and the mountains behind as well as from the sea below. These vantage points offer a unique way to get to know the city—just stash a snack and some binoculars and you’ll be ready for an afternoon on the town (literally).
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.
Occupying a prime position along the famous Passieg de Gracia, within the popular Eixample district of the city, Casa Batllo is one of Barcelona’s most incredible examples of modernist architecture. Designed by the renowned, local architect Antoni Gaudi, this magnificent building offers an unforgettable experience to everyone who visits.
Barcelona’s network of bike lanes and quiet side streets, along with a newfound collective bike-o-phelia, make it one of the world’s best cities for cycling. Dozens of unique bike tours and unforgettable rides guarantee that once you get started you won’t want to leave the saddle. When you visit Barcelona, take advantage of the bike-friendly atmosphere and get your exploring done on a two-wheeler.
Conveniently situated within Barcelona’s modern Eixample district, along the bustling Passieg de Gracia, Casa Mila or La Pedrera as it is also known showcases some truly exceptional modernist architecture. Designed by the city’s famous architect Antoni Gaudi in the early 1900s, this fascinating structure is a sight definitely worthy of a visit.
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.