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).
Park Güell is a place which seems to reflect the spirit of Barcelona’s modernist heritage in the best way possible – after all, it was created by the one and only Antoni Gaudi and that’s why it exudes a magical, stimulating and a bit surreal atmosphere, making you feel as if you were a character of a fairy tale. Still, apart from the plenty of amazing sights found all over the place, the park offers also an additional attraction in the form a breathtaking view of the city available at its highest point – a true reward for all those willing to accept the climbing challenge.
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.
Barcelona is a city brimming with history and culture, with many must see sights and attractions. One such sight, which is definitely worthy of a visit, is the stunning Temple de la Sagrada Familia – one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Dating back to the late 1800s and still a work in progress, this beautiful basilica boasts a collection of simply breath-taking architecture and impressive construction.
If you’re in Barcelona in the third week of September, you won’t have much choice than to take part in La Mercé, the city’s biggest, most chaotic, entertaining and outright strangest street festival. La Mercé brings the Barri Gòtic’s medieval streets to life with unique spectacles.
The bountifully green and impressively diversified Parc del Guinardó is one of the largest public parks in Barcelona. Although the park is very leisurely in its character, the way up to its central part is quite a challenge as it is located on rather steep hills, so typical of this part of the city. Yet, the scenic surroundings of the nearby districts offer some breathtaking panoramas too and the abundance of green spaces makes it really pleasant to stroll around. Of course, the highlight of the available landscapes awaits you directly in the park, so better gather your strength and prepare for a whole day of adventure in the lovely setting of stimulating greenery, picturesque hills and wonderful sights wherever you turn your eyes.
Designed by Catalonia’s most famous architect Antoni Gaudi, and located within the enchanting district of Gracia, Parc Güell is truly one of the most impressive public parks in the world! Though it was never fully completed, the park remains one of Gaudi’s greatest works still mesmerizing visitors with its colorful and playful design.
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