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Art Museum
“Surely "the" museum to visit in Barcelona. For the artist and for the building. Imagine Montcada Street, in the Gothic quarter, five mansions united to form a museum, lovely to visit. About Pablo Ruiz Picasso the museum is essential to understand his formative years. The genius of the young artist is revealed to us through more than 3,500 works that make up this permanent collection.”
  • 394 locals recommend
Tourist Attraction
“The most iconic Food Market in Barcelona. A must visit! Also grab a bite the food court in the back of the market, you will enjoy great seafood!”
  • 477 locals recommend
Plaza
“This lively square is the heart of Barcelona and it's beating strongly. Steeped in history, the Plaça de Catalunya is the nerve centre of the Catalan capital. Plaça Catalunya has a little bit of everything: Modern cafes, monuments, shops, hotels, bars and beautiful fountains. This square connects the old city with the modern part of Barcelona. At one side, you will find the Eixample district, and on the other side, you will find Raval and Barri Gòtic. Another connected landmark of the city to the square is Las Ramblas, which starts from Plaça Catalunya and heads downwards to Port Vell. Besides that, Plaça Catalunya has a few interesting monuments and sculptures of different artistic movements such as Noucentrisme, Neoclassicism and Avant-garde. Other than its monuments, this square offers a vast variety of stores such as El Corte Inglés, a famous Spanish department store, where you can find anything and everything, and two of the most famous shopping routes of the city, which are Portal de l’Angel and Passeig de Gracia. On these shopping streets, you will find from boutiques and international stores to expensive designer brands. ✨To get there from our apartmets: take metro line L2 (purple) from "Sagrada Família" to "Passeig de Gràcia" and walk about 4min to Plaça de Catalunya (all the trip about 15min).”
  • 347 locals recommend
Entertainment
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“A street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with Colombus statue.”
  • 445 locals recommend
Church
“The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Catalan: Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia), also known as Barcelona Cathedral, is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The cathedral was constructed from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, with the principal work done in the fourteenth century. The cloister, which encloses the Well of the Geese (Font de les Oques) was completed in 1448. In the late nineteenth century, the neo-Gothic façade was constructed over the nondescript exterior that was common to Catalan churches. The roof is notable for its gargoyles, featuring a wide range of animals, both domestic and mythical. How to get there: 15 minutes walk.”
  • 290 locals recommend
Church
“Located just off the Via Laietana in the neighbourhood of El Born, the church of Santa Maria del Mar is a Catalan Gothic basilica that has existed in some form since at least the 10th century. Ask any local to pick their favorite church and we’d bet a glass of (sacramental) Catalan wine that Santa Maria del Mar would be it. If you’ve read Ildefonso Falcones’s thriller Cathedral of the Sea, you already know more about it than you think: the novel’s backdrop is the construction of this particular Gothic church, with the lead protagonist one of its stone workers. In real life, the church’s history is almost stranger than fiction: in 1428, it was shook by a major earthquake. Then, in July 1936, it was set on fire and burned for 11 days straight. Look inside, and you’ll still see the black scorch marks on the roof. The building has very tall columns, set 43 feet apart. Combine that airiness with vast stretches of stained glass and it almost feels like someone’s pulling you up into the sky. ✨To get there from our apartmets: take metro line L2 (purple) from "Sagrada Família" to "Passeig de Gràcia", then change it to line L4 (yellow) and take it to "Jaume I" (all the trip about 24min).”
  • 283 locals recommend
Market
“Great market to find all the food you need to prepare a healthy and tasty meal at home. And the shopkeepers will always advice you about the best way to prepare it!”
  • 234 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth).”
  • 125 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“One of the oldest Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, this picturesque neighborhood with its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Here you’ll find century-old shops sitting next to Irish pubs and quirky souvenir shops. It’s a neighbourhood of contrasts, and a cool spot for a night out, where you can find an array of nightclubs and themed bars, particularly in the lower part of the neighbourhood, close to the marina. While the main parts of Barri Gòtic (like the area around the cathedral, La Rambla and Plaça de Sant Jaume) can be very crowded, you’re always sure to find some quiet streets to explore and small unique shops to discover. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands. 🔔It´s cool and authentic, but be very careful there at night, don´t walk on dark streets alone, especially if you plan to get drunk. The pickpockets are a huge problem, try not to look like a first time tourist travelling abroad! You need to be alert in order to enjoy it!”
  • 136 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Palau Güell is a mansion designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí for the industrial tycoon Eusebi Güell and built between 1886 and 1888. It is situated on the Carrer Nou de la Rambla, in the El Raval neighbourhood of the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí". How to get there: 20 minutes walk”
  • 129 locals recommend
Department Store
“One of the biggest shopping mall, all streets around also full of big brand shops”
  • 81 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“ Built between 1905 and 1908 as the headquarters of the Catalan Orfeón, the Catalan Music Palace is one of the most special concert halls in the world and one of the most representative monuments of Catalan modernism.”
  • 183 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, is the oldest and most prestigious active theater in Barcelona, ​​especially as an opera house, among which it is considered one of the most important in the world.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“The most important street for shopping in the historic with its continuation in Portaferrissa street.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Transportation
“The Columbus Monument, stands at the end of Barcelona's Rambla, near the sea. Take the lift inside the column to the viewing gallery at the top, 60 metres above the ground. This major landmark on the Rambla was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition as a tribute to Christopher Columbus, who chose to disembark in the port of Barcelona on his return from America. Inside, a lift raises the 51mts high of the column, made of cast iron and Corinthian style, to the viewing gallery. If you look north, you'll be able to make out the Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar and the bustling Rambla. If you look towards the sea, to the east, following the coastline, you will be able to see the Olympic Marina and the modern Forum. To the south, stands Montjuïc Hill, with its castle at the top and, finally, if you look west, you'll see Collserola Natural Park, the vast green lung surrounding the city of Barcelona. And in its top, dominating the sky of Barcelona, the statue of Christopher Columbus holding a navigational chart in his left hand, and pointing to the route to America with his right.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Night Club
“Even though it's been around since before the Beatles broke up, Jamboree is still the place in Barcelona where you can see the best jazz concerts in the city, as well as dance to the best of hip hop and R&B. Don't miss Thursday nights to educate your ears with the most current hits of the scene thanks to the BCN Or Die sessions with Flavio Rodríguez. Weekends mean obligatory visits to services with DJ Yoda, one of the biggest there are when it comes to urban sounds. Oh, and sneakers and caps are not only allowed but they're practically mandatory.”
  • 77 locals recommend