The person who has perhaps made the single most impact on Barcelona’s landscape is Anton Gaudi. Due to an illness, the Catalan architect spent his life observing nature through his window. He then transmitted this through his architectural work. The Sagrada Familia, besides being the emblem of the city, is one of the most visited sites in Barcelona. This really is a fascinating building, full of symbolism, so we recommend visiting the Sagrada Familia with a skip the line guided tour. Real Barcelona Tours has a number of different options, whether you are looking to visit with a private guide or as part of a semi-private group, if you wish to visit only the Sagrada Familia or combine with other famous works of Gaudi, whether you are a family with children, a couple or a group of kids. Of course, Gaudi’s work is by no means limited to the Sagrada Familia. Barcelona also houses his Casa Batlo, Casa Mila, Park Guell and the Block of Discord. Again most of these sites can visited inside and require skip the line entrance. We definitely recommend booking a guided tour to the make the most out of your visit and avoid waiting in queues.
Also extremely influential to Barcelona was Joan Miro. His museum, the Fundacio of Joan Miro is located on the slopes of Montjuc hill and it is home to a large collection of modern art, including a wide selection of exhibits by Miro himself, donated by the artist. This museum is well worth a visit, not only for the art but also for the incredible view of Barcelona you can enjoy from its large terrace.
Amongst the great artists that have helped make Barcelona a unique city don’t forget Picasso! Although Picasso was actually from Malaga, he lived in Barcelona for some time. The Picasso museum in Barcelona houses a collection of his early years works. The museum can be found in the Borne district, renowned for its medieval buildings and typical local tapas bars. Be aware that he museum is closed on Mondays, and an entrance fee is requested. If you want to eat in the same restaurant where Picasso used to go then head to the “Four Cats Restaurant” so-called because when Picasso was alive there were few clients and it was customary to say there were only “four cats” eating there! Today, instead, the restaurant is often very busy! However it is still a must-visit for Picasso admirers.
From the Modern to the Medieval, the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona offers another view on this diverse city. It is built like a maze with many little alleys lined by local artisan shops. Legends and anecdotes are hidden around every corner and it is a great place to visit especially for families with children. Real Barcelona Tours’ guided tours will really help to bring this fascinating zone to life. We suggest that museum and history lovers also visit the City History Museum called the Muhba, Its like stepping into a time machine as you take a captivating journey through two thousands years of history.
Of course all those obsessed with sport, and particularly soccer, there’s only one place to visit in Barcelona – its magnificent Camp Nou Stadium! Home to FC Barcelona, it is the largest stadium in Europe and has a mind-blowing capacity of nearly 100,00 people! Even if you’re not a sports fan it’s still sufficiently impressive to make it well worth a visit. With Real Barcelona Tour’s Overall Tour you will make a stop at Camp Nou to soak up its unique atmosphere and learn some fun facts and figures.
A definite must for kids (and all those who are young at heart!) is the Magic Fountain. Constructed in 1929, light and water shows are put on all year round. Timings are limited in winter though, so make sure you double-check them in order to avoid disappointment. This trip is guaranteed fun for the whole family, regardless of age!
If you’re visiting Barcelona for an extended break you may well want to get out to explore the surrounding areas, particularly as there is so much to see in the local vicinity. For a polar-opposite experience to the chaotic, vibrant city, you should consider heading to Montserrat Mountain. Here you will enjoy a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere and incredibly gorgeous views. Montserrat Mountain is also the site of Our Lady of Montserrat Benedictine Monastery. Find out why this Monastery is so important with one of Real Barcelona Tour’s expert guides!
Those with an interest in surrealism should consider a visit to some of the main sites related to Dali’s work and life, located within easy distance from Barcelona. In Figueras you will find the Salvador Dali museum. You can also visit the charming little villages of Port Ligat (where you will see Dali’s home) and Cadaques (where he spent his childhood.) For visits to all these places you can remove the hassle and enhance your appreciation of the sites by choosing one of Real Barcelona Tours’ all-inclusive day trips. They will sort transportation, guides and tickets (where required) so all that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!
One of the key elements in any culture is the food! Barcelona, as with every city, has its own unique cuisine. This can also help to shed light on the place, its people and traditions. Spain is famous for its tapas, and in Barcelona you will find Catalonia’s specific brand of these tasty appetizers. There’s plenty of choice whether you’re a meat eater or a vegetarian. Those with a sweet tooth are well catered for too! Why not choose a guide (an expert in local cuisine) to take you to the very best spots and explain to you the traditions and recipes behind the food with Real Barcelona Tours’ Tapas Tour? Did you know, Barcelona even has a real-life chocolate museum? This is not to be missed if you’re a self-confessed chocaholic! Real Barcelona Tours can arrange for you a 2-hour chocolate-making class, where you will get to make chocolates and take them home with you. This is a once in lifetime experience – great fun is guaranteed for all ages!
Of course, the attractions listed above are just the tip of the iceberg! With so much to see, whatever your interests you will be spoilt for choice in Barcelona!
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