Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi
A Giant Temple designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudi. This building has been under construction since 1882 and they've still got another 30 to 80 years (depending on funding and resources) to go before it will be finished.
Some people love the Sagrada Familia and some people hate it but whatever you think I guarantee it will cause a reaction one way or the other.
Poble Espanyol de Montjuic
This Barcelona attraction is a small Spanish village with different quarters that replicate the style of houses and architecture from different parts of Spain. Poble Espanyol is also home to a whole host of specialist craft shops and workshops where you can see some traditionally made Spanish goods.
La Pedrera - Casa Mila by Antonio Gaudi
Another one of Antonio Gaudi's creations once again hits the top 10 most visited attractions in Barcelona. This building used to be called Casa Mila but nowadays it's more commonly known as La Pedrera which means "quarry" . Gaudi was instrumental in completing this building and his characteristic wavy brick work and colourful tiles are also evident on this masterpiece.
Barcelona FC Museum
No surprises here. If you are a footie fan then this museum is a must see. It has wall to wall trophies, pictures and statues of the greats. I'm not a football fan but I still enjoyed walking round this museum. When you buy your ticket you have 2 options. You can buy a ticket for the museum and to see the stadium or you can buy a dual ticket where you get to see the museum and behind the scenes at the club e.g. changing rooms, VIP lounge, press conference areas etc. For more details
The museum has arranged Picasso's paintings in chronological order from his early days to his final works. Arranging the paintings in this way gives you a fascinating insight into the development of Picasso thinking over time and shows how he developed the distinctive designs that he is famous for today. Very popular art gallery.
This art gallery has a wide range of Miró's work dating back as far as 1914. This artwork collection not only includes his paintings but also a good selection of sculptures, tapestries and early sketches. A wonderful collection of Miró's work
National Museum of Art of Catalunya MNAC
Mirador De Colón (Columbus Statue)
Take the family up the Columbus monument to a height of 60m and enjoy panoramic views of the city of Barcelona. Look over the marina of Port Vell, along the city's beaches, Barcelona's famous landmarks and the ever-popular Ramblas.
Enjoy the rare opportunity of a tour of an Olympic Stadium. Barcelona was the 1992 venue for the Olympic games, an event which radically re-designed the city.
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The Magic Fountain of Montjuic
The Font Màgica is an unmissable musical show featuring water fountains and coloured lights that makes a wonderful after-dark treat for children. It is very popular and a "must" visit is. This is a light, music and water extravaganza that just can't be missed! Performances are nightly but times vary depending on the time of year.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
The backdrop to Barcelona’s skyline, the hill of Tibidabo is the location of one of the city's main attractions, the Tibidabo funfair and amusement park.
L'Aquarium de Barcelona
Considered the largest of its kind in Europe and offering an impressive range of marine life, the Barcelona Aquarium is a great choice for a family day out.Barcelona Aquarium is a popular Barcelona attraction to take the kids and young ones. The aquarium is at Port Vell ( Barcelona Port Area).
Take a cable-car ride for some great views of Barcelona and the chance to explore the city's castle. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and some woodland playtime.
Barcelona Zoo is based in the Parc de la Ciutadella the best way to find it is to go to Ciutadella park and to follow the signs to the Zoo. The zoo has a wide variety of animals on show. Spend a day at the Barcelona Zoo, home to more than 4,000 animals from 400 different species along with dolphin shows, a petting farm and children's workshops.The Zoo also has a restaurant, picnic area, a shop, electric cars, ponies and a mini-train. To get a full listing of the facilities and operating hours click on the official web site link found above.
Bubbleparc in Barcelona
Have fun at the Bubbleparc´s 10 metre high Bungydome, the latest generation Triketrack circuit and Bubblepods.
Fast, fun and a unique attraction in Barcelona, see the city's coastline in the most exciting way on the XMAX.
Catalunya en Miniatura
The biggest miniature complex in the world with all the famous Catalan and Gaudi monuments scaled down.
Universal Studio’s theme park hosting the biggest roller coaster ride in Europe. The park is divided into 5 geographical themes – The Wild West, China, Polynesia, Mexico, and the Mediterranean. Entry also includes access to the Costa Caribe Water Park
Activ Natura Adventure Park
An outdoor adventure park for kids and adults alike. The Forest Adventure course takes you by ropes, nets and bridges as you make your way through the woodland.
Natupark is situated in 3 hectares of pine forest which also features 4 swimming pools and a restaurant. With woodland trails, rope bridges and pulleys, this is the largest adventure park in Spain.
La Selva de L’Aventura
Via an acrobatic course of pulleys, ropes and bridges you can climb your way through the forest. The Andes circuit of 1 hour is for all ages over 110cm in height.
Best food and drink to try in Barcelona
The most important ingredients of Catalan cooking are : olive oil, garlic, sun and patience.
This cuina (Catalan name for cooking) has Phoenicians roots, Greek and Roman. This is a tasty cooking, which does not fear to mix sweetened and salty, honey, cinnamon, almonds, pinions, and dry fruits. Pork-butchery (embotits) is rough and vigorous, like its botifarra a black roll prepared with pig meat mixed with blood, its serran ham or its fuet. The botifarra that you can find in l'Empordà is sweetened and scented with lemon peel and cinnamon, a receipt that comes from the Middle Age. The more inland we go, we will find more often llonganises (sausages) on the table.
The orxata is one of the most refreshing drinks. It is manufactured with the juice of chufa a kind of papyrus which grow at the banks of the Guadalquivir.
We can also find the granizado : orange or lemon juice, or coffee with crushed ice in large centrifugal machines. Sweetened, frozen and not expensive.
In the plain of Lleida, you can find a drink called drink of the poor (beguda de pobre), made from oranges, anise and sugar. It is surprising.
Beer (cerveza) : the most spread drink. Be careful when asking for a beer, in Spain, in a bar, when you ask for a beer it means a beer in a bottle. If what you want is a draught beer you have to ask for a "caña".
Wine : The cradle of the growing wine is a few kilometers from Barcelona in the area called Pénedès. We can find red wines with powerful taste. Try the appellation origine wines, a certified quality.
Vermut al grifo: It is wine macerated with herbs and delivered in small barrels with aerated water.
Cava : It is the Champagne, a wine semi-sparkling, very pleasant to drink, a bit fruity an greener than the French Champagne. There are different brands : Raïmat, Freixenet and Codorniu.
If it is the first time that you come to Spain, you will probably wonder why in the evening, whatever the day, the tapas bars are crowded. Quite simply, because the Spaniards like to go "de tapeo" (going out for tapas implies ordering a plate of food).
Top restaurants in Barcelona
At Dos Palillos the chef decided to get his inspiration from the far east cuisine, that is mostly from Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam. And what an inspiration!! Imagine Asian savors married with Spanish traditional tapas and products like seafoods, fish, fresh vegetables of the market, prown, tuna, meat… Imagine now tempura, raw dishes, woked dishes, steamed dishes, grilled dishes..
In the brand new and beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the table on everyone’s lips is with no doubt: Moments.
On the Catalan side of the menu you will discover totally renewed classical dishes like Arroz caldoso de gamba con picada de pescador (rice dish with broth) - Fricandó (veal stew) and suquet (fish stew) - Shrimp Tartar- Seabass with fig chutney and hibiscus salt - Veal Cheeks with turnip vegetable ravioli and red fruits..
But even more visionary and trendy: “anti-aging” menu. In this menu, mini pizza pies with artichokes and the Joselito ham, or macaroni with buckwheat accompanied by scallops and vegetables… a great idea!
A very chic venue already awarded by a Michelin Star in 2011..
Arola restaurant in Barcelona is located on the second floor of the luxury Hotel Arts.
One comes there for its brand new pop design, its beautiful terrace in front of Frank Gehry's giant wale and great live music set with local DJs.
Catalan chef offers here a fine “menú degustación pica-pica » that is a selection of tapas: Patatas “Bravas de Arola”, fritas y rellenas de salsa picante y recubiertas de alioli - A “Tartar de Filet Mignon con infusión de soja y jenjibre” .. And many others hot and cold surprises. But you can also have main courses “A la carte” .
A well-stocked cellar offers over 900 wines..
Passadís del Pep
No menu at Passadís del Pep but everyday a new selection of beautifully presented dishes, mostly seafood, certainly the best ones in Barcelona!!
The place is known to be really hard to find – down a tiny passageway (a passadis) – but it’s part of the pleasure to finally find a great “table”..
As you are walking down Aragó street, next to Rocafort, suddenly you find a restaurant called Can Vallès.
One might think that he has bumped into another Barcelona's bar, and here comes the big mistake. This restaurant with, at first gland, simple appearance, has a lot to show us. The quality, detail and care of the dishes is equivalent to the outstanding restaurants in the city. Recipes made with the best products on the market.
Some dishes: chickpeas with lobster, pork feet cannelloni, fresh seafood, meat served on a hot stone, fresh salads and some very nice tapas!
El Vell Sarriá
Beautiful house situated in the quiet upper part of Sarria, divided into two floors and decorated in traditional style with rustic touches.
El Vell Sarriá menu: no frills, with a large role for the rice, almost all well treated (cod with vegetables, mushroom mountain, rib and sepia ...). Enjoy the rice 'Pelat' with prawns and clams in their quiet summer terrace…
To complete the menu, a number of starters that will help us snack while waiting for the rice, highlighting a good plancha (knives, clams, crayfish) and a few tapas typical from El Vell Sarriá, such as the sepietas with onions or the grilled vegetables with anchovies .
Alternatively and not negligible, its grilled fish (hake, cod, sea bass).
In desserts, our recommendation for a "drunk" sweet pie.
At the Fonda Gaig the food is very traditionally Catalan, like that at Petit Comité, in a return to grandmotherly Catalan basics.
Gaig’s traditional pastas are legendary: slender cannelloni with a decadent multimeat filling, and macarrones del cardenal, silky pasta tubes cloaked in a divine sauce of cream and onion sofrito under gratinéed Parmesan. Look for standards such as botifarra amb mongetes de ganxet (sausage with white beans) or canelons de l'Avia (Grandmother's cannelloni) or pollastre de gratapallers a la casssola (stewed free-range chicken).
A great destination for a long lunch or dinner, very relaxed, very Catalan and in a super comfortable ample dining room, with red leather armchairs, careful soundproofing and mellow lighting.
Traditional Catalan cooking is the theme in this contemporary design space, the Petit Comitè, serving around the clock from midday to midnight.
Local top chefs have started to move on…or back, as they return to the traditional dishes of the Catalan kitchen, reinventing old classics with great raw ingredients and improved techniques, treating your palate to new old specialties like poached eggs, stuffed breaded onions and traditional favorites including trinxat (chopped cabbage with potato and bacon) or caneloni amb béchamel de tòfona (canelonni with truffled béchamel) to the traditional dessert s like mel i mató (fresh cheese and honey), crema catalana, pears in red wine and chocolate fritters.
It’s only the food that’s rustic, though – the interior is well up-to-date and keeps the rest of your senses firmly in a modern cosmopolitan setting.
This bistro is Puig's attempt to open up to a less élite public, serving more affordable versions of the Catalan classics.
Dishes are small and meant to be ordered in a tapas style.
El Quim de la Boqueria is truly a family business: mom, dad and son serve traditional catalan dishes around the bar when there is space.
El Quim is a stall in the most beautiful and bustling market in Barcelona: the Boqueria market. Boquerones, chipirones, arroz negro.. Best tapas around..
Top bars in Barcelona
London Bar is basically a pub, but a pub that has been open since 1910 and used to be frequented by the likes of Dali, Picasso and Hemingway. The décor has been kept the same which lends an old school glamour to the place. It also serves as a venue, with live music every night at the stage right at the back of the bar.
The big thing about Schilling, it has such a great location. Calle Ferran, just off Las Ramblas is one of the busiest, most vibrant streets in Barcelona so it's the perfect place for the bar to catch people wandering. Schilling has a good breakfast and is in an ideal location to stop for coffee and do some people-watching during the day, but at night is when the place comes alive. The Schilling Bar is often described as a gay bar but whilst it is very gay-friendly there is a good mix of people of all ages and preferences.
This bar is in the trendy area of Born, and is well known by locals and tourist alike for its incredible array of cool cocktails, apparently home of the best mojito in town. The bar is quite big and has an ambient dark red decor. This Bar also has very effective air-conditioning which is refreshing during the summer months.
This popular bar gets busy after 12 so make sure to get there early and that way you are more likely to get a table. And once you do have one, make sure to have at least one person look after it while you order your drinks or it will disappear!
There are two levels to this Bar, and if you sit up in the gallery then you can order your drinks from the waitress which is great service.
Opulent restaurant, bar, lounge club, you will certainly feel like you're living the high life. The bar is expensive but it is a good place to spot the rich and the good looking. The drinks are well made by the impressive bar staff, and it's good to experience a little luxury now and again. The word is that going there for an early evening drink before supper is the best way to visit the bar.