Travel guide - Barcelona

Barcelona is polymorphic and intoxicating; it is like no other city on Earth. A city of sensations, Barcelona’s energy is felt by its millions of visitors, who are attracted by its mix of genres. In terms of architecture, culture and people, Barcelona does not have one single identity but a multitude of them.

Caressed by the Mediterranean sun, the capital of Catalonia cultivates its differences and its individual identity. Your trip to Barcelona takes you first through the winding streets of old Barcelona, a paradise for pedestrians. From the Barri Gòtic to La Rambla, Barcelona’s buzzing main artery, you will find the vestiges of the city’s history all around you.

Beyond the mythical Plaça de Catalunya, you will come face to face with Gaudí’s Barcelona. The architect of the famous Sagrada Familia, landmark and unfinished masterpiece (which will be completed in 2026) was a driving force in Barcelona’s stylistic evolution. Just visit Barcelona to realize how Gaudí left such an imprint on the city. From Casa Mila to Park Güell, the architect’s enigmatic forms embody the best examples of Catalan Modernism.

Far from being a museum city, during your stay in Barcelona, you will discover a city which remains at the cutting edge of creativity. The MacBa Museum of Contemporary Art is a perfect illustration of this. Much like the Picasso Museum and the Miro Foundation, these major institutions prove that Barcelona was at the forefront of artistic change every time.

Barceloneta and the beach symbolise the festive and friendly atmosphere that will set the tone for your stay in Barcelona. A cultural and gastronomic capital, it always seems to be bubbling with activity. And if Michelin-starred restaurants are not your cup of tea, you can always step into the joyful scrum of Barcelona’s taverns to enjoy some tapas and a drink.

Or perhaps your trip to Barcelona is driven by a passion for football and the city’s legendary club, FC Barcelona. A cacophony of musical contrast, Barcelona, colourful and jubilant, is the very essence of Catalonia.

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