History Museum of Catalonia (Museu d’Història de Catalunya)

The Museum of the History of Catalonia is located in the Port Vell harbour

As its name implies, The History Museum of Catalonia is entirely dedicated to explaining the history of Catalonia. The museum is located in the Port Vell harbour and is housed in the only remaining building from the original nineteenth-century dockyards, built during the height of the Industrial Revolution. The museum is divided into two floors.…

Casa Pàdua: The Green and Red Art Nouveau House at 75 Pàdua Street

Casa Pàdua

Barcelona is famous for its striking Art Nouveau architecture, which attracts millions of tourists every year to visit iconic landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Casa Batlló. Apart from these well-known sites, which are open to the public, hundreds, if not thousands, of other Art Nouveau buildings are scattered throughout the city,…

Barcelona Cathedral: A Complete Visitor’s Guide

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona’s magnificent Gothic cathedral dates back to the thirteenth century and is one of the city’s oldest and most historic buildings. The cathedral is famous for its ornate Neo-Gothic façade, peaceful cloister and stone gargoyles that channel water from the roof. Other highlights include the elaborately carved choir stalls and the crypt containing the remains…

The Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum, Barcelona

Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum, Barcelona

The Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum in Barcelona is the world’s largest museum that solely focuses on cannabis. The museum, which opened its doors in 2012, explores the history of cannabis and hemp, including their medicinal, cultural, industrial, and recreational uses. The museum is located in a medieval palace in the Gothic Quarter, where it…

Visiting Barcelona City Hall: Everything You Need to Know

Saló del Cent (The Hall of One Hundred)

Barcelona’s City Hall is an impressive example of Gothic architecture that has served as the local government’s headquarters since its construction in 1369. Like many other buildings in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, the city hall has been subject to various modifications and additions. However, despite all the changes, parts of the interior have remained unchanged since…

MNAC: The National Art Museum of Catalunya (Visitors guide & tickets)

The National Art Museum of Catalunya (MNAC)

The National Art Museum of Catalunya, also known as MNAC, is located in the Palau Nacional near the Magic Fountain on Montjuïc. The museum boasts an impressive art collection spanning over a thousand years, tracing the development of art in Catalonia. The museum is famous for its impressive collection of Romanesque murals from the 11th…

The Fundació Joan Miró Art Museum on Montjuïc (Visitors guide & tips)

Fundació Joan Miró

The Joan Miró Foundation is a museum of modern art that exhibits the works of Barcelona-born artist Joan Miró. The museum opened its doors in 1975 and was designed in collaboration between Miró and architect Josep Lluís Sert. In addition to an extensive collection of Miró’s work, the museum also contains exhibits by other contemporary…

CCCB: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

CCCB, Barcelona's Centre of Contemporary Culture

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, or CCCB for short, is contemporary arts centre in Barcelona’s Raval neighbourhood. The centre opened in 1995 in a historic building which was once an almshouse and houses three main exhibition areas, as well as an auditorium, a bookstore, an arts cinema and a digital archive, all of…

Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Visitors guide, tickets & tips)

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Situated in an impressive Art Nouveau building in central Barcelona, the Antoni Tàpies Foundation was inaugurated in 1984 to promote modern and contemporary art. The museum houses temporary exhibitions by Antoni Tàpies and other artists and an extensive library of books and journals dedicated to art. On the roof, there are two large sculptures, which…

MACBA: Barcelona’s Iconic Contemporary Art Museum

MACBA Contemporary Art Museum. Barcelona

Housed in an emblematic concrete and glass building designed by Richard Meier, Barcelona’s contemporary art museum, the MACBA or Museu d’Art Contemporani de BArcelona, was inaugurated in 1995. More than just a museum, in addition to its permanent and temporary collections, the MACBA is a centre for art education and research. As the museum’s name…

Visiting the Picasso Museum in Barcelona (Info, tickets and tips)

Picasso museum Barcelona

The Picasso Museum of Barcelona (Catalan: Museu Picasso de Barcelona) is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and one of Spain’s best-known art museums. Founded in 1963 by Picasso’s friend and secretary Jaume Sabartés, the museum contains more than four thousand paintings, the most extensive collection of Picasso’s work anywhere in the world.…

The Miralles Gateway By Antoni Gaudí (Portal Miralles)

Bronze statue of Antoni Gaudí by Joaquim Camps

Antoni Gaudí was the architect behind many of Barcelona’s best known and most iconic buildings. From the groundbreaking design of Casa Milà to the spectacular beauty of the Sagrada Familia, there’s no denying that he left his mark on the city. But Gaudí didn’t limit himself to designing palaces and churches; he also worked on…

Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

Monument to Ángel Guimerá

Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol (St. Josep Oriol’s Square) is located next to the Santa Maria del Pi Basilica in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Built on the site of one of the Basilica’s three cemeteries, the square hosts a regular artists market which takes place every weekend. Artists Market One of the delights of exploring Barcelona’s…

Basilica of La Mercè

Bronze statue of Our Lady of Mercy

It may not be as well known as Barcelona’s other historic churches, but the Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy (Catalan: La Basílica de la Mare de Déu de la Mercè) is a worthy addition to your list of things to see in the Gothic Quarter. The basilica’s stunning interior consists of a nave flanked…

El Pont del Bisbe: Bishop’s Bridge

El Pont del Bisbe, Barcelona

One of the most photographed sights in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, El Pont del Bisbe (Bishop’s Bridge) was built for the Barcelona International Exposition, which took place in 1929. The bridge was designed by architect Joan Rubió I Bellver, who suggested that all non-Gothic buildings in the immediate vicinity of Barcelona Cathedral should be demolished and…

The Umbrella House: Casa Bruno Cuadros

Casa Bruno Cuadros, Barcelona

One of the most easily recognisable landmarks on Barcelona’s iconic Las Ramblas boulevard, Casa Bruno Cuadros is located half-way between Plaça de Catalunya and the Columbus Monument. Better known as The Umbrella House (Catalan: Casa dels Paraigües) due to the brightly coloured umbrellas which decorate the façade. The building dates back to 1858 and was…

Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site: El Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site

A Short walk from the Sagrada Familia, the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau is one of Barcelona’s most interesting architectural and historical attractions. Built at the start of the 20th century, the site comprises twenty-seven Art Nouveau buildings and was a working hospital as recently as 2009. In 2014, after almost five years of extensive…

Barcelona Central Post Office

Barcelona Central Post Office

Passeig de Colom, the avenue which runs from the Columbus monument towards the Parc de la Ciutadella, is flanked by a series of elegant buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of the most interesting of them is the Central Post Office which was designed by Josep Goday i Casals and…