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.…

Walking the Camino de Santiago from Barcelona to Montserrat (A pilgrim’s guide)

Camino signs in Barcelona

The Camino de Santiago is the world’s best-known Christian pilgrimage trail and hundreds of thousands of people set out to walk it every year. The history of the Camino de Santiago can be traced back to the Middle Ages, and although nowadays, most pilgrims only walk the 100-kilometre section from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela,…

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,…

T-Mobilitat: Barcelona’s New Contactless Travel Card (Updated 2024)

T-mobilitat smart card

T-Mobilitat is the new contactless ticketing system that replaces the old cardboard travel passes that were used on public transport in Barcelona until spring 2024. In this post, we take a look at what the T-Mobilitat is, how it works, what formats are available, and how you can use it when travelling by public transport…

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…

Complete Guide to Hiking the Camins de Ronda (Costa Brava Coastal Path)

The Costa Brava Coastal Path

The Camins de Ronda are a series of historic footpaths that run along the Costa Brava, one of Spain’s most beautiful sections of coastline. The paths date back more than a thousand years and were originally used by fishermen to travel from village to village. From the mid-nineteenth century, the paths were used by the…

Walking the PR-C 171 in Barcelona: From Zona Universitaria to Trinitat Nova

The PR-C 171 trail in Barcelona

The PR-C 171 trail is an easy twenty-kilometre hike through the Collserola mountain range, which visits the peaks of Sant Pere Màrtir, Tibidabo and El Turó de Santa Maria and offers breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona, along the coast, and inland towards Montserrat and nearby cities like Sant Cugat del Vallès. The trail takes between…

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…

Exploring Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter: A Perfect Half-day Itinerary

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

With over two thousand years of history, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is a labyrinth of narrow streets and striking Gothic architecture that dates back to the Middle Ages and the times of the Roman Empire. Located between Plaça de Catalunya and the Port Vell Harbour, the Gothic Quarter is the heart of the Old City and…

Discovering the Public Art on Barcelona’s Waterfront (walking itinerary & map)

The Wounded Star by Rebecca Horn

Barcelona is renowned for its public art, and the city’s many parks and plazas are replete with monuments ranging from traditional statues paying homage to people and events of the past to intriguing contemporary pieces by international and local artists. But it’s not just the parks and plazas which are full of art. Wherever you…

Roman Scales by Jannis Kounellis

Roman Scales by Jannis Kounellis

One of a series of eight sculptures which were installed in public spaces in the run-up to the Barcelona Olympics of 1992, Roman Balance, or Balança romana in Catalan, by Greek artist Jannis Kounellis is a reminder of Barcelona’s seafaring and industrial heritage. The statue consists of seven large cast iron balance pans, each loaded…

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…

Easter in Barcelona 2025: Processions, Traditions & Best Things To Do

Easter procession in the Raval neighbourhood

Easter, or Semana Santa as it’s known locally, is Spain’s most important religious festival. The celebrations date back to the sixteenth century, and include sombre processions with ornate floats commemorating Jesus Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. The most famous Easter Week celebrations take place in Andalucia, in southern Spain. However, cities throughout…

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…

From Orwell to ‘Tripi’: The History of Barcelona’s Plaça de George Orwell

Plaça de George Orwell

Tucked away in the labyrinthine heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Plaça de George Orwell was created in 1989, when an entire block of housing was torn down. The creation of this, and other similar plazas, was conceived as a way of opening up the Gothic Quarter and presumably went hand in hand with the generalized…

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…

Bus & Coach Services from Barcelona Airport (Both terminals, all destinations)

Bus stops on the central platform display the route number and timetable

Every year, approximately fifty million passengers pass through Barcelona Airport. While most of them head straight to the city centre, the airport also serves as an entry point for other popular destinations such as Sitges, Girona and the Costa Brava. Many travellers who arrive at Barcelona Airport continue their journey to their final destination by…

Free Train Travel in Barcelona During 2024 With The “ABONO RECURRENT” Ticket

The Abono Recurrent train pass

In September 2022, the Spanish Government introduced two new train passes aimed at frequent travellers to encourage more commuters to start using trains. The scheme was extended throughout 2023 and has now been continued into 2024. The idea behind the scheme is that commuters pay a small deposit every four months to obtain a frequent…