The Foundling Wheel at Plaça de Viçenc Martorell

Photo of the main façade of the house of mercy orphanage including the foundling wheel or baby hatch in Plaça de Vicenc Martorell, Barcelona

Many of Barcelona’s civic centres and local council offices are located in historic buildings, many of which originally belonged to private individuals or the church. One such building is the Citizen Services Office (Seu del Districte de Ciutat Vella) located at Plaça de Viçenc Martorell in Barcelona’s El Raval neighbourhood. The building dates back to the …

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The Cerdà Houses and the Origins of the Eixample District

One of the 4 casas Cerdà with colourful frescoes painted by Raffaello Beltramini.

In the 1850’s Barcelona was booming and the medieval walls which surrounded the Gothic Quarter were torn down to allow the city to grow. The city council asked several architects and city planners to submit plans for a new suburb which would envelope surrounding villages such as Gràcia, Sarría and el Clot. The councillors initially …

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Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site

The main entrance to the old Hospital de Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona.

A Short walk from the Sagrada Familia, the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is one of the most interesting architectural and historical attractions in Barcelona. Built at the start of the 20th century, the site comprises a total of 27 Art Nouveau buildings and was a working hospital as recently as 2009. In 2014, after …

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Sagrada Familia: Tips for Visiting Gaudi’s Masterpiece

Tourists inside the Sagrada Familia, light passing through the stained glass windows on the left bathes the columns on the right hand side of the photo with a rainbow of clours

Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. In this post we answer some common questions and share some tips that will help you make the most of your visit. Including how to avoid the queues ! The Sagrada Familia receives approximately 4.5 million visitors each year. …

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Stargazer (Miraestels) by Robert Llimós

One of the stargazer monuments in Barcelona harbour

A few metres from the Rambla del Mar walkway, two pristine white figures float silently in the waters of Barcelona harbour. The 3.55m polyester and fibreglass sculptures, their gaze turned up to the heavens, were designed by Robert Llimós and built by local shipbuilder Marina 92. The Stargazer (Catalan: Miraesteles) statues are 2 of a …

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The 10 Most Emblematic Skyscrapers in Barcelona

The Torre agbar and other skyscrapers and tall buildings in Barcelona's 22@ technological district in Poblenou

The earliest skyscrapers were built in Chicago and New York during the second half of the 19th century and were between 10 and 20 storeys high. Technological advances during the 20th century meant that buildings could grow ever taller and modern skyscrapers are usually more than 100m and often reach heights in excess of 150m. The …

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Carretera de les Aigües: An Easy Walk with Fantastic Views

A couple walking their dog on the Carretera de les aigües in the hills of Collserola park overlooking Barcelona

Often referred to as the green lung of Barcelona, Collserola National Park is a popular escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Easily reached by public transport, the 8,000 hectare park is crisscrossed by footpaths and cycle tracks. The best known and most accessible footpath is called La Carretera de les Aigües …

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La Parella: The Couple by Lautaro Díaz Silva

The couple statue by Lauturo Díaz sit alone on a wall in front of old buildings beside Barcelona's historic old port the Port Vell

One of my favourite walking routes in Barcelona is around the historic Port Vell harbour from the Christopher Columbus monument to the Barceloneta beach. Along the way you can enjoy views of the harbour filled with yachts and historic tall ships, take a look at the classic architecture and admire the diverse collection of contemporary sculptures …

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