Joan Miró Park and the Woman & Bird Sculpture

The 22m high Woman and Bird statue by Joan Miró, Barcelona, Catalonia

The main attraction at Joan Miró Park is the 22m high Woman and Bird Sculpture (Dona I Ocell). This somewhat phallic tiled statue was constructed in 1983 just a few months before Miro’s death. Although the the main body of the sculpture might look inherently masculine, the vertical black hole on one side indicates that …

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The First ÚS Barcelona Street Art Festival

Urban art painted on a wall showing a serious looking girl on ared background with the words help me painted in white capitals.

The ÚS Barcelona urban art festival took place on the site of the old Encants Vells market on February 1st 2014. The event was sponsored by Barcelona city council and the Rebobinart organisation. The idea behind the festival was to make use of a part of the city which is undergoing transformation to promote urban …

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L’Ou Com Balla – Dancing Eggs !

Dancing Egg Number 5 - The Cloisters of Barcelona Cathedral

If you like quirky and unusual traditions then you’ll love “L’Ou Com Balla” aka “The Dancing Egg” which takes place every year as part of Barcelona’s Corpus Christi celebrations. Basically the idea is that an egg is placed in a fountain and dances suspended by a jet of water. There are a total of 12 eggs dancing …

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Museum of Catalan Modernism

Museum of Catalan Modernism, Barcelona

The Museum of Catalan Modernism opened in 2010 and contains furniture, paintings and sculptures from two private collections exhibited in a modernist building on Carrer Balmes. The museum includes works by most of the major exponents of the genre including Antoni Gaudi, Joan Busquets, Eusbei Arnau, Josep Llimona and others. The museum occupies 2 floors …

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Hospital de Sant Pau – Barcelona’s Other Art Nouveau Building Site

Iron gates in front of the main entrance to the Hospital de Sant Pau art nouveau site, Barcelona

Update – The Hospital de Sant Pau re-opened in 2014 as the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. Full review and tips for visitors here>> The Hospital de Sant Pau was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and opened in 1930. It was financed by Barcelona city council and a substantial donation from the legacy of …

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3 Charming Art Nouveau Fountains by Josep Campeny

The "Font de la Granota" Art Nouveau Fountain, Barcelona

One of the things that makes Barcelona such a great place to live is the fact that, no matter how long you spend here, there’s always something new to discover. Everyone is familiar with sights such as the Sagrada Familia or the Pedrera, but I suggest you spend a few hours simply exploring and going …

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