The Palace of the Virreina shows its main facade on the Ramblas of Barcelona. It was the residence of virrei of Peru, Manuel Amat and Junyent, in his last years of life. It works at the moment as host of the Institute of Culture of Barcelona and the rooms of the ground floor and first stage welcome temporary exhibitions of art of the city.
Gaudí lived in that house from 1906 to 1925 one year before his dead. The house is named "Torre Rosa". The house was bought in 1963 by the "Association of Gaudí friends" to install in it the "Casa Museu Gaudí", who is an interesting museum showing furniture, drawings, decoration and others, designed by Gaudí himself and Josep María Jujol.
The Barcelona Olympic Stadium (Estadi Olimpic) was the venue for the 1992 Olympic Games that ran from July 26 to August 21 of that year. Today the Barcelona Olympic Stadium is open to visitors to take a look around and see where all the action took place.
This is the first Museum of erotic art and culture where the visitor can contemplate the development of eroticism through the various artistic and cultural facets of the human being (anthropology, archeology, literature, plastic arts, history, antiques)
The Museu de Cera provides an opportunity to meet over 300 personalities, both real and fictitious, from all periods of history. Against a backdrop of audiovisuals, authentic sets and real sound effects, the waxworks come to life to tell us about their illustrious, and sometimes tragic lives which have crossed the threshold of time.
Since 1929, the Museu Marítim de Barcelona (Barcelona Maritime Museum) has built up a major group of collections that are illustrative of the Catalan seafaring culture and which make it easier to understand the factors that have given rise to and the nature of the country's maritime history.
Opened in 1975, the Joan Miró foundation is one of Barcelona's major art galleries. Not only shows Miró's paintings but also houses temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists and lets the "Espai 13" space to novel artists.
The Antoni Tàpies Foundation was created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art.To that end, the Fundació opened its doors in June 1990 in the building of the former Editorial Montaner i Simon publishing house.
Catalan National Art Museum (MNAC) is housed in the magnificent palace overlooking the fountains of Montjuic. You will found there Catalan works (sculpture, painting, objets d'art, drawing, engraving, posters, photography and coinage) from the Romanesque period to the mid-twentieth century. Opening hours : Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 7pm; Sunday & holidays:10am - 2:30pm. ; Mondays closed (except holidays)
Since it was conceived in 1929, El Poble Espanyol has been considered as a different, unique space in the city. Its urban layout - a real village with streets and squares, without wheeled traffic and in the natural surroundings of the hill at Montjuïc - has helped to create a special microcosm, offering an invitation to escape the city's daily routine.
Port Vell in Barcelona is for sure one of the most beautiful places of the city. Ten years before, it was an obsolete harbour zone. Now, it is an animated port, with the multiple possibilities, in full heart of the city. Port Vell offers many sports and cultural activities. The shopping centre MareMagnum is always overflowing of activity, you can try Imax or a meeting with the sharks of Aquàrium
The Gothic Quarter is the heart of old Barcelona, a medieval city built upon Roman foundations which has to be the first place to explore once you've discovered the adjacent Ramblas. This historic hotchpotch of narrow and, in many cases, pedestrianised streets and squares is full of character and charm and home to hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants.
The Plaça Reial is located on the left-hand side of the Rambla after crossing Calle Ferran. Nowadays, it is one of the best examples of the city's ethnic diversity and multicultural character. The square is usually bustling with activity all day and through most of the night.
The Aquàrium de Barcelona is the most important marine leisure and education centre in the world concerning the Mediterranean. A series of 35 tanks, 11,000 animals and 450 different species, an underwater tunnel 80 metres long, six million litres of water and an immense Oceanarium, the only one in Europe.
This beautiful arch was built for the 1888 Universal Exposition. The Arc de Triomf, located at the Passeig Lluis Companys, can be easily reached via the metro stop Arc de Triomf. It is also just a short walk from the Parc de la Ciutadella.
The communications tower designed by Santiago Calatrava was one of the landmarks of Barcelona in 1992. The extensive silhouette of the Montjuic mountain was changed forever in that instance, re-urbanised for the celebration of the Olympic Games and the city in general. Its spectacular design has turned it, much like the Palau Sant Jordi, into one of the constructions that anticipates the city's future in the present day.
The Torre Agbar is a 21 st century skyscraper in Barcelona. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. The Agbar Tower measures 144 meters and consists of a 37 stories, including 4 underground levels. The building is one of the most unique in Barcelona, becoming the third tallest building in Barcelona, only after the Arts Hotel and the Mapfre Tower, both 154 m.
Santa Maria del Mar is a Gothic church from the XIV century, located at the seaside, was built as a private initiative on the wealth accrued from overseas ventures by the inhabitants of La Ribera. The stained glass windows of this basilica, dating from the 15th and 18th centuries, are very famous.
The Columbus Monument is a 60 m tall monument to Christopher Columbus at the lower end of Las Ramblas, Barcelona. It was constructed for the Universal Exposición de Barcelona in honor to Columbu´s first voyage to the Americas.
This building, one of the most luxurious of Barcelona, was commissioned by Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi to Antoni Gaudí i Cornet. This palace that gets up close to the Ramblas is a house among other buildings and placed with a side leaned against another house also property of the Güell family. The Palau Güell was declared by the UNESCO a Human Heritage in the year 1986.
Wonder of the Catalan modernism, the Hospital Sant Pau was founded in Ciutat Vella (Barcelona) in 1401 when six small medieval hospitals met. Today it is the second older Hospital of Europe and is the only one which functioned without interruption until our days.
Looking from a distance is like a large ship floating at anchor, this spectacular modern shopping and leisure centre was built as part of the Barcelona port renovation project. It's surrounded by popular attractions like the Aquarium and the Imax Port Vell (IMAX cinema). Inside, you'll find a huge selection of fashion retailers and souvenir shops.
The magic fountain of Montjuïc's first performance was on May 19, 1929 during the Great Universal Exhibition. Designed by Carles Buigas, the magic fountain is a spectacular display of colour, light, motion, music and water acrobatics - if you mix all these elements together, you end up with pure magic! The magic fountain is a "must see" when you come to Barcelona and highly recommended.
Casa Batllo is one of the two great buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi on Passeig de Gracia, the other being La Pedrera. From the outside the façade of Casa Batllo looks like it has been made from skulls and bones. The "Skulls" are in fact balconies and the "bones" are supporting pillars. Gaudi used colours and shapes found in marine life as inspiration for his creativity in this building .
The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona and one of the city's foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona's opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods.