The City

This thousand-year-old city knows how to combine the old with the new, making for a visit full of contrasts as you venture into one of the great heartlands of European culture. For most visitors, the signature landmark in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia. Some are drawn to its modern architecture, while others are in awe of the legacy of its architect, Antoni Gaudi. There are many other shining examples of his work throughout Barcelona, from the Parc Güell Park, the Pedrera ("Quarry") Building to the Casa Batlló (Batlló House) Building, as well as lesser-known buildings such as Casa Vicens and others in the Gràcia neighbourhood.

There is more to Barcelona's architecture than Gaudi, however, with Roman and medieval construction being another must-see attraction. Starting at the Plaça del Rei Square, you can pick up the exact route at the Museu d’història de Barcelona (Barcelona History Museum) and gaze upon the millennia of Roman history. You can similarly take the opportunity to marvel at the medieval architecture that also characterises the city. In the Barri Gòtic (Gothic neighbourhood), you can visit La Reial Acadèmia de Medicina (The Royal Academy of Medicine).

For those with more modern tastes, you can enjoy exploring the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (European Museum of Modern Art). The 18th century building is an attraction in itself, and it houses a permanent collection of contemporary paintings and modern figurative sculptures. There’s more to exploring Barcelona's culture than just museums and buildings: you can enjoy art while walking through the city. The Sant Josep Oriol and Pi Squares are home to a crowd of painters every weekend.