An impressive sight and the crowning glory of the football community in Spain, Camp Nou is one of the largest stadiums in Europe. Home ground of the beloved FC Barcelona, known simply as Barça to locals, this spectacular stadium was constructed in 1957 on a separate piece of land when the expansion of the Camp de Les Corts stadium was deemed impossible due to lack of space. The stadium is sometimes referred to as the 'house that Kubala built', in reference to the great Slovak-Hungarian goal scorer who played for Barça through the 1950s. Kubala was so popular with spectators that the stadium was even unable to accommodate the extraordinary masses that flocked to watch him play on more than one occasion. Camp Nou can accommodate more than a whopping 99,000 spectators at a time, and is profoundly iconic for its vibrant bleachers, painted in the club's royal blue and red colors.
CosmoCaixa Barcelona is one of Barcelona's main visitor attractions, an interactive and educational experience for adults and children alike. There are special children's activities that are designed to stimulate young minds and encourage interests in science. Regular educational workshops take place where children can experiment with scientific phenomena like heat, electricity, atmospheric pressure, and sound. Each of its rooms explores a specific field, including mechanics, optics, meteorology, and computer science. There is also a planetarium onsite that explains aspects of astronomy. Leave it to the research time at CosmoCaixa Barcelona to put together fun and educational temporary exhibits. All you have to do is drop by.
One of the most popular museums for its figurative art collection, The European Museum of Modern Art (Museu Europeu d'Art Modern) is a must visit. On show is a collection of modern art pieces that date back to the 20th Century. One can find exhibits of photo-realism, life-size sculptures and other works of art. It has a souvenir shop too, where one might pick up attractive collectibles. The cafe also contains some good art pieces, giving one the feel of being surrounded by art. The venue also offers space for concerts and events to give local artists a chance to exhibit their skills.
Architectural icon Antoni Gaudí designed this sprawling park to create harmony among urban and natural landscapes. He began building the park system on Carmen Hill in 1910, creating an eye-catching tapestry of structures, gardens, and public institutions for citizens and visitors of Barcelona to enjoy. Gaudí finished working on the project in 1914, and although it was never completed, Park Güell stands proudly today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience varied architectural styles in intriguing features like the columns of the Sala de las Cien Columnas, or Hall of the Hundred Column, which support a Romantic-style balcony covered in mosaic tiles.
Established by surrealist artist Joan Miró, this institute was founded to support the study of contemporary art. It was built by architect Josep Lluís Sert who was also a close friend to Miró and member of the Catalan art scene. Its outstanding octagonal tower houses a concert hall that puts on classical music performances, and the striking building also houses a permanent collection of Miró's art. Large canvases mingle with tapestries while engravings complement photographs. Given the eclectic stylings of its honored artist, the institute showcases a number of disciplines and aesthetics. There are also a café-restaurant and souvenir shop onsite, promising plenty of comfort for visitors to the Joan Miró Foundation.
Barcelona with the students and the tourists has scores of nightclubs, pubs and bars that rock the night life. Harlem Jazz Club is one such place that attracts one and all. The locals frequent this place to enjoy the melange of music. Be it professional or an amateur, the crowd enthusiastically cheers the artists. Jazz, funk and blues groups, the variety of the genres of music played here is amazing. Though a very modest club, the extra-ordinary performances rock the house.
The Barcelona City Hall is built on the site of the old Teatre Barcelona, which was destroyed. It has one auditorium and puts on musicals and concerts at varying times. It also opens its doors to other less common performing arts. Its most original shows are the dinner shows, the food is always good, and there is a lively atmosphere.
From noon till late hours of night, Milano Cocktail Bar welcomes patrons into its elegant atmosphere to enjoy a drink or feast on traditional tapas. Renowned for its cocktails, do not leave this place without trying a few of their interesting concoctions. Green Almond, Gentleman Apple, Picasso, Lady Sour and the Watermelon Martini are highly recommended. In the afternoons, patrons are given a trip back in time, as the restaurant recreates a 1940s ambiance. Nights at this place are brought alive by soothing melodies strummed by Jazz musicians.
This is one of the largest cinemas in Barcelona, and it is housed in an old 19th-century theater. The hall, therefore, retains much of its historic charm and glory. The spectator is the king here, as he gets a truly wide-screen experience, with a choice to sit in the stalls or the circle. It is also a great place for children as there are regular screenings for them. The latest blockbusters, however, pull maximum audiences.
Located in a century-old building in central Barcelona, L'Antic Teatre is a non-profit organization aiming at promoting performing and visual arts. It offers a stage to experimental art to express its creativity and more importantly, an audience. Dance, theatre, comedy, concerts, film screenings all this and more can be enjoyed at the L'Antic Teatre. Besides a venue, L'Antic Teatre also provides artistes professional guidance and services. This has attracted some of the best performers from various fields. Its innovative programming and reasonable ticket prices have made it a hit among the youth and patrons of the alternative arts scene.
Opened in 1994, this is the first center in Europe dedicated to the study of the urban metropolis seen as a universal phenomenon which helps us to analyze the social, cultural and urban development of the city, as well as its history. The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) was built by the architect Piñón y Viaplana, on the site of the old Casa de la Caridad, a beautiful building of which a few original decorative elements remain. This is the main exhibition center in Barcelona, located in the heart of the Raval district. Apart from courses and seminars, its program includes some of the most interesting cultural initiatives in Barcelona. It also has a café-restaurant and a gift shop.
Barcelona's university: and the only one in Catalonia until 1715, was closed down by Felipe V. It later re-opened, and the original Renaissance structure was restored in Gothic style between 1863 and 1868 by Elies Rogent. There is the beautifully kept botanical gardens to the right-hand side of the main building that was laid out in 1860; it is an ideal place for a quiet stroll, or you can sit down and read a book in peace. You can also visit the university's café located under the patio for its lively atmosphere and very cheap drinks.