Antoni Gaudi, de architect die dit juweel van het Catalaanse modernisme ontworpen heeft, wilde dat de voorgevel zijn romantische en anti-klassieke ideeën wat betreft ontwerpen zou reflecteren. Het werd gebouwd voor de familie Mila, tussen 1906 en 1910. Maar de familie en het publiek in het algemeen waren niet onder de indruk, en het gebouw kreeg de bijnaam La Pedrera (de steengroeve) als belediging. Pas veel later, in 1984 werd het beroemd toen de UNESCO het tot werelderfgoed verklaarde. Casa Mila, nu internationaal beroemd, is nu een belangrijk voorbeeld van de civiele architectuur van Gaudi. Het is in esthetisch opzicht uniek en ook nog eens buitengewoon practisch.
Het National Museum of Art, gebouwd in 1990, huisvest de beste collectie aan Romaanse muurschilderingen ter wereld, waaronder een aantal juweeltjes uit de regio van de Pyreneeën. De collectie van het museum bestaat ook uit andere kunststukken, zoals altaarstukken, beeldhouwwerken, gouden en zilveren ornamenten en schilderijen op hout en glanzende objecten. Je ziet hier een selectie aan schilderijen uit de gotische periode van artiesten van de Catalaanse school uit de veertiende en de vijftiende eeuw, samen met die van artiesten uit de rest van Spanje en Europa. Neem voor tijdelijke tentoonstellingen contact op met het museum. Studenten en ouderen krijgen korting, en op de eerste zondag van elke maand is de toegang gratis.
Barcelona's oldest residential district is a maze of narrow streets housing some fantastic examples of Gothic architecture. Lots of trendy young designers have opened up outlets here over the last few years, along with some classy but not too flashy restaurants, including tapas bars that fill up with the city's youth most nights. Alongside Gothic buildings like the imposing Barcelona Cathedral, you can see the most concentrated remains of the Roman period here, between Plaça de la Catedral and Plaça Sant Jaume. The old Roman walls still demarcate the boundary between this and its adjacent districts. This spirited neighborhood, known locally as Barri Gòtic, is one of the city's most atmospheric and enchanting explorations serving up style in spades.
Towering over the city at 173 meters (570 feet) is this scenic hill overlooking the sea. Montjuïc remained uninhabited until after the Middle Ages despite the fact that the Jewish quarter in Barcelona had already extended to the nearby Miramar area. The first path to the summit opened in 1607, and in 1640, a fortress was built to resist Spanish invasions during the Catalan Revolt. For centuries now, the Montjuïc park area has been a popular place for locals to pick wild herbs during leisure time, as well as an enjoyable attraction for visitors. Please note that while the park is free to visit, Montjuïc Castle charges an admission fee.
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.
Parc de la Ciutadella is a lush attraction nestled in the Old City, known locally as the Ciutat Vella. The park was designed by Josep Fontserè and his then-unknown assistant Antoni Gaudí, who went on to pioneer Catalan modernism with such masterpieces as the Basilica de la Sagrada Família. Although it no longer bears the distinction of being the only green space in the city, the park remains an important respite for city dwelling nature lovers, as well as those looking to experience the essence of Barcelona. Within the park are several attractions for the whole family, among them the Barcelona Zoo and Catalan Parliament. Weave through the verdant park and its many cultural offerings, taking time to relax by the lake as the ornate fountain creates a peaceful melody.
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.
There are numerous tourist information offices throughout the city providing information about Barcelona, Catalonia, money exchange and accommodation. You'll find them in Plaça Catalunya, Palau Robert (Passeig de Gràcia) and in Palau de la Virreina (Rambla 99), where they also provide information on cultural events. The other offices are located at the airport, the Palau de Congressos (at Montjuïc), the Estació de Sants and the Plaça Sant Jaume. The Plaça Catalunya office is open. In summer, even more information booths are set up all over the city.
In this technologically advanced age, mobiles are a norm and a part of one's lifestyle. The Mobile World Centre gives a glimpse of how the internet and mobile telephony has transformed the lives of people in the 21st Century. Set in the former building of the first telephone exchange of the city, the landmark building from the 1920s with its distinct architecture is a sight to behold. It is then befitting that this museum and event space is set inside this structure. Spanning across three floors, each exhibit and area is different than the other. Head to Espacio Movistar for an insight of the latest smartphones and gadgets. You can play games, take part in promotions and activities at this space. Get to know the advent of mobile technology, internet and evolution across the world at level one. There are 10 rooms to explore on this floor, telling the story of the mobile. The Movistar Auditorium is used for a variety of digital events, conferences, workshops and more.
Immerse in the Catalan spirit at the Rambla de Canaletes, the first walkway you'll encounter while strolling down Las Ramblas. The landmark takes its name from the iconic Font de Canaletes, a small fountain where Barça soccer fans gather to celebrate victories. According to legend, if you drink from this fountain, you're guaranteed a return to Barcelona one day. Visitors are also likely to come across performers playing rock or Andean music surrounded by crowds of entertained bystanders. At once charming and energetic, the Rambla de Canaletes is a cosmopolitan area that can't be missed.
This punk skater bar offers a great selection of drinks to go along with their crazy events and grunge atmosphere.
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.