Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas are the central boulevards in Barcelona. Every visitor to Barcelona should take a walk down Las Ramblas at least once and take in the colorful activity of thousands of tourists, street performers and painters.

The numerous kiosks decorate the boulevard with a wide selection of flowers, newspaper and birds (yes, live birds!). Pleasant cafés along the Ramblas invite you to take a break and those who wish to shop will find all kinds of clothes shops as well as the typical souvenir shops.

Street Tango Ramblas

Every section of the Ramblas has a different name, for example, the first at Plaça Catalunya is called Rambla de Canaletas, the last section up to Maremagnum at the old port (Port Vell), is called Rambla de Mar. For this reason they use the plural form in Barcelona to talk about the Ramblas.

Rambla Barcelona

Along the 1.2 km stretch of the Ramblas from Plaça Catalunya to the statue of Columbus at the port, you can see many of Barcelona’s most important highlights (from Plaça Catalunya towards the Columbus statue by the sea):

  • Font de Canaletes: In the first section of the Ramblas is this very important fountain for Barcelona, dating from the 19th century. Legend has it that whoever drinks water from this fountain will return to Barcelona.

Ramblas Barcelona

  • Reial Academia de Ciencias i Arts: This building was converted into a theatre in 1910. Barcelona’s first official clock can be seen on its façade.
  • Palau Moja: a classic building with exhibitions in the main hall.
  • Palau de la Virreina: one of Catalonia’s most important civil building works in the Barroque style (1778), here you can find the town hall’s culture department and a long-term exhibition of the “Gegants de Barcelona Ciutat” and the “Àliga de Barcelona”.
  • The famous market “la Boqueria”: conveniently situated halfway down the Ramblas is this colourful market, which many say is the most beautiful in the world.
  • Plaça de la Boquería: A beautiful square with mosaic paving by Miró

La Rambla

  • The theatre El Liceu: Barcelona’s famous opera house
  • Palau Güell: This neo-Gothic palace is one of Gaudi’s main works of art, which he built for his patron Eusebi Güell. It is a little packed in among the buildings, so the façade is not really shown to its full advantage.
  • Plaza Real square (Cat. Plaça Reial): a short side street leads off the Ramblas to this palm-filled square surrounded by an arched walkway. Here you can find numerous bars and nightclubs, however, at the weekend it is a popular meeting place for stamp and coin collectors.

Placa Reial

  • Wax museum (Museu de Cera): At the bottom end of the Ramblas, the wax museum with over 300 exhibits can be found in a 19th century building.
  • In the historic centre close to the Ramblas you can see: Barcelona cathedral, Plaça Sant Jaume and the Gothic quarter (Barri Gotic), the neighbourhood of El Raval and the Born quarter.

Gothic Quarter Barcelona

Metro stations by Ramblas Barcelona:
Plaça Catalunya
Liceu
Drassanes

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Sagrada Familia


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Sagrada Familia is Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece, the most visited tourist attraction in Barcelona and the city’s landmark.

Although building work was started on the Sagrada Familia in 1882, today visitors can still only see a half-finished building, as the Sagrada Familia follows the tradition of cathedrals in the middle ages, when building work spanned generations. When Gaudi took over the project in 1883, he radically changed the plans made by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828 – 1901).

Sagrada Familia

Until Gaudi’s death in 1926, and especially during the last years of his life, Gaudi continued with the Sagrada Familia project. However, when Gaudi died, only one tower had been completed. The millions of holidaymakers and tourists who flood to Barcelona every year can now marvel at 8 (of the 18 planned) towers.

Sagrada Familia Crypt

Since Gaudi’s death, various architects have taken over, who have again and again changed Gaudi’s original ideas for the Sagrada Familia wherever possible. Yet, it must be added that Gaudi hardly worked with building plans and, in addition, only a damaged plaster model had to some extent survived the Spanish civil war. The grand master’s heritage is consequently given a great deal of room for interpretation, which has also led to criticism, such as that of the sculptures on the “Fachada de la Pasión” (Passion façade) created by sculptor Josep María Subirach. Critics say they are not what Gaudi had in mind.

Sagrada Familia staircase

The finish date for the building work is difficult to estimate, as further construction of the Sagrada Familia is financed exclusively by entry fees and donations. For this reason, the entry fee is not cheap. Those who pay to enter the Sagrada Familia must also pay an extra entry fee for the modern lift, or alternatively, can reach the towers of the Sagrada Familia via the 400 steps of the dizzying spiral staircase and enjoy magnificent views out over Barcelona.

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Sagrada Familia opening times:
October – March: 9 am to 6 pm
April – September: 9 am to 8 pm
25th and 26th of December and 1st and 6th of January: 9 am to 2 pm

Sagrada Familia entry fees:
Normal: €11
Reduced: (Tour bus, Barcelona Card, Ruta del Modernisme): €10
Concessions: (Groups, Carnet Jove, Pensioners, Students, Under 18s): €9

Accessibility / How to get to Sagrada Familia
Metro station: Sagrada Familia, lines 2 and 5

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Park Güell

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Park Güell is a must see for all visitors to Barcelona. Just like Sagrada Familia, Park Güell is a masterpiece of Gaudí in Barcelona. Visitors to Parque Güell feel like they are walking through a fairytale park and, what’s more, they can enjoy spectacular views over the city of Barcelona.

The Pillars of Parc Guell

At one of the highest points of Park Güell you can find the so-called Hall of a hundred columns, a semi-cavernous area, supported by 84 pillars made from ceramic and glass mosaics. An ornate staircase decorated with ceramic animals climbs up to another of the highest points of Park Güell: It leads up to the great Plaça Circular measuring 3000m2, an oval-shaped square located on the terrace just above the Hall of a hundred columns.

Parc Guell BarcelonaThis is where what is probably the longest and most mysterious bench in the world can be found, which was once called the forerunner of surrealism by Salvador Dalí.

The bench, which is totally covered with pieces of fragile ceramic, was designed by Josep Pujol, one of Gaudí’s most important collaborators, and winds around the edges of the square. It is here where visitors should take a break to stop and enjoy the fantastic views of Barcelona.

It was the surname of the Count Eusebi Güell, the person who ordered the park project to be carried out, that gave the park its name. In 1885, the count acquired 20 hectares of land, which previously belonged to the outskirts of Barcelona. Gaudí commissioned the builders who converted this land into a garden city, homes in the heart of nature. Originally, sixty homes were planned to be built in the park, as well as other public buildings, however, only two were completed. As they could find no buyers for the buildings planned for Park Güell, in 1922 it was opened as a public park for the citizens of Barcelona. Gaudí lived there from 1906 to 1926. In 1963 a museum was opened in Park Güell in the old houses.

Gaudi Parc Guell

Entry to the museum costs €5 for adults and €4 for students and children. This is simply two flats with few rooms, in which there are a few old pieces of furniture and other accessories, such as an ornate mirror. The beautiful views over Barcelona from the house can also be enjoyed from other points of the park.

Parke Güell was finished between 1910 and 1914 and this work of art belongs to Gaudí’s naturalist phase, when he was inspired by the organic shapes of nature. It was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1984.

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Barceloneta Beach

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Barceloneta beach has to be one of Barcelona’s most-visited beaches. The 1.1 km long sandy beach begins at the Olympic Port (Port Olimpic) and follows the coast past Barceloneta to the street called Almirall Cervera, where it joins the most southerly beach in Barcelona: Playa de Sant Sebastiàn.

At the start of Barceloneta beach, at the Olympic Port, the famous fish-shaped sculpture rises up above you. In this area you can find numerous shops, cafés, restaurants, a casino and the Arts Hotel, Barcelona’s classiest hotel. Nearby you can also find one of the city’s hospitals with the best sea views: Hospital del Mar in Barceloneta.

Vila Olimpica Barcelona

In the middle of the breakwater there is an open-air gym, which is free to the public. Barceloneta beach has showers, toilets and all of the infrastructures that you could wish for at a city beach. Whilst you relax on the beach, you can watch the yachts coming and going in the Olympic port and then go to one of the many restaurants that can be found on the seafront at Barceloneta beach.

Barcelona Port Olimpic

Restaurants are lined up along the seafront at Barceloneta and some of them become nightclubs in the evenings (Opium, CDLC, Shoko). See Barceloneta nightlife for more information. From north to south you can find the following restaurants: Bestial, with a set menu for around €25 on the terrace, Pez Playa, Sotavento Beach Club Bcn, Ice Bcn, Shoko, Opium, CDLC, Agua and the small bar belonging to the Catalonian swimming club CNC – Club Natació Catalunya. Further down the beach at Barceloneta are the restaurants Ca la Nuri, Sal Café, Baba Cool, and El Arenal bicycle hire.

Barcelona Vila Olimpica Beach

Accessibility / How to get to Barceloneta beach:

Metro: Line 4 – Barceloneta or Ciutadella
Bus: 14, 16, 17, 36, 39, 40, 45, 51, 57, 59, 64
Bicycle: A cycle path runs alongside the beach

Car/Parking:

Finding a parking space near Barceloneta beach can be very difficult. There is a pay car park on the avenue Passeig Joan de Borbó.

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Camp Nou Barcelona

Calling all sporting fans! Do not miss this fantastic opportunity to retrace the footsteps of legendary players from past and present on this self-guided tour through Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou football stadium. Your ticket also includes skip the line entry to the Barcelona football museum, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the stadium and discover the history of this legendary football team.

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FC Barcelona Football Stadium Tour

Take this once in a lifetime opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous players such as Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona, Guardiola and Ronaldinho. Your tour of Camp Nou starts with a visit to the team changing room and a walk through the famous tunnel onto the pitch. Walk on the grass, sit on the team bench and enjoy a panoramic view of the stadium. You will also visit the Chapel, TV Room, Press Room, Fundacio Zone and the Presidential Box.Your tour also includes a skip the line visit to Barcelona FC Football Museum. Start the tour with a panoramic view of the stadium from the grandstand, then take a look back over the long history of the club. Admire the trophies, photographs, sports equipment and team kits from over the years as you wander though this impressive museum. There is also an audio-visual display available.

FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona Tickets

If you’re crazy about football then few things will beat having Nou Camp tickets and seeing one of the world’s greatest football teams in action – imagine the feeling of being there watching Barça’s stars in action, the excited voices of the crowd around you and the exhilaration of seeing your first goal at Barcelona’s famous stadium.

 

 

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