Barcelona is one of the best destinations for educational travel and a relaxing holiday. Seeing how Barcelona looks from a bird's eye view is worth a lot. This ancient city in Spain is filled with interesting architecture. Medieval buildings are located next to neo-Gothic structures, and winding streets contrast with the strict geometry of the New District quarters.The port building and the pedestrian bridge of Barcelona is considered to be a modern business city, but at the same time it has an almost untouched historical center, where you can see buildings and sculptures of baroque, Gothic and modernist style.
Barcelona evening lights led by the Agbar Tower
Medieval buildings are located next to neo-Gothic buildings, and winding streets contrast with the strict geometry of the New District quarters.
Geometry of the city
Travel to Barcelona
Barcelona is considered a modern business city, but at the same time it has a virtually untouched historical center, in which you can see the buildings and sculptures of the Baroque, Gothic and modernist style.
Travelers love this city thanks to the long beach season. In the center is the famous beach of Barceloneta.
Plaza Catalunya strikes with its scale
View from Montjuic Hill
The highest point of Barcelona - Mount Tibidabo
Barcelona is one of the major cities of Spain. It is located on the Mediterranean coast. The city is famous for its mild climate, the richest architecture and many kilometers of beaches.
City museums deserve special attention. The city has many galleries and exhibition complexes. This beach vacation can be combined with viewing masterpieces.
Tip!In the vicinity of Barcelona there are two airports: El Prat and Girona. From El Prat to the city center can be reached by train. This is a budget option. You can also take a bus.
Embankment and port
So deserted the main beach of Barcelona happens only at dawn
Bird's-eye view of Sagrada Familia
The core values of Barcelona are the creations of the great architect Gaudi. To get a complete picture of them, you should visit the following four sites:
- Sagrada Familia is a cathedral of rare beauty.
- Park Guelya.
- House batlo.
- Structure Mila.
View from the Park Guell on the city
The city hosts many exciting events, and open days are held in museums. Some museum complexes can be visited for free, but you need to know the time of the visit:
- On the first Monday of the month, you can explore the free science museum.
- In the center of modern culture of Barcelona you can come on Sunday from three o'clock to eight in the evening.
- In the Picasso Museum free admission will be on the first Sunday of the month.
- Güell’s Palace is open to the public on the first Sunday of the month, as well as on May 8 and April 23.
- Free admission is always in the palace complex Wyrrain.
Old districts are considered the decoration of the city, this is the Gothic Quarter with the alley of La Rambla.
Every evening, a free show of dancing and singing fountains starts at the Museum of Art.
This is one of the most romantic places in the evening city.
In Barcelona, tourists can see spectacular events. These include the parade of giant figures. The city has the largest aquarium in Spain and even in Europe.
Tip! Many travelers advise to visit flamenco evenings. In this case, you must purchase tickets in advance. It is believed that in order to return to Barcelona you need to drink a sip of water from the Canaletes spring, which is located at the end of La Rambla.
La Rambla Boulevard
You can start exploring the city from the Ramblas promenade, which starts from the Columbus monument in the Old Port. On the boulevard there are street dancers, actors and artists. In the place of the boulevard in ancient times a river flowed. Nowadays, wavy lines on the tile remind of this.
You can start exploring the city from the Ramblas promenade, which starts from the Columbus monument in the Old Port
In the place of the boulevard in ancient times a river flowed. Nowadays, wavy lines on the tile remind of this. The length of the street is 1.2 km, it lasts from the Raval district to the Gothic quarter.
The street view has remained unchanged since the 18th century.
On the boulevard worth a visit:
- Palace of Guell.
- Pedestrian bridge.
- Kanaletas Fountain.
- Opera theatre.
- Mosaic by Joan Miro.
- Boqueria market.
Tip!If you go to the city in September, you can get to the cheerful street festival La Merce. This holiday is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, which saved him from the locust. The square hosts theatrical performances, and music plays everywhere.
La Rambla - one of the busiest streets of the city
First of all all the tourists who come to Barcelona flock here.
One of the famous landmarks is the Sagrada Familia Catholic Church. This is an architectural work of Antonio Gaudi, which was built over a half century. The facade of the composition is filled with scenes from the life of Christ. The building is supported by quirky supporting columns. The construction of the cathedral was discontinued in 2008, as the architects stated that each unit of the temple requires accurate and expensive computer processing. But the construction of this object is planned to continue.
One of the famous landmarks is the Sagrada Familia Catholic Church.
This is an architectural work of Antonio Gaudi, which was built over a half century
No matter where you look at the city, Sagrada Familia will always be the center of attention.
The complex can visit the museum and climb the tower.
Tip!It is worth visiting the Agbar Tower, which glows in the dark with lots of lights.
Be prepared for the huge queue at the entrance to the temple. Every day thousands of tourists try to get to Sagrada. Let the length of the queue does not scare you. Within 45 minutes you will already be inside.
The construction of the cathedral was discontinued in 2008, as the architects stated that each unit of the temple requires accurate and expensive computer processing.
But the construction of this object is planned to continue.
Sagrada Familia inside
Gothic Quarter and Cathedral
The Gothic Quarter is one of the oldest attractions in Barcelona. It is famous for its merchant buildings, churches, medieval streets and colossal architectural objects. A block was erected on the destroyed Roman buildings.
The Gothic Quarter is one of the oldest sights of Barcelona.
It is famous for its merchant buildings, churches, medieval streets and colossal architectural objects.
In this area there are many areas. These are the King’s Square, Sant Jaume, St. Jacob’s Royal Square and Pine Square. From the old buildings you can see the museum complex of Frederick Mares, Roman columns, a large number of ancient temples and the famous Cathedral. This temple is made in the Gothic style in the 15th century. The building is decorated with exquisite details - slender columns, towers - spiers and a magnificent "rosette". From the dome offers a great view of the city.
Tip!Barcelona is not considered an absolutely safe place, so you need to carefully monitor your things. Backpack should not be worn behind the back, especially in the subway. You should not wear a camera around your neck, as it can be disrupted in a crowd. Special vigilance should be shown at the airport and railway stations.
The cathedral is made in the Gothic style in the 15th century.
These streets were chosen as the real scenery for the film Perfume
In the city center you can see a unique architectural landmark. This is Gaudi's house, called Kassa Mila. The structure has no corner. The building has no bearing walls and supports, it rests on the columns in the style of Gaudi. Partitions can be rearranged where you like. In addition, the building provides ingenious ventilation.
Cashier Mila has no corner. There are no load-bearing walls and supports in the building; it rests only on columns.
Kassa Mila from the inside
Casa Batlló is considered another architectural masterpiece. It translates as house of bones. Its balconies are made in the shape of a skull, and the columns look like bones.
The house is also equipped with technologies that were unique for their time. The luminous flux and ventilation are designed so that the rooms are always fresh and bright.
Notable is the facade of the building with contrasting ceramic lining and the interior of the rooms, furnished with furniture designed by Gaudi.
Casa Batlló is considered another architectural masterpiece. It translates as house of bones.
Another unusual house was designed by architect Joseph Puidge. It is called a house with spikes. The structure was built in the era of modernism and is different from the style of Gaudi.
The house got its name because of the towers on which the spiers are located. The building has a hexagonal shape and contains elements of European Gothic.
Another unusual house was designed by architect Joseph Puidge. He is called a house with thorns
Tip! The highest mountain is Tibidabo. It has an observation deck and an amusement park. To get to it you need to go on the Blue Tram, and then transfer to the funicular.
Magnificent Park Guell
The park was created in 1914 by the architect Gaudi. It is made in a fabulous style and covers an area of 15 hectares. It houses the house of the great architect, who has now become a museum. And the house of Guell is a municipal school.
Gingerbread houses at the entrance to the park Guell
The park is made in a fabulous style and covers an area of 15 hectares
The famous long park bench
The park is worth visiting for tourists with children.
On the territory of the park you should see fabulous houses, the main staircase in the Salamander mosaic, a wavy mosaic bench, a hundred-pillar hall and the central square.
Tip! The park is located on the mountain, where you can see the famous statue of a lizard. At the highest point of the hill there is an observation deck.
In Barcelona, you can see the famous aquarium, which is also the center for the study of fauna in the Mediterranean Sea. The exhibition consists of different tropical systems. You can observe the inhabitants of the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as see small aquariums with small marine inhabitants.
You can observe the inhabitants of the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as see small aquariums with small marine inhabitants
You can walk through the long tunnel of the aquarium, and see how sharks swim overhead.
Tip! Near the entrance to the Rambla is the Boqueria market. Here you can buy a variety of fruits and vegetables, meat, as well as snacks or fresh juices.
The Picasso Museum exhibits authentic paintings by a great artist. In the halls of the museum you can see more than three thousand works of the artist and his friend Sabartes. In addition, the museum presents an exhibition of ceramics, which was made the widow of Picasso.The Picasso Museum exhibits authentic paintings by a great artist.
The museum often hosts various temporary exhibitions. Exhibited and paintings by other artists who have contributed to the development of art in the city.
The collections are located in five giant mansions, which were built in the 13th century.
The Egyptian Museum is considered to be another interesting museum in the city. The basis of the exhibition is a private collection of the famous archeologist and Egyptologist Jordi Clos.
The collection has more than 600 exhibits. This is a variety of sarcophagi, things of the pharaohs, objects of religious life and amulets with papyrus. Also on the territory of the museum complex there is a scientific library, in the halls of which more than 5 thousand volumes are stored.
Egyptian Museum is considered an interesting museum of the city. The exposition is based on a private collection of a famous archeologist and Egyptologist Jordi Clos.
Tip! It is not recommended to visit the capital of Catalonia in August. At this time there is no rain, and the temperature can rise above forty degrees.
One of the popular attractions is the hill of Montjuic. Its height is 173 meters. He is known viewing platform with beautiful panoramic views.
On its territory you can see the dancing and singing fountain, which is poured with a variety of colors.
One of the popular attractions is the hill of Montjuic. Its height is 173 meters. It is known for a viewing platform with beautiful panoramic views.
The cable car leading to the hill
The upper complex of fountains starts from the Museum of Art.
The main fountain of the complex
On the hill is the Spanish Village, which is an architectural museum. In it you can see a copy of the gates of the city of Avila and other unusual buildings. Nearby is the Palace of Sports and the stadium, which were built for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Tip! In Barcelona you should find an institution where you can play the real Catalan rumba. This is a spectacular dance, which was brought from the Island of Freedom, and then modified by local gypsies.
In the vicinity of the city you can visit the monastery of San Miguel del Fai. This is a structure carved into the rock. Its walls and roof are made of rock. Currently, the monastery is a unique monument with caves, caves and waterfalls.Monastery of San Miguel del Fay
Also far from Barcelona is the monastery of Montserrat. He is visited not only by pilgrims, but also thrill-seekers. You can visit the top of the mountain and make a wish at the statue of the Madonna. Construction of the temple began after a statue of the Madonna was found in the cave in 880. After the Napoleonic Wars, the temple was destroyed. Currently, there is a museum on the territory of the restored church with the works of Caravaggio and Salvador Dali.
Funicular, carrying to the monastery
Tip! The mountain raises the funicular. And to get to the monastery of Montserrat can be on the train.
Where to go with children?
The main part of the sights, which may be interesting for children, is concentrated in the city.
Worth visiting the following amazing places:
- Aquarium with the famous tunnel.
- Statue of Columbus, which can be reached by elevator.
- On the Ramblas, you should visit the wax museum and live sculptures near the metro station Drasanes.
The fountain show will amaze children and adults.
- Next to the aquarium is an unusual IMAX cinema.
- The cable car Port Montjuic starts from Barceloneta Beach.
- Near the port there is a zoo where you can see wild animals and dolphin shows.
- It is worth visiting Ciutadella Park, where there is a castle of three dragons and a zoological museum.
- On Montjuic, you can see the castle and the surrounding cannons.
- The interest of the child can cause a science museum. There is a laboratory where the laws of physics can be checked with your own hands.
- You can visit the museum of the football club Barcelona, which is located on the famous Camp Nou stadium.
Tip! Architectural monuments do not arouse much interest in children, but some buildings such as the Sagrada Familia or Gaudi houses may be very pleasant. For children there are special audio guides.
Camp Nou Stadium
Sunset in the port
A variety of attractions will allow you to spend time in Barcelona with interest and benefit. In addition, the city is designed for traveling with the whole family. Choosing the best attractions will make the trip fabulous and unforgettable. Of course, to examine them all will not work even for a week. But who said that you can come here only once?