Everything in this building is curved and undulating. Its originality and the techniques used in its construction are surprising throughout.
This is one of the best-known works of the architect Gaudí, and is one of the symbols of Barcelona. Originally named "Casa Milà",  was built between 1906 and 1912, and consists of a succession of stone walls on the outside, while the interior has two painted courtyards, columns and a range of rooms.

There are large windows and iron balconies set into the undulating facade. On the roof, meanwhile, there are chimneys and sculptures which are works of art in themselves, as well as a splendid view of the Passeig de Gràcia avenue. The building has been declared a World Heritage, and is the pinnacle of Modernist techniques and tendencies.


General: 16,50€
Reduced: 14,85€
Children 7-12 years old: 8,25€
Children 0-6 years old: free admission


Metro: Diagonal (Green Line, L3 / Blue Line, L5)


In the center of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), the heart of Barcelona, is the city's Gothic cathedral, known as La Seu. The first stone of the current church was laid in the 13th century, but it would last until the early 20th century before the cathedral was fully completed.
The church was named after Barcelona's patron saint Eulalia; its official name - Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia - is Catalan for Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. The commonly used name La Seu refers to the status of the church as the seat of the diocese.
In 1298, construction of the current cathedral started under King Jaume II, who was known as 'the Just'. During the construction of the cathedral, the existing Romanesque building was demolished.

Due to civil wars and the black death which hit the city several times, construction only progressed slowly. It took until 1460 before the main building was completed. The Gothic facade was finished much later, in 1889, and the last part, the central spire, was completed in 1913. The design of both the façade and the spire were based on the original design from 1408 by the French architect Charles Galters.



The church is 93m/305ft long and 40m wide. The octagonal bell towers reach a height of more than 50m. They were built between 1386 and 1393. The spire of the central tower reaches a height of 70m or 230ft.
The main entrance to the church - profusely decorated with statues - is reminiscent of the porches of the great French cathedrals.


The interior consists of one wide nave illuminated by large, 15th century stained-glass windows. The nave is flanked by aisles with 28 side chapels. Of note here are the tombs of Count Ramón Berenguer I and his wife.
One of the highlights inside the cathedral is the crypt below the Capella Major (chancel) which contains the sarcophagus of Santa Eulalia. The cathedral also has a beautiful choir at the center of the nave with magnificently carved choir stalls. The enclosure around the choir is decorated with reliefs that narrate the life of Santa Eulalia.
The cathedral is famous for its 14th century cloister, with a central courtyard surrounded by a marvellous Gothic portico. There are always 13 geese in the courtyard. Each goose represents one year in the life of the martyr Santa Eulalia, a young girl alledgedly tortured to death in the 4th century by the Romans for her religion. The cloister also contains a small museum with precious liturgical artifacts.

Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)


No matter where you want to go in and around Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya is a great place to start. Designed by Ildefons Cerdà in 1859 to be the heart of the city, Plaça de Catalunya has a little bit of everything: Moderniste cafes and monuments, beautiful fountains, shops and bars. And if you’re not sure what you want to do, send Dad to investigate the tourist information office, whilst the kids have fun feeding the pigeons that flock around the square.

The central position of Plaça de Catalunya within Barcelona is entirely in keeping with its symbolic importance to the city. Sculptures and monuments by various Catalan Modernist artists are dotted throughout the Plaça, some of which celebrate achievements by prominent Catalans throughout history. Significantly grand is the Monument a Francesc Macià, which commemorates the man who declared Catalunya a free independent republic in 1931. In addition to these politically-inspired works, there are also some impressive fountains to be found here, for example at the corner of the Plaça with Passeig de Gràcia.

Furthermore, not only is Plaça de Catalunya a great focal point from which to plan trips, it also represents a historical frontier, between the old and new, as here Ciutat Vella, (Old City) meets the 19th century Moderniste L’Eixample (the Extension) area.

Remnants of the old city skirt the edge of the square closest to the Mediterranean, including la Iglesia de Santa Anna, a gothic monastery originally dating from the 12th century, which is hidden away off Carrer de Rivadeneyra (the small street between Hard Rock Cafe and La Rambla). It is open every morning between 9am and 1pm, and from 6.30pm until 8.30pm every evening except Sunday. Admission is free.

If you are in the city to do some shopping, Plaça de Catalunya is the perfect point of departure. Some of Barcelona’s best known streets run off the main square, notably the bustling La Rambla (de Canaletes), Ronda de la Universitat and Carrer de Pelai.

On these streets you will find all manner of outlets ranging from designer boutiques, to high street brands, but perhaps the most famous of all is located on the square itself: el Corte Inglés. Within this enormous department store, spread over 3 nearby locations (on Portal de l’Angel, the corner between La Rambla and the Plaça, and all of the north eastern side of the square) you will find everything from a supermarket packed with plenty of pricey gourmet produce, right through to clothes, home furnishings, electronics, and a restaurant and cafe.


Metro: Catalunya (Red Line, L1Green Line, L3)


Las Ramblas is crowded with hordes of tourists and locals, around the clock, participating in the spectacle that is Barcelona. Las Ramblas runs from the start of Plaça de Catalunya and ends to the south at Port Vell at the site of the statue of Christopher Columbus. The Boulevard runs through the center of Barcelona, with the neighborhoods of the Gothic Quarter and El Raval to either side.

Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s broad pedestrian boulevard, lined with leafy Plane trees, is a fun-filled expanse of colorful and wacky street performers and assorted characters, including musicians and vendors selling everything imaginable from flowers to caged birds. Live statue performers in elaborate costumes line the street entertaining the crowds who will only move after receiving a few coins. Street artists will draw your caricatures for a price that is always open to negotiation.

Las Ramblas is actually an area of five distinct sections, each offering its own special brand of entertainment. Rambla Canaletes features the famous Font de les Canaletes, a small 19th century fountain, where legend has it that those who drink from it will someday return to visit Barcelona. Rambla dels Estudis or dels Ocells, is the section that contains all the squawking and colorful birds for sale. Rambla de Sant Josep or de les Flors is the site of the fragrant flower market, as well as newspaper, book and magazine kiosks.

The popular Boqueria Market is not to be missed, with its fresh meats, cheeses, produce and delicious tapas bars, also located in the de les Flors section. Finally, Rambla dels Caputxins and Rambla de Santa Monica lead you to the seaport and the new harbor upgraded for the 1992 Olympics. Take your time strolling this colorful walkway that offers excellent people watching and a taste of what makes Barcelona truly unique.


Metro: Catalunya (Red Line, L1 / Green Line, L3) // Liceu (Green Line, L3) // Drassanes (Green Line, L3)



La Sagrada Familia was originally conceived by the Catalan publisher Josep Bocabella as a work of expiation for the city's increasingly revolutionary ideas. Work began in 1882 by public subscription on a design by architect Francesc de Paula Villar, which proposed a simple church in a traditional neo-Gothic style.

After arguments between Bocabella and Villar, Antoni Gaudí took over as lead architect in 1884. Gaudí immediately changed the project completely, seizing the opportunity to express his strong religious and nationalist feelings.
After finishing the Parc Güell in 1911, Gaudí vowed to abandon secular art and devote himself entirely to the Sagrada Familia. He worked on it tirelessly for over 40 years, living as a virtual hermit in a workshop on the site. When questioned about the slow pace, he is said to have replied, "My client is not in a hurry."

Nevertheless, it remained unfinished at Gaudí's untimely death in 1926, when the artist was run over by a tram on the Gran Via. He died in hospital two days later and was mourned by all of Catalonia. He is buried in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia.
Work on the project continued after Gaudí's death under the direction of Domènech Sugranyes but was interrupted by the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1935. The building remained intact during the war, but in 1936 many of its models and plans were destroyed by Catalan anarchists, who saw the church as a symbol of the old, conservative religion that had no place in the new Barcelona.
Construction began again in the late 1950s and has continued ever since. The current design is based on a combination of reconstructed versions of the lost plans and modern adaptations. Vaults over the side aisles were added in 1995 and the roof over the nave was finished in early 2001.

The current director, Jordi Bonet i Armengol, began using computers for the design and construction process in the 1980s, which has sped up the complicated process considerably. Still, the final stage of the grand Sagrada Familia is not progressing much faster than it did under Gaudi. Estimated completion dates range from 2017 to 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death.


The Towers

Eight of the intended 18 towers have been built, which rise to over 100 meters. The towers represent the Twelve Apostles and each one bears the name and statue of its apostle.
Gaudi also intended to add a 180-meter tower in the center, topped with a great cross representing Jesus. This will be surrounded by four shorter towers representing the Four Evangelists, topped with their animal symbols. A still shorter tower will represent the Virgin Mary. The height of the tallest tower is to be one meter less than the nearby hill, Montjuic, as Gaudi believed his work should not surpass that of God.
The pinnacles of the towers are decorated with colorful mosaics and some are embedded with the words "Excelsis" and "Hosanna".

The Facades

The basilica has three facades, which are also filled with precise symbolism: the Passion Facade on the west; the Nativity Facade on the east; and the Glory Facade on the south. Each facade has three portals representing the virtues of Faith, Hope and Love.

The Passion Facade on the west side, dedicated to the suffering and death of Christ, is nearly complete. It is decorated with striking, angular sculptures by Josep Maria Subirach (begun 1952). Not everyone is a fan: art critic Robert Hughes declared it to be "the most blatant mass of half-digested moderniste cliches to be plunked on a notable building within living memory." Its great doors, which serve as the main entrance, are printed with words from the Bible in various languages including Catalan; the word JESUS and select others are painted to stand out.
The Nativity Facade on the east side, dedicated to the birth of Christ, was completed before work was interrupted in 1935 and bears the most direct Gaudi influence. The birth of Christ is depicted in the center, with the Adoration of the Magi on the left and the Adoration of the Shepherds on the right. Above is the Annunciation and Coronation of the Virgin Mary.
High on the Nativity Facade us a spire with a cypress tree, symbolizing the tree of life. At the foot of the tree is a pelican and angels holding chalices, symbols of the Eucharist. At the top of the tree is a red Tau cross with an 'X' representing Christ's name and a dove representing the Holy Spirit.
The bases of the facade contain sculptures of turtles, symbolizing the stability of the cosmos. The one closer to the sea is a sea turtle; the one closer to the mountains is a land tortoise. Gaudi was a true nature lover and spent much time studying it in the countryside.


Inside the Sagrada Familia, areas will be dedicated to religious concepts such as saints, virtues and sins, and secular concepts such as the regions of Spain.
You can take elevators to the top of the inside of the Nativity Facade and Passion Facade, or climb 400 steps. Once at the top, you can climb around the walls and into other towers and enjoy partial views of Barcelona through a jumble of latticed stonework, ceramic decoration, carved buttresses and a variety of sculpture.
The price of admission includes entrance to the crypt, where Gaudi is buried. The crypt includes a small museum on the career of Gaudi and the history of the Sagrada Familia.


Metro: Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2).


Individual/General: 13€
Children < 10 years old: Free
Guided / Audioguided Visit: 17€


The Columbus Monument is one of Barcelona's most famous statues. The Statue is at the end of La Rambla, across from the port, and was built for the World Fair of 1888 to honor the discoverer of America.

The monument is 60 meters high and shows Columbus with his outstretched arm pointing toward the sea, interestingly in a totally different direction to the location of the Americas. There are several opinions regarding the reason for this . The first says that if Columbus had pointed towards the city, the population would not have understood that America was inland. The second idea is that Columbus is showing with his finger, the proper sea route to America. The third view is that the statue does not point to America, but to Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

The Columbus Monument is divided into three parts. The first is a circular base, with eight statues of lions, and allegorical statues of Catalonia, Aragon, Castilla y Leon as characters related to the life of Columbus and the discovery of America. The second is an iron column with statues of ships, cranes and winged figures at the base. The last is the statue of Columbus, a 7 meter tall bronze work .

Inside the column there is an elevator that takes visitors to the hemisphere at the foot of Columbus, where you can enjoy a great view of the city.


Every day: 10 am to 8.30 pm


General: 3€
Children 4-12 years old and retired people: 2€


Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3)


Camp Nou is the largest football stadium in Europe and home to FC Barcelona. It has a capacity of 99,354 seats. Camp Nou was built between 1954 and 1957, and officially opened on the 24th of September 1957. The first match was played between FC Barcelona and a selection of players from the city of Warsaw.

The stadium replaced Barcelona’s previous ground Campo de Les Corts which, though it could hold 60,000 supporters, was still too small for the growing number of fans. With the Camp Nou the number of fans that could attend a match was increased by half.
The stadium was initially called Estadi del FC Barcelona, but was soon referred to as Camp Nou (New Stadium) by its fans. In 2001, after a referendum among its members, the club officially changed the name of the stadium to Camp Nou.

During the Euro 1964 Championships the stadium hosted the semi-final between the Soviet Union and Denmark (3-0), and the match for third place between Hungary and the same Denmark (3-1)
For the 1982 World Cup the stadium was expanded to a capacity of 120,000. At the World Cup the stadium hosted the opening match, three matches in the second group phase, and the semi-final between Italy and Poland (2-0). The capacity was reduced again in the late 1990s due to the conversion of the stadium into an all-seater.

In its history Camp Nou has hosted two Champions League finals: the first in 1989 between AC Milan and Steaua București (4-0) and the second in 1999 between Manchester United and FC Bayern (2-1).
Earlier the stadium had already hosted two Cup Winners’ Cup finals: the first in 1972 between Rangers FC and Dynamo Moscow (3-2) and the second in 1980 between Barcelona and Standard de Liège (2-1).



Monday to Saturday: 10am to 8pm
Sunday: 10am to 2.30pm


Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 7pm
Sunday: 10am to 1.30pm

Museum + Tour: 22€


Metro: Palau Reial (Green Line, L3) (+ 5 minutes walk)


Ciutadella Park, literally translated in English, means ‘Park of the Citadel’. Indeed this park replaced the Citadel which had previously dominated the city of Barcelona.
A symbol of military repression and violence, the citadel was demolished during the revolution of 1868, and upon the occasion of the World Fair in 1888 the people appealed to the best architects in the city to build the park which we know today.

On the grass you will find groups of every age and every type having a picnic, sunbathing or practicing many and varied activities such as juggling with clubs, balancing, doing some capoeira and even the hula-hoop! Guitarists and drummers give rhythm to the sunny afternoons, it's really is a cool place where you can meet new and very original people: from families with their children to hippies, sportsmen and musicians. Everybody has a place here.
All around you can see people trying to perfect different activities and shows.

The park features a lake where you can rent a boat and take a ride on the water for approximately 5€ per half hour. There are numerous other things to be seen too, such as the fountain with its waterfall, the buildings that still remain from the citadel parish, the Institute of Secondary Education and the Parliament of Catalonia. You can also visit the Geology museum, the Museum of Zoology, as well as the Modern Art Museum of Catalonia. Also, to amuse kids or any friends you may have visiting, there is the Barcelona Zoo. All this is available without even leaving the park!

But if you just fancy a walk, there is no place better than this Parc de la Ciutadella, with its trees, exotic plants, impressive statues (seek out the enormous mammoth behind the lake) and the endless possibilities for people-watching. At the weekend there are always lots of events taking place, such as concerts, festivals and dancing in the gazebo.


Every day: 10 h to 21 h


Metro: Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica (Yellow Line, L4)


Park Güell was commissioned by Eusebi Güell who wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy. The park contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. You can see from this picture the Gaudí dragon fountain that is at the entrance to Güell park. This dragon is adorned in beautiful coloured tiling and there is something rather hypnotic and magical about it.

The park contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. You can see from this picture the Gaudí dragon fountain that is at the entrance to Güell park. This dragon is adorned in beautiful coloured tiling and there is something rather hypnotic and magical about it.
You can find a walkway supported by twisting rock pillars that seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks. Although these are rather irregular in shape they do feel strangely natural too.
Gaudí was strongly influenced by natural shapes and used them in his work.
At the top of Güell park is a terraced area where you get a wonderful view of the park and of Barcelona City. Here you will find multi-coloured tiled mosaic seats. The vibrant colours of the tiles are truly breathtaking.
Park Güell also has a small house in the park which Gaudí lived in at one stage. The house has now been converted into a museum and contains interesting furniture also designed by Gaudí.


Every day: 10 am to 9 pm (aprox.)


Free entrance


Metro: Lesseps (Green Line, L3) (+ ten minutes walk)


The Barcelona Barri Gòtic area is also known as the Gothic Quarter and is the area in which the old town of Barcelona is located. The streets of the Barri Gotic vary considerably in style but the old quarter is generally portrayed by narrow cobbled streets with tall old buildings. It has its very own famous personalities - Picasso lived and worked in Barri Gotic from 1895 to 1904 and Joan Miró was born and lived here during his youth.
The Barri Gotic covers a similar area to that of the old Roman colony of Barcino. It is the oldest part of the city and although its buildings and monuments date from various periods, mixed in with that which is truly Gothic. As compared to other major European cities Barri Gotic city zone is still surprisingly intact, and to quite a large extent unchanged by modern times.
The centre of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter must be Plaza Sant Jaume, which houses the Palace of the Generalitat which is home of the government of the autonomous community of Catalonia, and the Ajuntament in other words city hall. Several other picturesque squares dot the area, including Plaza Reial, Plaza del Rei, Plaza Nova, and Plaza Catalunya. Around them are seated many urban palaces, museums, churches, the cathedral, & much more.
Barcelona’s Gothic quarter is a fascinating and rewarding place to explore. The Barri Gòtic is the centre of Barcelona, where the city originated, and where the main public buildings are located. It is a labyrinth of interconnecting dark streets connecting with squares, and there are plenty of cafes and bars, as well as the cheapest accommodation in town. Most of the buildings are from the 14th and 15th century, when Barcelona was at the height of its commercial prosperity and before it had been absorbed into Castile. Around the Cathedral, one of Spain’s greatest Gothic buildings, one can still see part of the ancient walls incorporated into later structures. The quarter is centered on the Plaça de Sant Jaume, a spacious square, the site of a busy market and one of the venues for the weekly dancing of the sardana. Two of the city’s most significant buildings are here, the Ajuntament and the Palau de la Generalitat.

The Gothic Quarter is the heart of old Barcelona, a medieval city built upon Roman foundations This historic hotchpotch of narrow and, in many cases, pedestrians streets and squares is full of character and charm and home to hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants. The gothic quarter is located between Barcelona’s famous boulevard Las Ramblas and Via Laietana, with Plaza Catalunya at the top and the port at the bottom.Portal de L'Angel, a modern pedestrians shopping street which starts in Plaza Catalunya, leads to the traffic-free square dominated by the Cathedral and to the Roman walls that once enclosed the city. From here all of the major attractions are easily accessible, including the Roman remains beneath the City History Museum.On the south side of the Gothic Quarter is the Plaza Real, a palm-lined square just off Las Ramblas whose bars and restaurants around each side are a relaxing place to stop and watch life during the day and at night when the square becomes a hive of activity.


It was built in 1889 and a lot of the rides date back to this time, giving the park a whimsical feel. Don't expect any bare-knuckle rides, but the views and friendly atmosphere, with people in fancy dress parading through the park and interacting with the visitors, make for an enjoyable day out.


12:00 h to 21:00 h


General: 25,20€
<120cm: 9,00€
<90cm: free admission
>60 years old: 9,00€
Disabled people: 5,00€


The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc first spouted on 19 May 1929 during the Great Universal Exhibition and continues to delight visitors to Barcelona today.

The fountain delivers a spectacular display of colour, light and water acrobatics with musical accompaniment every Thursday to Sunday in the summer months and every Friday and Saturday during winter.


Winter: (October to April)
Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music sessions: 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM

Summer: (May to September)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Music Sessions: 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM 11:00 PM

Metro: Espanya (Red Line, L1 / Green Line, L3)


The last word in cinema technology, the Imax Port Vell was the first Imax Integral cinema in the world entertaining visitors with three different kinds of amazing projections.

The Imax screen is 21 metres high, the equivalent to a seven storey building!During an Omnimax screening, the film is projected onto a semispherical screen, so the film is literally wrapped around the viewers, totally absorbing them. Finally there are 3D screenings; although you do have to wear the familiar polarised red-green glasses this is worlds away from those dodgy 1950s films, and objects really do appear to leap out at you! Films range in content, from The Mysteries of the Nile, and the HauntedCastle to Shackleton´s Antarctic Adventure and a 3D Shark film presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau.
A cinema experience unlike any other, and one children are unlikely to forget in Barcelona!




Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3) // Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)


The Casino Barcelona is set in one of the finest spots in the city, the Port Olímpic in Barcelona, beneath the luxury of the Hotel Arts and the golden lights of the Fish, designed by architect Frank Owen Gehry.


American Chamber (Slot Machines) and Bar Slot: from 10 am to 5 pm
Playroom: From 4 pm to 5 am
Restaurants: From 9 pm to 1 am




Metro: Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica (Yellow Line, L4)


In the city’s old harbour, the Port Vell, L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is the world’s most important marine leisure and education centre dedicated to Mediterranean undersea life. You will see 11.000 animals and approximately 450 different species. An immense Oceanarium, the only one in Europe, where you’ll find such diverse species as giltheads, morays, ocean sunfish, rays and sharks. You will walk along the underwater tunnel 80 metres long inside the Oceanarium.


Every day: from 9.30 am to 9.30 pm


General: 18€
Children 3-12 years old: 13€
>60 years old: 15€


Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3) // Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)