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A cosmopolitan city bathed by the sun and the Mediterranean Sea. Its streets and neighbourhoods radiate art and passion, from the incredible Gaudí architecture to the constant hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas. Its rich culture and gastronomy awaken the senses of anyone who comes to visit.


The art and design at Barcelona make it an essential visit. The architecture is a real treasure, with iconic works by Antonio Gaudí, such as the Sagrada Familia and Parque Güell, along with the impressive Palau de la Música Catalana and Casa Batlló. You will discover architectural beauty throughout the city, with all the unique buildings that give the city its own singular identity, such as the narrow alleyways and historical buildings of the Gothic Quarter. The old and the modern exist side by side in a unique and captivating fusion.


Connect with nature in the natural spaces of Barcelona and its surrounding areas. Explore the trails at the Collserola Natural Park, with beautiful forests and panoramic views of the city. Hike through the Montseny Natural Park and marvel at its waterfalls. Wander around the stunning Montserrat Natural Park, with its historical monastery and imposing mountain. Discover the Mediterranean charm of the Costa Brava, where you can enjoy beaches with crystal clear waters and semi-virgin coves. Or explore the natural beauty of the Alto Pirineo Natural Park and Val d’Arán, with the very best ski resort: Baqueira Beret.


Catalan cuisine is a delight for all 5 senses, and its tapas culture is perfectly complemented by a good vermouth. Sample some of its typical dishes, such as fideuá, tomato bread, escalivada or calçots in a romesco sauce. Explore the local markets, such as La Boquería, and enjoy all the fresh and colourful products. Order a delicious crema catalana and don’t forget to toast with a glass of cava, a sparkling wine from the region, to round off an unbeatable gastronomic experience in Barcelona.


Barcelona’s various neighbourhoods bring life and colour to the city, bringing diversity and a cosmopolitan feel. Stroll through the medieval streets and squares in the Gothic Quarter. Marvel at the cultural melting pot that is the bohemian neighbourhood of El Raval, with its vibrant art scene. Explore Modernism in Eixample, where you’ll find some of Gaudí’s architectural gems. Don’t forget to experience the seaside atmosphere of Barceloneta and enjoy the beach. Discover the charm and unique character of its most iconic neighbourhoods.


A real paradise for art and culture lovers. Admire the masterpieces at the Picasso Museum or immerse yourself in surrealism at the Dalí Museum in Figueres. And if you’re looking for theatrical performances, Barcelona has a rich and diverse range of options. The stages here exude classic and modern styles, with spaces like the Teatro Nacional de Catalunya or the Gran Teatre del Liceu, where opera takes centre stage. And don’t forget to check out some live music at the Palau de la Música de Catalunya, a modernist auditorium declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, or at any of the numerous venues throughout the city, such as Sala Apolo, Razmattaz or Sala Barts.


Barcelona is a paradise for those who love shopping. Explore Passeig de Gràcia, with its luxury stores and international designer boutiques. Discover the fashion boutiques and local craft stores in the Born neighbourhood, enjoy some window shopping in Las Ramblas, take a look in the unique neighbourhood shops and check out the alternative urban fashion in El Raval. Head to L'Illa Diagonal shopping centre in uptown Barcelona, with its exclusive boutiques and variety of dining options.


Even Barcelona’s most contemporary side has its roots in ancestral traditions. The streets come alive with parades, music and fireworks on La Mercè, in September, and Festa Major, throughout its various neighbourhoods. This is in addition to such well-known cultural celebrations as Sant Jordi, where couples exchange books and roses. Be amazed by the Castells, impressive human towers, and admire the traditional Catalan sardana dance. The city invites you to immerse yourself in its deep-rooted traditions, a fusion of the past and present with celebrations that are full of life.

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