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Torre Agbar

Torre Agbar

Known locally as the “geyser”, the “shell” and the “suppository”, as well as by many more obvious nicknames, the 142m-high Torre Agbar has become a modern symbol of the city. Sadly, as the headquarters of Barcelona’s water... Read More

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona’s most iconic building still isn’t 100 per cent finished... there’s hope, however, that the spires will be completed by 2026, the centenary of Gaudi’s death (he was run over by a tram). Nonetheless you can’t miss this... Read More

La Rambla

La Rambla

In medieval times La Rambla was a dry riverbed that acted as a gutter for Barcelona’s effluent. Cynics might argue it hasn’t changed much since! While there’s an undeniable sleazy side to this central boulevard, where hawkers,... Read More

Poble Espanyol

Poble Espanyol

A mock Spanish village, built for the 1929 International Exposition, Poble Espanyol is a showcase of architectural styles from around Iberia. By day tourists stroll its quaint cobbled streets, ducking into artisan workshops and checking... Read More

Park Guell

Park Guell

Hardly the oasis of calm portrayed in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona – you won’t find Javier Bardem quietly leafing through a book here – but you will find an incredible landscaped garden designed by – who else –... Read More

Magic Fountain

Magic Fountain

At the bottom of the resplendent Palau Nacional (which houses the MNAC museum, see Arts & Entertainment) you’ll find one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions – the Magic Fountain. Several times a night during weekends the... Read More

The Gothic Cathedral

The Gothic Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia may play second fiddle to La Sagrada Familia (note the latter is only a basilica), but architecture buffs will want to pay their respects to the neo-Gothic lines and gargoyles of this... Read More

City History Museum (Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat)

City History Museum (Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat)

While not as influential as Tarragona (see Day Trips) during Roman times, “Barcino” was nonetheless an important colony for Caesar et amici back in the day. There are Roman sites dotted all around the Gothic Quarter but for the... Read More

Casa Mila

Casa Mila

Nicknamed The Quarry (“La Pedrera”) for its undulating granite exterior, Gaudi’s vast Casa Mila occupies a prime slice of real estate on the grand Passeig de Gracia. You’ll have to brave the queues to get beyond the iconic... Read More

Camp Nou

Camp Nou

If you can’t nab tickets for a match at FC Barcelona’s 99,000 seater stadium then you can still sign up for the Camp Nou Experience. As well as the chance to pay homage to Cruyff, Guardiola, Messi and the other legends that have... Read More

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo

More Modernista madness by the man Gaudi, the Casa Batllo is another magnificent mansion, this time with coral-coloured tiles, skeletal balconies and a ridgeback roof that represents the dragon killed by Sant Jordi. On the very... Read More


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