Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the heart of Catalonia. It is one of the most visited cities in Europe, mostly due to its eclectic architecture and art. We have visited 3 times and find new delights each time.

The heart of the city is Plaa Catalunya, where the old city and the 19th century Eixample meet.

A mosaic by Joan Miro decorates Las Ramblas, the popular  pedestrian street that runs from Plaa Catalunya to Port Vell.

The Catalonian Art Museum (MNAC) has a marvellous collection of art dating from the Roman period up to Impressionism.

The MNAC patio affords a view towards the Plaa d'Espanya and the bullfighting ring which has been converted to a shopping mall.

The Arc de Triumph and nearby Parc de la Ciutadella were developed for the Universal Exhibition of 1888.

Wandering the streets of the historic Gothic quarter reveals delightful sights.

The Picasso Museum in El Born has more than 4000 pieces from his formative years.

Santa Maria del Mar church in the Ribera district was built during the Aragon kingdom in the mid-1300s.

The Barcelona Cathedral was built between the 13th to 15th centuries. The square in front is a gathering place for festivals.

You can climb to the cathedral roof for a view of the old and new cityscape.

There are 1800 public fountains in Barcelona. Originally a water source, they are now decorative.

Many works of beautiful public art can be found throughout Barcelona.

Along Las Ramblas are fascinating store fronts such as this one for a former umbrella shop.

A vibrant waterfront runs from Port Olmpic to Parc del Frum.

 Located in a traditional fishing village, Barceloneta Beach is Barcelona's oldest.

The Olympic Stadium was built for the 1936 Olympics which were cancelled due to the Civil War. It was renovated for the 1992 Games.

Atop Montjuc Hill lie Olympic Plaza and Montjuc Communication Tower.

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This site was last updated 08/11/19