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The Placa de Catalunya is a very popular tourist attraction because of the amazing and unique architecture.  This is a large town square and is considered as the center of Barcelona.

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You could spend a year in Barcelona and still not fully see the whole city but this list of essential, interesting and unique sites will get you started.

La Sagrada Familia

Designed by Gaudi and built in the medieval cathedral tradition more than 100 years ago it is however still under construction. Gaudi was so focused on this great work that after funds ran out he used his own money to pay for continued construction. The tower's organic peaks reflect the nearby Mount Montserrat and are adorned with intricate sculptures. Gaudi is buried here and at the Museu Gaudi under the church you can learn more about the architect and the structure. The church is Spain's most visited monument.


Football fans can't miss a visit to the Camp Nou stadium, the changing rooms, dug outs, press room, commentators box and walk through the players' tunnel. Together with a tour of Europe's largest stadium you can visit the multimedia museum of football.

Park Guell

This is a park spanning 0.1718km², it is famous for the fantastical architectural structures created by Gaudi, the park was completed in 1914 and is one of seven locations in Barcelona designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites of "Works of Antoni Gaudi." Within the garden is La Torre Rosa furnished with pieces created by the artist; a long bench called the Sea Serpent; Bird's Nests on terrace walls which look like trees; fountains; pavilions and mosaics. The structures have turrets, bright colors; organically shaped terraces and symbols of Catalan culture.

Casa Batllo

The brilliant multi-level house constructed in 1906 has a fantastical façade made of stone, ceramic and glass mosaics on organically curved shaped plaster and lime mortar. The building is a masterpiece of color, light and undulating shapes. Everything in and out of the house seems to move and flow. The house overlooks the Passeig de Gracia.

Gothic Quarter

Barcelona's Old Town has at its heart La Rambla and runs to the Via Laietana to Ronda de Sant Pere. The area holds magnificent medieval buildings and some even date back to the Roman era. You cans see what remains of the Roman wall and the Jewish Quarter. Most of the area is pedestrian with narrow lanes and cobbled streets. Many of the city's major sites are within this area including the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, City Hall, Presidential Palace, Placa Reial, and many more. There are even the remains of the Roman Temple of Augustus.

El Call Jewish Quarter

From Cathedral of La Seu to Placa del Pi you can see what remains of a once vibrant Jewish Quarter. The community dates back to the 9th century and occupied this labyrinth of narrow streets. In the 1300s the persecution of Jews began. At the Centre d'Interpretacio del Call you can learn about the history of Barcelona Jews and you can visit the 3rd century Synagoga Mayor.

La Rambla

Most visits to Barcelona start at Placa de Catalunya, from there you can take a walk down the 1.2km pedestrian street lined with beautiful buildings and tourists enjoying the restaurants, street artists, souvenir stores and attractions along the way. Some of the historic buildings worth seeing on the way are the Gran Teatre del Liceu; Centre d'Art Santa Monica and Palau de la Virreina. At the end of the street you'll reach the sea and the Columbus Monument. Also on this stretch is the Mercat de la Boqueria street market.

Barcelona Museums

Among the many museums several stand out: Museu Maritim focuses on the maritime history of Spain and the highlight is the full–size replica of Don Juan's flagship. The Picasso Museum has works by the great artist arranged in chronological order. The Miro Museum displays works by Joan Miro dating back to 1914 with paintings, sculptures, tapestries and ceramics. The National Museum of Art of Catalunya (MNAC) highlights mainly Spanish artists and highlights Romanesque liturgical art and contemporary work. the museum is in the 1929 Palau Nacional building.

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