Making a list of all the monuments that adorn Barcelona would be such a mammoth task that it would be virtually endless. With over 2,000 years of history, the city is literally dotted with all kinds of buildings of great architectural or historic interest, as well as with sculptures and other monuments that define and give character to its streets.
Of course, there are certain monuments that are so iconic they have now become must-sees: the Casa Batlló or Gaudí’s Parc Güell, the Columbus Monument, the Liceu, the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Sagrada Família or the Catedral del Mar are included in all tours of the city for their originality and high symbolic and artistic value. However, Barcelona has a lot more to offer for the curious visitor who dares to look a little bit further. In addition to the extremely interesting castles, churches, chapels and other historic buildings dotted around the old quarter and other parts of Barcelona, the city has long been concerned with making its streets a showcase for art. Therefore, it is not uncommon to come across a sculpture when turning a corner, or a set of sculptures in a park, or a mural when entering a street. Barcelona has made its streets a living museum that captivates the aesthetic spirit of its visitors.
Therefore, we highly recommend that you visit Barcelona’s most popular attractions, its Gothic buildings, modernist houses and avant-garde buildings but we also strongly recommend that you wander through the streets, keeping your eyes peeled, to discover the many small details that also, after all, give the city its character.