With its rich cultural heritage, Barcelona has become one of the great destinations for many tourists. The second largest city in Spain and also one of the most livable places in the world, Barcelona, was ranked in 2009 as Europe’s third best city and one of the most successful as a city brand in the world.
Whether you will be staying for a week or two in Barcelona, or just passing Spain for business or recreational purposes, our cultural tourism guide of Barcelona will help you maneuver this beautiful city easily. We have taken our time to gather the different places you can visit in the city including the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, foods to try out and the best beaches in the world.
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Barcelona
The famous Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, has most of his works built in Barcelona including his main work, the church of the Sagrada Família. Of the nine UNESCO world heritage sites in Barcelona, seven of his works were featured.
Gaudi together with an architect named Julol transformed this house located at number 43, Passeig de Garcia into a world monument. It is a true representation of how a dwelling can be exceptionally refurbished.
The Sagrada Familia is regarded as Gaudi’s most notable work. Gaudi estimated the completion of the church in 10 years, but today, it is more 130 years and the structure is still under construction. It is the most visited landmark in Spain.
The structure was the first house designed by Gaudi. It was built for Manuel Vicens an owner of a brick and tile factory who inherited the land from his mother. Casa Vicens is located in the neighborhood of Gràcia on Carrer de les Carolines, 24.
Park Guell is a public park system embodied with gardens and architectonic elements. It is located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. You can see the beauty of Barcelona while walking around the park.
Palau de la Música Catalana
Built by one of the leading Catalan modernist style architects, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the building is used as a concert hall in Barcelona. It was originally built for Orfeo Catala, a choral society founded in 1891. It is located in the section of old Barcelona known as Casc Antic.
The Paula Guell is a mansion built by Gaudi for the industrial tycoon Eusebi Güell. During its construction, it was listed among the most luxurious buildings in Barcelona. Guests entered the home in horse-drawn carriages through the front iron gates, which featured a parabolic arch and intricate patterns of forged ironwork resembling seaweed and in some parts a horsewhip. Check out our ultimate guide to Park Guell.
Church of Colònia Güell
The church is an uncompleted building Gaudi regarded as an experiment in social engineering even though it was the brainchild of Count Eusebi de Güell built as a place of worship for the people in Santa Coloma de Cervallo.
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
This is another view to enjoy in Barcelona. The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau building is not the conventional hospital building you know. The complex is located in the neighborhood of El Guinardó in Barcelona. It was also built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, who doubles as a Catalan politician.
This is one of the most imaginative structures in the world. The building is well known for its undulating stone façade and twisting wrought iron balconies. Casa Mila violated all conventional building style which earned Gaudi a lot of criticism and nickname “La Pedera” for the building by the citizens who disapproved of its bizarreness.
Other historical buildings in Barcelo include: Arc De Triomf, Cathedral La Seu, and Santa Maria Del Pi.
You can also take a walk through La Rambla, a tree-lined pedestrian street, stretching for about 1.2 kilometers, or consider visiting the FC Barcelona stadium, Camp Nou. It is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, and the third largest football stadium in the world in capacity.
Some Foods to Try in Barcelona
Bomba is made of meat and mashed potatoes formed into balls and covered in breadcrumbs after which they are fried. Try it whenever you are in Barcelona, it is one of the typical foods of Catalans served with aoilos.
Calamari and Squid
One of Barcelona’s special treat of tourists is fresh seafood. They are usually served either grilled or fried.
Check out our post on what to eat in Barcelona for more delicious dishes.
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