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10 works by Gaudí in Barcelona that you cannot miss

10 works by Gaudí in Barcelona that you cannot miss

Antoni Gaudí is one of the most important Spanish artistic figures in its history, becoming the greatest exponent of Catalan modernism. The great creative and imaginative capacity of Gaudí allowed him to create impressive works directly in his head and from there transport them later to scale models, and sometimes giving directions on the fly and modifying his projects as the inspiration arose. A truly unique mind.

From the Blog of the Pere Tarrés Foundation, today we will talk about some of the best works of Gaudí in Barcelona.

The best works by Gaudí in Barcelona

The history of Gaudí is closely linked to the modern history of Barcelona, where he lived and died. In addition, he was a very prolific artist, so he left behind numerous works of art with the personal brand of Gaudí in Barcelona. Let's see some of the most important one:

1 – The Sagrada Familia

Undoubtedly, the most famous and important work of Antoni was the chapel of La Sagrada Familia, right in the centre of the city. The unfinished cathedral is still under construction to this day, although it is absolutely impressive. A colossal construction that will leave you speechless. You cannot visit Barcelona without visiting it.

2 – Park Güell

Another of his most famous works is Park Güell, which was commissioned by the Catalan businessman Eusebi Güell and is another of the obligatory visits of Gaudí's works in Barcelona. In Park Güell you can walk through dreamy gardens and visit some interesting and famous works such as the salamander and the gardener's house.

3 – Güell Palace

Taking a walk through the nautical area you can enter through the Rambla towards Nou Street, where you will find the impressive Güell Palace, the first great work of the architect. As well as its impressive facade, you can see how Gaudí was fascinated by oriental art.

4 – Gaudí’s Crypt

Located in Santa Coloma de Cervelló is another of Gaudí's works in Barcelona financed by Eusebi Güell, the Crypt of Colonia Güell. In this case, the work was built in a later period and the architect was more inspired by the forms of nature.

5 – Casa Milà

Another of the most famous works of Gaudí's naturist period is the Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera. Located on Passeig de Gràcia, it has a very beautiful façade that illuminates the walk during the Barcelona nights.

6 - Casa Batlló

Passeig de Gràcia is one of those points that accumulates several works by Gaudí in Barcelona. In addition to La Pedrera, you can also find the famous Casa Batlló. Another of his organic works belonging to the naturist stage of the artists, it presents a hypnotic façade and shares space with other important architectural works in the "Manzana de la Discordia".

7 – Streetlights of the Plaça Reial and Pla de Palau

If you want to learn more about the humble origin of the architect from Barcelona, you should direct your steps to Plaça Reial and/or to the Pla de Palau since you will find two of his first works: the streetlights. Both have an elegant and colourful design of even arms. In particular, the streetlight of the Plaça Reial presents at its highest point the winged helmet of Mercury (the Roman god) next to a coiled snake.

8 – Bellesguard Tower

One of the most peculiar works of Gaudí in Barcelona is the Bellesguard Tower, also known as Casa Figueres. Located in the mountains of Collserola, it boasts an impressive neo-Gothic style, very popular at the end of the 19th century.

9 – Casa Vicens

The first serious and important project that Gaudí received was the construction of the Casa Vicens on Passeig de Gràcia, belonging to the Orientalist style. Like other works of the architect, you can marvel at an impressive oriental façade.

10 – Fountain of Hercules and Pergola

Located in the Royal Palace of Pedralbes, the former residence in Barcelona for the Royal Family, there is a curious work: The Fountain of Hercules. Very inspired by oriental art, you can see how it is made up of colourful tiles.

The most important museums of Barcelona

The most important museums of Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most important cities both in terms of tourism and culture in Europe. And, because we know that when visiting a city like Barcelona for the first time or coming back for more, not everyone looks for the classic combination of sun and beach, we have prepared a selection of some of the most interesting museums in Barcelona.

Art: the great passion of the Ciudad Condal

Some of the best and most important art museums can be found in Barcelona. Below we present a few that you cannot miss:

National Art Museum of Catalonia

This is one of the most important art museums in the world, and of course one of those museums in Barcelona that it would be a crime not to visit. Originally built for the International Fair of 1929, it is spread out over more than 32,000 square meters where you can lose yourself among thousands of works. These comprise a broad historical period, ranging from the Romanesque period to the present. The collection of Romanesque art stands out, considered the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world. You will find this wonder located on Montjuïc, where you can also enjoy stunning views of the city.

Picasso Museum

This is another of the most popular museums in Barcelona in terms of visits per year. So much so that we recommend getting tickets in advance to avoid long queues. The Picasso Museum was built in 1963 as a gift from Picasso himself to his beloved Barcelona (since the artist was very attached to the city).

In the museum you can find more than 3,500 works by the artist, especially from his early age. In this way, the Picasso Museum represents a golden opportunity to understand Picasso's training and artistic growth.

European Museum of Modern Art

And if you are a lover of modern art, you cannot miss the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM). In it you will find a wide collection with more than 230 works, belonging to more than 200 different artists.

This museum has several peculiarities and curiosities. In the first place, none of the exhibited artists has died, since the museum exhibits only 20th and 21st century works. In addition, it does not present an abstract style in which the form moves away from the idea, but instead tends to present more realistic works.

Science and history: the cultural Barcelona

Following the theme of cultural visit, you will also find museums with content of all kinds. Some of the most interesting are below:

Blue Museum

The Blue Museum is one of the museums in Barcelona that deals with the natural sciences. It is a very interesting experience for the little ones, since its content is very focused on being entertaining, but educational, and with many curiosities. It is one of the headquarters of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona, where you will find more than 4,500 pieces about planet Earth, although there are also pieces about the Big Bang. Without a doubt it is one of the best opportunities to learn about the history of our planet with your family.

Egyptian Museum of Barcelona

Who doesn’t enjoy the mysteries of ancient Egypt and the pyramids? Well, if you are a lover of Egyptology you cannot miss a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona. In it you will find more than 1,000 pieces about the life and culture of ancient Egypt. From how they lived day to day to the figure of Pharaoh, mummification, religion and the polytheistic pantheon worship of Egyptian gods. In addition, it is located near the Paseo de Gràcia, so you can take advantage of the visit to take a walk along the famous promenade and visit some of the most important architectural works of the city or go shopping.

But you can also visit other curious and fun museums in Barcelona

In addition, Barcelona not only has museums of great cultural importance such as those already mentioned, but also such striking museums as the ones below:

Chocolate Museum

The great passion of almost every human being, chocolate, also deserves its own museum, which you can find and visit as part of the route of the museums of Barcelona. In it you will find everything you expect from a chocolate museum. Chocolate works of art! But also a tour about the history of chocolate making and, in addition, the tickets are edible chocolate.

Wax Museum

And finally, the classic wax museum could not be missing. With more than 200 wax sculptures imitating all kinds of celebrities and VIPs. In addition, some rooms have been decorated to represent elaborate original diagrams, such as the vault of a bank (since the building was originally a bank).

La Pedrera: jazz nights on the roof

La Pedrera: jazz nights on the roof

Summer has begun in Barcelona and many are already starting to make plans to enjoy it to the most, both those who already reside in the city and those who visit our hostel in Barcelona. For lovers of live music and for anyone who wants to enjoy an original experience in a unique environment.

La Pedrera Jazz brings us the best of the current jazz scene, a musical style full of class, of ease and melody, perfect to enjoy in an outdoor terrace. And even better if it is located in such an emblematic environment as the Casa Milà rooftop. From the blog of the Pere Tarrés Foundation, we want to introduce you to the new La Pedrera Jazz 2019 festival, but first let’s delve a bit into the history of this magical place in Barcelona.

A unique environment

Gaudí and other renowned architects of the time received all kinds of orders and projects to develop. Thus many of his fantastic works were born, commissioned by some of the wealthiest members of bourgeoisie of the time. Like Pere Milà and Roser Segimon for example – the fame that the Paseo de Gràcia was garnering reached their ears, and they decided to buy an area of almost 2,000 square meters to settle there and, in addition, an area of residences to rent. This is how Casa Milà was born, which, of course, was entrusted to Antoni Gaudí.

Its construction ended in 1912 after six years of various legal and bureaucratic complications, being put into operation and admitting its first tenants. With the death of Roser in 1964, Casa Milà – "La Pedrera" – was abandoned for a time until a profound restoration was made and it was opened to the public as a cultural centre in 1996, becoming a reference in the city for the large amount and variety of activities programmed there, as is the case of La Pedrera Jazz. It has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

La Pedrera Jazz 2019 programme

The nights of music and rooftopping in the Pedrera Jazz (roof of the warriors) begin on 7 June and will continue every weekend (Friday and Saturday) until 14 September. Performances always start at 8.45pm. The programme includes of the best artists on the jazz scene and some of the greatest emerging talents.

In this year's programme, at first glance, jazz groups like Jorge Da Rocha Trio appear, presenting their latest release, Joan Codina Sextet, SuperSax Project or Eva Fernández Trio. The programme is a mixture of tradition and modernity, with very personal styles, but all with one thing in common: their exquisite taste and absolute passion for jazz.

In addition, the night begins with a small free tour to Espai Gaudí, a quick visual tour of the work of the great architect.

After this visit, it's time to sit down and relax on the roof terrace, enjoying a drink and the magic of Barcelona's nightlife, the surrounding architecture and, of course, the best jazz music at La Pedrera Roof Terrace. Each night costs 36 euros to live this magical experience. On La Pedrera's own website, you can buy tickets for La Pedrera Jazz 2019. Are you up for it?

The best beaches near Barcelona

The best beaches near Barcelona

Sun and beach attract thousands of tourists every year to the beaches near Barcelona. And we have some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain. But with the summer heat it is undeniable that not only tourists will enjoy the fine golden sand and the pleasant Mediterranean Sea.

Surely, you've had time to visit the beaches closest to Barcelona, so in this case, we offer you some beaches along the Costa Dorada so you can check if you already knew them all or if we have revealed a new destination for you to have a splash.

A walk along the Costa Dorada and the Costa Brava

The reason why the beaches near Barcelona are famous is because of the combination of fine golden sand and pleasant, warm waters. These are some of the best:

The S'Alguer cove near Palamós

Sometimes you need to travel a little, to the Costa Brava in this case, to find respite from the stress of modern life. If this is your wish, at least for a day, then we recommend that you visit the S'Alguer cove near Barcelona. In it you will find a small, calm beach completely separate from the world. Without services and without people, it’s the ideal beach to unwind from it all.

Montjoi cove in Roses

Cala de Montjoi is another beach near Barcelona that you can visit if you want to get away from the city and enjoy the beach in the tranquillity of solitude. This is because the cove is located in the famous Cap de Creus national park, so you can expect many unspoilt spaces full of vegetation. 

La Fonda cove

Cala Fonda beach is well known by the name of Waikiki – here you will find a paradisiacal beach totally surrounded by vegetation and rocks. Because of this, it’s a very popular choice for practicing nudism. And perfect, of course, to relax and unwind.

Aiguablava cove in Begur

If you decide to go up to the Costa Brava, you cannot miss the Aiguablava beach. You will be surprised by the turquoise colour of its waters, so crystalline that you can see the fish easily. In addition, despite being a beautiful but small and hidden cove, it features a lifeguard and restaurant. Ideal to spend a whole day.

Gran Playa in Tossa de Mar

Here you won’t find solitude, since the Gran Playa is quite popular, but you’ll still enjoy the sun and the sea. What you’ll love about this beach is that it is a dreamy bay next to a great fortification almost a thousand years old. And since you’re visiting the beach, don’t miss out on the promontory and the fortress, as they are in good condition and impressive.

Other popular beaches near Barcelona

There are times when we feel like leaving the city and visiting a beach near Barcelona. A beach within short driving distance. If this is your case, then we have great news, because it doesn’t matter whether you head north or south. You will find such interesting options as the spectacular beaches of Sitges (which we recommend a couple of visits to) or the famous beach of Castelldefels, which is possibly one of the favourite destinations of Barcelona's residents during the summer.

If you are looking for accommodation for your visit to Barcelona, now you can find out everything the Youth Hostel of Fundació Pere Tarrés offers in a perfect location to get to know all these fantastic beaches.

7 hiking trails in Barcelona

7 hiking trails in Barcelona

Summer is here. The long afternoons of sun and good weather, the get-aways with friends and family and many activities on our mind. Suddenly we have a lot of free time and holidays and sometimes it's easy to get bored. But not so much in our beloved city of Barcelona, where there are all kinds of attractions, even for those who want to get to know the natural environment of the city on foot. Even while staying at our central Barcelona hostel, the most adventurous day trips can happen. That’s why we want to offer you one of the best possible activities: a hiking trail in Barcelona.

Well, actually, we'll offer you a few hiking trails that will grab your attention, so you can choose one or even several. And one of the great advantages of Barcelona is the amount of natural environments of great charm and beauty that we can find without having to go far.

Let’s start with the easiest

Outdoor sports are so varied: you can enjoy a hiking trail in Barcelona, for example, but you don’t need to look for complicated climbs or tortuous paths that last for days. These are some of the most comfortable and simple examples that you will find:

Sant Miquel de Fai

A simple and comfortable walk that will take us through caves, waterfalls and some exponents of the Catalan Gothic architecture of the 9th and 10th centuries. It is the site of the old monastery of Sant Miquel, located in the valley of the Rio Tenes. A picturesque and unique visit in which the medieval one is still preserved next to caves, like that of the Toscas.

The Tous Gorge

Another pleasant option is the hiking route that begins at the castle of Sant Martí de Tous and that takes us to see the hermitage of Mare de Déu de Sentfores. But far from finishing here, we can continue advancing until we reach the viewpoint of Sant Martí de Tous. We will then enjoy a walk through the forest and finally a canyon with a waterfall of 25 meters. A beautiful, smooth circular route that lasts just over 2 hours and starts and ends in the town itself.

Taradell Castle

A simple and fast hiking route in Barcelona. In this case you must reach the town of Taradell, from where you can take the road to the top of the 800 meter hill where the castle of Taradell sits. Lush green forests crowned by the views that you will enjoy from the top, next to the small castle. A panoramic view of the region, impressive and quiet, since the route is little known.

A little bit more action

And if you're an adventurer who enjoys long walks, take a look at these options:

The ascent to La Mola

Even if a sign at the exit of the town indicates that you will reach the top after walking 3 km, we don’t want to fool you. It’s a classic climb, one that takes your breath away. And not only for the spectacular views, or for being on the same path used by the monks to climb the monastery. Once at the top you can enjoy a traditional restaurant, very curious since cars cannot reach the top.

Figaró at the Turó de Tagamanent

On this Barcelona hiking trail, the trail starts near the Figaró-Montmany station. Another good example of a long ascending walk, in which it is advisable to take breaks and walk slowly, since the road stretches about 17 km of ascent and descent. Of course you will enjoy unparalleled views on your trip to the top of Turó del Tagamanent.

Hiking trails in Barcelona: cool off in summer!

And since it's summer, who doesn’t like to have a good dip while you spend the day in nature? Then you can choose your hiking route in Barcelona in which to take pools and rivers to escape the heat.

The 7 Gorges

It’s one of the most beautiful and picturesque routes in Spain. Normally it would take less than 3 hours to complete it, but you will find so many magical places to bathe and enjoy nature that you will surely spend the whole day. The path of the 7 waterfalls is one of the most spectacular visits, but unfortunately, it is also one of the best known. So it's hard to enjoy it in solitude – but even so, it's worth visiting.

Font de les Dous

You only have to get to Torrelles de Foix to be able to walk next to the Riera des Pontons. The perfect location to camp a few days at the campsite in the area. A beautiful place to relax and enjoy the water, as the surrounding area is very well kept.

What to do this summer in Barcelona

What to do this summer in Barcelona

Do you have your plans ready to spend this new summer in Barcelona? Have you already found a hostel in the city from where you can enjoy all its charm? Perhaps, on the contrary, you have not had time to plan it yet. Or maybe you come to visit during the hottest months of the year. In any case, we wanted to prepare a few ideas that could help you organize a few days of rest and leisure.

Dreamy nights in summer

Summer nights in Barcelona can be especially magical. The combination of perfect temperature and the sea breeze, coupled with the nightlife of the city creates a unique atmosphere. Taking advantage of this, you may want to enjoy a night visit to La Pedrera with the "La Pedrera Night Experience" tour, in which you can enjoy in a unique way the different spaces of La Pedrera such as the patios of Passeig de Gràcia and Provença, the Espai Gaudí (in the attic) and the Roof. Finishing with a magical audiovisual exhibition on the roof of one of the most famous buildings in the city.

Another proposal, free in this case, is a visit to the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, where every evening you can enjoy beautiful light and colour shows with elaborate choreography. The summertime is from 21.30-22.30 and, in addition, you can enjoy special shows on 21.22 and 23 September.

Summer festivals in Barcelona

Another of the summer attractions in Barcelona are the music festivals that take place in the city during the hottest months. You can find world-class festivals such as Sónar 2019, which takes place between July 18 and 20 with a strong tradition of electronic music.

Another very interesting option is the famous "Jardins de Pedralbes" festival, held between June 5 and July 15. Offering a combination of gardens, food, drink and the visit of excellent national and international artists such as Izal or Diego el Cigala.

A cultural visit?

And without forgetting the lovers of cinema, theatre, art and culture in general; we want to mention the impressive Grec Festival of Barcelona. Celebrated, like every year, at the Teatre Grec del Montjuïc, it offers, in this 43rd edition, a wide variety of activities to attend. The so-called "most international festival in Barcelona" allows us to participate in 29 theatre activities, 15 hybrid stage acts, 28 music shows, 15 dance events, 5 circus activities and 2 cinema projections. In addition to presenting activities aimed at young people and others prepared for the whole family. It even prepares parallel activities throughout the city.

You can enjoy a total of 94 shows and 436 functions distributed between June 26 and July 31.

What to see in Barcelona: the places not to be missed

What to see in Barcelona: the places not to be missed

When summers approaches and you start planning your holidays, it is a good time to review some of the most interesting places to see in Barcelona. That is why today’s article aims to offer some ideas and suggestions for you to be able to discover and visit some of the most emblematic places of the Catalan capital. In addition, you will not lack accommodation. In our youth hostel in Barcelona you will find a home in the Catalan capital.

What to see in Barcelona during your visit?

Barcelona is a city with an incredible multicultural wealth which invites you to enjoy infinite options, activities during a visit and many places to see and visit. It is absolutely impossible to get to know her in a one trip, is this the reason why all who have visited us end up coming back?

However, we want to offer you some options of what to see in Barcelona during your visit:

Barcelona’s Rambla

This is one of the most popular and eye-catching places to see in Barcelona. The great rambla extends from the central Plaza de Catalunya to Port Vell. Throughout its 1.2 kilometres of length, you can enjoy numerous classic shops, restaurants, kiosks, musicians and body artists. In addition, you will find other important monuments along the walkway, like the Palace of La Virreina, the Boquería market, or The Liceo Theatre.

The Sagrada Familia

Also known as Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia. It is a mammoth building in the centre of the city. It was designed by the great architect Antoni Gaudí with a strong modernist style, even if it is still under construction. Although it has not been finished yet, the outside view is impressive and a visit inside the basilic is one the greatest beauties to see in Barcelona. This is one of the most impressive basilic in the world, that is why we recommend you book tickets in advance.

Güell Park

What else to see in Barcelona? If you visit the upper part, you must visit the famous Güell Park. It is a huge park full of beautiful gardens and stunning constructions with great architectural value. With a little extra attention, you can observe how Antoni Gaudí was influenced by natural forms to create more organic elements, which involved a major evolution of his style.

Some of the most interesting places in the park are the steps, the pavilions, the square, the hypostyle room, the paths and viaducts and the Calvary. Without forgetting, of course, to enjoy the peaceful and beautiful gardens.

Football and the Camp Nou

One of the most important football complexes in the world is located in Barcelona, this is the Camp Nou and FC Barcelona Museum. You not only will have the chance to enjoy a match live of one of the best football teams in the world, but you will also be able to immerse yourself in Barcelona through the Camp Nou Experience.

La Manzana de la Discordia

A beautiful neighbourhood, which is a section of the Paseo de Gràcia, where you can enjoy on few metres various buildings with great artistic and architectural value. An essential visit to understand the Catalan modernism: Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s Casa Lleó Morera, Enric Sagnier’s Casa Mulleras, Marcel lí Coquillat’s Casa Bonet, Josep Puig i Cadafalch’s Casa Amatller and Antoni Gaudí‘s Casa Batlló.

As it has always happened throughout history, when various geniuses are in the same city at the same time, they end up competing. That is why this section is called “la Manzana de la Discordia” (The Block of Discord).

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Culture and beauty go hand-in-hand in the National Art Museum of Catalonia. Walking from Plaza de España, the museum gives an impressive vision which gains presence and size when you approach it. Inside, you can find a great works of art collection, compositions by great figures in Catalan history (like Antoni Gaudí), a wide Gothic art collection and another excellent picture collection.

Tibidabo theme park

A perfect visit for the entire family. At the top of Collserola mount, you can find one of the oldest operational theme parks in the world, Tibidabo theme park. With some games almost centenary, which celebrate memorable events like the first Barcelona-Madrid trip by plane. 

Routes through Barcelona: get to know the city on foot

Routes through Barcelona: get to know the city on foot

Getting to know the best corners of Barcelona without incurring excessive expense is possible, simply by walking and observing, learning everything that the city of Barcelona offers us, which is a lot. Also, if we organise our tours in advance, it is possible to save a lot of time that we can devote to discovering other interesting areas of the city. Today your hostel in Barcelona, Pere Tarrés, wants to talk to you about some of the best itineraries in Barcelona. Get ready for some walking!

The best itineraries in Barcelona to walk

There are numerous routes, but we will choose three that are very representative to know a large part of the city of Barcelona. In addition, we will mention some others in case you have time to spare to do something else. Enjoy!

Itinerary 1: The secrets of modernism

You can start this Itinerary in Barcelona from the Fort Pienc district. In this neighbourhood the first great unmissable architectural work awaits you: the Central Catalana de Electricidad. Then, you can go down the Lluís Companys walk towards the Arc de Triomf to reach the Parc de la Ciutadella. On your way, the first obligatory stop is the Castell dels Tres Dragons, the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner. If you have some extra time you can stop at the Parc de la Ciutadella Conservatory, but our recommendation is that you take a walk in the park and see the Cascada Monumental, in whose design Antonio Gaudí participated when he was still very young.

To reach to the next point of interest, you must pass through the El Born neighbourhood to reach Plaça Reial. Here you will see two lampposts designed by Gaudí and inspired by Hermes, the Greek god and patron of merchants (helmet with wings and snakes). Following our route, the next point of interest that marked on the map is the Palau Güell in the Raval neighbourhood (entering from Nou de la Rambla street). Another work of the great Antoni Gaudí commissioned by his patron and friend Eusebi Güell.

The next point is a place that we love: Els Quatre Gats (Casa Martí), in particular its ground floor: a tavern full of history in which great artists and personalities of the time gathered, like Pablo Picasso. Now you can head towards Via Laietana to go to the Palau de la Música, the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, a reference of Catalan modernism.

So far, the route will surely have fascinated you. However, the best is yet to come. If you don’t wish to spend much more time on your route in some architectural elements that deviate somewhat, you can head towards Passeig de Gràcia. At this point you will find dreamy buildings, such as Casa Rocamora, Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló or Casa Milà (La Pedrera).

And so we reach the last section. To see the jewels of the crown, the Sagrada Familia, the Parc Güell and the Sant Pau modernist site, we recommend you take public transport (metro or bus), since the distances are not as short as they have been until now.

Itinerary 2: Discovering the old town

The Gothic Quarter is the oldest area of Barcelona, so you can imagine everything it has to offer for those who seek to know the culture and history of the city in detail. There are many Itineraries in Barcelona to get to know the old quarter, but we suggest you start the route from La Rambla (next to Plaça Catalunya) to Portaferrissa. You will discover medieval vestiges, since the ancient walls of the city were located in this area during a large part of the Middle Ages. You will also find remains of Roman walls on your way.

Afterwards, you can go to Plaça del Pi to see the Gothic Church of Santa María del Pi first-hand and then to Plaça Nova to see three essential architectural works: the Cathedral of Barcelona, La Pia Almoina and the Episcopal Palace. In this square, elements from different periods meet, from the Roman to the neoclassical. It will be worth it to stop for a while to see everything.

Then you visit what used to be the Temple of Augustus to enjoy its impressive columns and other parts of its structure that are still standing today. After this, you have two essential points within this route: the Plaça del Rei and the Plaça de Sant Jaume. In the first, you will find vestiges of what was the Roman city of Barcino, as well as medieval vestiges. Buildings of interest are the Palau Reial Major, the chapel of Santa Àgata, the lookout tower Rei Martí or the Palau del Lloctinent.

On the other hand, in the Plaça de Sant Jaume are the venues of the City Council of Barcelona and the Generalitat, both of great architectural, cultural and historical interest, since they were also a public and political centre in Roman and medieval times. If you have time, you can go to Plaça Sant Just i Pastor to see the homonymous church, which includes the oldest fountain in Barcelona.

Itinerary 3: The water roads

Another very different vision of Barcelona is the one obtained by doing this tour. We recommend this route for those who like nature and the countryside. It won’t take you long: in about three hours you can do everything comfortably and without too much haste.

This route starts in Vallbona, north of Barcelona. It is an area that has been isolated from the rest of the city by the passage of the Besòs River, as well as the construction of highways and railroad tracks. So it is practically not urbanised and the vast majority are orchards and fields marked by the passage of water.

From Torre Baró you can reach a unique neighbourhood of Barcelona: the Ciudad Meridiana, an area of blocks of small and semi-rural houses, perfectly integrated at the foot of the Collserola mountain range. A feast for all the senses. Going up Ripollet street (towards Palau-Solità) you can reach Trinitat Nova. You will enjoy the different vestiges of the Torre Baró aqueduct until you reach the Casa de l'Aigua, a building of modernist design (work of Pere Falqués) that was the old water distribution station of the city.

Other options

  • Gardens of Montjuïc Route: To discover the 15 themed gardens of Montjuïc.
  • Other Eixample Route: Abeluz Building, Casal Sant Jordi by Francesc Folguera or the Pintors Masriera Workshop.
  • Diagonal Mar Route: Bathing area, skyscraper, skyline, shopping centre and a great variety of food and drink.

Barcelona’s most touristic locations

Barcelona’s most touristic locations

They say that whoever visits once, always ends up coming back. Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with an incredibly wide and varied offer, both in cultural and leisure activities. So much so, that it is difficult to recommend only a few places. But the team behind the blog of the Pere Tarrés Foundation has made its very own list, taking into account everything travellers are looking for. And, without a doubt, Barcelona has much to offer its visitors. So, let’s go with our list of the best tourist places in Barcelona.

The most touristic places in Barcelona: the essentials!

For lovers of the beach and the mountains. For those who like cultural visits to see great works and monuments, or for those who prefer to stroll and enjoy the best urban environment. For lovers of sports or food and drink. For those who prefer unlimited options for all tastes. Here is our list of the tourist places of Barcelona.

Barceloneta Beach

Due to its central location and its great appeal, this is one of Barcelona’s most touristic, especially when it’s good weather. In spring and summer, there is no better place to relax and unwind. As well as enjoying the sun on the beach, you can taste delicious dishes in some of the best restaurants in Barcelona or enjoy various sports activities (volleyball, ping-pong, water sports, gymnastics...). And book lovers are in luck, since Barceloneta Beach even has ‘biblio-playa' (beach library) service.

La Rambla

If you like to stroll, walking up and down this street measuring about a mile is a delight. It is one of the most recurrent tourist activities for those visiting Barcelona. Music, venues of all kinds, merchants and artists come together to create a very special urban environment. Taking advantage of your walk on La Rambla, you can visit the Gran Teatro del Liceu or the Mirador de Colom.

And, if you like good food, in this area you will find the Mercat de la Boqueria, a market whose history goes back almost two centuries and which currently boasts over 300 stalls to taste the best local products.

Gothic Quarter

Another must-see if you enjoy wandering around. A real pleasure to visit each square and each street. Interestingly, it was built on Roman remains, which disappeared as different churches and architectural works of Gothic style were built. Among them is the Cathedral of Barcelona.

Camp Nou

The stadium of FC Barcelona has become, especially in recent years, one of the most touristic places in Barcelona. On the official FC Barcelona website you will be able to book one of the available Camp Nou experiences, such as visiting the museum, stepping on the lawn and discovering every corner of one of the best stadia in the world.


For just over 10 euros, you can see the city from a cable car, a highly recommended activity. In addition, Montjuïc is home to another of the city’s great stadia: the Olympic Stadium. You can also visit one of its museums, among which the MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia) stands out.


Like Montjuïc, this is another great option for enjoying beautiful views of the city from the height of a mountain. In fact, it is the highest peak in Barcelona, measuring almost 1,700 feet.

In addition, you can take advantage of the climb to visit other attractions in the area, such as the Temple of the Sacred Heart or the Collserola Tower, built on the occasion of the Olympic Games held in Barcelona in 1992. If you visit the city with children, the Tibidabo Amusement Park is close by, the first such park to open in Spain.

Park Güell

Eusebi Güell was a great friend and patron of Gaudí, creator of this fantastic work. The best thing to do to ensure you don’t miss anything is to take a guided tour. The route of La Plaza de la Naturaleza, Sant Josep de la Muntanya or Calle de Olot are the most famous and touristic routes. Oh! And don’t forget to take a picture with the Trencadís dragon, a recurring photographic element that no tourist wants to overlook.

The Sagrada Familia

The work of Gaudí par excellence and one of the most representative of the city at the architectural level. A visit that you cannot miss on your trip to Barcelona. Its construction began in 1882 and, as you know, has yet to be completed, something that is planned for the year 2026, so that its construction process will have been 144 years. It will without a doubt have been worth it, as nowadays it is already one of the main tourist attractions for people from all over the world.

If you are still looking for accommodation in Barcelona for your trip, we invite you to our Youth Hostel in Fundació Pere Tarrés so you can enjoy the city like nobody else.