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Barcelona sightseeing – districts
Barcelona is divided into various districts. Most centrally located, and home to numerous of the city’s historic buildings and monuments, is the Ciutat Vella or Old Town.
Barcelona sightseeing – ciutat vella
PLAÇA DE CATALUNYA
The Plaça de Catalunya – in the Ciutat Vella District – is an excellent place to start your sightseeing. A pleasant square in its own right, with department stores nearby, it’s considered the very central point of Barcelona, and the hub of its Public Transport System. Make your way to the south-westerly corner of the Plaça de Catalunya and you’ll discover the beginnings of Las Ramblas.
From the Arabic “ramla” or “torrent”, this
charming, 1.2 kilometer boulevard runs
through central Barcelona – from the
Plaça de Catalunya down to the Columbus
Liberally sprinkled with picturesque bars,
restaurants and stalls, the walk should
take you around 20 minutes.
The impressive, 60-metre high Columbus
Statue – pointing out to sea – is just
across the road from Barcelona’s
marine area, known as Port Vell …
leading onto the Aquarium, Maritime
Musuem, and IMAX cinema.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
Barcelona’s historic, narrow-streeted Gothic Quarter lies on the right-hand side of Las Ramblas.
Picasso lived here from 1895 to 1904. Joan Miró was born here. Enjoy visiting Barcelona’s impressive Gothic Cathedral … the Plaça St Jaume with Generalitat and Town Hall … the popular (especially at night!) Plaça Reial with its Gaudi lamposts …
Adjoining the Barri Gotic on its south-easterly side, the quaint streets of the Borne area offer you such delights as the Parc de la Ciutadella, Palau de la Música Catalana, Santa María del Mar Church … and the Picasso Museum …
Boasting more than one million visitors a year, the Picasso Museum – which houses one of the World’s largest collections of the artist’s works – is the most-visited art gallery in Barcelona.
barcelona sightseeing – sants-montjuic district
The Plaça Espanya is the main starting point and transport centre of the Montjuic District. Enjoy visiting the wonderful Magic Fountain, designed by Carles Buigas … what a spectacular combination of light, colour, music and water!
A 20-minute walk from the Plaça Espanya will take you to the Estadi Olimpic (Olympic Stadium) – venue of the 1992 Olympic Games, and open to visitors.
Montjuic District is also home to the Fundació de Joan Miró, offering fine exhibits of Miró’swork, including paintings, sculputres, tapestries and early sketches. You’ll save 20% off the entrance charge if you have a Barcelona Card. At the Museu National d’Art Catalunya (MNAC), you’ll discover the largest collection of Catalan art in Spain. Not to mention terrific views over Barcelona! Once again, if you have a Barcelona Card, you’ll be able entitled to a 20% discount off the entrance.
Barcelona sightseeing – eixample district
A visit to Barcelona would certainly not be complete without visiting Antoni Gaudi’s fantastic works. Three of his important buildings are located in the Eixample District – to the north of Plaça de Catalunya … Casa Battlo, la Pedrera and the unusual, unfinished Sagrada Familia. But to visit his amazing Parc Güell, you’ll need to journey slightly further north … to Horta-Guinardó District.