Hvad skal du opleve første gang, du er i Barcelona? I denne guide til Barcelona får du tips til byens største seværdigheder, der bl.a. tæller Gaudís arkitektoniske værker, kunstmuseer, Barcelonas bedste udsigt og mest berømte madmarked.
1. At least one of Gaudi’s iconic buildings
Modernista architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) is impossible to escape when visiting Barcelona. The city is sprinkled with its inventive, colorful and quirky buildings and it is a must to take a closer look at them.
If you only have time to visit one, choose the completed church, the La Sagrada Familia.
The Sagrada Familia is a creative and unique bible over the Bible in a wealth of sculptures and colors. It is impossible not to be impressed when standing in the middle of the church room’s pillar forest or climbing one of the towers and studying all the little symbols and details.
Gaudí built on his main work for the last 43 years of his life, and the church, which was inaugurated in 2010, is expected to be completed in 2032, about 100 years after the architect’s death. Gaudí is buried in the church crypt.
If you have time, check out Casa Battlo and La Pedrera. If you are traveling with children, they will enjoy visiting the adventurous Parc Güell.
Read the guide to all Antoni Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona here.
There are long queues at Sagrada Familia, so buy your ticket in advance and drop by the queue. They are available both with and without access to the towers.
Buy ticket without access to the tower here
Buy ticket with access to the towers here (advertising link)
La Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca 401
2. Take a walk down the Rambla
Let it be said with that together. The Rambla in Barcelona is one of the most touristy places in the city, and this is not where you can breathe in local life. And the terrorist attack in 2017 has not diminished the amount of tourism. Despite that, a trip on the Rambla is as much a must as going on Strøget when you visit Copenhagen.
The 1.2 km long pedestrian area, surrounded by plant trees, runs from the central Plaça de Catalunya down to the port, Port Vell, where the Colombus statue is throne to the end. The Rambla is also the entrance to the Gothic Quarter, Barri Gòtic, and the Multicultural Quarter of El Raval.
Be sure to look up both the many beautiful facades on the road and down on the. artist Joan Miró’s brightly colored mosaic by the Liceu metro.
Don’t buy food at the Rambla. It is low and prices overstated.
Guiden fortsætter under kortet.
3. La Boqueria
You will find the entrance to the famous food market, La Boqueria, in the middle of the Rambla, behind a beautiful iron facade with leaded glass.
The market is the city’s most famous and packed to the brim with tourists in particular, but also locals who trade quality products for the surrounding restaurants and the private household.
La Boqueria has had market stalls in the square since the 13th century, only later has the roof been built. Several of the stalls have been passed down from generation to generation for many years.
Køb en af de lækre smoothies ved indgangen, så får du et energiboost til at bevæge dig ned gennem de mange gange med over 470 boder med frugt og grøntsager, friske fisk, kød, krydderier, mandler og nødder samt oste og skinker. Her kan du få skinke og ost vakuumpakket, så du kan få spiselige souvenirs med hjem. Mandler og nødder er også værd at tage med til hjem. De er billigere og smager bedre end dem, du kan købe i Danmark.
La Boqueria, La Rambla 91
4. Beautiful space with grim history
In Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, behind the Cathedral, you will find the beautiful square, the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. It is a little hidden and you have to walk through the small, crooked streets to find it.
At first glance, the romantic space with an octagonal fountain, surrounded by Gothic buildings, does not even mock a tragic story.
In the square is the small church, Sant Felip Neri, from 1750, where Antoni Gaudí came daily to pray and write. He was also on his way to church when, in 1926, he was run over by a tram that caused his death. Most notable is the church’s facade, which is full of gaps. The holes stem from a bomb attack during the Civil War in 1938. Here, 42 people who had sought shelter in the church during an air raid were killed. Most of them were children from the school, which is next door. The school still works today, and you can meet playful children in the square, which both makes the memories of the tragic story very present and at the same time reminds us that life goes on.
During the day a number of tourists pass by, but if you come in the evening where the place looks the most beautiful, then there are only very few people.
5. Cathedral of the Sea
The beautiful Gothic basilica, Santa Maria del Mar, became world famous in the Spanish author, Ildefonso Falcones, bestseller of the same port (on the Danish Cathedral of the Sea ).
The church is located in Barcelona’s Ribera neighborhood, surrounded by the neighborhood’s maze of narrow streets, and locals call it the Ribera Cathedral .
The Cathedral of the Sea is built in the 1300s and a beautiful example of Catalan Gothic. The name suggests that it once lay closer to the sea than it does now. Virtually all the local artisans were involved in the construction of the church, and so it took only 54 years to build it.
Inside, the church is surprisingly light compared to other Gothic churches and far more stylish. There is a great distance between the columns (13 meters) and the windows have beautiful stained glass windows. The church is a quiet oasis in the middle of the otherwise touristy neighborhood, and also a popular place to light a candle.
You can also get up on the church roof terrace and enjoy the beautiful views of the neighborhood.
Santa Maria del Mar , Santa Maria Plaça 1
6. Discovering Picasso’s art
Embark on more than 4200 works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) at the museum dedicated to the Spanish master artist. The museum is housed in some beautiful old mansions in the Ribera neighborhood, and it is the largest one dedicated to Picasso.
Barcelona was of great importance to Picasso, which is also seen in the works of the museum. He lived in the city for some of the most important years of his life. He was educated at Escola Llotja and had a special affiliation with the El Quatre Gats cafe, where he met with other artists and intellectuals, exhibited and painted the cafe’s menu card which has been granted icon status.
The Picasso Museum opened in 1963 at the initiative of Picasso’s friend and secretary, Jaime Sabarté. In the beginning, the museum contains predominantly works from his private collection, but since then many others have joined.
The majority of the works date from the period 1890 to 1917, including a number of drawings from the study period at Escola Llotja, avant garde paintings, the time in Paris as well as the blue and pink period. In addition, there is a collection of lithographs, erasures and ceramics.
The greatest masterpiece is Las Meninas de Velázquez, a collection of 58 paintings , including Picasso himself donated to the museum. The series is an analysis of the colors and shapes of Velázquez’s famous work. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum also has ongoing exhibitions.
Museu Picasso , Carrer Montcada 15-23
7. The magic fountain
Barcelona’s magical fountain (Font Màgica), at the foot of the Montjuïc mountain, excites both children and adults. At dark, it unfolds in a wealth of acrobatic water cascades, accompanied by a colorful light show and music ranging from classical to rock and pop.
This beautiful water wonder can be admired every weekend with the Museu Nacional d ‘Art de Catalunya at the top of the mountain as a backdrop.
The fountain is in the Art Deco style and built by the architect Carles Buïgas for the 1929 World Exhibition in Barcelona. It can produce about 7 million different combinations of water and light. The many volumes of water flowing through the fountain are recycled water.
The magical fountain can be experienced every Wednesday to Sunday during the high season (June to September) from 1 to 6 pm. 21.30 and 22.30. Check the website for show times for the rest of the year.
Font Magicà , Plaça de Carles Buïgas 1
8. Barcelona’s best views
You get the absolute best view (360 degrees) of Barcelona from the Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint, which is at the top of the Turó de la Rovira in the Carmel neighborhood at 262 meters.
Although the place is known by the name of Bunkers, there have never been bunkers at the top of Turó de la Rovira. During the Civil War, the site was used for anti-aircraft batteries that helped defend Barcelona.
For many years the area was deserted, worn and unknown and has, among other things, served as a slum until the 1990s. In 2006, the Turó de la Roviradet was transformed into a local history study center where you can gain insight into Barcelona’s history from a bird’s-eye view.
Bunkers del Carmel , Carrer de Marià Lavèrnia s / n
9. FC Barcelona Stadium
Of course, every FC Barcelona fan should watch a home match at Camp Nou, where football stasis is guaranteed when 99,354 fans, who are seated in the crowd, gather to cheer on the city’s football idols.
If there is no match at the stadium when you are in town, a tour of an impressive stadium and museum is worth a visit in the country, where football plays a large part of the culture and is cultivated as a religion.
Camp Nou offers several types of tours. A basic tour where you can see the museum with eg. the many trophies that the club has received over the years as well as a virtual area that gives you an insight into the club’s history. You will also get access to the special area dedicated to Messi as well as the opportunity to admire the stadium from the crowd and the press room.
There is also a tour with audio guide and VR glasses, which in my opinion is not worth the money. The virtual experience you get is a brief and indifferent panorama of the stadium, and no longer gives the experience a basic trip.
There is also a special guided tour where you also get access to the players’ changing area and a gift.
Finally, you can shop in the giant store. Football fan or not, a visit to Camp Nou gives a good insight into the club’s universe and not least what a huge money machine it is.
I bought the ticket online and I would recommend you to do the same. Then you don’t have to stand in line. You can buy a ticket to Camp Nou and the museum here (advertising link)
10. Barcelona’s triumphal arch
You feel very small when you walk down the long boulevard, Passeig de Lluís Companys, and under Barcelona’s 30-meter-high triumphal arch. The Arc de Triomf was created for the World Exhibition in 1888, where it served as the main gate for the exhibition held in the nearby Ciutadella Park.
Arc de Triomf was created by modernist architect Josep Vilaseca and symbol of modern Barcelona. It has a classic look, neomudéjar style sculptures as well as friezes and reliefs. representing Barcelona, agriculture, industry, trade and the arts as well as a welcome to the participants of the World Exhibition.
Arc de Triomf, Passeig de Lluís Companys
11. The Miro Museum
Surrealist artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) was born in a backyard close to the Rambla, and the Miró Museum can be found at the top of Mont Juïc mountain. Here you can take a tour of Mirós Barcelona and brightly colored art, which the artist would like to be a natural part of everyone’s everyday life. The Miró Museum is also one of the most child-friendly, because the kids love the artist’s naivistic expression and use of strong colors.
The museum opened in 1975 on Miró’s own initiative and mainly contained works from the artist’s private collection. Later, many more have been added. The museum also organizes exhibitions with other 20th and 21st century artists.
The Miró Museum is housed in a building designed by Josep Lluís Sert, who has created a fine connection between the interior and exterior space, which presents the art beautifully both inside and out. The building is surrounded by a green park with Mirós sculptures and beautiful views of the city.
The collection consists of over 14,000 works, and among the main works you will find Street in Pedralbes, Portrait of a young girl, The white glove and Woman dream of escape.
Foundation Joan Miró , Parc de Montjuïc
12. The Modernist Concert Hall
Gaudí is not the only modernist architect to have given Barcelona impressive buildings. Catalan architect Lluís Domènech in Montaner is important for the period, and his buildings worth a closer look. The most famous is the Palau de la Música concert hall, which he built between 1905 and 1908 for the Catalan choir, Orfeó Catalá. The amateur choir is still in the concert hall.
The concert hall is easy to find, for the eye immediately captures the many colorful mosaics, sculptures and reliefs that adorn the red brick facade. Notice the old ticket hatch inside one of the columns.
The Palau de la Música is built in an advanced blend of bricks, steel and glass, and also inside it is lavishly decorated in a wealth of colors and intricate designs. It was included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997.
If you want to see the beautiful concert hall with 2156 seats, you can either buy a concert ticket or a guided tour. There are lots of concerts with both local and international singers, musicians and orchestras. You can also just drink coffee in the beautiful café with a look at the stairs up to the hall. Palau de la Música has been given a modern, simple and stylish addition, which plays surprisingly beautifully together with Montaners lavish.
Palau de la Música , C / Palau de la Música 4-6
13. A dip in the Mediterranean
Barcelona has the luxury of offering both vibrant metropolitan life and miles of sandy beaches. Therefore, of course, you have to rinse off the big city dust in the azure Mediterranean. The beaches closest to the center of the old fishing district, Barceloneta, are most popular. Although people are close to the hip African beach rugs that are sold everywhere by the beach, it is worth mixing with the crowd on Sant de Miquel beach. This is where you have the best view of the great art that is along the boardwalk and the bars are close so you can also enjoy a cold beer overlooking the sea from the first parquet.
Platja de Sant Miquel
14. The Village Square in the Big City
Barcelona’s Gràcia neighborhood is cool and hip. Despite this, the number of tourists in the neighborhood is hardly as overwhelming as in the city center. Plaza de la Vila is a nice place to experience the colorful folk life of the neighborhood. Sit on one of the terraces at one of the many bars and restaurants that surround the square with a beautiful octagonal bell tower in the middle.
Enjoy a drink and some food while watching kids playing, dog walkers exchanging the news of the day, infatuated couples flicking their fingers under a parasol, and families gathering for dinner. The city also celebrates this year’s many festivals in the square, so you may be lucky to run into human towers, fireworks festivals, markets, concerts and even a demonstration.
The beautiful building with the sky blue facade is the former town hall.
Plaza de la Vila de Gracia
15. Picnic in the park
The local green breath is the Parc de la Ciutadella. Here you will meet everything from kissing lovers, toddler families, dog walkers, runners, yoga classes and retirees.
The park has beautiful architecture such as the modernist building Castell and the Tres Dragons (the three dragons castle), which houses the zoo, and the conservatory, L ‘Hivernacle, which is a fine pavilion in metal and glass. Ciutadella Park also houses the Zoo, Geological Museum and the Catalan Parliament Building.
On the walk around the park, between trails, lawns and playgrounds, you can also encounter a fine fountain, surrounded by sculptures, a giant elephant sculpture, a romantic pavilion as well as a lake where you can sail by rowing boat.
Buy some food at one of the city’s markets and sit down on a blanket and enjoy a picnic. A rug with a hip African pattern can possibly. purchased at a good price from one of the many carpet sellers in the park.
Ciutadella Park often hosts concerts and other events. The apartments have a number of food trunks set up where you can buy excellent street food.
Parc de la Ciutadella , Passeig de Picasso 21
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