Itineraries in Barcelona

Travel to Barcelona, where you will discover a cosmopolitan, enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world-class drinking and dining scene. Take a stroll through the shadowy lanes of the Gothic quarter, past tranquil plazas and soaring 14th-century cathedrals. In other parts of town bloom the sculptural masterpieces of Modernisme, a mix of ingenious and whimsical creations by Gaudí and his Catalan architectural contemporaries.

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Exploration of Gaudí’s Barcelona

Starting in Passeig de Gràcia, where the wealthy Catalan families settled in the late nineteenth century. Today, it is the most elegant avenue in the city. Your guide will help you understand why this new social class emerged, as it was the beginning of the economic development of Catalonia. Admire the Casa Lleó i Morera, Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. Enjoy the Sagrada Família, the masterpiece of Antonio Gaudí, still unfinished and the most emblematic landmark of Barcelona. Also the Park Güell, work of Gaudí for his friend and patron, Eusebi Güell.

Exploration of Gothic Quarter and Picasso Museum

The Gothic Quarter is the center of the old city of Barcelona. The quarter encompasses the oldest parts of the city of Barcelona, and includes the remains of the city’s Roman wall and several notable medieval landmarks. Much of the present-day fabric of the quarter, however, dates to the 19th and early 20th centuries. El Call, the medieval Jewish quarter, is located within this area, along with the former Sinagoga Major. The Barri Gòtic retains a labyrinthine street plan, with many small streets opening out into squares. Most of the quarter is closed to regular traffic although open to service vehicles and taxis.

Barcelona’s waterfront

Rejuvenated for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the waterfront area has added an exciting new dimension to the city. Bold development is continuing, with the creation of Diagonal Mar and the Fòrum to the north and new projects at the southern end. It is ironic that this Mediterranean city, with a large industrial port and strong maritime tradition, gained a ‘waterfront’ only in the last decade of the 20th century.

Passeig Marítim and Barcelona’s Beaches

By cutting through the streets of Barceloneta to the Passeig Marítim, you arrive at Platja Barceloneta with wooden walkways, palms and designer showers as part of the post-Olympic seafront. The beaches are now an essential part of Barcelona’s famed nightlife. New xiringuitos or beach restaurants serve drinks and snacks by day, before the DJs start spinning at sunset. Part of Barceloneta beach has been renamed Somorrostro in homage to the shanty town and its inhabitants who were there until the mid-1960s. On the eastern edge of Barceloneta is the Parc de la Barceloneta.

Enjoying the local gastronomy

Strolll Las Ramblas and grab a bite in the colorful and exciting Mercado de la Boquería. Since 1836 the Boquería has been considered the beating heart of the city and every day, more than 200 traders roll up their blinds, ready to offer the choicest local and international gastronomic products. There are also many bars here to sample some of the freshest local specialties.

Las Ramblas is a tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kms connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the center with the Christopher. Columbus Monument at Port Vell. La Rambla forms the boundary between the quarters of Barri Gòtic, to the east, and El Raval, to the west.

The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that La Rambla was «the only street in the world which I wish would never end.»

Spain Savvy’s top ten reasons to visit Barcelona

  1. It’s extensive history, since the city is more than 2000 years old
  2. Get to know the largest city in the Mediterranean Coast and second largest city in Spain
  3. To discover the charming Gothic quarter, almost entirely re-modelled between the 18th and 19th century 
  4. Enjoy the contemporary art through the MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona) museum
  5. The gastronomy, which is a mix of Catalonian and Spanish traditional dishes with global techniques and flavours
  6. Spot the many Gaudi’s constructions, the city’s most emblematic architect and designer
  7. To admire the Sagrada Familia, a modernist masterpiece that has been under construction for more than 100 years (and still is)
  8. Enjoy the nightlife scene, including a wide variety of bars, restaurants, clubs and parties
  9. The world-class white-sand beaches, which are right next to the city 
  10. There are plenty of museums scattered around the city, from the Picasso Museum to small art galleries

Spain Savvy’s top ten reasons to visit Barcelona

  1. It’s extensive history, since the city is more than 2000 years old
  2. Get to know the largest city in the Mediterranean Coast and second largest city in Spain
  3. To discover the charming Gothic quarter, almost entirely re-modelled between the 18th and 19th century 
  4. Enjoy the contemporary art through the MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona) museum
  5. The gastronomy, which is a mix of Catalonian and Spanish traditional dishes with global techniques and flavours
  6. Spot the many Gaudi’s constructions, the city’s most emblematic architect and designer
  7. To admire the Sagrada Familia, a modernist masterpiece that has been under construction for more than 100 years (and still is)
  8. Enjoy the nightlife scene, including a wide variety of bars, restaurants, clubs and parties
  9. The world-class white-sand beaches, which are right next to the city 
  10. There are plenty of museums scattered around the city, from the Picasso Museum to small art galleries
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