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The Barcelona Urban List
From Gaudí to Messi, towering architecture to towers built of people, visiting the sea to gorging on its produce, Barcelona’s to-do list is as plentiful as its sunny days.
Retail therapy in the Catalan capital…
La Boqueria Market
Famous indoor public market with meat, cheese
& an array of other produce in a bustling space |Area: La Rambla, 91 | Metro: Liceu
(green line L3) | Website
Barcelona's original and best-known market is a
must. it started life in 1217 as a mere huddle of meat stalls on La Rambla and has
flourished since. Whether sourcing ingredients for a fine meal or just
wandering through, it's a delight for the senses; warm, ocean-salty, freshly
fried fish. The array of goods here will fill your nostrils, excite your
stomach, and just has to be washed down with a glass of
The food sold ranges from ready-made fresh
fruit salads for the tired tourist, to quite literally fresh from the sea crabs
and lobsters (maybe you would also like to look out for the whole sheep's head!)
Not to mention the bright sweet counters that will act like a magnet for any
child (or adult).
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 08:00 -
Mercadillo de la Plaça de Sant Josep Art Market
Eclectic market showcasing local art
installations and a range of local fashion designers | Area: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol |
Metro: Liceu (green line L3) | Website
A little market composed of Catalan
artists and their easels, all under the shade of the Basílica de Santa Maria
del Pi church. Generally, 15 artists cover every style and medium, from
watercolors to oils, depicting market stalls to sweeping landscapes. The
artists all welcome a chat if you are brave enough to test your Spanish.
Artists also set up their easels on the
southern part of La Rambla every evening if a portrait or caricature is what
Hours: Saturday -
Sunday: 08:00hrs - 20:00hrs
Fashion and Style on Passeig de Gràcia
Barcelona is one of the most stylish cities in
Europe. From the grand Passeig de Gràcia and its high fashion brands to the
petite boutiques of the Born area and their unique, up-and-coming names, the
Catalan capital has everything for true shopping indulgence. Here we recommend
five of the best luxury shopping hotspots in and around Barcelona.
Barcelona’s smartest street stretches from
Plaça Catalunya to Diagonal. Spectacular Modernist buildings such as Gaudí’s
Pedrera and Casa Batlló catch your eye as you saunter along the wide boulevard.
Many international designers have established their flagship store along this
prestigious street. You’ll find Luis Vuitton, Prada, MaxMara and Gucci, as well
as eclectic shoemaker Jimmy Choo, Burberry, and Chanel. Jewellery shops glitter
with creatively placed diamonds in Bagués Joieria which has a 20-year history
as well as renowned brands Cartier and Tiffany & Co.
Enjoy “la dulce vida” in Carrer Major de Sarrià
Known as the “Zona Alta” or “high zone”, for
its geographical location above the Eixample district, the district of
Sarrià-Sant Gervasi is also one of the most well-to-do residential areas in
If you’re looking for a slightly different and
more relaxed shopping experience then we suggest you take a wander along the
main street, Carrer Major, and explore some of the side streets that surround
it. You’ll find plenty of boutiques with good quality fashion, and Spanish
designers you may not be familiar with. Get some fresh ideas for stylish home
décor and interior design and stop off for a well-deserved coffee in one of the
traditional squares as you watch the fashionable locals pass by in the catwalk
parade of their everyday life.
Under the Iberian Sun…
The deep blue Mediterranean beckons. Sun-drenched beaches make a fine backdrop to a jog, bike ride or long leisurely stroll along the seaside – followed by a refreshing dip. You can also enjoy the view from out on the water while kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or taking it easy on a sunset cruise. Below are some suggestions for getting out and seeing all Barcelona has on offer:
Take a trip to Tibidabo for arguably the most stunning panoramic views of Barcelona. Officially called the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor (or Sacred Heart church), the roof is topped with an enormous bronze statue of Jesus that you can take an elevator up to. This mountaintop fairground is great fun, with notable views and entertaining rides. You can get there by funicular – the first of its kind in Barcelona!
Camp Nou is the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957 and a must-see experience for sports lovers and non-sports lovers alike! With a seating capacity of 99,354, it is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, and the third largest football stadium around the world in terms of capacity. Visualize that number pouring into the concrete monolith on match day, and you’ll understand that the club wasn’t messing about with its slogan ‘més que un club’ ("more than a club"). There are many experiences that you can choose from – for those who are time poor, there is the ‘Photo Camp Nou’ tour and those who want the full experience which includes a visit to the FC Barcelona changing rooms and a walk along the pitch (and all the tours in between!). Click here to book this experience.
The Botantical Gardens is a staple of beauty in cities around the world, and the Jardí Botànics on the Montjuïc hill in Barcelona is no exception. These gardens specialise in plants and communities from around the world, but specifically the Mediterranean, Australia, Chile, California and South Africa. The Botanical Gardens of Barcelona are unique in that they are located around many of the stadiums used in the 1992 Summer Olympics, and also the Museu Olimpic i de l'Esport (Olympic and Sport Museum). Please note that the Jardí Botànics are often confused with the Historical Botanical Garden of Barcelona, which is also a beautiful area to visit.
Go and see a Flamenco Show. Flamenco is the traditional Spanish art of dancing, playing guitar and singing, and an ideal place to see something traditional. Originating in the folklore of Southern Spain, around the province of Andalusia, the flamenco art form is believed to have emerged among the gitanos (local traveller groups) in the 18th century. Today, flamenco is recognised as a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and is one of the most iconic expressions of Spanish culture.
See & Do Museums…
Museu de la Xocolata | Area: Fort Pienc | Metro: Jaume L4 and L1 stop Arc de Triomf | Website
Museu de la Xocolata is a ‘delicious’ museum that displays the history of chocolate and its origins in Europe. Quite fittingly this museum presents Barcelona as you've never seen it before: made out of chocolate. The Olympic stadium, Gaudi's buildings and other famous landmarks are all formed from the intoxicating sweet stuff. And, of course, there's a scrumptious café and shop with consumable chocolate!
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10.00hrs - 19.00hrs, Sunday 10.00hrs - 15.00hrs
Phone: + 34 93 268 78 78
This is one of Barcelona's most popular museums, presenting soaring arches and vaults of the vast former 'drassanes' (shipyards) representing one of the most perfectly preserved examples of civil Gothic architecture in Spain. In medieval times, the shipyards sat right on the water's edge and were used to dry-dock, repair and build vessels for the royal fleets. The finest of these was Don Juan de Austria's galley, from which he commanded the fleet at Lepanto that defeated the Ottoman navy in 1571: a full-scale replica is the mainstay of the collection.
Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10.00hrs - 20.00hrs, FREE ADMISSION on Sundays from 15.00hrs.
Phone: + 34 93 342 99 20
This museum showcases one of the world's most important collections of Romanesque art, alongside the artists that best captured of Catalan Modernism, including Gaudí and Casas. Gothic art, great European Renaissance and Baroque painters, including Tiziano or Velázquez, and the collection of photography complete the collection.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00hrs - 18.00hrs Sunday and Public Holidays: 10.00hrs - 15.00hrs
Phone: + 34 936 22 03 60
Designed by U.S. architect Richard Meier and opened in 1995, the dazzling white structure is the flagship of the ambitious renovation of the Raval district. Inside the museum has
plenty of natural light and ramps for ease of access. Its permanent collection displays only 20th century works and onwards, in harmony with the museum’s mission of transmitting contemporary art through a series of exhibitions and audiovisual activities. Various temporary exhibits augment the main collection.
Hours: Monday - Friday: 11.00hrs to 20.00hrs (excluding Tuesday: Closed) Saturday: 10.00hrs to 20.00hrs Sundays and holidays: 10.00hrs to 15.00hrs; 24 September from 10.00hrs to 20.00hrs
FREE ADMISSION DAYS
– Every Saturday, from 16.00hrs to 20.00hrs
– 24 September (La Mercè)
Phone: + 34 93 412 08 10