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Top Choice Church in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

La Sagrada Família

If you have time for only one sightseeing outing, this should be it. La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the medieval cathedrals it emulates, it’s still under construction …
Top Choice Park in Gràcia & Park Güell

Park Güell

North of Gràcia and about 4km from Plaça de Catalunya, Park Güell is where Gaudí turned his hand to landscape gardening. It’s a strange, enchanting place where his passion for natural forms really took flight – to t…
Top Choice Architecture in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

La Pedrera

This undulating beast is another madcap Gaudí masterpiece, built in 1905–10 as a combined apartment and office block. Formally called Casa Milà, after the businessman who commissioned it, it is better known as La Pe…
Top Choice Architecture in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Casa Batlló

One of the strangest residential buildings in Europe, this is Gaudí at his hallucinatory best. The facade, sprinkled with bits of blue, mauve and green tiles and studded with wave-shaped window frames and balconies,…
Top Choice Modern European in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Disfrutar

In its first few months of life, Disfrutar rose stratospherically to become the city's finest restaurant – book now while it's still possible to get a table. Run by alumni of Ferran Adrià's game-changing El Bulli re…
Top Choice Cathedral in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

La Catedral

Barcelona’s central place of worship presents a magnificent image. The richly decorated main facade, laced with gargoyles and the stone intricacies you would expect of northern European Gothic, sets it quite apart f…
Top Choice Museum in La Ribera

Museu Picasso

The setting alone, in five contiguous medieval stone mansions, makes the Museu Picasso unique (and worth the probable queues). The pretty courtyards, galleries and staircases preserved in the first three of these bu…
Top Choice Museum in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

From across the city, the bombastic neobaroque silhouette of the Palau Nacional can be seen on the slopes of Montjuïc. Built for the 1929 World Exhibition and restored in 2005, it houses a vast collection of mostly …
Top Choice Museum in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Museu d'Història de Barcelona

One of Barcelona's most fascinating museums takes you back through the centuries to the very foundations of Roman Barcino. You'll stroll over ruins of the old streets, sewers, laundries and wine- and fish-making fac…
Top Choice Museum in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Fundació Joan Miró

Joan Miró, the city’s best-known 20th-century artistic progeny, bequeathed this art foundation to his hometown in 1971. Its light-filled buildings, designed by close friend and architect Josep Lluís Sert (who also b…