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One of the most popular and most visited museums in Barcelona
‘There is where it all began… where I understood how far I could go,’ Picasso said of his formative years in Barcelona. His family arrived here just before his 14th birthday; the nine years he was based here, before moving to Paris at 23, were to exert a lifelong influence on his work.
Museu Picasso contains more than 3,500 permanent pieces and a constant stream of high-profile temporary shows. The museum is free on the first Sunday of the month, and it is also free to under-16s and to study groups on Wednesdays.
The original Barcelona beach gained status as the best urban beach in the World, and the neighborhood has been extended to comprise the ports, booming with beach-side bars, cafés and chiringuito seafood restaurants. Barceloneta is both a local and tourist favorite, and you’ll see all kinds of people having fun on the beach, partying or playing beach games all day long. It’s the best place in Barcelona to mix and mingle. There is something for everyone: romantics, families, party-goers…Find out more about Barceloneta
Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) has been the center of Barcelona since Roman times. This neighborhood is one of the most popular destinations in the city, crammed with splendid palaces, Gothic churches, and narrow pedestrian alleys that open up into beautiful squares. Most of the Barri Gòtic is closed to regular traffic, so you’ll be able to enjoy it at a slow pace, and there’s so much to see: historic landmarks, trendy boutiques, art galleries, farmers' markets, cafés and restaurants.Find out more about Barri Gòtic
Eixample boasts some of Barcelona’s finest Modernista buildings, including masterpieces by Gaudí and Puig i Cadafalch: the Sagrada Família and Casa Batlló foremost among them. Eixample’s Quadrat D'Or is home to the city’s best boutiques and their wealthy clients. Aside monumental structures, on Paseo de Gràcia you’ll find the best restaurants in town, touristy and crowded, but authentic, nevertheless. Beware, this is the second most expensive street in Europe, so everything comes at a price.Find out more about Eixample
El Born, part of the greater La Ribera, was once the city’s main trading centre, and one of the richest neighborhoods of Barcelona. El Born is still one of the trendiest and most touristic districts in Ciutat Vella, a hotspot of bars and boutiques housed inside stunning Medieval buildings, with cozy terraces in the summer, when people watching becomes a favorite occupation for both tourists and locals. Attractions include: Santa Maria del Mar, Museu Picasso, and Museu d'Art Precolombí.Find out more about El Born
El Raval, a historic neighborhood of the Ciutat Vella district, is a diverse melting-pot of those on the way up from, and those on the way down to, the bottom of the pile. Particularly in the Upper Raval, art galleries, restaurants and late-night bars are making inroads. The MACBA (the Modern Art Museum of Barcelona) and the CCCB are two major cultural centres that add a different kind of sharpness to El Raval’s traditional edge. La Boqueria, a famous market, is also situated in El Raval.Find out more about El Raval
Gràcia’s most popular attraction is Gaudí’s wonderland, Parc Güell, with its stunning Modernist architecture. Gràcia is far less touristy, compared to El Born, Barri Gotic and El Raval, and thus ideal for those who look for an “off-the-beaten-path” experience. On Carrer Verdi you’ll find many small boutiques where locals like to shop. Last but not least, some of Barcelona’s finest restaurants can be found in Gràcia.Find out more about Gràcia
Les Corts is not that pretty, but is ideal for those traveling on a budget, as accommodation here is far more affordable than what’s offered by hotels in the center of the city. An important financial business district, Les Corts boasts many good restaurants, excellent shopping opportunities, convention centers, and health and fitness facilities. There are a few notable museums as well, and the historic center of Barcelona is a walk away.Find out more about Les Corts
Sants-Montjuïc is marvelous in the spring, especially at Miramar viewpoint, where the rose blooms and fountains create the ideal setting for a romantic date. The most popular attraction in this neighborhood is the Montjuïc Castle, which offers beautiful vistas over the rest of the city. In the summer, Plaça d'Espanya comes alive with music, while locals and tourists alike stroll around, in the quest for the next café. And what would Sants-Montjuïc be without FC Barcelona?Find out more about Sants-Montjuïc
Despite many modern structures, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi still retains a certain old charm, and a village atmosphere, reminding of what Barcelona used to be like before the tourist boom. Visit Galvany market for an authentic shopping experience, or go to Tibidabo’s amusement park, the oldest in Barcelona, to enjoy the good old fair times. Last but not least, make a stop on the road to Sant Cugat to enjoy stunning views of Barcelona.Find out more about Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
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