Prepare to discover a variety of monuments in Barcelona that will impress you. Depending on how long you have to visit the city, it is possible that you will lack time to see them all; but without a doubt there is something that you cannot miss, and that is to visit the modernist buildings with the signature of Gaudí.
La Sagrada Familia
Calle Mallorca 401, 08034, Barcelona
The Basilica of la Sagrada Familia, consecrated by the Pope in 2011, is the most important building and one with the most symbolic and religious value representing the city of Barcelona. It is a Bible in stone that best shows the design and construction by Antoni Gaudí.
The church has always been expiatory, it is still under construction and it could be completed during the first third of the 21st Century. The facade of the Nativity and the crypt were declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO in 2005.
Services: Shops, guided visits, audio guides, wheelchair access, lost & found, lift up to the tower, exhibitions and activities.
Opening Hours: 0909:00 - 18:00 (Oct -Mar) 09:00 - 20:00 (Apr - Sep); 25th and 26th December, 1st and 6th January: 9:00 - 14:00.
How do I get to La Sagrada Familia basilica?
Metro: Sagrada Familia (L5 & L2). Bicycle lane.
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C. Provença 261-265, 08008 Barcelona
In Barcelona, La Pedrera, also known as “la casa Milà” is an impressive building located on the street known as Paseo de Gracia. It is a building of flats with original shapes, designed by architect Gaudí using a modernism style. Its shapes and exterior appearance remind you of a pile of stones with undulating forms. Because of this fact, it has had many interpretations: the waves of the sea, the shawl of the Virgin, a sacred mountain… come and see what you think.
We recommend that you discover the house and learn about the brilliant ideas of Gaudí from the interior of this impressive building. You must not miss the upper terrace where you will be fascinated by the shapes and textures as well as the impressive views from the rooftop.
How do I get to La Pedrera?
Metro: Diagonal (L5 & L3)
Bus: 7, 16, 17, 22, 24 & 28
La Casa Batlló
La Casa Batlló, is another of the impressive buildings in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, also located on the Paseo de Gracia (street).
It is another building boasting the characteristics of Gaudí modernism, built for Josep Batlló, a wealthy aristocrat, and the house where the Batlló family lived on the two lower floors.
Undoubtedly, the facade is the main curiosity of the Casa Battló, due to its designs and shapes which are all characteristics of modernism by Gaudí. The shapes remind you of skulls and cross-bones inspired by marine life. Have you noticed that all the windows are different?
We recommend a visit to the interior of the Casa, to discover the details, both large and small details that Gaudí incorporated: for example, the size of the windows. Each window is different so that the light uniformly penetrates into each room. Audio guides are available to provide you information about each one of the rooms.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 9.00 am to 8:00 pm.
How do I get there?
Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (L3, L2 & L4). La Casa Batlló is 30 seconds from the metro stop. Take the exit: Aragó-Rambla Catalunya.
Bus: Bus Turístic (Tour Bus) stop, and lines 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28
Train – RENFE: Estación Paseo de Gracia station.
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Magic Fountain of Montjuic
An attraction that is totally free of charge, and that is well worth visiting, as it is only a 5 minutes walk from the Hotel, on the same grounds as the Fira de Barcelona (Fair grounds).
The “Fuente Mágica de Montjuic” (Magic Fountain of Montjuic) is a very popular attraction both for tourists and citizens of Barcelona.
We propose that you come and relax in the rest areas beside the fountains after a long day sightseeing around Barcelona. Come to enjoy the magic show of light, music and water of the Fountains of Montjuic! Depending on the time of the year, you will be moved by the couple that is formed by the show, the Magic Fountain of Monjuic and the fantastic sunset in the Barcelona sky.
The Shows are at night but the hour varies depending on the time of the year. We recommend that you reserve your place around 9 pm, as the area will fill with visitors who occupy the best places to watch the show.
The Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter
The Ramblas is a long boulevard that runs from its northernmost point: in the Plaza Catalunya (square) to its southernmost point in the Puerto de Barcelona (Port). It crossed two well-known neighbourhoods in the city of Barcelona: El Barrio Gótico (The Gothic quarter) and El Raval.
The Gothic Quarter is the ancient city centre or Medieval Centre of the city, an authentic labyrinth of small streets that hide the Cathedral of Barcelona, The Plaza Real, the statue of Columbus, the Ramblas and an endless number of businesses, shops and restaurants for every taste.
Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell
Carrer D'Olot, Barrio Vallcarca.
Park Güell was built on the high part of Barcelona, under the responsibility of Eusebu Güell, who asked Gaudí to design an exclusive park for the aristocracy of Barcelona.
The entrance to Park Güell is guarded by the Gaudí Dragon, a statue adorned with beautiful coloured ceramics that give it the touch of magic and fantasy, a characteristic of the architect's sculptures.
The whole park is made up of structures, columns, walls and fascinating buildings in irregular shapes and with natural effects. A visit to Park Güell is something you cannot miss; we invite you to spend a whole morning or afternoon walking the lanes of the park and enjoying the wonderful view of Barcelona from the terrace located at the highest point, decorated with coloured ceramics that you will fall in love with.
Park Güell also contains a small house where Antoni Gaudí lived. The house has been transformed into a museum and contains interesting furniture designed by Gaudí, a small exhibit that will not leave you indifferent.
Opening Hours: Every day from 10 am to 6 pm in winter and until 9 pm in summer.
How do I get to Park Güell?
Metro: Lesseps (L3), Vallcarca (L3). When you come out of the metro you will see signs.
A visit to the Barcelona Zoo is a one that you cannot miss if you have come to Barcelona with children. They will love watching the more than 325 species that live in the Barcelona Zoo and enjoy the dolphin exhibition.
How do I get there?
Metro: Ciutadella – Vila Olímpica (L4) or Arc de Troimf (L1).
Train RENFE: Arc de Triomf or Estación de França.
Buses: 14, 17, 36, 39, 40, 41, 45, 51, 57, 59, 100, 141 & 157.