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Planning a city trip to Barcelona soon? Let the fun start today! Our free travel guide will tell you which sights to see, where the best shopping spots are and which local specialties you should definitely taste. Our guide is also packed with practical information and tips about public transportation, local habits, weather conditions and more.
Please note: due to corona measurements, opening times, prices and other specifics may temporarily be adjusted, while making reservations for visiting some sights might be mandatory.
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1. Sagrada Familia
Until today, people are still working on this church, first activities started in 1882. The prediction at the moment is that the church will be finished in 2026. This spectacular structure has been designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. However, he was not the 1st architect. Initially, Paula del Villar was appointed to design this church but he retired after 1 year and this amazing construction was entrusted to Antoni Gaudi. The highest church tower is estimated to become no less than 170 metres in height!
Despite the fact that the Sagrada Familia is not finished yet, the building was already consecrated in 2010 by Pope Benedictus XVI as basilica.
2. Parc de la Ciutadella
The Parc de la Ciutadella is the biggest park of Barcelona and very popular among the local residents. It has a romantic English garden, beautiful ponds and amazingly decorated gardens. It even has fountains designed by, among others, Gaudí. The park dates from 1888, and previously was a fortress of the then King Felipe V. It is now a haven of peace in an otherwise busy city.
By the way, the national zoo is also located in the park, just as the museum for natural science (museu de ciències naturals)
The Montjuïc is a hill situated between Plaça d’Espanya and the port of Barcelona. The castle of Montjuïc, an 18th-century coastal defence fortress that has also served as a prison, can be found on the top of the hill. These days, it is being used as an exhibition space.
A bit further, you will find the Palau Nacional.
This ‘palace’ was expanded in 2004 to house the enormous collection of the National Art Museum. This expansion was necessary because the collection consists of more than 5,000 pieces of art. When descending the hill, you pass the Fuentes Mágicas – or the magical fountains. A beautiful sound and light show can be enjoyed here every evening. A spectacle for the young and old!