Sightseeing guide for Barcelona
The Picasso Museum appropriately houses rare early works from the artist while highlighting his relationship with the city. the precision and realistic representation in Picasso's early drawings have nothing to do with his signature Cubist forms. Nevertheless, the Blue Period and the Las Meninas series, a reinterpretation of Velazquez's masterpiece held in Madrid's Prado Museum.
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
The MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) is more than just a museum: it's a hub of Barcelona's culture, with frequent seminars, film series, exhibitions and concerts. Even the permanent collection is constantly changing. Works by famous artists like Alexander Calder and Paul Klee or Catalan and Spanish artists such as Antoni Tapies, Miquel Barcelo and Susana Solano are displayed in this museum.
MNAC Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) housed at the foot of Montjuic in the majestic Palau Nacional is the best place to admire modern art in Barcelona. Renowned for its highly unique Romanesque collection, the MNAC holds one of the most impressive collections of early medieval art in Europe. The MNAC's rich regional collection also signals how advanced Barcelona's culture was in comparison to the rest of Spain.
Fundacio Joan Miro
The Joan Miro Foundation houses the most impressive collection of the works of this artist. From tapestries to a serene sculpture garden, you'll observe Miro's interest in the diversity of colours, materials and forms.
FC Barcelona Football Museum
The FC Barcelona Football Museum (Museu del Futbol Club Barcelona) situated within the Camp Nou complex, is one of Barcelona's most visited attractions. It provides a comprehensive history of the team.
Antoni Gaudi and other modernistas
Antoni Gaudi is the most famous architect of modern constructions in Spain and along with Lluis Domenech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch are the main reasons of the new look of Barcelona and its innovative, new decorated buildings.
La Sagrada Familia
Antoni Gaudi was an extremely devoted Catholic, especially during the last years of his life. This church was his last obsession. Gaudi died in 1926; the temple remains an unfinished masterpiece. Construction resumed in the 1950's and continues to this day.
Another one of Gaudi's most visited buildings, "The Quarry", also houses the Caixa Catalunya Cultural Center.
This fine building by Domenech i Montaner holds works by one of the region's most beloved artists, Antoni Tapies.
La Manzana de Discorida
The "Block/Apple of Discord" ("manzana" has two meanings in Spanish), contains a trio of houses by the 3 most important modern architects like Antoni Gaudi, Puig i Cadafalch and Domenech i Montaner. Strolling down this section of the Passeig de Gracia is a great way to explore the different styles of the modernists depending on their personality. Casa Battlo, designed by Gaudi is owned by the Chupa Chups lollipop family.