Go on a trip to Barcelona
Capital of the Catalonia , Barcelona is a city that shines as much for its cultural life and architectural heritage as for the atmosphere. No wonder that every year millions of tourists come to visit it. Start by walking along Las Ramblas, a busy and unmissable artery. From there, take a tour to the beautiful and colorful Boqueria Market. Lose yourself in the alleys of the medieval and historic part of the city, Barri Gotic . You will be captivated by the modernist master Gaudi’s works, the Sagrada Familia basilica, and above all the magnificent Parc Güell .
Tour guides in Barcelona
Five ideas for guided tours in Barcelona
Descend La Rambla and stroll to La Boqueria
Main avenue of Barcelona, La rambla goes from the Plaça Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus statue , on the seafront. In the middle, a large pedestrian street, and two roads that run along it. You will find there everything that makes the effervescence of the city: bars, restaurants, kiosks, stores of all kinds, and you will cross many, many people. In the middle of Las Ramblas , you will discover the magnificent Boqueria food market. This market is the liveliest in Barcelona, with more than 200 stands of fresh produce, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Stop at the tapas bars to taste typical Catalan food, but try to enjoy the place without spending your time taking pictures, and come out without really feeling the place! Not to be missed under any circumstances.
The Parc Güell is a museum garden that was built from 1900 to 1904. It is the great masterpiece by the master Antoni Gaudí. The sculptor realized his most beautiful natural works using the Collserola hills. Everything is designed to be in harmony with the landscape. Fountains, columns and pillars are an extension of the trees or the perspective. The arches look like real lace, and the beauty of the mosaics will transport you. The colors and shapes are completely combined with all the structures, which play on the curves of the natural elements of the park, such as the twisted bench of Trencado, or the beautiful fountain in the shape of a salamander.
Together with La Pedrera, the magnificent Casa Batlló is the other building designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí on the main avenue Passeig de Gràcia, in Barcelona. The house has an exceptional green, blue and orange colored facade, which is reflected by the sea, and it is one of the most visited places in the Catalan capital. Originally built in the 19th century, it was at the request of the wealthy businessman Josep Batlló, working in the textile industry, that Gaudi in 1906 designed a building with rich forms and harmonies, with a very special style, which went completely against all the constructions in the city. This is notably the case of its roof with its plunging staircases, as well as its human-shaped chimneys.
For a great breath of fresh air, and also a magnificent panorama of the city, nothing better than the hill of Montjuïc . To get there, you can either be brave and climb up by foot or take the funicular that connects the castle. At the top, there are many green areas, but also the sumptuous National Palace , built in 1928 for the World Exhibition. Today it is the museum of all Catalan art. There is also the famous and magical fountain, which has been offering a water and light show for 80 years. There is also a place of great beauty: the botanical garden, proud of its more than 2000 different plants.
The Barrio Gótico is the oldest district of Barcelona. It is located in the area Ciutat Vella, in the center of the city. Its architectural atmosphere has all the wonders of the medieval era. The immense pleasure is to get lost in the maze of narrow, winding streets, where you can take a real trip back in time, discovering churches and palaces. You can always make discoveries by looking up, and it is very pleasant to sit on a terrace or on a beautiful little square, such as the magnificent Place Reial. The Barrio Gotico is the historical center of the city, and it will be a real adventure to accompany you through this maze of alleys, accompanied by a Barcelona tour guide, who will tell you the history of these emblematic places.