The Cultural Highlights of Barcelona

Samantha Lister from shares some expert advice on the cultural highlights of Barcelona.

The second largest city in Spain, Barcelona is a cultural gem that has much to offer you if you venture there on a short break or a longer holiday. One of the first things that will strike you about Barcelona is its magnificent architecture. The city boasts numerous artistic influences across many historical periods, including Gaudi and Picasso.

The Barri Gothic, close to the La Rambla, the hub of Barcelona, is one of the best places to experience the striking medieval Gothic buildings that the city has to offer. Dating back to the 14th and 15th century, many of Spain’s greatest Gothic buildings are around the Placa de Sant Jaunme, a spacious square where a busy market can also be found.

Spain is particularly famous as the birthplace of one of the world’s greatest architects, Antoni Gaudi. When visiting Barcelona, not to be missed is Gaudi’s monumental La Sagrada Familia; a magnificent cathedral which unfortunately Gaudi was unable to complete before he died. La Sagrada Familia is another fine example of Gothic and Baroque architecture, with an impressive bell tower and prominent spires stretching to the skyline. Inside the interior is awe-inspiring, boasting outstanding artwork and the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Plan a visit to the Gaudi Museum if you are interested in seeing more of Gaudi’s unique work. This famous pink building in Barcelona displays unique furniture designed by Gaudi, as well as drawings, portraits and examples of his architecture. This is a truly extraordinary experience, full of intrigue and surprise as you uncover Gaudi’s creations.

The work of Gaudi is just an insight into the many cultural wonders that Barcelona has to offer. If you are planning a trip to this cosmopolitan city, you are sure to be greatly entertained and will take back many long-lasting memories and amazing photographs to treasure.

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