Spain's cosmopolitan second city, Barcelona, is awash with heritage and its mood is infused with a vibrant Catalan spirit. There's something around every corner of the city: jewels of Catalan and contemporary architecture, relaxing parks and beaches, mouth-watering markets and treasures from its Roman and Medieval past.
Barcelona's 2000-year-old city walls, temple columns and subterranean stone corridors provide a glimpse back to the time of the Romans, while the shady plazas and lanes of the Gothic quarter, and Barcelona’s Old Town district, the Ciutat Vella, reveal the origins of its medieval culture.[ReadMoreMob]
The city is famous for an incredible array of UNESCO-listed buildings from world-renowned architect Antoni Gaudi. His sculptural masterpieces of Modernisme are dotted across the city. La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona’s Gaudi-designed Roman Catholic Church – is the most famous [ReadMoreDesk] landmark. With its astonishing details and stunning facades, this unique work of art is one of Europe’s most visited sites.
Barcelona has inspired many artists, including Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso, whose works feature in numerous museums and galleries. Away from the city centre, sun-drenched, Iberian beaches are the perfect place to walk, bike ride, take a refreshing dip, or merely relax and enjoy the gorgeous Mediterranean coastline.
La Sagrada Familia & Park Güell Gaudi
Designed by Antoni Gaudí over 100 years ago, the temple of La Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family) – known as the unfinished cathedral – is still under construction today. The stunning church is Barcelona’s most famous landmark, with over 2.8 million visitors coming to admire, and be captivated by its beauty each year. Within all aspects of the church are the elements of religious symbolism and the spectacular exterior and interior make La Sagrada Familia an unmissable visit.
Originally planned to be a residential property development with Gaudí doing a lot of the planning, Park Güell ended up having only two houses being built on site, with Gaudí turning his hand to the rest of the area to create the most unique of landscapes.
Las Ramblas is Barcelona’s most famous street and is a bustling hive of activity. It is situated just off Plaça Catalunya, leading down towards the port and the beach, and during a walk along Las Ramblas you will discover street performers, bars and restaurants and the fantastic Boquería Market – a feast for the senses.
Cruises to Barcelona
Discovering Spain and the Balearics • S2121
- Experience Spain at its quintessential best
- Be captivated by cities such as Barcelona and Valencia
- Discover the delights of two Balearic Islands too
French Riviera & Monaco Grand Prix • T2211
- Experience the Monaco Grand Prix
- Explore the glitzy French towns of Cannes & Bandol
- Visit Spanish towns of Barcelona & Alicante
Discover Spanish Traditions • S2225
- Visit the stunning Alhambra Palace
- Experience Tapas & Flåmenco in Andalusia
- Discover the origins of Paella in Valencia