Landmark / Plaza
Reviewed by sam s.
"My Take: Gracia was originally a separate city from Barcelona. Plaça de la Vila de Gracia, which was originally named Plaça Rius i Taulet, was built w ..." more
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Plaza / Landmark
Reviewed by sam s.
"My Take: Not to be confused with the buzzing Plaça Reial, Plaça del Rei, or King’s Square, is a quiet and pensive plaza tucked away in Barri Gótic and ..." more
Plaça del Rei
Landmark / Nightlife Area
Party Earth Review Calmer and more sophisticated than the likes of Plaça Reial or Port Olimpic, Passeig del Born is the central square of the Born district and yet another hub of Barcelona nightlife – but this one boasts the highest concentration of bars in the city. Once the site of medieval jousting tournaments, the rectangular area is ... more
Passeig del Born
Whether you believe the city was founded by the mythical Hercules or perhaps more historically accurate by the Cartaginians, Barcelona has had plenty of time to accrue impressive landmarks.
As is consistent with many other major European cities, Barcelona has plenty of Medieval historical sites to offer tourists with the most notable being the towering Barcelona Cathedral. What separates Barcelona from those other places is the embrace of a 19th and 20th century artistic movement that resulted in the seamless juxtaposition of two equally impressive yet clearly distinct artistic time-periods.
The driving force behind the Art Nouveau artistic scene was the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. His crown jewel, the Sagrada Familia cathedral, remains unfinished to this day but still attracts hordes of tourists eager to see what is perhaps the most unique cathedral in all of Europe. In addition to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí has littered the streets of Barcelona with his unmistakable style of architecture, most notably on Passieg de Gracia.
As well as Gaudí’s work, there are many more major landmarks in Barcelona including Montjuic; a hill above the city that boasts numerous attractions including a 17th century fortress precariously perched over the sea.
Set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean, the city’s array of cathedrals, plazas, and individual artistic achievements have combined to produce the many landmarks that help make Barcelona the pride of Catalonia that it is today.