Barcelona Culture Overview

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) - Museum in Barcelona

Barcelona’s culture is unlike any other in Spain, and perhaps Europe. The convergence of 2,000 years of history, a modern day desire to become the capital of an autonomous Catalonian country, and the artistic, musical, and alternative revival of the city’s soul has led to a uniquely individualistic culture that can best be described as Barcelona’s.

It’s normally difficult to get a feel for a city’s culture simply by looking at its architecture and structures. Barcelona is a different story with Antoni Gaudí leading the charge into the 20th century. His famous pieces litter the city and range in size from his first work, lightposts in Plaça Reial, to his unfinished behemoth church, La Sagrada Familia and the distinctive Parc Güell.

For a taste of culture in 21st century Barcelona, one must experience a night out. Beach clubs like Opium Mar and old warehouses turned labyrinthine discotheques like Razzmatazz share the city’s clubbers’ attention on a nightly basis, and with hours that operate until 6am or later, they do it in the city’s famous style.

For a more tranquil taste of what life is like for the Catalans, head to the MACBA in Plaça dels Angels. The Museum of Contemporary Art isn’t just notable as an impressive structure, but as a canvas for the city’s young and alternative skateboarding culture to express themselves and catch some rays at the same time.

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