Barcelona, Spain's gateway to European culture. Innovative architecture, modern art, smart urban planning that elevates the pedestrians experience with splendid boulevards deeply immerse in the spanish tradition.
Barcelona the city where Picasso found his artistic fuel that launched him towards Paris and world renown. City that gave birth to Mirò and his flamoyant art and where Gaudì started expanding Art Nouveau in art and architecture.
If you enjoy art, Barcelona a city to be visited more than once in a lifetime since there is so much to explore and discover.
But for those who want to experience the city in a weekend, this guide will give you some hints on what to see and where to be.
Picasso Museum (Carrer de Montcada) has the richest collection of the artit's early works (Cubism, Rose Period, Blue Period). Sense the presence of the artist embodied in the city buildings. You will find it fascinating.
Once done, join the friendly crowd gathered at La Vinya del Senyor (Placa de Santa Maria 5) for tapas and a glass of spanish wine while enjoying the view of the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, an elegant and fine detailed church from the mid-14th century. While is this beautiful setting listen affordable classical music concerts held in the church.
Joan Mirò is one of Barcelona most renown exports. Get of at Parc de Joan Mirò travelling by metro and gaze upon his Dona i Ocell, a sculpture commisioned by the city. From here make your way up to Montjuic (or take the funicular from the Paral-el metro stop). Embrace the warm feeling while overlooking on the colorful Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea. The Fundaciò Joan Mirò (Placa de Sant Ui) hold a great collection of Miro's surrealistic work, a must-see.
Now move towards the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC - Parc de Montjuic). The gallery looks like a palace that reigns above the park. Here you may enjoy the Romanesque paintings and early 20th-century art by Rusino, Casas and many other artists that inspired a young Picasso.
By now it should be lunchtime and you're probably starving. Bar Mut (Carrer de Pau Claris) offers casual lunch feasts loved by local people. Steamed herb-infused muscles and canas (beers) are a must amongst the four cheese risotto.
Once fueled up, you are ready to experience Barcelona's most famous monument, the mastodontic Sagrada Familia (Placa de la Sagrada Familia). Consecrated as a basilica in 2010 it's completion should be due in 2026. The one-of-a-kind building has become one of the symbols of the city signed by Gaudì himself.
Don't miss other famous buildings by Gaudì: Casa Battlò (Passeig de Graca) and La Pedrera are equally eye-catching and can't be missed.
Time for some relax. Barcelona has a beatiful beach: Platja de Sant Sebastià, found at the end of la Barceloneta. Cool down your feet in the Mediterranean sea while sipping on a fresh beer and you should be ready for the evening.
Have dinner in one of the many Catalan restaurants. La Fonda Espana in the Hotel Espana (Sant Pau 9-11) is a spectacular place where to dine if you can't decide.
On Sunday head to Parc Guell, Gaudì's mosaic-carpeted gardens located on a hill near Mont Tibidabo. There you'll find probably the most fascinating views of the city before a last goodbye.
Barcelona offers a vibrant experience for all travellers and design-art lovers. There is plenty of discoveries to be found here and you'll sure be amused by your surroundings. A city full of intense life, a gateway open to the past and future.