Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and the country’s 2nd largest city, with a population of 1.6 million. The city, located on the north-eastern coast of Spain, offers exceptional architectural wonders, the likes of “La Sagrada Familia” church, an epic work of art, designed by the famous Antoni Gaudi. This vibrant city, full of life offers, the city buzz, luxurious lifestyle and cultural greatness that all great cities offer, combined with the perfect Mediterranean beach holiday dream by the Mediterranean Sea.
As the capital of Catalonia, citizens of Barcelona speak Catalan as their mother tongue language and most are perfectly bilingual, fluent in Spanish as well.
Luxury Car Rental Club Staff #1 Choices are the following attractions in Barcelona.
1. La Sagrada Familia
At the top of our list is the world renowned “Sagrada Familia”, an unfinished intricately designed Catholic church, dominating its surroundings right in the centre of Barcelona. This one of a kind architectural masterpiece is Barcelona’s most famous and most visited tourist attraction. This unfinished basilica is one of the most famous architectural wonders of the world and hosts over 3 million visitors every year. It was designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi over 100 years ago. Construction began in 1882. At the time, the surrounding area, unlike today, was never ending fields with goats. The grand interior was finally completed in 2012 and is now open to the public. The exterior however, is still in process of being built, with over one third left to completion. Only 8 of the 18 spires are fully constructed. In memory of Gaudi and to celebrate his hundredth anniversary, the completion of the Sagrada Familia is planned for 2026. Gaudi was quoted once saying: “My client is not in a hurry!” knowing only too well, this ambitious project of his was going to take a very long time to complete. Gaudi died in 1926 after being hit by a tram. At the time of his unexpected death, only the nativity façade was completed.
2. The Magic Fountain of Montjuic
The Magic Fountain is a music and light show as never experienced anywhere else. It uplifts you into a dreamlike environment of beauty and fantasy with its wonderful tunes and spectacular light show and water splashes. It is like magic unfolding before your eyes. There are no words to truly describe the beauty and the awe of this unique water, light and sound show. The only way to understand its wonder, is to see for yourself. The Magic fountain was built in 1929 as one of the main attractions for the Barcelona World Fair. To this day, the Font Magica is still one of the most famous attractions in Barcelona, drawing over 2.5 million visitors annually.
3. FC Barcelona Museum & Camp Nou Stadium
For those of you who are football lovers, The FC Barcelona and the Camp Nou Stadium is one not to be missed. The Camp Nou is one of the biggest football camps in the world and the biggest in Europe. Its current capacity is just under 99,000. It has been home to Barça (FC BARCELONA) since 1957 and there are plans to expand its capacity in the near future. Inevitably the best way to experience this grandiose football stadium is to go and watch Barça play a home match.
However if during your stay, that is not an option, then the museum is well worth seeing. It holds memorabilia and fascinating history from its very beginnings. Plus, for those who are football fanatics and care to have the original gear at a reduced price, The Camp Nou holds Europe’s biggest Nike store, filled with Barça merchandise.
4. Barrio Gotico
The Barrio Gotico which translated means: “gothic quarter” is essentially the medieval part of Barcelona. The Barrio began to develop around the old Roman town of Barcino, the oldest part of Barcelona. This particular area of the city is charming in its architecture, bringing you back into time, almost like being in a movie. It is surreal as it stands, with many striking churches, plazas, markets and museums. Remains of the ancient Roman walls are intricately woven into this ancient quarter, reminiscing its deep imbedded history. One should take the opportunity to visit the “Museu d’Història de la Ciutat” where you can enjoy the beauty of what’s left of some ancient Roman homes and streets.
5. Parc Guelli
Parc Guelli, another outstanding architectural ingenuity by Antoni Gaudi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is located on Carmell Hill and offers an absolutely remarkable scenery of artistic originality and a fantastic view of Barcelona from the tops. Originally, the idea behind this park, was to build and luxurious residential area, very private to include no more than 60 villas within its own private garden, overlooking the city. However, this commercial venture fell through and in 1923 the park was donated to Barcelona´s city council for as a public park. No other park in the world depicts artwork of such the creativity and ingenuity. It is most unique and clearly a signature attraction of Barcelona.
6. The Modernist Movement Constructions
An interesting architectural and cultural movement was created in Barcelona and Catalonia from 1888 to 1911 mainly driven by the most famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, which has left unique landmark across the city of Barcelona. These buildings are built in the most unusual way, depicting a sense of surrealism that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. It is without a doubt, Barcelona’s leading trademark: its unique architectural masterpieces. The main modernist architectural buildings that Luxury Car Rental Club Staff have selected for you are the following: “Illa de la Discòrdia” – the “Block of Discord” located on Passeig de Gracia. In this particular block, there are three fantastic sites: “Casa Amatller” designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, “Casa Batlló” by Antoni Gaudi and “Casa Lleó-Morera.” Then we have “Casa Mila” which is Gaudi’s most famous edifice, situated a little further up the street. During the summer months, the rooftop terrace of this particular building is host to some excellent jazz concerts under the Barcelona moonlight. Then we have Casa Batllo, which hosts some fantastic concerts in its lovely courtyard. Finally, located by Las Ramblas, one of Barcelona’s most famous boulevards is “Palau Guelli” also designed by Antoni Gaudi. At the same time, it gives you the opportunity to take in the Barcelonan spirit by walking Las Ramblas. These buildings and homes are actual museums of unrivalled architecture and creativity that can only be found in Barcelona, a city of culture, art ingenuity and incomparable lifestyle.