What to see in Barcelona

What to see in Barcelona

The Boqueria Market

Fruit stall in the Boqueria, one of Barcelona's many wonderful sights...

Boqueria Market

The Boqueria market is one of Barcelona's many fascinating places in which just to mooch about. Of course, if you want to do some serious cooking, it's also the place to go look for that missing ingredient. For exotic foodstuffs, one of the best places to look.

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona cathedral side streetBegun in 1298, the cathedral is prime of example of Catalan Gothic architecture, though inevitably not as spectacular as the Sagrada Familia.

The site has interesting sections on the cathedral's architecture, as well as a section on some of its (and Barcelona's!) curious traditions.

The cathedral itself is worth a visit if you are here in Barcelona – as is getting to know the area of quiet backstreets around it (see picture, left).

See also
Wikipedia Barcelona cathedral

There are two other wonderful Catalan Gothic churches in Barcelona: Santa Maria del Pi (literally, "of the pine tree") and the particularly lovely Santa Maria del Mar, which is the focus of the best selling novel by Ildefonso Falcones, La catedral del mar.

Liceu Opera House

With room for an audience of nearly 2,300, Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu Operaaaa (sorry, typo!) House is one of the largest opera auditoriums in the world.

The site gives a reasonable impression of what is a pretty impressive place, grandly rebuilt following the 1994 fire (which conveniently allowed them to make it even bigger). A performance at the Liceu (check the calendar) is on your must-do list if you're coming to Barcelona and are at all a culture freak.

Magic fountains of Montjuic

Magic FountainsDesigned for the Universal Exhibition of 1929, the Magic Fountains of Montjuic (just up from the Plaza España), is a light, water and music extravagance which you'll either love or think a bit naff. Choose "videos" on the site to make up you mind before traipsing all the way to Montjuich.

Pueblo Español

Spanish village BarcelonaBuilt in 1929 for the occasion of the Barcelona International Exhibition, the Pueblo Español (or Spanish village) brings together some actually quite attractive traditional architecture from all over Spain and stuffs it full of handicraft and souvenir shops and packs the place with concerts and bars that somehow do not seem so tacky on hot summer nights.

Nearby, the CaixaForum art gallery is well worth a visit.

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Liceu Opera House
Boqueria Market
Cathedral
Magic Fountains
Pueblo Español

Elsewhere

The Gaudí monuments are on another page...

And do make sure you see the rest of Barcelona's architecture too!

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