Things to Do in On day in the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is steeped in history and brimming with charm. From its narrow cobbled streets, stunning architecture and historical ornament, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

But, we hear you ask, how many buildings in the Gothic Quarter are actually Gothic? In actual fact, fewer than you would imagine, as many of the buildings in this quarter were built in the 19th and 20th centuries. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that this neighbourhood is one of Barcelona’s most beautiful!

This article is packed with the best tips and things to see in one day in Barcelona’s stunning Gothic Quarter – discover its most historical monuments, hidden-away squares and the history written on its walls.

Things to do in the gothic quarter
Things to Do in the Gothic Quarter

Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia (Barcelona Cathedral)

Plà de la Seu

We’ll start our tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter – previously known as the Cathedral Quarter – at this stunning monument. Built during the 13th and 14th centuries, this is one of the few examples of Catalan Gothic architecture in this area.  Get your tickets online here starting from €9, or visit in the morning before 12:45 or in the evening after 17:30 for free admission.

Eglésia de Santa Maria del Pi

Plaça del Pi

Another truly Gothic gem in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is this stunningly beautiful 14th-century church. Don’t miss its stunning stained glass rose window and its tranquil interior, which often hosts candlelit concerts.

Plaça Sant Felipe Neri

This quaint square in the Gothic Quarter is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a moment of peace. Yet the vestiges of its tragic past are visible on the walls of its Baroque church, which was subject to a horrific attack during the Spanish Civil War in January 1938.

Shopping at Avinguda Portal de l’Àngel

One of Barcelona’s liveliest shopping streets can be found in the Gothic Quarter. Head south from Plaça Catalunya and you can’t miss this commercial hub. With some of the best brands – including Zara, Mango, H&M, Pull&Bear and more – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Plaça Sant Jaume

This square in the Gothic Quarter is home to the Casa de la Ciutat (the City Council) of Barcelona, which despite being built in the 14th century, has a neoclassical façade. It’s open to the public on Sundays from 10am to 2pm and admission is free.

This square is also home to the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya – the seat of the Catalan government – with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance features.

Museu d’Història de Barcelona, MUHBA

Plaça del Rei

Step back in time at the Barcelona History Museum, where you can explore the ruins of the Roman settlement of Barcino. Here you’ll find the remnants of a former fish factory, a bodega, a church and more!

‘The Kiss’ Mural

Plaça d’Isidre Nonell

One of the most photographed spots in Barcelona is in the Gothic Quarter! This unique piece of street art is made up of hundreds of mosaic photo tiles submitted by locals capturing their very own ‘moments of freedom’.

Find more instagrammable spots in the Gothic Quarter and further afield in our article.

El Pont del Bisbe (The Bishop’s Bridge)

Carrer del Bisbe

This narrow cobbled street and bridge is one of the most famous sights in the Gothic Quarter. Despite its appearance, its not even 100 years old, and was built by Joan Rubió – one of Gaudí’s disciples – to join these two buildings.

Plaça Reial

This beautiful square shaded by palm trees was once home to the Caputxins Convent. Today, its stunning architecture overlooks some of the city’s most popular nightlife spots, and you’ll often stumble across street performers and artists in one of the city’s liveliest squares.

Don’t miss the two street lamps in its centre designed by Gaudí himself. If you want to discover more pieces by the master of modernisme, check out our article here.

El Temple d’August

Carrer del Paradís, 10

This Roman temple dedicated to the Emperor Augustus is a hidden gem in the city’s Gothic Quarter. What’s left today are four beautifully preserved columns surrounded by a peaceful courtyard, just behind the cathedral.

So there you have it, our mini guide to Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Don’t forget to check out our apartments in the Gothic Quarter to make sure you don’t miss a thing on your trip to Barcelona.

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Complete Guide to a Romantic Break in Barcelona

A romantic break in Barcelona may not be as iconic as Paris, with its Eiffel tower and French cuisine, but we promise you it will most certainly be as idyllic, if not more!

Think quaint squares tucked away in the Gothic quarter, starlit meals overlooking the city, passionate live music concerts and long afternoon strolls…

A romantic break in Barcelona is the perfect plan to whisk your loved one off their feet and bring even more magic to your relationship. And, what’s more, we’ve created this complete guide to make sure you’re not stuck for ideas when wooing your beau.

Romantic Brea in Barcelona
Romantic Break in Barcelona

Where to Stay on a Romantic Break in Barcelona

At bizFlats we’ve got you covered for your romantic break in Barcelona with our most dreamy apartments, perfect for two people.

The Dandelion apartment is a luxury 1-bedroom apartment ideal for your romantic break in Barcelona. This light-filled rental is perfect for lazy mornings on its sun-drenched terrace and romantic dinners for two in this quaint flat tucked away in a quiet residential area.

The 2-bedroom Neo apartment with a terrace is perfect for couples looking for a spacious place to stay. Boasting tranquillity and peace, this dreamy haven in the heart of the city is within walking distance of the famous Sagrada Familia. You won’t want to leave!

For more idyllic places to stay in Barcelona, discover our top apartments by neighbourhood here.

What to do on a Romantic Break in Barcelona

On your romantic break in Barcelona what better way to impress your partner than a tour of one of Gaudí’s masterpieces? Check out our article for a list of ten of this Catalan architect’s most stunning buildings. Casa Batlló is one of our favourites and its magic nights include a guided tour followed by a rooftop concert and a drink. What could be more romantic?

As dusk settles over the city, why not head to the stunning Montjuïc fountain for an awe-inspiring display of colours, lights and music? Sure to impress, this show takes place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 9 pm and 10 pm. Find more information here.

Another couple-perfect plan for your romantic break in Barcelona is getting lost in the narrow cobbled streets of Barcelona’s beautiful el Born, the city’s trendiest of neighbourhoods. From marvelling at the impressive Santa María del Mar church to spending a lazy afternoon at the Parc de Ciutadella, without a doubt this is one of the most romantic areas of the city.

We’re sure you’ll want to be sure never to forget this romantic break in Barcelona, and what better way to capture it than an instagrammable snap in the city’s most passionate spot? The Kiss in Plaça d’Isidre Nonell is a unique photomosaic made up of shots of “moments of freedom” submitted by locals. Find more picture-perfect spots for selfies of you and your loved one that you’ll treasure forever here.

Where to Relax on a Romantic Break in Barcelona

What could be more romantic and relaxing than a couple’s massage after a long day of sightseeing? Luckily on your romantic break in Barcelona you’ll find an array of truly intimate spaces where calming body and mind side by side has never been so easy.

Aire Ancient Baths Barcelona (Passeig de Picasso, 22) is tucked away inside an 18th century warehouse and the ideal place to unwind surrounded by walls steeped in history. Or why not try something extra special and head to the The Urban Massage in Plaça Urquinaona, close to Plaça Catalunya, with treatment rooms overlooking the city for stunning views.

Where to Eat on a Romantic Break in Barcelona

A romantic break in Barcelona would not be complete without a starlit dinner at the Observatori Fabra (Camí de l’Observatori). This unique experience combining astronomy and haute cuisine makes for a truly unforgettable evening.

Some other of our favourites include Le Cucine Mandarosso (Verdaguer i Callís, 4), an authentic Italian tucked away behind the Palau de la Música, Pepa i Vins (Carrer d’Aribau, 41) serving an impressive selection of local wines in an intimate setting in Eixample, and Osmosis (Carrer d’Aribau, 100) if you fancy splashing out on a delicious tasting menu with wine pairings.

And if you’re looking for something truly authentic, check out our top Catalan restaurants for the best eateries to find local cuisine.

That completes our guide to a romantic break in Barcelona! We hope you’re well and truly loved up!

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10 Best Things to do in Barcelona in April

Spring is finally here, bringing with it a plethora of things to do in Barcelona in April. The clock went forward the last weekend of March, which means lighter evenings and a sensation of waking up after a long winter as we welcome April.

We have to admit, April is a fantastic month for things to do in Barcelona. So make the most of the long days and pleasant climate to explore the city, visit its museums and art galleries, spend a family day out, or even to take a day trip from the city.

We recommend checking the opening times and COVID regulations before planning your trip.

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Sant Jordi – Your guide to April in Barcelona

Things to do in Barcelona in April

1. Family Day at Mobile Week Barcelona, 3 April

Various locations around the city

This 3 April, don’t miss Family Day at Mobile Week Barcelona, brimming with family-friendly activities with Lego, robots and the most exciting latest technologies for all ages. Find out more here (Spanish only).

2. All Those Festival, 2–3 April

Teatre Nacional de Catalunya: Plaça de les Arts, 1, 08013

The All Those Barcelona festival is back in Barcelona at the Teatre Nacional. Enjoy the first weekend of April with live music, dozens of stalls selling artisan goods and the best food from local restaurants. We’ll see you there!

3. The Magritte Machine until 6 June

Caixa Fòrum: Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, 08038

Discover this retrospective exhibition on Belgian artist René Magritte, famous for his faceless portraits. Sixty-five works come together in this excellent example of surreal art.

4. LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil, 28 March – 1 May

Trav. Industrial, 50, 08907 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

Journey to Mexico in this dream-like show that delves into the country’s folklore and traditions. Combining acrobats and visual experiences, you’re sure to be amazed!

5. Day trip to Cadaqués

What better way to enjoy the spring than a day trip to explore the area surrounding your favourite city? Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona and head to the quaint fishing village of Cadaqués, where the artist Dalí himself once lived. Make the most of the off-peak season before this coveted destination welcomes the crowds!

If this day trip doesn’t take you fancy, check out our 8 favourite day trips on our blog for more inspiration.

More things to do in Barcelona in April? Keep reading 😉

6. Sant Jordi – 23 April

One of our favourite days of the year is Sant Jordi. Dubbed as the Catalan Valentine’s Day, this special day sees Barcelona’s streets lined with bookstalls and flower sellers.

Be sure to get your loved one a book and a rose and learn about this tradition inspired by the story of St George and the dragon here.

7. Football. Art. Icons. In that order, 28 March to 28 May

Casa Seat: Pg. de Gràcia, 109, 08008 Barcelona

On the corner of Paseo de Gràcia and Diagonal is CASA SEAT, which welcomes this new exhibition. Bringing together football and art, including illustration, hands-on experiences, and much more, this exhibition promises a different day out for football lovers and at fanatics alike.

8. Handmade Festival, 8–10 April

Fira de Barcelona: Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, s/n, 08004

This festival in Barcelona puts the spotlight on local creators and everything handmade. Find the most meaningful souvenirs or treat yourself to something special, all whilst enjoying live music, food trucks and an array of hands-on activities.

9. Easter Week in Barcelona, 10–18 April

There’s something for everyone at Easter in Barcelona. From the traditional “La Burreta” (donkey) procession on Palm Sunday and solemn masses held on Good Friday in some of the city’s most important churches, to the much-awaited decorated chocolate egg known as “La Mona”.

Consult our Barcelona Calendar 2022 for a list of this year’s public holidays.

10. A stroll in one of Barcelona’s parks

With the spring equinox behind us, we have already started to notice smatterings of green throughout the city, with new buds appearing, blossoms blooming and new colour bringing Barcelona to life.

Why not enjoy nature coming in to bloom with a relaxing stroll at the Labyrinth de Horta maze, the central Parc de la Ciutadella or the city’s botanical gardens in Montjuic? Or take a picnic and make a day of it! We hope you enjoy the 10 best plans in Barcelona in April!

Barcelona Blog – Tips, culture, things to do, restaurants and much more

Our Barcelona Blog is here with the complete guide to one of Europe’s most coveted destinations.

We’ve got you covered for your next visit to this wonderful city, with tips about what to do, where to stay, restaurants, and much more. This guide is curated by locals to ensure your stay is simply unforgettable.

So whether you’re planning a city break, a summer getaway, a business trip or a family holiday, here you’ll find everything you need to know, and in one place!

So, let’s dive in!

Barcelona blog

Barcelona Blog: What to See & Do

We agree that it can be a little overwhelming planning what to see and do in a city that has so much to offer.

Barcelona is steeped in historical heritage. If you’re dying to find out more about the Roman past of Barcino, check out our guide to the city’s old quarter, known as Ciutat Vella.

No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the masterpiece that is the Sagrada Família. Our Barcelona blog boasts tips about your visit (such as booking in advance), the history of the monument and interesting facts that we’re sure you didn’t know. Read on here!

If you’re a Gaudí fiend, why not explore some of this modernism architect’s lesser-known pieces scattered around the city?

If you have 48 hours or less in the city, we recommend you tick off the city’s top 10 attractions including its famous bustling Les Rambles and Camp Nou – the world’s third largest football stadium.

What’s more, we’re in the midst of one of the best times of the year to visit: it’s summer! This Barcelona blog can recommend a plethora of outdoor plans.

Why not hit one of the city’s nine beaches to cool off and top up your tan? Our other favourite outdoor plans include discovering the Montjuic mountain, relaxing in the natural park Collserola and catching some amazing views of the skyline from the Carmel Bunkers.

Finally, if you love wandering the streets of a new city and taking in hidden delights away from the most popular tourist spots, why not explore our Barcelona blog area guides replete with local tips.

Discover the colourful and cultural Raval, the majestic district of Eixample, and the beautiful Born home to the Picasso museum and the Palau de la Música music hall.

Palau de la Música - Things to do in Gothic Quarter
Barcelona Blog – Palau de la Música Catalana

Barcelona Blog: Where to eat

When on holiday, knowing the best places to eat can often be an odyssey. That’s why our Barcelona blog has got you covered!

If fine dining is something you’d like to try, you’re in luck! With an array of Michelin-star restaurants, you’ll find something for all tastes and budgets. What’s more, thanks to recent food trends, many a new veggie spot has popped up in the city. Our Barcelona blog recommends our favourite vegetarian restaurants from its famous Teresa Carles to its family-run L’Hortet.

Our Barcelona blog also recommends you try Catalan cuisine on your visit here. Discover the best places to order pà amb tomàquet (toasted country loaf with garlic and tomato), springtime calçots (grilled long sweet onion) and butifarra amb mongetes (Catalan sausage with white butter beans) here.

With its all-year-round wonderful climate, outdoor eating in Barcelona is one of its best attractions. Whether you fancy a beer and tapas with friends, a long lunch or to unwind with a book and a coffee, the city has many a beautiful terrace where you can pull up a chair and relax. Discover our top 10 Barcelona terraces here.

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Barcelona Blog. La Planxa del Bisbe Resetaurant

Barcelona Blog: Where to stay

When it comes to finding a place to stay, why not check out our Barcelona blog for our guides to the best areas and information about long-term and short-term rentals in the city’s best locations.

Discover our modernist Dandi apartment with a terrace in the opulent district of la Dreta de l’Eixample – only one block away from Passeig de Gràcia. Or in the upcoming LGTBQI-friendly l’Eixample Esquerre – voted the coolest neighbourhood in the world by Time Out – you’ll find the romantic KissMe apartment.

In the heart of the old quarter find our spacious 3-bedroom MACCA apartment a stone’s throw away from La Rambla. Or if peace and quiet is on your mind, our Jollie penthouse boasts a sun-drenched terrace in the residential area of Les Corts.

Find our Barcelona blog complete guide to the city’s best locations, a low-down on each neighbourhood and the best apartments here.

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Ferran Batik Apartment

Barcelona Blog: day trips

Last but not least, Barcelona boasts a prime location perfect for exploring the surrounding region of Catalonia. With sprawling beaches, beautiful mountains and sleepy fishing villages a short journey away, taking a day trip from Barcelona is the perfect complement to your trip.

A few hours from the city lies Cadaqués in the province of Girona. You’ll fall in love with its stunning promenade, whitewashed houses and the cobbled streets of its historic centre.

Another unmissable day trip is to Sitges. Known around the world as a top LGTBQI destination, don’t miss its nightlife, beautiful beaches and museums, all only a 40-minute train journey from the city.

You can discover more of our favourite simple day trips from Barcelona here.


We hope our Barcelona Blog complete guide to the city comes in useful on your next trip! You know where we are.

Day-trip-to-Cadaqués
Cadaqués – Barcelona Blog

10 things to do in Barcelona outside

Finding things to do in Barcelona outside can often be an overwhelming task. With so many options, where do you start?

Look no further! We’ve carefully put together this article with 10 things to do in Barcelona outside so you can make the most of the city and its all-year round mild climate.

The days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner. What better time of year to get out of the house for a breath of fresh air in your favourite city.

This cultural hub has so much to offer when it comes to plans outside: from its sandy beaches and charming squares, to its luscious parks and secret hidden corners, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

We always recommend checking the latest COVID-19 restrictions and opening times before you decide to do any of these outdoor activities, and to follow safe social distancing at all times.

1. Take a walk along Barcelona’s seaside promenade

Barcelona’s coastline offers spectacular views and a wide, spacious promenade to walk along to soak it all in. Alternatively, hit the sand, fill your lungs with the fresh sea air and let the waves of La Barceloneta tickle your toes. If you’re looking for more things to do in Barcelona on the beach, why not grab a pair of roller-skates, a bike or go for a run along this beautiful coastal promenade.

Things to do in Barcelona - Barcelona promenade

2. Visit Colserolla Park and Carretera de les aigües

Collserola park is the biggest metropolitan park in the world – believe it or not, it is 22 times the size of New York’s Central Park. The park can be easily accessed by many forms of public transport (bus, metro and train). Visitors will find many routes that are perfect for both hiking and biking. Keep an eye out for the local flora and fauna, including wild boar!

Visiting Collserola is one of our favourite things to do in Barcelona. Why not make a day of it with the whole family?

Things to do in Barcelona - Collserola Park

3. Discover Montjuïc

Head to Montjuïc and enjoy some fantastic views of Barcelona, the harbour and coastline. This monumental hill is easy to access by cable car and other forms of public transport. Discover the cemetery, the wonderful viewpoints and visit the Montjuic castle. Due to reduced capacity, we recommended checking current restrictions and booking in advance.

Things to do in Barcelona - Discover Montjuic

4. A visit the Joan Brossa Gardens with the entire family

After you’ve taken in the views, another thing to do in Barcelona’s Montjuïc is visiting the Joan Brossa Gardens. It’s at its most beautiful in the springtime, so we recommend visiting in the upcoming months to make sure you catch the flowers in full bloom.

Things to do in Barcelona - Jardins Joan Brossa

5. Getting lost among the streets of the Ciutat Vella

Discovering the hidden corners of Barcelona’s old town is one of the most magical things to do in Barcelona. Wander through its medieval streets and visit many a charming square. Replete with history, we recommend taking in the Neo-gothic architecture of Barcelona cathedral, visiting the hidden Roman columns at the Temple d’August by Plaça Sant Jaume or strolling through Plaça Felip Neri to discover its tragic past.

You can discover more things to in the Ciutat Vella here.

Things to do in Barcelona - ciutat vella

6. Take a photo at the Lover’s Kiss mural

A romantic outdoor plan in Barcelona is seeking out the famous Lover’s Kiss. This unique mural is comprised of 4,000 photos of Barcelona locals to create a romantic mosaic in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. Make sure to take a photo here with your loved one!

Kiss mural - barcelona

7. Take a stroll through the streets of Gràcia

Also top on our list of things to do in Barcelona is wandering the streets of Gràcia – an area to the north of the city. This quaint neighbourhood used to be a village and still retains its traditional charm. Visit the squares Plaça de la Vila with its grand clock tower and Plaça de la Virreina with its magnificent church. Also, discover many an artisan boutique, specialty coffee shop and local restaurant (subject to current restrictions).

Read more about why we love Gràcia so much here.

Gràcia streets

8. Get lost in the Parc del Laberint d’Horta

A charming maze can be found in the Horta-Guinardó district of Barcelona in this 18th century park. Head here to enjoy utter peace and quiet amongst the towering cypress trees. Perfect for all ages to disconnect from the buzz of the city. If you’re looking for more parks to visit in Barcelona, read on in our article here.

Laberint dhorta barcelona

9. Discover a piece of Gaudí at Park Güell

Park Güell is one of the most known works of Gaudí in Barcelona. Although you need to pay to access the Gaudí monument, you can visit the park and surrounding areas free of charge to discover this piece of green in the city.

Park Guell surroundings

10. Take in the views from the Bunkers del Carmel

In the past few years, a visit to the Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint has become one of the top things to do in Barcelona. Why not discover these fantastic views for yourself?

Bunkers del carmel barcelona

What’s your favourite thing to do in Barcelona outside? Let us know!

Complete guide to Eixample Barcelona

One of Barcelona’s largest and most emblematic neighbourhoods, the Eixample is found in the very heart of the city. 

Pronounced “ay-sham-pluh” , its name can roughly be translated as “expansion or extension”. Read on to learn more about this iconic and unique area of Barcelona.

The History of Eixample Barcelona

The newest part of the city stretches north of Plaça de Catalunya and to either side of Passeig de Gràcia in six exclusively diverse areas. The most well known of these areas are referred to as Eixample Esquerra and Dreta de l’Eixample located to the left and right of Passeig de Gràcia as their names respectively indicate.

In the mid 19thcentury, the Catalan architect Ildefons Cerdà was chosen to extend the city beyond its medieval walls. His plan extended the city to the surrounding small towns and villages (including Gràcia and Les Corts). This was due to the impact of the Industrial Revolution and Barcelona’s increasing need for more space and sanitation, given its rising population. 

Cerdà’s architectural vision took great inspiration from straight lines and geometric shapes. If you have visited Eixample Barcelona before, you are sure to have noticed its uniform grid layout and distribution in blocks. 

What’s more, at the intersection of each of its roads, you’ll find the iconic “chaflán”. The architect in charge of the expansion project opted to remove the typical right-angled corners from his plan in order to allow for a place for horse and carriages to park, to ease movement, and allow for better visibility at crossings.

For this reason, it’s very hard to get lost in the Eixample Barcelona and it’s very easy to find places. Keep reading to discover what to see and do in this fantastic district that has something for everyone.

Eixample Barcelona

What to visit in Eixample Barcelona

Now home to the city’s mot renowned sights, luxury boutiques and exclusive stores, plus an array of stylish restaurants and bars, Eixample Barcelona is an unmissable district on your visit to Barcelona.

Architecture

Traditionally where the residences of many Catalan bourgeois were located, Eixample Barcelona is synonymous with modernist and neoclassic architecture. 

The best way to explore this district is on foot – look up and you’ll be amazed by its towering façades, glorious buildings in an array of colours and intricately designed balconies and terraces. Look down and you’ll spot Barcelona’s famous flower etched into the pavement below your feet.

Eixample Barcelona is also home to Gaudí’s most famous works. La Pedrera and Casa Batlló can be found on Passeig de Gràcia in walking distance of one another. What’s more, Avinguda Gaudí (one of the few streets in Eixample Barcelona that doesn’t follow the grid layout) joins the Hospital de Sant Pau and Gaudí’s masterpiece: the Sagrada Família. Read more about this epic monument in our article here

Shopping

Take a stroll down Passeig de Gràcia and La Rambla for a luxury shopping experience. Here you’ll find international and local designer boutiques including Adolfo Dominguez, Chanel, Loro Piano, MaxMara and Louis Vuitton. Also located in this area are some of Europe’s largest stores of well-known high street brands such as Zara, Mango and H&M.

What’s more, Eixample Barcelona is teeming with bookshops, artisan boutiques, florists and markets. 

Eixample Barcelona - Passeig de Gràcia
Passeig de Gràcia

Culture and art

For lovers of art galleries and museums, located in Eixample are the Fundació Antoni Tàpies dedicated to the local artist, the Egyptian museum of Barcelona, and the Fundació Mapfre with various temporary collections of modern art and photography.

You’ll be thrilled to know that the Eixample district doesn’t end here! We thoroughly recommend exploring the other districts within Eixample Barcelona. 

Sant Antoni, located to the left of Raval, is famous for its newly renovated market, its numerous bars and cafés and traditional bodega-style restaurants. Head here during the weekend to take in its buzzing, lively atmosphere where locals and tourists alike come to let off some steam.

EIXAMPLE -THE NEW MERCAT DE SANT ANTONI

Whether you’re discovering Eixample Barcelona for the first time or exploring its streets on your second of third visit, you’re sure to be inspired by its legacy.  Eixample Barcelona has it all, from stunning examples of Catalan architecture, a cosmopolitan vibe and the best of international fashion. We hope to see you there soon!

6 ways to enjoy the culture of Barcelona from your home

Enjoy the culture of Barcelona from your home: Although life as we know it has changed these past two weeks, you don’t have to forgo the wonderful cultural proposals that Barcelona has on offer.

From virtual museum visits, talks, shows, concerts and more, we’ve put together this list that will lift your spirits and ensure Barcelona’s cultural soul stays strong during this time.

So, this evening instead of watching another Netflix series, why not gather together with your family or housemates, and check out some of the Catalan’s capitals brilliant cultural experiences from the comfort of your sofa. 

Virtual visits to museums

Despite the city’s museums having closed their doors during this period of confinement, you can still explore their corners with these virtual visits. From the Picasso Museum, the Barcelona Museum of Design, the Catalonia National Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and much more, pick your favourite and get lost in their diverse collections. Here you’ll find a list we’ve put together with links to access the virtual visits.

Virtual visits to museums - Culture of Barcelona
Virtual visits to museums – Culture of Barcelona

Barcelona e-library

The libraries of Barcelona have opened their shelves to the public during this extraordinary time to share their collections online. There are more than 100,000 titles available in Catalan, Spanish, English, French and German that you can lend virtually. Enjoy e-books, magazines, films, audiobook, documentaries and much more with your Catalan library card. Find out more here.

Barcelona Elibrary - Culture of Barcelona
Barcelona Elibrary – Culture of Barcelona

VIDA Festival live

If you’re like us, you’re already thinking about those long summer nights and outdoor festivals. We recommend checking out the “Vida at Home” cycle of concerts. The festival – which is scheduled to be held in Vilanova i la Geltrú this July – will be streaming live performances every day this week at 19h on their Instagram page. Enjoy acts from Ferran Palau, Enric Montefusco, The New Raemon, Núria Graham, and many more. 

Vida Festival Live - Culture of Barcelona
Vida Festival Live – Culture of Barcelona

Virtual Gaudí

If you were planning a trip to Barcelona and are craving the city’s masterpieces, here we have your Gaudí pick me up. Check out these virtual visits of La Pedrera and Casa Battló. These 360º tours are almost as good as the real thing! Get up and close to two of Gaudí’s masterpieces and discover the history of modernism in Barcelona from your home.

Virtual Gaudí

Opera in your living room

The Liceu theatre has launched a special initiative to bring its latest opera extravaganzas straight to your living room. Normally you have to get dressed up to go to the opera, but not any more! Don your favourite pyjamas and get ready for an evening of Madam Butterfly, Aida, Normaor Rigoletto. All you need to do is register at this link and enter the code ‘OperaEnCasa’ (OperaAtHome).

Opera in your living room
Opera in your living room

Science, art and technology

The Open University of Catalonia and the libraries of Barcelona have come together to offer a series of five videos that explore the relationship between art, science and technology. Put together by the OUC professor, Pau Alsina, this conference raises questions that have been explored throughout history to help us to understand more about the world around us and how we, as humans, create within it. Discover the conference here.

Open university of Catalonia

Find more exciting ways to spend your time at home with this programmeof cultural initiatives you can enjoy from home, put together by Barcelona City Council’s Institute of Culture.

Let us know, how have you been spending your time at home? 

10 virtual visits to Museums of Catalonia to discover without leaving home

Virtual visits to Museums of Catalonia, the Museu Dalí
Museu Dalí – Museums of Catalonia

1. Museu Dalí – Fundació Gala

Virtual visit here

2. Museu d’art Contemporani de Catalunya (MACBA)

Virtual visit here

3. Museu Picasso

Virtual visit here 

4. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

Virtual visit here

5. Museu Egipci de Barcelona

Virtual visit here

6. CosmoCaixa

Virtual visit here

7. Museu Martítim de Barcelona

Virtual visit here

8. Museu Frederic Marès

Virtual visit here

9. Monestir de Pedralbes 

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10. Museu del Disseny

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We hope you had an amazing experience through these 10 virtual visits to Museums of Catalonia!

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