9 things about Antoni Gaudí that you didn’t know

Antoni Gaudí is a name that is synonymous with Barcelona. Yet who was this curious man who dedicated his life’s work to architecture in Barcelona and its surrounding areas?

You’ve more than likely heard of this great architect and are familiar with some of his great masterpieces. From the Sagrada Família and Park Güell to Casa Battló and the Pedrera, these iconic monuments in Barcelona are a must-see on any visit the city.

Although he started as part of the Catalan modernisme movement, he quickly strayed away and developed his own unique style that has become renowned all over the world.

In this article we’ve put together 10 interesting facts about the man that was Antoni Gaudí. Enjoy!

Antoni Gaudí
9 things about Antoni Gaudí

1. Antoni Gaudí had a difficult childhood

Antoni Gaudí was born in 1852 in the coastal town of Reus where he lived for the first 16 years of his life in a small house with his parents Francesc Gaudí and Antònia Cornet. A sickly child, he suffered from rheumatism from a young age, which prevented him from playing with his friends and living the life of a normal boy. However, it was most likely because of this sad fact that meant the young artist spent a lot of time with his family in nature, which would later prominently feature in his work and become his greatest muse.

2. Antoni Gaudí’s first drawings were published in a school magazine

Around about the age of 15, his first drawings were published in the magazine El Arlequín (The Harlequin), which was edited by his schoolmates Eduard Toda and Josep Ribera (who also went on to become renowned figures). The magazine published mainly humour and poetry alongside Gaudí’s modest illustrations.

3. Antoni Gaudí was not the best student in the class

In 1868, Antoni Gaudí moved to Barcelona to study architecture, which was his greatest passion. However, it is said that he spent hours poring over images of oriental buildings, attending poetry readings and philosophy classes, going to the theatre, taking part in intellectual debates and exploring the surrounding areas of Catalonia.

Antoni Gaudí

4. Antoni Gaudí was a misunderstood revolutionary

Gaudí was terribly misunderstood, even by other artists. George Orwell called the Sagrada Familia one of the most ghastly buildings in the world. Casa Milà, which doesn’t contain a single straight line, was also heavily criticised in the press and was subject to great satire and ridicule. It was even nicknamed “the Wasp’s Nest” and “La Pedrera” (the Stone Quarry), which is the name it is known by today.

5. Antoni Gaudí never married

It is said that Antoni Gaudí only ever proposed marriage to one woman, who turned him down. Pepeta Moreu was Gaudí’s unrequited love. She married several times in her life, however, it was said that she admired Gaudí but didn’t particularly like him. Her refusal led Gaudí to retreat from society and focus on his work, religion and mysticism.

6. Gaudí avoided the use of straight lines in his architecture

As mentioned, in Gaudí’s pieces of architecture it is not uncommon for there not to be a single straight line. The reasons behind this are that he took great inspiration from nature and organically formed structures, which unlike man-made buildings, are curved, leaning, coiled and arched.

7. No one recognised Antoni Gaudí when he died

In the later stages of his life, the great architect dedicated every waking hour to his great masterpiece the Sagrada Família. His humble and rather unkempt appearance meant that, one day when he was unfortunately run over by a passing tram on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, nobody recognised the great artist and he was mistaken for a homeless vagrant.

8. 7 of Gaudí’s pieces have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Despite being a greatly unacknowledged artist of his time, today a total of seven of the artist’s works feature on the prestigious list of World Heritage Sites. The outstanding universal value of the following works has been recognised: Park Güell and the Güell Palace; Casa Mila (also known as La Pedrera); the recently opened Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and the Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; and the Colonia Güell crypt.

9.The Sagrada Família was meant to be finished in 2026

The construction of the Sagrada Família was scheduled to be completed in 2026 to mark 100 years since Antoni Gaudí’s death. However, due to recent events of the pandemic, the date of 2026 has been deemed impossible. Although an alternative date has not been given, the citizens of Barcelona have been assured that work on the Sagrada Família will not cease.

We hope you enjoyed these interesting facts about Antoni Gaudí!

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Moco Museum: The New Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona

Moco Museum is the name of the new kid on the block. Barcelona’s newest museum is here and open to all, welcoming citizens of the city and tourists alike with artists including Basquiat, Banksy, Warhol and Dalí. Let’s delve into this new cultural space in the city.

zWith its headquarters in Amsterdam, the museum’s success in the Netherlands was the catalyst for the opening of a second location in the heart of Barcelona. Moco takes its name from the modern, “Mo”, and contemporary, “Co”, art it houses.

With a focus on established and emerging artists from around the globe, and with its pulse on the latest art trends, this new museum in the cultural hub that is Barcelona reaffirms Moco’s commitment to modern art.

Are you ready to learn more about Moco Museum?

Located at 25, Carrer de Montcada, Moco spans 800 metres squared of exhibition space over its ground floor and first floor. Nestled alongside the Picasso Museum, this museum takes up residence in a recently renovated palace and former home of the noble Cervelló family, who lived in the building until the 17th century. After which, it was aristocrats and royalty that called this medieval palace home.

The motto of its Dutch founders, Lionel & Kim Logchies, is ‘In Art We Trust’. The drive behind Moco is a passion for modern and contemporary art, and bringing it to the people. Moco is here to open our minds, empower us as citizens, make us question the norm and, above all, experience innovative art.

In 2016, the two founded a museum of the same name in the Dutch capital in Villa Alsberg – a historical building reserved for the elite. Since opening the building to the public, Moco Amsterdam has seen more than 2 million visitors from over 120 countries.

What can I see there?

The first thing visitors will see as they step into the world of Moco Museum Barcelona is a mosaic made from Rubik’s Cubes. Upon closer examination, it’s possible to see that these colourful squares form the shapes of three Bond girls, in a piece by Paris-born street artist Invader.

Moco’s permanent collection of 41 incredible pieces includes 20% of pieces taken directly from the Logchies private collection, with other pieces on loan from their prestigious network of collectors and artists from around the world.

Among wooden beams, high ceilings and Gothic arches are the Moco Masters Modern: expect to find colourful, shocking and ground-breaking pieces by Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, KAWS, Keith Haring, and more.

Here, don’t miss Damien Hirst’s famous The Immaculate Heart – Sacred, a daring piece which once belonged to George Michael.

Next, head to the second floor to find the Moco Masters Contemporary, formed by creators who are here to challenge the norm. This unmissable stop includes pieces by up-and-coming artists Harland Miller, David LaChapelle, Julian Opie, Hayden Kays, Takashi Murakami, among others.

Moco Museum Barcelona
Moco Museum

Anything else?

Yes! Don’t miss the digital immersive art exhibitions by the Japanese collective that is teamLab, alongside Studio Irma and Les Fantômes. Dive in to this treat for the senses and let yourself be hypnotised by kaleidoscopic shapes and a myriad of colours.

On the top of everyone’s list is Banksy’s Laugh Now exhibition, accredited by Pest Control (the only official body to certify the famous street artist’s work). Including famous pieces such as Girl with Balloon, Barcode, Love is in the Air (Flower Thrower), Kids on Guns, and Rude Copper.

When it comes to the Moco temporary collections, the couple has many an idea up their sleeves. The first of which, currently open to the public, is Esplendor de la Noche (Night Splendour) by Guillermo Lorca.

Across two rooms, the unsettling work of this contemporary Chilean artist will be on display in his first monograph exhibition in Europe. Delve into this surreal, fairytale-like world in which the artist employs a mix of the beautiful and brutal in his large oil paintings.

Additionally, Moco will welcome Europe’s first NFT (non-fungible tokens) exhibition. These crypto-assets are the latest revolution on the digital art scene. They are unique and, although others can view them, only the buyer retains ownership of these non-replaceable pieces.

When can I visit?

Moco opened its doors Saturday 16th October. We recommend reserving tickets online for this much-awaited space, open Monday–Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday-Sunday 9am to 8pm. 

Admission to this privately owned, inclusive gallery for the general public is €16.50 for adults and €11.50 for students and is free for children under the age of 13.

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What are Castells and why they are so famous in Catalonia and around the world?

Castells, or human towers, are one of the symbols of Catalonia. In this article we’re going to tell you a little bit more about their history and how they have become so popular today, not only in the region, but also around the world.

Chances are if you’ve spent some time in Barcelona or Catalonia, you may have come across these simply breath-taking towers built by castellers with their bodies, by climbing up each other’s backs and standing on the shoulders of the person below.

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Castells Contest in Tarragona

The history of castells

Despite the origin of castells – meaning castle in Catalan – being slightly unclear, it is thought that they come from similar, smaller structures erected at the end of traditional dances – specifically the Valencian dance from the 15th century.

However it wasn’t until much later, in 1801, that the first castell was documented in la Candela, Valls (Tarragona). It was here that they were first built with the aim of constructing original and increasingly taller human towers, and not as part of a dance. From this moment on, these mind-bending structures became an essential part of local celebrations and festivals.

It wasn’t until the late 20th century that this tradition truly began to be recognised in all its glory. Unlike other Catalan customs, like the traditional dance the sardana and the Catalan flag and national anthem, castells were not prohibited during Franco’s reign.

It was in the 90s that it became more commonplace to find castells and colles (community groups of castellers who practice castells) throughout the whole region of Catalonia and over a decade ago, in 2020, they were recognised as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

So, what makes castells so special?

Over the years castells have become ever more complex, reaching heights of up to 10 people. Anyone can take part – men, women and children over the age of 5 of varying strengths, heights and sizes – but it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Extensive training sessions are required.

In fact, nowadays a total of 13,000 people in Catalonia call themselves castellers and there are over 100 colles castelleres.

To explain exactly how these towers are built, we’ll need to brush up on our castells vocabulary!

The base of the tower is called the pinya. Arguably the most important part of the tower, it holds its entire weight and will absorb the impact of any falls. Next comes the tronc, or the trunk, which is the main body of the tower, formed by two to five levels. The heavier castellers are at the bottom and the lighter, more agile nearer the top.

On top of the tronc sits the pom de dalt – literally the upper part. It is formed mainly by children, wearing safety helmets. And finally, on the very top goes the enxaneta: a young child who climbs the entire structure to the summit and raises his or her hand for the tower to be considered complete.

However for the castell to be considered valid, it must be taken down slowly without anyone falling. The leader of the group – known as the cap de colla – who has perspective over the entire structure from the ground, guides the castellers through the entire construction and deconstruction.

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Castellers de Vilafranca – Castells

What else do I need to know about castells?

To accompany this wonderful sight and, more importantly, to mark the rhythm and coordination of the entire structure, live music is played as the castell is built. This particular music is called the toc de castells and is played by gralles – a Catalan type of flute– and timbals, a percussion instrument.

You’ll also realise that the casteller uniform is very important. Each group wears a shirt of a specific colour with an embroidered crest of the city or village to which they belong.

Where can I see castells?

Now you know all about them, we bet you can’t wait to see one in action. The good news is that at almost any local festivity or celebration, you’re sure to catch one of these towers being built.

Castells are normally constructed in main squares in front of the town hall. Some of the best can be seen during Barcelona’s festa major, Sant Jordi or the upcoming day of La Mercè.

Despite castells being recently approved by the local government, with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, this year’s day of La Mercè will see a condensed format of this tradition on Passeig de Gràcia on 24 September at noon, in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

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Your Complete Guide to La Mercè 2021

La Mercè is synonymous with the end of summer. As the nights start drawing in and the heat of the estival sun lessens, the citizens of Barcelona and its surrounding areas eagerly await the city’s festa major.

As you may or may not know, La Mercè is the co-patron saint of Barcelona, sharing this title with Santa Eulàlia.  Since the year 1871, the official day of celebration has been held on 24 September, meaning this year marks 150 years of the festival of all festivals.

To celebrate this special occasion, the French artist Malika Favre, who has illustrated for the likes of the New Yorker, was invited to design a poster that captured the essence of Barcelona and the powerful Lady of Mercy behind these celebrations. In only four colours, this year’s poster reminds us that our city is indeed a beautiful, powerful and defending female.

This year’s festivities, events, and activities will place from Thursday 23 September to Sunday 26 September 2021. La Festes de La Mercè are special for many reasons, one of which being their focus on music and tradition.

Read on to find out more about this year’s line-up jam packed with over 500 events! Discover live concerts, the customary castellers (human towers) and correfocs (fire runs), and of course, the ever-famous closing ceremony that combines light, fire and sound.

Are you ready for La Mercè 2021?

La Mercè 2021 concerts

Covid-10 Restrictions at La Mercè 2021

One of the main differences due to the Covid-19 pandemic is that this year prior bookings are necessary to access many of the activities. However, all these events are still completely free!

Remember, you’ll need to head to the La Mercè official website to get your tickets in advance of the celebrations. Bookings open on 14 September for all BAM concerts and on 15 September for all Música Mercè events. There are two tickets available per person.

There are 23 spaces equipped with distanced seating for this year’s festival and at the largest there will be a maximum capacity limit of 3,000 people. Traditional activities will allow for three tickets per person.

The city’s mayor has asked all citizens to be responsible when attending this year’s daytime festival held from 10:00 to 12:30 am and to remember that masks are compulsory.

Live music at La Mercè 2021

Over four days, Barcelona will welcome an eclectic mix of international and national artists, singer-songwriters and bands to perform at 12 different venues throughout the city: from the Moll de la Fusta, Plaça Joan Coromines, the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm, and the Teatre Grec.

Some highlights of the BAM – Barcelona Acció Musical – events include Viva Belgrado, Rusowsky, Rata Negra, Ed Maverick, Samantha Hudson, Wind Atlas, and many more! We recommend you check out the full list here and be sure to book in advance!

What’s more the Música a la Mercè programme brings a combination of concerts, theatre and performances to the city, including Joana Serrat & The Great Canyoners, Oques Grasses, Núria Graham, and Nueva Vulcano.

Activities at La Mercè 2021

This year on the streets of Barcelona you can expect to find art and performance, giant heads (or capgroços), traditional sardana dances, fire runs, and human towers. The main stages will be the Ciutadella Park, Plaça San Jaume, and Vía Laietana including daytime events designed for the younger members of the family.

What’s more, this year’s guest city is Havana. The Cuban capital will be represented in a range of artistic activities and performances at the Parc de l’Estació del Nord among other venues.

Keep a close eye on the official Mercè website for a full list of events and timetables released shortly.

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Closing ceremony La Mercè 2021

The grand firework show that is the Piromusical will bring the festival to a close with an eclectic explosion of light and sound from four locations around the city.

We’re still waiting for the official confirmation of the time and date of year’s finale to La Mercè, but we do know that this much-awaited performance – set to commemorate 150 years of La Mercè – will be broadcast live on TV to avoid large crowds forming.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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La Mercè 2021

The Best Beer in the World is Catalan!

The best beer in the world is Catalan. Yes, you heard us right! Cap d’Ona has just won first place in the World Beer Challenge with its wood-aged imperial stout winning the judges over and being awarded a fantastic 100/100.

It’s summer and the sun is shining brightly over the city of Barcelona. This means that your city break, lunch with friends or business trip lunch is not complete without a cold beer. And to help us choose the best one to cool us down and refresh our palates is this prestigious yearly competition that selects and ranks the very best lagers and ales from around the world.

So let us tell you more about the now world-renowned Cap d’Ona!

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The Brewery of the Best Beer in the World

This beer is brewed in Argelès-sur-Mer, a small town in the region known as Catalunya Nord. This Catalan-speaking region in the south of France, was ceded to the French by Spain in the mid 17th century with the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

When you get your hands on this celebrated beer, notice the famous red and yellow stripes of the Catalan flag on its bottle and its slogan “La cervesa dels països Catalans ” – Beer from Catalan Country.

The Cap d’Ona brewery, named the best in France, first began producing beers in 1998. A total of 21 of its beers – ranging from blonde and amber ales to beers brewed with traditional Catalan flavours – received awards at this year’s World Beer Challenge.

Where to buy the best beer in the world

You’ll be delighted to know that the brewery of the best beer in the world is open to the public for tours and is just over two hours’ drive from Barcelona. Don’t miss the chance to delve into the various phases of production and to try a range of these wonderful tipples.

However, if you don’t have time for a day trip across the border to France, we’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the city to find where you can get the best beer in the world in Barcelona! Although the wood-aged stout is difficult to find, Cap d’Ona beers are sold in several places throughout the city.

Restaurant Can Ramon, Diputació 218, serves roast chicken and a range of other traditional Catalan dishes alongside Cap d’Ona beers. Drop in to this low-key local restaurant to try a glass of this traditional Catalan tipple whilst rubbing shoulders with locals.

The All Vegan restaurant and shop, a stone’s throw away from Barcelona’s famous Boqueria market, also stocks Cap d’Ona beers. Located on Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 24, here you’ll find a range of plant-based dishes and sweet treats at affordable prices.

However, if you’d like to try these fantastic beers without leaving your apartment, why not order online? On the website privateceller.es, you can find two of Cap d’Ona’s celebrated beers. Despite not stocking the best beer in the world, find 75cl bottles of the brewery’s famous blonde ale and amber ale priced at €6.95 each. What’s more, the site also offers international delivery, so you can get it delivered straight to your doorstep to await your return home.

Another place where you can find these Catalan beers is in Palafrugell, a small municipality in the province of Girona and only 1 hour 30 minutes drive from the city of Barcelona. Drop in to Vins i Licors Grau where Cap d’Ona beers are currently in stock, then head to the beautiful coastal town of Calella to soak up the sun and enjoy the sea breeze.

What’s more, the shop also has an online store – http://www.grauonline.eu – that sells a variety of Cap d’Ona beers, including the best beer in the world! The premium imperial stout is available for €15. The site also has boasts a range of gift packs with combinations of pale ales, stouts, blondes and ambers. The perfect souvenir to take home after your stay in Barcelona!

We’re sure that as the word spreads, these world-renowned beers will become more available throughout the city. Let us know if you find anywhere else in Barcelona selling the best beer in the world! Cheers!

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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!

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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.

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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: 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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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.

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8 Best Day Trips from Barcelona

Day trips from Barcelona are the best way to discover all Catalonia has to offer. Many of the city’s surrounding towns and villages are well worth a visit, each unique in their own way, and many are accessible by public transport.

With summer officially upon us, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and bask in the tranquility on the coast, in the mountains or in quaint villages.

From discovering Catalonia’s medieval past, exploring some of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Brava, to trying typical Catalan cuisine in charming squares, we’ve got you covered for a whole range of day trips from Barcelona.


This stunning fisherman’s village is home to whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets. Called the most beautiful part of the world by Dalí himself, here you’ll find the artist’s house-museum, where he lived with his wife Gala.

This day trip from Barcelona takes around 2 and half hours by car, yet parking spots are limited, so get there early!

Check out our complete guide to a day trip to Cadaqués from Barcelona here for more tips on what to do and see.

Day trips from Barcelona - Cadaqués
Day trips from Barcelona – Cadaqués

Calella de Palafrugell

Calella de Palafrugell has managed to conserve the charming essence of a sleepy fisherman’s town on the shores of the Mediterranean, and this day trip from Barcelona is reached by bus (Sarfa) until Palafrugell. From Palafrugell to Calella you should take another bus.

After taking a refreshing dip in one of its hidden coves, why not try the tasty rice dish of arros caldós at El Didal, with a stunning terrace that overlooks the shoreline. Then take a stroll through its winding streets as you shop for souvenirs or for yourself.

Looking for the perfect end to the perfect day? Grab a delicious ice cream at L’Enriqueta Gelateria in the Sant Roc “Cala” as you watch the sun setting over the bay.

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Day trips from Barcelona – Calella de Palafrugell


Another great day trip from Barcelona is the bustling town of Sitges. Only 40 minutes from the city by train, which stops at Estació de França, Sants and Passeig de Gràcia.

Sitges is well known for being a LGTBI destination and its world-famous nightlife. Don’t miss Carrer del Pecat for a rather sinful tipple, frequented by Dalí and Picasso.

At the heart of Sitges is a great deal of history and culture. Discover its fine examples of modernist and colonial architecture, visit its many museums and beautiful churches, or head there in the month of October to catch its famous film festival.

Read more about this great day trip from Barcelona here

Day trips from Barcelona - Sitges
Day trips from Barcelona – Sitges

Tossa de Mar

Another essential day trip from Barcelona is the beautiful seaside town of Tossa de Mar.

The first thing you’ll notice about Tossa de Mar is its stunning castle overlooking the bay. The short walk up is definitely worth the beautiful views at the top. What’s more, a stroll through its charming old quarter with cobbled streets, stairs, viewpoints, churches, hidden squares and more, can’t be missed.

Tossa de Mar has it all – in addition to is main beach and the Platja de la Mar Menuda, there’s also the hidden rocky Codolar cove, which is the most picturesque of all.  Also, don’t leave without trying the local dish of cod in a spicy tomato sauce, ­cim i tomba.

Day trip from Barcelona -  Tossa de Mar
Day trip from Barcelona – Tossa de Mar


The mysterious mountain of Montserrat, named after its jagged appearance, makes for a perfect day trip from Barcelona. Cloaked in myth and legend, it has revered by many as a site of spiritual pilgrimage since 1200.

Steeped in history and natural beauty, here you can visit the Benedictine Monastery of Santa María de Montserrat and the Monsterrat Museum, go for hikes in the beautiful surrounding national park and to the pilgrimage site of Santa Cova, and discover its 15 chapels.

From Barcelona, it’s easy to reach the base of the mountain by public transport and then take the cable car or cremallera train to the top.

Discover how to make the most of your day trip to Monsterrat in our article here.

Day trip from Barcelona - Montserrat
Day trip from Barcelona – Montserrat


Travel back in time on a day trip from Barcelona to this picturesque town. Be sure to stroll through its old quarter and visit its spectacular cathedral – which might look familiar to Game of Thrones fans – and the Sant Feliu Basilica, in addition to the medieval city walls, the Arabic baths and the charming Jewish quarter.

Before getting the train back to the city, don’t miss the colourful houses along the banks of the River Onyar

Day trip from Barcelona - Day trip to Girona
Day trip from Barcelona – Day trip to Girona


Thirty kilometres from Girona lies the quaint town of Besalú. Dating back to the 10th century, it is home to a castle-fortress, churches, monasteries and stone city walls.

Top on your list of things to see has to be the emblematic 12th-century medieval bridge, which is the perfect spot to take stunning photographs. Only an hour and a half by car, don’t miss this day trip from Barcelona.

Day trip from Barcelona - Day trip to Besalú
Day trip from Barcelona – Besalú


Last but not least, is the medieval village of Rupit. Nestled in a rich green valley in Osona, you’ll never want to leave this hidden gem.

Perfect for a quiet day trip from Barcelona, cross its famous rope bridge, walk its steep cobbled streets lined with stone houses – the most famous being Carrer del Fossar – and enjoy a drink in its quaint Plaça Major. We hope you enjoy these day trips from Barcelona as much as we do! Let us know which is your favourite.

Day trip from Barcelona - Day trip to Rupit
Day trip from Barcelona – Rupit

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The 10 best Barcelona attractions you can’t miss

The 10 best Barcelona attractions that you can’t miss during your visit to the city are finally here! We’ve done all the hard work so you can sit back and enjoy your trip to one of Europe’s top city break destinations.

Culture, food, history, sport, and more. Barcelona does have it all – but how can decide when it comes to planning your trip?

As locals of Barcelona, we’ve drawn up a list of the best the city has to offer based on our articles on our blog and our favourite things to do in the city. From exploring its wondrous examples of architecture, getting lost in its streets steeped in history and trying the best tapas on the culinary scene, we’ve got you covered by the way of the best Barcelona attractions.

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Best Barcelona Attractions

1. Sagrada Família

A trip to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without stepping inside this masterpiece by Antoni Gaudí, which he began in the year 1883. With nothing like this Barcelona attraction anywhere else in the world, you’ll be left awestruck by the details of its magnificent façade and the stained-glass windows of its light-filled interior. Remember to check out our interesting facts about the Sagrada Família before visiting.

2. Les Rambles

We’re sure you’ve heard of this famed Barcelona attraction. This tree-lined avenue replete with restaurants, bars, shops, street artists and more starts at Plaça Catalunya and ends at the Columbus Monument by the port. As you stroll down, don’t miss the renowned Liceu Opera House or the Canaletes fountain.

3. Mercat de la Boqueria

This colourful, vibrant food market is an unmissable stop on any trip to Barcelona. Browse stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and an array of local products from wine, cured and pickled products, and more. Get there early to beat the crowds. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, our spacious 3-bedroom MACCA apartment is only a 2-minute walk away.

4. The Gothic Quarter

Every corner of every street in this central area of Barcelona is steeped in history. Discover Barcelona’s Roman past, its neo-Gothic cathedral and the history of the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. Check out our guide to the city’s old quarter to discover these Barcelona attractions and more in the Gothic Quarter.

5. Casa Batlló

Another of Gaudí’s masterpieces is this effervescent house by the master of Catalan modernist architecture himself. Its fantasy-like design inspired by nature is sure to win you over. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on Passeig de Gràcia among luxury stores including Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and more.

6. Montjuïc Magic Fountain

This spectacular show combining water, music and lights every evening at 8:00pm is another essential Barcelona attraction. It’s the perfect end to a day in the city and if you’re travelling with kids they’re sure to be amazed!

7. Parc Güell

Located to the north of the city overlooking its streets and with stunning views of the surrounding coastline and mountains is one of our favourite Barcelona attractions. Tucked away in nature, Parc Güell designed by Gaudí is like something out of a fairytale. Don’t miss its exquisite tiling design and famed dragon sculpture.

If you still haven’t got your fill of Gaudí, don’t miss our guide to the buildings he designed in Barcelona.

8. Parc del Laberint d’Horta

This secret maze is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment of tranquility on their trip to Barcelona. Get lost in this enchanting green maze and explore its historical gardens. Perfect for a midday picnic or an afternoon stroll. Discover more green spaces in Barcelona to reconnect with nature.

9. El Born

The neighbourhood of El Born, alongside “El Barri Gòtic”, makes for a perfect day exploring the true essence of the city. Brimming with many Barcelona attractions, don’t miss the Picasso Museum, the impressive Basilica Santa Maria del Mar and the wonder that is the historical Palau de Música. Find out more about this beautiful part of the city thanks to our complete guide on things to do and see in El Born.

10. El Camp Nou

Football fans around the world flock to the city every year to visit one of the most popular Barcelona attractions. Yes, we’re talking about the Camp Nou football grounds. Visit the world’s third largest stadium to discover its museum, trophy room, dressing room and more. Read more about visiting the home of this all-star team on our blog.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the top 10 best Barcelona attractions!

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