Barcelona is a beautiful city that can offer you mumerous cultural experiences and amazing beaches that are only a few minutes walk from the city center. The architecture of Barcelona will delight you. Many great painters and artists have created in this city and their influence is evident today in Barcelona and around the world. On this page are the best sights of Barcelona, and it is up to you to make your own choice of which ones you want to visit during your stay in this Mediterranean metropolis.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is located on Plaza de España (square) in Sans Montjuic area. It is the biggest fountain in Barcelona, built in 1929. The fountain is a large oval-shaped pool, dimensions 65x59 meters, in which 3.620 nozzles are installed in the cascades, which are refined with lighting. In the evening, accompanied by music, 54 meters of colourful water streams rises in the air. We recommend visiting the fountain on 26 September, when there is a display followed with fireworks, honoring Mare de Deu de la Merce, the Patron Saint of Barcelona. Not far from the fountain, there is a playgrounds park.
Montjuic Hill is located above the city, and it is 185 meters high. The view it offers is magnificent, the whole Barcelona seems like it is on a palm of your hand. There are many lookouts, as we as the main stadium where the Olympics in 1992 were held. It has the capacity of 54.000 seats. It was built because of the Olympics in 1936 that were supposed to be held there, but were held in Berlin instead. Nowadays, it is a popular concert venue, where musicians such as The Rolling Stones, U2, AC/DC, Metallica, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Shakira, Pink Floyd have performed.
Plaça de Catalunya is located in the center of Barcelona at the intersection of La Rambla and Passeig de Gracia. The space of 50.000m2 is huge, plated with mosaics, a lot of trees, sculptures, and fountains. This square was projected by Pepe Falques, Josep Puig, Fancesc Nebot and Cadafalch. It is perfect for taking a walk, meetings and shopping. During winter, there is one of the largest ice rinks in Europe, and during summer it offers easy access to nearby beaches. Many events, festivals and ceremonies are held there.
The Arc of Triomf is a building located at the entrance of Ciutadella park, at the intersection of the Passeig de Lluís Companys promenade, Passeig de Sant Joan and Passeig de San Pedro. It was built to honor the Universal Exposition in 1888 as a symbol of scientific and cultural cooperation between countries of the world. It is 30 meters high, and it was built using red bricks, it is decorated from both sides with sculptures of ancient gods. In the upper section there is Barcelona’s coat of arms.
Santa Maria del Mar is a grand basilica and a sight that is located in the Gothic Quarter. It was built in the 15th century when Catalan sailors conquered important marine trade routes. The interior is simply decorated, and the coronation of Saint Maria is depicted on the altar. This building is an outstanding example of Catalan gothics, with pure and unique style that is uncharacteristic for Medieval buildings. The church was first mentioned in a document from 998. One of the most significant features related to the construction of the church is that it was supported by common and ordinary people, and not from the royalty.