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A Quick Guide To Barcelona, Spain

Updated on May 20, 2019
Mercat del Ninot Barcelona
Mercat del Ninot Barcelona

Visit A Local Food Market

The Mercat del Ninot is proud to offer some of the finest seafood in Barcelona. The market features stalls selling fresh and dry cod, beans, lentils, and fresh mushrooms along with small family-run bars and eateries serving tasty snacks and set menus.

Design Museum of Barcelona
Design Museum of Barcelona

Visit The Design Museum of Barcelona

opened in 2014, the new Design Museum of Barcelona is located in the middle of Glòries square, a formerly industrial part of the city that is currently undergoing a rush of change with the aim of becoming one of Barcelona’s future epicenters of cultural life.

As one would expect, the new museum’s configuration – the accomplishment of the local architectural firm MBM Arquitectes – is of the radical sort and consists of two parts: one underground, the other soaring 14.5 meters into the sky and looking a bit like a submarine’s periscope. The museum’s collection contains an impressive 70,000 items, and is actually a merger of four previously independent institutions: the museums of decorative arts, ceramics, textiles and graphic arts.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Barcelona
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Barcelona

Visit The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Aside from an outstanding collection of Romanesque church paintings and Catalan art from the 19th and 20th centuries, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya also has one of the most stunning views of Barcelona thanks to its location on Montjuïc Hill.

On the museum’s rooftop you can explore a 360-degree view of the city’s skyline while enjoying a glass of cava, the Catalan sparkling wine. If you don’t have time to visit the whole museum, you can buy a ticket only for the rooftop

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi Barcelona
Sarrià-Sant Gervasi Barcelona

Take a Stroll in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

Once considered the pinnacle of affluence in Barcelona, Sarrià Sant-Gervasi remains one of the city’s most upmarket areas. It consists of luxurious houses and apartments, narrow streets leading to quiet and leafy squares, and gorgeous Catalan architecture.

And while big tourist attractions are few and far between, the real attraction of this area lies in its village-like atmosphere.

Tucked away in this barrio is the Barcelona Science Museum, which is an incredibly good diversion for three or four hours. One of the highlights is the recreation of a flooded Amazonian forest.

Mercat del Ninot:
Carrer de Mallorca, 133, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

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Design Museum of Barcelona:
Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, 08018 Barcelona, Spain

get directions

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya:
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jeremy East


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      Liz Westwood 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      I am amazed at how much you have managed to pare down Barcelona into these few sights. It has given me fresh ideas of where to go next time I visit the city.


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