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Here is a small summary of some of the visits that you cannot miss!
The Sagrada Familia is a Catholic basilica and one of the city’s icons. This unfinished work by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí is one of the best known examples of Catalan modernism.
Building work began in 1882. Gaudí died in 1926, leaving the project unfinished but, thanks to the plans that have survived, other artists have been working to complete his design. The star that crowns the tower of the Virgin Mary illuminates Barcelona every night.
You can visit the building but it is advisable to buy tickets in advance to avoid having to queue.
The Casa Milà, known popularly as La Pedrera, is a modernist building in Passeig de Gràcia and was Antoni Gaudí’s last civil building project.
It uses a very innovative architectural approach, as it has a structure of columns and floors without load bearing walls.
In 1984 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Glòries Tower, better known as the Agbar Tower, is a skyscraper located in Plaça de les Glòries, which was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. Opened in 2005, it is the third highest building in the city, after the Hotel Arts and the Mapfre Tower. It is listed in the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia inventory.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella was the first park designed specially as a public park and was built at the end of the nineteenth century. It is used extensively for all kinds of cultural and leisure events. Full of hundred-year-old trees, the Parc de la Ciutadella contains many interesting features: a monumental waterfall, nineteenth-century buildings now used as museums, a lake with rowing boats, paths and numerous sculptures. The area also contains the zoo.
Platja de la Barceloneta
Barceloneta beach, located in the district of the same name, is one of the oldest beaches in Barcelona, with a very long tradition.
The district contains a range of leisure facilities, services of all kinds, and parking is available nearby. It is easily accessible by public transport, being served by bus, tram and metro lines.
Viewpoint Bunkers del Carmel
The Carmel Bunkers observation point gives visitors a 360o view of the city.
It is located at the top of Turó de la Rovira in the Carmel district at a height of 262 metres.
During the Spanish Civil War it was the site of an anti-aircraft gun emplacement. Despite the name, it has never contained a bunker. in recent years it has become one of the most popular viewpoints in Barcelona.
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