Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain's Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. It has medieval roots, seen in the mazelike Gothic Quarter, but a modernist personality represented by architect Antoni Gaudí's fantastical Sagrada Família church. Its restaurant scene, anchored by the central Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tiny tapas bars.
Las Ramblas | 15 Minutes
La Rambla (Catalan pronunciation: [ɫə ˈrambɫə]) is a street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometers between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.
Sagrada Familia Gaudi | 10 Minutes
When work began on the church, in 1882, the architects, the bricklayers and the labourers worked in a very traditional way. When Gaudí took over the direction he was aware that the works were complex and difficult and tried to take advantage of all the modern techniques available. And so, among other resources, he had railway tracks laid with small wagons to transport the materials, brought in cranes to lift the weights and had the workshops located on the site to make the work easier. Today, 131 years later, the building of the church follows Gaudí's original idea and, just as he himself did, the best techniques are applied to make the building work safer, more comfortable and faster. It is some time now since the old wagons gave way to powerful cranes, the old manual tools have been replaced by precise electric machines and the materials have been improved to ensure excellent quality in the building process and the final result. The present Church Technical Office and the management are charged with studying the complexity of Gaudí's original project, doing the calculations and the building plans and directing the works as a whole.
La Roca Village outlet shopping | 30 Minutes
Roca Village is one of the Collection of nine Chic Outlet Shopping Villages by Value Retail. Founded in 1992, Value Retail is the creator and operator of Chic Outlet Shopping, a unique concept in outlet shopping. As developer and operator of the Chic Outlet Shopping Villages, Value Retail is the only company to specialise exclusively in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping villages. Home to more than 900 outlet boutiques of the world's leading fashion and lifestyle brands, the Collection offers an unrivalled luxury outlet shopping experience for discerning shoppers in Europe. The nine Villages, located close to some of Europe's favourite cities, are tourist destinations in their own right.
Park Güell Gaudi | 15 Minutes
More than a park, it is a symbol of Barcelona. Parc Güell, one of Antoni Gaudí's most emblematic works, is unique in the world as it was envisaged as a monumental space where the natural environment was inseparable from the architectural elements. Its singularity was recognised in 1969 when it was declared a Historical-Artistic Monument of National Interest and then reinforced in 1984 when it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.