January 1, 0001
If you have the luxury of time then there certainly are a lot of things to do in Barcelona, but for those who are a little pressed, here’s a quick rundown of the top 10 attractions on offer in the wonderfully scenic urban beach metropolis.
Top 10 attractions
One of the most renowned science centers in Europe opened in 2004 at a cost of 100 million euros the CosmoCaixa hides within its modern architecture a whole range of excellent exhibits including the flooded forest which contains 1000 m2 of living rain forest complete with native species.
9. Casa Milà (La Pedrera)
Built between 1906 and 1912 Antoni Gaudi’s La Pedrera was originally built for a single family, although now as a UNESCO world heritage site its modern day function is as the head quarters of the Fundació Catalunya -La Pedera a culture center for exhibitions, it remains as one of the most iconic structures in the city.
8. Picasso Museum
A museum dedicated entirely to the memory of the immense talent of the young genius Pablo Picasso, first opening its doors in 1963 and at present containing 4249 of his works, the Pablo Picasso museum provides an excellent visual insight into the great artists life and times.
Previously a Catalan art nouveu textile factory and an excellent example of early 20th century architecture this impressive industrial structure since 2003 has been host to the CaixaForum social and cultural center where it has been home to a large number of international cultural exhibits.
6. Barcelona zoo
The Barcelona zoo was originally opened in 1892 when an extravagant banker by the name of Lluís Martí Codolar donated his entire collection of exotic animals to the city, today a more modern approach to zoology is applied and some excellent interactive exhibits and shows are on offer. Barcelona - Zoo Aquarama
5. Castell de Montjuic
from dark beginning as a fortress in 1640, Castell de montjuic has provided many military uses over the years, handed back to the city in 2007 the future now looks much brighter in its redevelopment as an open public fortress surrounded by colourful gardens which provide leisure activities and open air events throughout the year.
4. Poble Espanyol
Constructed in 1929 the Spanish village was originally conceived as the ideal model of an Iberian village, designed for the Barcelona international exhibition of 1929 you can still view the original 117 buildings, streets and squares, each representing a different part of the peninsula.
3. L’aquarium de Barcelona
The number one center for Mediterranean marine research in the world with 450 species on display in 35 tanks and the chance to see Europe’s only oceanarium. L’ aquarium de Barcelona, in action since 1995 follows many conservation programes and is dedicated to providing the most natural environments for its exhibits.
2. FC Barcelona Museum
Constructed between 1954 and 1957 the Camp Nou originally gained planning permission in part because of the signing of legendary Hungarian international László Kubala, enjoy an excellent museum and trophy tour or witness the electrifying atmosphere in Barcelona’s enchanting stadium at any number of first class fixtures.
1. Sagarda Familia
Work began in 1882 with Francisco de Paula del Villar but many architects have graced the angular construction of this architectural masterpiece the most famous being Antoni Gaudi, work is expected to be finished in 2028 but who will be in charge of the famous fairy tale structure at this point its anyone’s guess?
A brief insight into the most visited attractions.
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