The city of Barcelona


The city center is usually taken to be Plaça Catalunya and its surroundings, including La Rambla that connects Plaça Catalunya to the sea (Port Vell) and Portal de l’Àngel that leads to the Cathedral and to Plaça Sant Jaume, the location of the city government (Ajuntament de Barcelona) and also of the catalan government (Generalitat de Catalunya). This same area of Plaça Sant Jaume is considered to be the birth place of the city of Barcelona itself, as it coincides with the site of the ancient Roman settlement Barcino. An interesting visit here is the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat (City History Museum). Other museums and cultural centers are:

Museu d’Història de Catalunya

History of Catalonia

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

MACBA, contemporary art

Fundació Tàpies

Temporary exhibits and Antoni Tàpies collection

Museu Picasso

Temporary exhibits and Pablo Picasso collection

Palau de la Música

A unique concert room.


Temporary exhibits: art periods, modern artists

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

MNAC, good in catalan Romanesque Art

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Temporary exhibits, often concept-centered: architecture, life, literature, cinema…

Fundació Miró

Temporary exhibits and Joan Miró collection

Museu Egipci

Art from Ancient Egypt

Gran Teatre del Liceu

Opera house


Large, award-winning science museum

Interesting museums outside but near Barcelona are:

Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya

mNACTEC, science and technology museum in Terrassa

Museu de Montserrat

Almost hidden in the unique landscape of the Montserrat mountain, this museum has an often overlooked art collection, including masters of impressionism and archeology of ancient civilizations