3 Days in Barcelona

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A three-day visit is perfect for a short but intense introduction to the Barcelona lifestyle. This guide is full of the must see places to tick of your Barcelona bucketlist, if, you only have 3 days!
Las Ramblas, a series of 5 stretches of road that run through central Barcelona, is known collectively just as La Rambla. It's name comes from a stream raml in Arabic that used to run along the same path before the land was developed in the 14th century. Now in place of the stream is a 34 mi 1.2 km street with a wide, tree-lined pedestrian boulevard down the middle. Along the path are numerous shops, cafes and bars as well as some interesting attractions. Both the Wax - Cera and Erotica museums are situated on La Rambla as are the Grand Opera House - Gran Teatre de Liceu - and the city's most colorful market, Mercat de la Boqueria. A large mosaic by Joan Miro is another iconic piece that warrants at least a second look, if not a photo opportunity. La Rambla is filled day and night with snap-happy tourists as well as locals so there is never a dull moment to be had. No Barcelona experience is complete without a stroll down this boulevard.
The Picasso Museum Museu Picasso, located in El Raval district, is Barcelona's most visited museum and occupies a medieval mansion that's worth a look for the architecture alone. But inside lay the greatest treasures - the works of Pablo Picasso. The artist had a strong connection to Barcelona, living in and studying mostly in the Ciutat Vella neighborhood from 1895-1904. The Picasso Museum - or Museu Picasso - is divided into various periods of the artist's career, starting chronologically with his earliest sketches and self-portraits then progressing on to his moody Blue period and ending with his study of Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez. Pieces are displayed to give each one adequate attention but with over 3,800 paintings the exhibit is by no means sparse.
One of Barcelona's most impressive architectural feats, presiding over the streets of La Ribera, the Palau de la M?sica Catalana is one of the city's most popular concert halls, renowned for its spectacularly ornate interiors. Built in 1908 to designs by Catalan modernista architect Llu?s Dom?nech i Montaner, the concert hall was initially built to house the Orfe? Catal? choir and remains an important venue for a range of traditional Catalan folk music. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the concert hall features d?cor by some of the era's most prominent Catalan architects - a sumptuous museum including ceramic mosaics and relief busts by Eusebi Arnau, a stone arch by Pau Gargallo, vibrant mosaics by Llu?s Bru and stained glasswork by Antoni Rigalt. Although the concert hall is not renowned for its acoustics, the Palau provides a suitably glittering backdrop to performances, making attending a concert at the venue a rich audio-visual experience.
La Sagrada Familia is no doubt the most iconic structure in Barcelona. The church, located in L'Eixample, has been a fixture in Barcelona since construction commenced in 1882 and as building continues on today the structure's fame only grows. Though still a work in progress, the church already is an amazingly intricate structure. Antoni Gaud? spent 43 years on this project and, since his death in 1926, the duty to finish it has been passed on to several architects. Though the responsibility continues to change hands over the years, the architects have all respected Gaud?'s vision and have made additions with his design in mind.Inside the church has an impressive stained glass windows line the main room and a lift takes visitors up one of the towers to enjoy the view. Smaller rooms hold exhibits detailing the history and future of the structure. La Sagrada Familia is projected to be completed in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaud?.
Standing tall over a medieval square in the center of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, the Barcelona Cathedral known formally as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, or La Seu is the seat of the Archbishop of Spain and a major landmark of the city. With octagonal bell towers, five aisles and two chapel areas, the hall church has stood since the 13th century. It is dedicated to Saint Eulalia, a patron saint of Barcelona, whose body is entombed in the crypt. Large, colorful stained glass windows look over twenty eight total small chapels inside. The Cathedral is known for its 14th-century cloister full of palm trees and a lush garden, as well as a massive Gothic portico under which thirteen geese can be found wandering. Each goose represents a year of the life of the young Saint Eulalia. As for the exterior, it is carved in great Gothic style detail ? and is particularly beautiful when illuminated at night.
The works of Joan Mir?, one of Barcelona's most famous 20th century artists, are displayed in this building in the Parc de Montju?c. The gallery itself is a piece of modern art, its design incorporating terraces and interior courtyards to direct the flow of visitors and give the space an open air feel.Over 14,000 pieces of Mir?'s works are displayed here on a rotating basis, including everything from raw sketches to sculptures and coming from various periods in the artist's career. Most popular are the works made in his signature childlike style of bold shapes and bright colors. Never committing himself to a specific art movement, Mir? dabbled in Surrealism and Expressionism as well as experimented with various types of media.
Football fans won't want to miss a visit to the Camp Nou Football Stadium, the home ground of FC Barcelona and the largest stadium in Europe. Inaugurated in 1957, the venue has hosted a number of key international games, including the FIFA World Cup, the European Champions' Cup and two UEFA Champions League Finals. During your tour of the 55,000-square-meter stadium, designed by architects Francesc Mitjans, Josep Soteras, and Lorenzo Garc?a-Barb?n, you'll walk through the players' tunnel and across the pitch. You'll also get to visit the Chapel, the TV room, the Press Room, the Sports Medicine Center, the Fundacio Zone, team locker rooms and the luxury Presidential Box.End your visit at the FC Barcelona Museum and have your picture taken with the European Champions Cup.
Park G?ell is known as one of Gaud?'s most colorful works and its expansive display of this artist's playful architecture is what makes it one of Barcelona's top attractions. While the park was originally meant to be a housing development for rich socialites, when the wealthy decided not to move to the hilltop, it became a public playground. Gaud? spent the first 15 years of the 20th century constructing the numerous fountains, pedestrian walkways and benches in his signature style that are still enjoyed by visitors today. One of the most popular spots in the park is at the top of the hill, where from brightly colored mosaic seats you can take in the panoramic view over Barcelona city and capture some great photos of the park. Another must-see attraction in Park G?ell is the Gaud? House Museum. This pink house near the base of the park is where Gaud? spent the last two decades of his life and it is filled with furniture and other works designed by the artist.

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