Essential Barcelona


View from Tibidabo

This photo was taken from Tibidabo, a mountain rising to the north-west of Barcelona. At the top there is an old amusement park, a telecommunications tower called the Torre de Collserola and the Temple de Sagrat Cor church. The attractions can be reached by funicular railway, bus or car.

In Latin the name Tibidabo means ‘I will give you’ and is a reference to the Bible – the phrase said to Jesus by the devil as they looked down from ‘an exceedingly high mountain upon all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them.’

Surfers, Barceloneta Beach

Surfing is a popular activity in Barcelona and goes on even when the weather becomes quite cold. The surfers pictured here are on the beach in Barceloneta.

La Diosa by Josep Clarà i Ayats in Plaça de Catalunya

This white marble sculpture, called La Diosa (the goddess), was made by Josep Clarà i Ayats and is located in Plaça de Catalunya.

Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

This photo is of the passage to the historic Plaça Sant Felip Neri, located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. The plaça is named after an Italian Jesuit preacher who was made a saint.

Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

The baroque church that forms one side of the plaça was built in 1752, sitting on the grounds of a medieval cemetery called Montjuïc del Bisbe. Antoni Gaudí was on his way to this church on the day he died after being hit by a tram on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes.

The façade of the church is heavily pockmarked as a result of a bombing raid that took place during the Spanish Civil War on the 30th of January 1938. The bombing killed 42 people, mostly children. It is also said that summary executions took place here after the fall of Barcelona to the Nationalists in 1939, with bullet holes in the wall of the church still visible.

Plaça de la Virreina, Gràcia, Barcelona

Plaça de la Virreina is one of several beautiful squares in the Vila de Gràcia neighborhood.

Monastery of Pedralbes

The Monastery of Pedralbes is a Gothic monastery founded in 1326, currently serving as a museum housing collections from the City of Barcelona History Museum.

Pòrtics d’en Xifré

Porxos d’en Xifré is a neoclassical arcaded building dating back to 1835.

Afternoon sun in the Gothic Quarter

Afternoon sun in the Gothic Quarter.

Torre Agbar and La Sagrada Familia at dusk

Torre Agbar, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in the foreground and Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia in the distance. The picture was taken from the terrace of Hotel Silken Diagonal.

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

Mediterranean sunlight flooding through an entrance to Plaça-Reial.

Bar Marsella, Raval, Barcelona

Dating back to 1820 Bar Marsella is said to be Barcelona’s first bar and has been frequented by the likes of Picasso and Hemingway. Located in the seedy heart of El Raval the bar is known for its absinthe and tattered antique interior, which appears to not have changed for at least 100 years.

Plaça Reial, Barcelona

Plaça Reial is a square in the Gothic Quarter, next to La Rambla. The square was designed by Francesc Daniel Molina i Casamajó in the 19th century and its lanterns were designed by Antoni Gaudí.

Barceloneta

A quiet winter morning in Barceloneta.

Olympic Sculpture Barceloneta

One of a number of Olympic sculptures that were commissioned for the 1992 Games.

El Turó de la Rovira

El Turó de la Rovira offers some of the best views of Barcelona. In the picture you can see the remains of anti-aircraft gun emplacements that were built to defend the city against Franco’s airforce during the Spanish Civil War.

Cementiri de Montjuïc, Martínez i Fortuny sculpture

Cementiri de Montjuïc is full of beautiful statues of angels, the neoclassical sculpture above was made by Martínez i Fortuny between 1909-1911.

Desconsol de Josep Llimona

‘Desconsol’ by Josep Llimona, situated in front of the Parlament de Catalunya.

La Pedrera

La Pedrera

Carrer del Bisbe

Carrer del Bisbe

Barceloneta Busker

Barceloneta Busker

Tibidabo swings

Tibidabo Swings

Mirador Maria Gispert

Mirador Maria Gispert

L'Ateneu Barcelonès

L’Ateneu Barcelonès

Dipòsit de les Aigües - UPF campus

Dipòsit de les Aigües – UPF campus

Besós Power Station

Besós power station

Estación de Francia

Estación de Francia

La Mercè 2015, Parc de la Ciutadella

La Mercè 2015, Parc de la Ciutadella

Tardor, Passeig de Gràcia

Tardor, Passeig de Gràcia

Barcelona Puddle

Barcelona Puddle

Puddles

Carrer Montcada Puddle

Homenatge als castellers

Homenatge als castellers, Plaça de Sant Miquel

Barcelona Street Musicians

Barcelona Street Musicians

Cotton House Hotel

Cotton House Hotel

Mirador de Colom, Barcelona

Mirador de Colom

Diagonal Zero Zero

Diagonal Zero Zero

Carrer dels Mirallers

Carrer dels Mirallers

Carrer dels Mirallers Barcelona

Carrer dels Mirallers

Torre Calatrava

Torre Calatrava

Cementiri de Montjuïc

Cementiri de Montjuïc

Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf

El Gato de Botero

El Gato de Botero

Park Güell

Park Güell

Hypostyle Room, Park Güell

Hypostyle Room, Park Güell

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Park Olympic, Montjuïc

Reproducción de la Galera Real

Reproducción de la Galera Real

Passatge Madoz

Passatge Madoz

New Orleans Ragamuffins

The New Orleans Ragamuffins

Maremagnum

Maremagnum

Club Natació Barcelona, Montjuïc

Club Natació Barcelona, Montjuïc

Estació de França

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