Barcelona is a vibrant city. Its streets and squares pulsate to the rhythm of a lifestyle resulting from its enviable climate and strategic location that have made it a meeting point for diverse cultures for over a thousand years.
Open and welcoming, Barcelonians have made industriousness and culture the signs of their own identity and offer visitors the delightful rewards of their history and unique personality. An accessible city, surrounded by rivers and mountains that shape a modern metropolis built on a human scale.
Barcelona is and has been a source of inspiration and home to the artistic avant-gardes of our age. Works by artists of the calibre of Picasso, Miró and Tàpies can be seen beyond the confines of their museums in the public spaces of a city where the different expressions of contemporary culture coexist with the finest examples of Romanesque art of the 11th and 12th centuries. A powerful legacy everyone can enjoy as a result of the work carried out since the late 19th century to rescue and restore Catalonia’s cultural heritage. Past and present, tradition and a break with tradition. Barcelona and culture are inextricably linked.
Barcelona’s extensive network of museums and galleries showcases a matchless collection of art encompassing the main artistic trends that have helped shape the city’s millennia-old culture.
Barcelona has nine World Heritage buildings and elegantly combines its historic legacy with the most innovative architecture. Contemporary architects like Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry and Norman Foster have made their mark on a city that bears the indelible stamp of its innovative home-grown art nouveau movement, modernisme, and its maestros: Gaudí, Puig i Cadafalch and Domènech i Montaner. Unesco has recognised Barcelona for its outstanding contribution to the development of architecture and building techniques at the turn of the 19th century, and with good reason.
You’ll find exclusive spaces and spellbinding corners hidden behind Barcelona’s iconic façades that allow you to delve into the wealth of its architectural heritage.