Four attractions in Barcelona for the cultured traveler

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Heading to the capital of Catalan and want to make the most of your time as a fan of all things artistic? The following attractions in Barcelona will please the pickiest of all culture hounds, so if you are stumped for place to visit, be sure to take note of our picks below…

1) Park Guell

Start your cultural crawl of Barcelona by wandering through Park Guell, a mix of a former urban housing development and a garden.

With many of the sculptures, structures and floral features coordinated and designed by native son and famed architect Antoni Gaudi, you won’t just be strolling through a sculpture garden – you’ll be doing it amidst a living, 3D masterpiece.

2) Sagrada Familia

There are many landmarks in Barcelona that inspire the muse inside of us, but none do the job quite as well as the Sagrada Familia.

A massive cathedral that is Gaudi’s biggest and most important legacy, it is finally scheduled to be completed in 2026, and while cranes might put some pickier tourists off, most of its haunting beauty can be appreciated by visitors that make the effort to check it out.

The amount of detail in this Catholic basilica is astounding, from stone tortoises at the base of pillars to carved art in each of the facades that depict everything from the birth of Jesus to the path of heaven for believers.

The roof in the nave is particularly mind blowing as well, but the little details in this building will keep architecture enthusiasts like Hustad Companies occupied for hours

3) Palau de la Musica Catalana

While there are grand concert halls that can be found all over Europe, few are as elaborate in their design as the Palau de la Musica Catalana.

Recognized by UNESCO in 1997 for being one of the boldest expressions of the Art Nouveau architectural style that was all the rage at the start of the 20th century, it is home to the finest symphonic and performing arts productions in the region, drawing over 500,000 patrons per year.

4) Museu Picasso

Picasso may have been raised in Malaga on the Costa del Sol, but when he was approached by a friend who intended to open a museum showcasing his paintings, he suggested he found it in Barcelona, where he had many connections.

Since the opening of Museu Picasso in 1963, it has acquired more than 4,000 paintings by one of history’s greatest visual artists, making it the best place to appreciate this cultural giant in the world.

Two of his earliest big hits, The First Communion and Science and Charity can be found here, so be sure to include this place in your itinerary if you want to soak in the works of an artistic genius.