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Barcelona has so many beautiful Modernist buildings, Gothic alleyways and Mediterranean beaches surrounded by majestic green hills that you could spend your whole visit just marvelling at the views while walking around – but you won’t want to miss the cultural experiences within those lovely settings.
Whether you’re a Medieval history buff, an architecture enthusiast, a football fan or a passionate foodie, Culture Trip has rounded up the top 26 attractions to experience when visiting the Catalan capital.
Barcelona is known for more than one Rambla, which is roughly translated into a ‘wide, tree-lined promenade’. Just a few blocks west of the more heralded Rambla is La Rambla de Raval, the heart of Barcelona’s counterculture district. The street is mostly known for being the connection point for multicultural groups and for its famed sculpture of a giant corpulent cat by Colombian artist Fernando Botero.
At the base of Montjuïc in the rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood of Poble Sec is a long pedestrianised street famed for its terrazas (terraces) replete with pintxos. Carrer de Blai has at least 20 bars dedicated to the bite-size Basque morsels, and its terrazas fill up quickly after work with crowds who come in to grab a cold caña (draft beer) and munch on some well-priced snacks.
Justin Calderon contributed additional reporting to this article.