Entertainment in Barcelona
So you drop your bags off and are ready to take a look around. The first question pops into your head: 'what shall we do?' Well don't worry yourself, as we have you covered from the A's all the way down to the Z's of ways to get you started in Barcelona by covering some key areas for a brilliant experience. Whatever your tastes are you will find something to match your style and mood for an enjoyable time. Below is a run-down of different sections of where to head out and if you plan your time carefully you shall be able to fit quite a bit in. Either way take a look and see what catches your fancy.
Some great areas to check out include:
- El Born and La Ribera. One of the most stylish places to be, it incorporates aspects of the feel of the older part of the city with the new aspects of the area and you get a winning combination. It's not going to have you running around door to door for big clubs, but it'll certainly provide a plentiful supply of relaxed bars that ooze style.
- Poblenou. It has a great location that is a perfect stop off for one of the most popular clubs in Barcelona: Razzmatazz.
Cultural Stops & Museums
- The Sagrada Familia. Certainly one of the most impressive buildings around, it's still in the works following Modernista architect Antoni Gaudi's plans and isn't set to be complete in another 30 years. This is a sight that is breathtaking so it goes without saying how impressive the Roman Catholic monument will be upon completion.
- La Pedrera. Also known as Casa Milá, this building was completed in 1912 by Antoni Gaudi and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Eixample neighborhood, its original purpose was for a wealthy couple. The design didnt go through as it had initially been planned by Gaudi, but still remains a spectacular sight for all to appreicate.
- Barcelona Football Club Museum. Kicked off in 1984, the football museum has been expanded several times since with easily a million visitors a year with one of the most popular teams in the world. It covers the prestigous history of the club.
- Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB). Some fabulous pieces for you to admire in awe and broaden your horizons, the CCCB has a mixture of designs that goes back to the 18th century. The center is host to a great range of exhibits ranging from photography to video art and everything in between. Be sure to check out the facade in the Plaça de les Dones.
- Dali Museum. Just outside of Barcelona, a montage of the great surrealist artist who took the world by storm with his bold pieces and signature moustache. It was created in the town that Dali grew up in and was opened by Dali himself in 1974. Dali is also buried in the basement.
Perhaps you would like to enjoy another form of art. To help you out, here a few of the top class theatres you can visit in Barcelona:
- Nou Tantarantana. A theatre that gives great chances to the creative youth and provides a real alternative edge to the world of theatres. Some of the pieces performed go back to the 19th century.
- Sala Beckett. Named after the author Samuel Beckett, it was founded in 1989. It's a small venue that can only have a handful of visitors at a time (around 80) and its focus is on contemporary experimentation.
- Teatro Borrás. Located in Urquinaona, it is one of the oldest in Barcelona. It celebrates its heritage and shows everything from old to new performances.
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