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Gaudi is the first word that springs to the page whenever culture and Barcelona are thrown together in the same sentence, and whilst there's no doubt his unique and mind-boggling masterpieces, such as La Sagrada Familia and the landscaped Park Guell, should top any highbrow visitor's "must-see" list, in fact the Catalan capital has much more to offer than the works of the much-lauded architect. Malaga-born, Pablo Picasso went through his moody Blue Period during his short time in the city and has his own expansive museum to rival that in Paris, and both Joan Miro and Antoni Tapies (two world famous Catalan artists) have their own foundations on these shores. Meanwhile, the unforgettable Salvador Dali also hails from the region, and you'll find his epic Theatre Museum just up the road in Figueres. Not that Barcelona is resting on the laurels of its historic cultural legacy: modern culture abounds, nowhere more than the MACBA centre and CCCB, both of which can be found in the hipster-rich Raval district, whilst a packed programme of events and festivals keeps cogs ticking and tongues wagging throughout the year. Check out our culture directory for a full list of Barcelona's museums, churches, art galleries, theatres, monuments and other points of intellectual interest. For more fun (and less cerebral) things to do, head instead to our Entertainment section where you'll find info on parks, cinemas, sports, recommended tour providers, activities, and much much more.

Directory of cultural hotspots in Barcelona

There are 44 Barcelona cultural hotspots listed on the site at the moment, and we add to our listings frequently. To preview its vibrant culture scene, either use our search facility above, or browse through our directory. The city boasts a rich array of active theatres, contemporary art galleries, institutes, museums, art-house cinemas and other cultural centres so you'll find plenty to occupy your grey matter in the capital of Catalonia. We've also listed some of the most famous landmarks in town, from the central squares to the must-see monuments. If you think we have missed a happening hotspot or quintessential heritage piece, please do write to us and let us know! We rely on your feedback to help us keep Barcelona Life the most complete guide in English to life in BCN!


La Casa de la Seda
reviewed by Duncan
from United Kingdom
on Sep.18.2017

"A gorgeous venue and a fascinating insight into a historic industry that was once a key part of Barcelona's economy. Having visited most of the city's tourist sights already it was a very pleasant surprise to discover this unknown gem. "

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