Culture

From classic to cutting edge... this is your guide to Barcelona's cultural hotspots!

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.

In this section you'll find 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, and other fun stuff, or our tours section for recommended activities, tours and day trips.

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