This year marks the 90th anniversary of the death of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona's most famous son and emblem of the city. It also marks the opening of the Unesco World Heritage Site Casa Vicens, Gaudi's first major work. Aesthetes and casual admirers alike will have no choice but to succumb to the city’s visual pleasures, both old and new. Bring a camera.
Palau Nacional. Parc de Montjuic
This museum contains ten centuries of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the modern day.
Casa Milà 94
Calle Paseo de Gracia, 92
With its wavy, curving stone facade undulating around the corner of the block, is one of Gaudí's most celebrated yet initially reviled designs.
Carrer Montcada, 15-23
This magnificent museum, to which Picasso donated 1700 works before his death, pays homage to the relationship the artist had with the city of Barcelona.
Parc de Montjuic
With its high ceilings, arches, and airy passages, this innovative building houses the world's largest collection of Miró's work plus British art, from 1945 to 1968-that is, postwar to Pop.
Park Guell 91
Carrer Olot 5
This park is one of Gaudí's, and Barcelona's, most pleasant and stimulating places to spend a few hours.
Baixada del Monestir, 9
This peaceful old convent was first opened to the public in 1983 and is now a museum of monastic life.
Carrer de Mallorca, 401
This Gaudi-designed church is a tour fixture for almost every visitor to Barcelona... “Holy Family” is one of the world’s most debated works of architecture.
Casa Batllo 89
Passeig de Gracia, 43
This masterful work by Gaudí is part of the famous "Apple of Discord" and was built between 1904 and 1906 in pure Modernist style, with ceramic coloured glass disks and a fishscale roof.
Placa del Rei, s/n
This square is the setting for numerous cultural activities (concerts, plays etc) and is the heart of the Gothic quarter. Here you can view some of the city's most important medieval buildings.
Francesc Ferrer I Guardia 7
The Pavelló Mies van der Rohe is not only a work of breathtaking beauty and simplicity, it is a highly influential building emblematic of the modern movement.
Finca Guell 78
Av. Pedralbes 7
The Finca Güell, the country estate of Eusebi Güell, features three works by Gaudí, the industrialist's favorite architect.
Casa Vicens 76
Carrer de les Carolines, 18-24
The angular, turreted 1888 Casa Vicens was one of Gaudí’s first commissions.