The Catalan city is saturated with art; the influences of the artists Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Miró, and architect Antoni Gaudí can be seen nearly everywhere. Even so, this Mediterranean port was overlooked for decades, until the 1992 Olympics set off a chain reaction that reinvigorated Barcelona. The city’s tradition of experimentation with design and cuisine helped set the stage for its bold fusion estaurants and cutting-edge design shops. Today, Spain’s second largest metropolis is buzzing.
Browsing the Boqueria market (halfway down Las Ramblas); the eruption of colors and aromas whet the appetite for one of the city’s main events: Mediterranean cuisine.
Wandering through the cool pedestrian-only streets of Gothic Quarter, from the Rambla over to the Born and the Santa Maria del Mar basilica, the city’s most peaceful structure.
Gaudí´s iconic sandcastle-like Sagrada Familia church and his other principal art nouveau creations: Parc Güell, Casa Milá (La Pedrera), Casa Batlló, Casa Vicens and Palau Güell, each unique and yet each unmistakably Gaudí.