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Barceloneta

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Barceloneta is bordered by Barcelona's Port Vell harbour on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. This old neighborhood of fishermen underwent major developments due to the Olympic Games, held in the city in 1992. The Barceloneta beach gained status as the best urban beach in the World and now extends for over 4 kilometers. Despite strong growth in tourism, Barceloneta has preserved its soul and remains a popular area of the city, as evidenced by the faded facades of the buildings and its reputation as a favourite meeting point. You will find many typical tapas bars on Carrer de Ginebra, which leads to the church of Sant Miquel del Port. It is also very nice to have a drink on a terrace facing the sea while watching the sunset.

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Museu d'Història de Catalunya. Located in the old warehouse on Old Port (Port Vell), the museum presents the history of Catalonia from its distant roots to the present day in an interactive and innovative way. The museum also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Plaça Pau Vila, 3. Open from Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-19:00, Wednesday: 10:00-20:00, Sunday & public holidays: 10:00-14:30.4, reduced rate: 3 for persons under 18 and students, free admission for visitors over 65 and for everyone on the first Sunday of each month.

Aquarium. It is the largest aquarium in Europe dedicated to the marine life of Mediterranean. The highlight of the visit is the Oceanarium, where you will pass under an 80-meter underwater tunnel. Ideal for a family visit. Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell. Weekdays: 09:30-21:00, weekends and holidays: 09:30-21:30, July and August: open till 23:00. 18, 13 for visitors aged 3 to 12, 15 for visitors over 60.

Transbordador Aeri del Port. This Port Cable Car, built in 1931, offers a spectacular view of the city. Its cabin, hanging at 70 m above the sea, connects the Port Vell with Montjuic hill every 10 -15 minutes. Torre de Sant Sebastià at the end of Passeig Joan de Borbó. Closed from January to mid-February. Hours vary depending on the season, generally from 10:00 to 19:00. 10, 15 return ticket.

Seaside. Barceloneta beach attracts crowds of tourists and locals with the first rays of sunshine. The beach is marked by L'Estel Ferit sculpture, four twisted cubes representing the legendary seafront bars and restaurants, or xiringuitos, which lined up along the Barceloneta coastline.

Maremagnum. This shopping and entertainment center located in the Port Vell is the only place open on Sundays and holidays. Moll d'Espanya, 5. Open daily from 10:00 to 22:00.

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El Born

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La Ribera is one of the four neighborhoods that make up the Old City. Once one of the most prosperous districts in Barcelona, it has retained many monuments of its glorious past, as evidenced by the Carrer Montcada. This aristocratic street, formerly the home of great merchants and the nobility of the thirteenth to the eighteenth century, is the most important area of mediaeval architecture, including the world- famous Picasso Museum. The Born, just below Carrer de la Princesa, is the most touristic district in the old city. Passeig del Born, the central boulevard, represents the creativity and vitality that characterizes this area. Along its narrow streets you will find many bars, restaurants and boutique shops.

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Passeig del Born. It is the favorite area for a pleasant walk during the day or at night, full of bars, cafés and restaurants. Down the street is the old wholesale market (Mercat del Born). Built in 1874, this market is presently being rehabilitated to become a museum.

Eglise Santa Maria del Mar. This church, which was completed in 1380, is a fine example of Catalan Gothic style. Passeig del Born, 1. From Monday to Saturday: 09:00-13:30 / 16:30-20:00, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00-13:30 / 16:30-20:00.

Palau de la Música Catalana. This concert hall, being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a masterpiece of modernist style. Enjoy your stay listening to a concert of flamenco or jazz in this legendary auditorium. C / Palau de la Música, 4. Guided tours every day from 10:00 to 15:30. 15, reduced rate for students and pensioners: 7.5.

Parc de la Ciutadella. This large park in the city center is a true oasis of peace. It hosts the city's zoo, the beautiful Cascada (monumental fountain designed ​​with the assistance of Gaudí), the Parliament of Catalonia and a small lake, perfect for a romantic boat ride. Passeig de Picasso.

Carrer Montcada. This historically important street contains many palaces, mansions and courtyards of medieval Barcelona.

Arc de Triomf. This monument was built in the classical style for the Universal Exhibition of 1888. It represented the entrance of the exhibition located on the Passeig Lluís Companys and the Ciutadella Park. Passieg Lluís Companys.

Musée Picasso. Five palaces presently constitute the famous Picasso Museum. It contains more than 3,800 works by the artist, including his first paintings, and the complete series of Las Meninas. C / Montcada, 15-23. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-20:00. 11, reduced rate for students and pensioners: 6. Free admission on the first Sunday of each month.

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Eixample

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Eixample is the true exhibit of Modernist style right in the open air. This district was designed as an extension of the Old City in 1860, after the destruction of its walls. It was the home of the Barcelona bourgeoisie, who requested great architects such as Gaudí and Domènech i Montaner to build their extraordinary houses. Passeig de Gràcia is the heart of this district. This main street hosts the Manzana de la Discordia: a group of three major buildings of the Modernist style: la Casa Battló, la Casa Lleó Morera and la Casa Amatller. Further to the east is the Sagrada Familia, the magnificent cathedral built by brilliant architect Antoni Gaudí.

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Passeig de Gràcia. You should not miss this main-street of the Eixample district. You'll find here the most famous buildings of the city and also numerous boutiques and fashionable shops.
 

Sagrada Familia. This symbol of Barcelona is the work of the well-known Antoni Gaudí. Started in 1882, its construction continues at present according to his timeless design. The Crypt and the Facade of the Nativity were declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2005. Mallorca, 401. From October to March: 09:00-18:00, from April to September: 09:00-20:00. 13, reduced rate: 11 for children, students and pensioners.
 

Casa Battló. Gaudí took advantage of the renovation of a building in Passeig de Gràcia to create a daring work, mixing colors and unusual materials. The building was completed in 1906. Passeig de Gracia, 43. Open every day from 09:00 to 21:00. 18.15, reduced rate: 14.5 for students and pensioners.
 

Casa Amatller. This building was renovated in 1875 by Puig i Cadafalch at request by the Amatller family. The unusual roof takes its inspiration from the Netherlands. Restoration in progress, closed to the public.

Casa Lleó Morera. Lluis Domenech i Montaner is the designer of the renovation of this building. It belongs to the collection of the three buildings in the Manzana de la Discordia. It is not possible to visit the interior.

Casa Milà. This building, also known as La Pedrera, is the architectural work of Gaudí. This modernist style apartment building was completed in 1912. Passeig de Gràcia, 92. From November to February: 09:00-06:30, from March to October: 09:00 -20:00. 15, 11 for students.

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Gràcia

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Gràcia was an autonomous municipality until 1897, the year of its incorporation in Barcelona. Today it is a lively and Bohemian quarter, ideal for a stroll with family or friends. The Park Guëll, located in the North, is truly an architectural gem. Originally designed to be an ambitious real estate project, finally two houses were built in the middle of the countryside, including the residence of Gaudí. In the mid-August, the Festa Major de Gràcia is the main event of the neighborhood. During two weeks, the main streets are plentifully decorated with recycled objects, concerts are held all over the place, and artists literally occupy the streets.

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Park Guëll. This extraordinary park brings the nature and spectacular architectural elements into harmony. From the park entrance, after passing the first pavilion, you will see the staircase leading to the masterful hypostyle hall, consisting of 86 columns. The park was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984. C/ D'Olot. From May to August: 10:00-21:00, from November to February: 10:00-18:00, in March and October: 10:00-19:00.

Casa Vicens. Completed in 1888, this oriental-style building was designed by Gaudí, as requested by Manuel Vicens Montaner. The artist combined red bricks and multicoloured ceramic tiles. The result is astonishing; this house is like no other. C/ Caroline, 24. The building is private and the interior cannot be visited.

Casa Fuster. This building, completed in 1911, is a gift from Mariano Fuster to his wife. Inspired by neo-Gothic style, the construction used many materials such as marble or slate. It is now a luxury hotel. Passeig de Gràcia, 132.

Places de Gràcia. Plaça del Sol is the best known spot, full of bars and restaurants, which attracts young people especially during the night. Plaça Rius i Taulet hosts the city hall and the "Gracia's bell tower," a tower with a clock placed to be visible from all parts of the district. Plaça de la Virreina is one of the most beautiful squares in Gràcia, here you’ll find the market which takes place every Sunday in front of the church Sant Joan. Plaça del Raspall with the Poble Romaní are frequented by the neighbourhood's traditional Gipsy community.

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Les Corts-Pedralbes

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Pedralbes is situated on the upper part of Barcelona, ​​just below the hill Collserola. This residential area is the most exclusive in Barcelona, miles away from the narrow streets of the Old City. Houses and mansions here are luxurious and spacious, and the streets are quiet and clean. This district offers a few treasures to visit in addition to the fabulous modern or ancient houses you will see around the carrer Pearson, for example the Pedralbes Monastery and the Museum of Ceramics. Les Corts district is located opposite to Pedralbes, south of Avenida Diagonal. Here is the stadium of the local football team: the Camp Nou. There are also well-preserved old farmhouses, as Can Rosés, which serves today as the quarter library.

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Pedralbes Monastery. This structure of Catalan Gothic style will immerse you into the everyday life of the Poor Holy sisters, a community of nuns who lived on its grounds from its foundation until 1983. Baixada del Monestir, 9. From April to September: weekdays: 10:00-17:00, weekends: 10:00-19:00. From October to March: Weekdays: 10:00-14:00, weekends: 10:00-17:00. 7, 5 for visitors under 25 and over 65.


Museum of Ceramics. Located on the first floor of the Palau de Pedralbes, the former Catalan residence of the Spanish Royal Family, this museum houses valuable Spanish ceramics from different centuries. Avinguda Diagonal, 686. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00. 5, 3 for students and pensioners.
 

Pavillions de la Finca Güell. The first work of Gaudí was ordered by Eusebi Güell, who commanded him to enlarge his family house. He redesigned the garden and built two entrance houses, connected by a portal – in the shape of a mythological dragon. Avinguda Pedralbes 7. Guided tours in English on weekends: at 10:15 and 12:15. 6, 3 for children and visitors over 65.
 

Plaça de la Concòrdia. This square hosts the church Santa Maria del Remei, designed by Josep Oriol Mestres, who also created the facade of the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia. At No. 13 is the Casa San Déu: this house was built in 1897 and today serves as a citizens’ center.

Camp Nou. Its name, "new stadium" in Catalan, was approved by its members in 2001. With a capacity of over 99,000 visitors, it is the largest stadium in Europe. You can visit the locker rooms, the Chapel and also the Presidential Box, and perhaps see some great players. Avinguda Aristides Maillol. From Monday to Saturday: 10:00-20:00. 22, 16.50 for children aged 6 to 13.

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Sants-Montjuïc

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Montjuïc hill is located in the Sants neighborhood. Just minutes from the city centre, you will find a haven of peace with an impressive panoramic view of Barcelona and the sea. This green space was urbanized on the occasion of the International Exhibition of 1929 and its development was accelerated for the 1992 Olympics. Moreover, you find the Olympic Ring on its heights. There are various gardens, such as the gardens of Joan Brossa or the Botanical Gardens, down the hill. Museums of great historical value are also situated here, such as the MNAC and the Military Museum, located inside the Castell de Montjuïc. On summer evenings, do not miss the fabulous spectacle of the Magic Fountain.

 

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Foundation Joan Miró. It houses the largest collection of works by this Catalan artist: more than 14,000 pieces are exposed. Montjuïc Park. Thursday: 10:00-21:30, Sunday: 10:00-14:30. From July to September: 10:00-20:00. From October to June: 10:00-19:00. Closed on Monday. €10, reduced rate:  7.

Botanical Garden. In this 14-hectare garden you will find collections of Mediterranean plants from around the world. Constantly changing, the garden evolved with the seasons and plantations. From October to March: 10:00-18:00, April, May and September: 10:00-19:00, from June to August: 10:00-20:00. 3.50, 1.70 for visitors under 25.

Magic Fountain. The largest fountain in Barcelona was constructed for the International Exhibition. It offers a spectacular display of colour, light, motion, music and fireworks. Plaça Carles Buïgas. Fall / winter: Friday and Saturday: 19:00-21:00. Spring / summer: from Thursday to Saturday: 21:00-23:30.

Catalan National Art Museum (MNAC).  This museum, located in the Palace of Montjuïc, offers an extensive collection of Catalan works from several artistic disciplines such as sculpture, painting or wood engraving. Palau Nacional de Montjuïc. From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-19:00. Sunday: 10:00-14:30. 10, 7 for students, free admission for visitors over 65, under 16 and on every first Sunday of each month.

Montjuïc Castle. This castle, which houses a military museum, has a very dark past. The city of Barcelona was bombed from its heights at different periods of its history and it also served as a military prison until 1960. Carretera de Montjuïc, 66. From October to March: daily 09:00-19:00, from April to September: daily 09:00-21:00. Free admission.

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Poblenou-Vila Olímpica

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Poblenou, this former epicenter of Catalan and Iberian industry has undergone a dramatic transformation. Surrounded by an extensive cluster of factories till the 60s, the neighborhood became more residential with the decline of the industry. You can still find some of the old factories being restored, such as Can Felipa and Can Ricart. The Rambla del Poblenou is the main social and commercial center of the district. This avenue includes several vibrant modernist buildings. To enjoy the sun and the sea, the Bogatell beach is the ideal place; particularly popular with the young crowd during the summer months. The Vila Olímpica, located west of Poblenou, created to house athletes during the 1992 Olympics, is now full of trendy bars, nightclubs and casinos to keep you awake till dawn.

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Vila Olímpica. The Torre Mapfre and the Hotel Arts are the symbols of the Vila Olímpica, this former industrial district. Completely reconstructed for the Olympics, it now attracts a large crowd of young citizens and tourists to mingle in Barcelona bars and discos along the seaside. Its beach Nova Icaria is mainly frequented by families with children.

Rambla del Poblenou. Originally named the Passeig del Triomf, this typical rambla is the ideal place for a stroll, lined with traditional shops, bars and restaurants’ terraces.

Bogatell beach. This long beach is popular with both tourists and the locals. There are various beach bars (chiringuitos) which offer different musical atmosphere. This beach is ideal for an afternoon swim and relaxing time with family and friends.

Torre Agbar. This tower, nicknamed the "suppository" for obvious reasons, was designed by the renowned architect Jean Nouvel. 144 m of height, it houses the head office of the Aigües de Barcelona Group. Its distinctive feature is the temperature sensors in the outside of the tower that regulate the opening and closing of the window, reducing the consumption of energy for air conditioning. Avinguda Diagonal, 211.

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Barri Gotic

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The Barri Gotic Quarter, situated in the heart of the old city, is a must in Barcelona. Picturesque, lively, historical: no shortage of colorful adjectives to describe this district! It consists of medieval small streets where you will enjoy getting lost in many of the squares full of life. Built by the Romans, the Gothic Quarter has preserved its unique heritage and includes some architectural gems such as the Cathedral, the Church of Santa Maria del PI or Frederic Mares Museum. Las Ramblas, the most emblematic artery in the city, is not to be missed. Over a mile long, this promenade is crowded with both tourists and locals and is full of small shops, human statues, street performers, painters, bird’s merchants and flower shops.

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Las Ramblas. This main tourist street in central Barcelona is alive day and night.

Plaça Reial. This Beautiful square is lined with many restaurants and some of the city's most famous nightclubs. The two street lanterns near the Fountain of the Three Graces are the work of Gaudi.

Plaça Sant Jaume. This is the square in which the City Hall and the Palace of the Generalitat, the regional government headquarters, are based. Every Sunday at 18:30, people come to dance the Sardana, the national dance of Catalonia.

Plaça del Pi. A haven of peace in the heart of Barcelona. This place is ideal to sit and have a drink in the open air, with the view of the church Santa Maria del Pi.

Portal del Angel. Bordered by well-known shopping brands, this pedestrian street is a paradise for shopaholics.

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. This Gothic cathedral is dedicated to St. Eulalia, co-patron saint of Barcelona. Its construction begun in 1298, but the neo-Gothic main façade was added at the end of the 19th century. Plaça de la Seu, ​​3. Open daily from 13:00 to 17:00. €6.

City History Museum. In its underground part, you will discover remains of Roman settlement, founded 2,000 years ago. You can then admire  various medieval buildings, such as Palau Reial or Casa Padellàs, a Gothic palace. Plaça del Rei. From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-19:00, Sunday: 10:00-20:00. €7, €5 for visitors under 25 and above 65.

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Raval

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The Raval, which name derived from the Arabic word Rabad, means "neighborhood". This area, which borders the Ramblas, gets its bad reputation for its illegal activities such as street prostitution or drug dealing, which takes place especially at the bottom part of the district. Yet the Raval has another face, that of modernity, diversity and creativity. You will notice it while walking down the carrer de l'Hospital or carrer dels Tallers: with many vintage shops, theaters, alternative bars and oriental restaurants. If you are interested in contemporary art, go to MACBA. This museum contains works of many international artists mainly from the second half of the 20th century. Otherwise, stroll with friends the streets of this colorful neighborhood, and do not forget to take a detour through the Rambla del Raval.

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Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. CBAC, housed in a former hospice (Casa de la Caritat), offers many exhibitions related to the city and urban culture. From architecture to the art of the 20th century, the exhibition is constantly changing. C/ Montalegre, 5. From Tuesday to Sunday: 11:00-20:00. 5, 3 for visitors under 25 years and pensioners.

Church of Sant Pau del Camp. This building of Lombard Romanesque style is one of the oldest churches in Barcelona. Despite various attacks and reconstructions, the charm and beauty of its cloister remained intact. Sant Pau, 101. Monday: 17:00-20:00, from Tuesday to Friday: 10:00-13:30 / 17:00-20:00, Saturday: 10:00-13:30.

Ancient Hospital de la Santa Creu. This former hospital, now a Catalan library and center of art schools and other cultural organizations, is a marvel of Catalan Gothic architecture. The building, which was Barcelona’s main hospital until well into the 20th century, ​​ was constructed during the 15th century. C/ Hospital, 56.

Palau Guell. You can easily recognize the "Gaudí” style, from the well-known Catalan architect who designed this mansion for Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi. The building, daring for its time, was completed in 1890. C/ Nou de la Rambla, 3. From October to March: from Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-17:30. From April to September: from Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-20:00. 10, 8 for students under 25 and visitors over 65.

The Boqueria Market. Awarded the best market in the world by the World Markets Congress in 2005, this public market offers diverse selection of Iberian goods - ham, tapas, fresh juices, and good humor. La Rambla, 89. Open from Monday to Saturday: 08:00-20:30.

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Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

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Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, located north of Avinguda Diagonal, is one of the biggest districts and also home to the mountain of Tibidabo, the highest point of Collserola, a mountain range in the north-western part of Barcelona. This area is prosperous, you’ll be wandering among one of the most attractive, residential and wealthy neighborhoods of Barcelona. Although the quarter underwent some changes, Sarrià still retains a village atmosphere with its narrow streets and lovely houses. Tibidabo offers extensive green areas, such as Collserola Park; this protected area of 8000 hectares is home to many species. At the top, you will find the Temple of Sagrat Cor de Jesús and an Amusement Park, which provides splendid views of the city. The best way to get there is to take the Tramvia Blau, from Plaça John F. Kennedy, and then continue to the top by funicular.

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The Temple of Sagrat Cor de Jesus. Its construction began in 1902 and was not completed until 1961. Its privileged location allows you to see the buildings from all parts of Barcelona. For an even more spectacular view of the city, take the elevator to the roof. Tibidabo Hill. Open Daily: 10:30-14:00 / 15:00-19:00.

Amusement Park. This emblematic and centenary park offers all the traditional park attractions, such as Avio, the first flight simulator in history, to the latest innovations. The Krueger Hotel is undoubtedly the star attraction, thrills guaranteed! From April to September: 12:00-21:00. From October to March: 12:00-19:00. 25.20, 9 for children under 120 cm and pensioners, 5 for children under 90 cm.

Funicular. The first funicular system in Spain was inaugurated in 1901, at the same time as the Blue Tram, accessible from Plaça John F. Kennedy. The station and the streetcars have kept their old charms, and the journey through the forest is worth a try. Plaça del Doctor Andreu. February: weekends, from March to December: every day. 7.50, 4 with ticket to the amusement park.

Cosmo Caixa. This science museum is a delight for both adults and children. Do not miss the Flooded Forest, an area of ​​1000 m2 recreating the Amazonian rainforest ecosystem, where you can approach piranhas and other living species. C/ Isaac Newton, 26. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-20:00. 3, 2 for students, free admission for pensioners, children under 7 and for everyone on the first Sunday of each month.

The old town of Sarria. Sarria was one of the most prosperous villages in the region. The Carrer Major is the main street, once connecting the town to Barcelona. In the 19th century, the Catalan bourgeoisie built their summer homes there, some of which can still be seen around Plaça Vincenç.

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Horta-Guinardó

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Horta-Guinardó is the third largest district, located in the north-east part of Barcelona between the districts of Gràcia and Nou Barris. It is known for its hilly landscape, enclosed on both sides by hill and knolls, and abundance of green areas and beautiful parks, such as the Parc de Collserola, the Parc dels Tres Turons and the wonderful Parc del Laberint, that make it one of the most attractive spots for people who like to spend their holidays in peace and quiet, yet minutes from the old city. Small squares and narrow streets will remind you of its village past and you can discover true gems of avant-garde architecture nestling on the hillsides. The highest points in the area boast superb views of Barcelona; these include the Mirador d’Horta.
 

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L'Hôpital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Its history begins in 1401 with the merger of six hospitals in the city. Its Catalan Gothic style was preserved during its enlargement in 1902. This magnificent architectural complex is now registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sant Antoni Maria Claret 167. Guided visits are available from Monday to Sunday: English at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00.

Parc del Laberint d'Horta. This 55 hectares green jewel of the district is also the oldest garden in Barcelona, designed in 1792 by the Italian architect Domenico Bagutti. The park comprises an 18th century neoclassical garden with a labyrinth and a 19th century romantic garden with flower beds, small squares, and a waterfall. Pg. dels Castanyers, 1. From November to February: 10:00-18:00, March and October: 10:00 -19:00, April: 10:00 -20:00, from May to September: 10:00 -21:00.

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