Parks & beaches
Passeig de Picasso
This site was transformed into a park after the World's Fair of 1888. It is the ideal place for a walking tour of Catalonian architecture. In the southwestern end of the park you will find the impressive Parlament de Catalunya and, on the Passeig de Lluis Companys, the astonishing Arc de Triomf, the gateway to the 1888 World's Fair.
Carrer d'Olot 3
Designed by Gaudí, the famous architect of the church of the Sagrada Familia, Güell Park offers a superb view of the city. Gardens, sculptures and pavilions adorned with mosaics make this park a veritable green treasure trove. The park is also home to the Casa Museu Gaudí, where the architect lived for more than 20 years.
Jardí Botànic de Barcelona
c/ Dr. Font i Quer, 2, Montjuïc Park, tel. 34 93 426 49 35, www.jardibotanic.bcn.es
"Mediterranean plant life" is the theme of this botanical garden. Naturally, it features a multitude of plants from the Mediterranean basin, as well as plants from California, Chile, South Africa and Australia.
With its lovely sand beaches, which stretch over 5km a mere 10min from downtown, Barcelona offers the appeal of a large urban metropolis, combined with the charm of a Mediterranean seaside resort. Among the most popular beaches are Bogatell, Barceloneta and Nova Mar Bella, located near the Barri Gòtic, where you will find plenty of tapas restaurants lining the shore; Badalona, Castelldefels and Sitges, a bit further away, are as big as the others and accessible by train from Barcelona.