Things to Do in Barcelona - page 6
Spanning an area of 38 square miles (98 square kilometers), Delta del Llobregat is one Catalonia’s most important wetland zones and its second largest delta. Here you will find 20 natural habitats and designated areas of conservation that support a rich biodiversity of plant species—and make it an excellent spot for bird-watching.
Situated on the banks of the Llogrebat River on the outskirts of Barcelona, RCDE Stadium is the home field of the RCD Espanyol football (soccer) club, one of the top teams in the Spanish league and the crosstown rival of FC Barcelona. Built in 2009, the 40,000-capacity stadium ranks among the best sporting venues in Spain.
The Sant Joan Funicular Railway runs from the Montserrat Monastery up to the very peak of the mountain. Built in 1918 for monks wishing to pray at the Hermitage of Sant Joan, it trundles up the 65-percent gradient to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level for stupendous views across the wild, arid landscapes of Catalonia.
A fun-packed family day out can be had at Illa Fantasia Water Park, half an hour north ofBarcelona city center in the seaside town of Vilassar de Dalt. With more than 20 rides andseveral large swimming and wave pools, the park is one of Europe’s largest; for toddlers thereare gentle lazy river rides and baby pools to splash around in, while adrenaline-junky youngsterswill love the hair-raising speed rides and races through tubes and spirals. As well as all thewatery attractions, the park also offers mini-golf, a kiddies’ playground and a pirate ship toexplore. There are also several eating options – from picnic tables and barbecue pits to stalls selling fast food or the formal EL Chef restaurant. Family-friendly facilities also include lockers,free car parking and plenty of shade for hot summer days.
Dating back to the 18th century, Barcelona's House of Silk (La Casa de la Seda) was once home to the guild of silk-sail-makers in the city. The 300-year-old exterior reflects the elegance and social status that guilds had at the time and much of the original façade remains, rendering the home a popular stop among architecture aficionados. Visitors will encounter intricate Baroque work and a corner balcony featuring a figure of Our Lady of Angels, as well as interior rooms decorated with fine wood, silk walls and religious items, such as an ivory Christ figure and a 17th-century cabinet decorated with religious paintings.
Today, the House of Silk is home to the College of Mayor Art Seda de Barcelona. Guided tours take visitors through the guild hall, presidential office, meeting room and the library, which holds more than 3,000 historical documents.
Whether interested in Barcelona history or simply an admirer of beautiful homes, a visit to the House of Silk is a great way to learn about the national culture of the city throughout years past.
Barcelona’s nightlife is well known throughout Europe and across the world, and Otto Zutz Club is a cornerstone of its club scene. Housed in a former textile factory, its dance floors and multiple bars are spread out over three levels and can hold more than 1,000 people.
The interior is well designed and contemporary, yet maintains an industrial feel. Each level is themed with different music and often features some of Europe’s best DJs, allowing for variety throughout the night. R&B, funk, and hip hop are most frequently played.
As a sophisticated venue, Otto Zutz tends to draw a well-dressed crowd. It is popular with locals and visitors alike and is regarded to be one of the best nightclubs in the city. Long lines are common on most nights, so it’s best to arrive early or find a way to get on the list to avoid waiting for entry.
Learn about the past, present, and future of cannabis and hemp at the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Barcelona—one of the largest cannabis museums in the world. Housed in the historic Palau Mornau, the museum’s collection of art, artefacts, and exhibits cover the history, cultivation, and use of the controversial plant.
Built in 1905, the Old Estrella Damm Factory (Antigua Fabrica Estrella Damm) was a working brewery until 1992. Today, it is used as a space to host cultural and musical events, including shows, concerts, and festivals, and functions as S. A. Damm’s corporate headquarters, complete with a permanent exhibit on the history of Barcelona’s iconic beer brand, Estrella Damm.
Tucked down a side street in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Els Quatre Gats (The Four Cats) is one of the city’s most famous restaurants and a memorable location for a cup of coffee or some Catalan cuisine. The tavern was fashioned after Le Chat Noir in Paris and quickly became a favorite haunt of Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí.
Whether you’ve managed to snag tickets for a home game or booked a behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary Camp Nou Stadium, a visit to FC Barcelona Museum is a must for football (soccer) fans. The museum sits next door to the stadium, bringing fans closer to the city’s favorite team through a series of interactive exhibits and galleries.
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