Barcelona Map - Barcelona visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Barcelona Map' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Catalonia.
Barcelona is the capital city of the Catelonia region of Spain. This world-class city is one of the most popular travel destinations in Spain, full of museums and art galleries, home to the art of Antoni Gaudí and lined with beautiful beaches.
This Barcelona map and guide shows a virtual tour of sights, attractions, hotels and places of interest in Barcelona. Using 360° panoramas linked to the map of Barcelona with travel information, this unique guide helps you to explore Barcelona while planning your visit.
Barcelona - Background
According to myth, Barcelona was either founded by Hercules around 400BC or by Hamilcar Barca, father of Hannibal, in the 3rd century BC who named it 'Barcino' after his family. It was developed by the Romans, and the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) shows classical Roman street layout. After the Romans came the Goths and the then Moors. In 801 it was captured by Louis, son of Charlemagne and then ruled by the Counts of Barcelona.
The influence of Barcelona continued to grow, encapsulating the whole of Catalonia. There then followed a golden era of expansion and wealth based on Mediterranean trade, reinforced by various marriage alliances. This continued until the marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile in 1469, when the power base of the newly united Spain moved to Madrid. The discovery of the Americas also reduced the importance of Mediterranean trade was reduced.
Today, Barcelona is still an important port city, but also thrives on travel and tourism. The centuries have left Barcelona with many impressive and important buildings and museums. The climate if favourable as are the city beaches, drawing millions of tourists each year.
Barcelona - Top 10 Attractions
Many people travel to Barcelona for the festivals, Gaudi's buildings, the beaches and museums. This is a list of the 10 most visited attractions in Barcelona:
- Sagrada Familia - the top attraction in Barcelona, this famous cathedral church by Antonio Gaudi whose construction started in 1882 and is expected to be completed around 2080.
- L'Aquarium de Barcelona - located at Port Vell ( Barcelona Port Area), Barcelona Aquarium is the second most popular attraction in the city.
- Poble Espanyol de Montjuic - outdoor architectural museum with buildings styles from all over Spain. It also hosts a large collection of artisan and craft workshops and shops.
- La Pedrera - Casa Mila - designed by Antonio Gaudi with a famous, wavy facade
- Barcelona FC Museum - includes museum full of trophies and tour of the stadium, VIP lounges and changing rooms.
- Barcelona Zoo - based in Parc de la Ciutadella, full of animals from all over the world.
- Picasso Museum - very popular gallery laid to show the development of Picasso's paintings over time.Imax Cinema - next to Barcelona Aquarium, this is a hugely popular attraction with a 3D 'Killer Shark' IMAX experience.
- Fundacio Joan Miró Museum - located in the Parc de Montjuïc, showing Miró's art from 1914 onwards with an associated Sculpture Garden.
- Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Museum of Art of Catalunya) - the MNAC houses Catalonian art throughout the centuries.
Barcelona - Other Attractions
Aside from the 'Top 10 Attractions' listed above, there are many other places of interest for visitors, including:
- Magic Fountain of Montjuic - spectacular fountains with nightly, lit, displays near to Placa Espanya.
- Las Ramblas - the most famous street (actually several joined streets) in Barcelona, lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and street artists.Parc Güell - famous park full of architecture, sculptures and other stuff by Antoni Gaudí.
- Cathedral of Santa Eulalia - main cathedral church of Barcelona with panoramic views of the city from the roof.
- Olympic Stadium - open to the public on the top of Montjuic.
- Sant Francesc de Sales - 19th century church with highly decorated interior.
- Barcelona Beach - Barcelona is bless with several beaches along the front starting at the Port Olympic Marina, popular with locals and tourists alike.
- Plaça de Catalunya - one of the main squares in Barcelona, site of many football celebrations and location of the main Tourist Information Centre.Arc de Triomf - triumphal arch in colourful brickwork was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1888.Peix at Barcelona Olympic Village - the 'Barcelona Fish' is one of the most eye-catching works of public art in Bracelona.
Barcelona - Local
- Apartments offer many advantages over hotels. You can cook for yourself, mingle with the locals and relax in your own private corner of the city. So why not consider a Barcelona apartment on your next visit?
Barcelona Tourist Information Centre
Plaça de Catalunya
Tel: 906 30 12 82
Ferry: Services from Barcelona serve Balearic Islands, and from Rome, docking near the end of the Ramblas.
Flight: Barcelona International Airport and transfer by train, bus or taxi.
Train: Barcelona-Sants, west of the city center, or Barcelona-Estació de França.
Barcelona - Car Hire
While many of Barcelona's attractions are accessible from the public transport network, much more is on offer you are willing to travel a little further. Convenient car hire from Car Hire Barcelona Airport and other locations allows you to travel further cheaply.