Barcelona Shore Excursions
La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona's iconic church was designed by Barcelona's most famous son Gaudi. Work began in 1883, and the spectacular building is yet to be finished. Don't miss features like the nativity theme of the frontage, the towers decorated with mosaic work, and huge doors representing faith, hope and charity.
Another Gaudi design, Parc Guell is a characterful public park. The plants are imaginative and attractive, but the premier attraction is Gaudi's design work, likeconcrete arbors and mosaic lizards.
A magnificent promenade connecting the sea Port to Placa de Catalunya, right in the middle of of old Barcelona. It's lined with shops, cafes, florists, street performers, and Boqueria, a wonderful market. Mid-way up La Rambla lies the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona's gorgeous opera theater. La Rambla end ups at the Placa de Catalunya, a large square surrounded by cafes and shops.
The Museu d'art Contemporani de Barcelona
This shining white geometric building rises above Barcelona old town. The Contemporary Art Museum collection, starting about 1945, consists of many canvases from Catalan, by local artists such as Antoni Tapies and also works by International names such as Paul Klee.
Gaudi fans will also enjoy Palau Guell, a distinctive late 19th century town house.
The Gothic Quarter reeks of characterful olde-world atmosphere. The streets are narrow and winding and packed with bustling life. Don't miss Barcelona's best kept secret, its Roman temple. Another must see is the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, a splendid building with medieval architecture.
Gaudí designed an amazing house with undulating, lifelike curves for the developer Pere Milà Camps. La Pedrera was Gaudi's last work before spending all his time to the construction of the Sagrada Família.
This area is next to the port, and was once a fishing village. It makes a pretty neighborhood, with brightly colored houses and a good beach. Keen gamblers should check out Barcelona's casino, featuring slots, roulette tables and disco.
Barcelona's Magic Fountain is a spectacular multi-media show centered on the waterfalls and ponds on Avinguda Maria Cristina which runs several evenings a week, and is a must-see if you spend some days before or after the cruise in the city.