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The Camp Nou was opened on 24 September 1957, the day of Barcelona's patron saint, la Mercè. The stadium holds nearly 100,000 spectators, making it Europe's largest, with a 5-star rating from UEFA. In addition, at the Camp Nou, F.C. Barcelona has a museum visited by more than a million people every year, allowing them to discover the stadium's secrets, see the stars, trophies and memorabilia associated with the club, and to visit the FCBotiga Megastore, which sells the first team's official strip as well as other Barça merchandising products.
How to get to: Camp Nou
The Casa Batlló is another of Gaudí's masterpieces, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you visit it, you can see the attic, the roof and the apartment that was home to the Batlló family, decorated in the modernista style of the period. It is one of the buildings making up the so-called "Block of Discord".
How to get to: Casa Batlló
Casa Milà "La Pedrera"
The Casa Milà, popularly know as la Pedrera ("the Quarry"), is another of Antoni Gaudí's masterpieces, and was the architect's last civil work, built between 1906 and 1912. If you visit it, you'll be able to see one of the apartments, furnished in the style of the time, access the attic (where there is an exhibition on Gaudí's work), and the roof terrace, where you'll find the famous chimneys in the form of mediaeval warriors and be able to enjoy stunning views over the Passeig de Gràcia.
How to get to: Casa Milà "La Pedrera"
The stadium played host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Olympic games, and to the Games' athletics events. If you look carefully, you can see the support on which the Olympic Flame was lit to mark the Games' opening.
How to get to: Estadi Olímpic
Mercat de La Boqueria
The Mercat de Sant Josep, more popularly know as "La Boqueria", is to be found on the Ramblas. In addition to being one of Barcelona's best-known tourist attractions, it is also very popular with locals, as it is, in fact, one of the city's municipal food markets.
How to get to: Mercat de La Boqueria
Mirador de Colom
This iron monument, 50 metres high, commemorates the visit paid to Columbus to the "Catholic Monarchs" (Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon) after returning from his first voyage to the Americas. The tower can be visited, and provides a fine vantage point for enjoying stunning vistas of Barcelona and the Mediterranean.
How to get to: Mirador de Colom
The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) is one of the city's most important museums, due to both the quality and diversity of its works, and because it is home to the world's finest collection of mural painting. Here, you can contemplate the works of universally-renowned Spanish and European artists, such as El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Canaletto, Rubens, Sisley and Rodin.
How to get to: MNAC
The Park Güell is one of Gaudí's best-known works, the perfect spot for a stroll, enjoying the natural features of the hill on which it is located and the elements the architect added. The park's symbol is the dragon presiding over the stairway at the main entrance. It is covered in Gaudí's signature trencadís style, which uses broken pieces of different-coloured tiles to decorate sculptures. Gaudí's dragon is surely one of the most popular souvenirs of Barcelona, alongside a statuette of the Sagrada Família.
How to get to: Park Güell
The Poble Espanyol ("Spanish village"), a work of architecture created for the International Exposition of 1929, was designed to be temporary and demolished after the Exhibition. Nevertheless, its popularity meant that it was conserved. It is a huge "collage" of Spanish architecture, spread across the 117 buildings it is home to: crafts workshops, shops and restaurants. The entrance is an exact reproduction of the gates of Ávila's city walls and its other buildings are reproductions of emblematic constructions of other Spanish towns and cities. This year it is opening Feeling Spain to the public, five immersive capsules created to make you discover the diversity and cultural richness of Spain: the North, the Camino de Santiago, the Mediterranean Sea, the South and the landscape of Don Quixote.
How to get to: Poble Espanyol
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, to give it its full name, is without doubt Barcelona's most famous and emblematic monument. The project was begun thanks to a private initiative by Josep María Bocabella, a bookseller from a family of printers. Gaudí began his work as architect on the church in 1883, when he was 31 years old. He worked on the Sagrada Família for more than 40 years, and even ended up living there until he was run over by a tram in 1926. Gaudí's plans were extremely ambitious, but he was only able to build the apse and the Nativity Façade, in a naturalist style on the eastern side of the building. The Passion Façade, on the other side, is decorated with sculptures by Josep María Subirachs in a very different style to the naturalist one employed by Gaudí, but depicting the subject matter indicated by the architect.
How to get to: Sagrada Família