Barcelona is thousands of years old and legend says that Hannibal’s father founded Barcelona. The Romans did build a military camp around 15 BC and parts of Roman structures can be found today. It grew in size primarily because of its harbor. The Visigoths captured Barcelona in the 5th century followed by the Islamic invaders in 831. The French wrestled it back and made it a buffer state. Barcelona join other Catalan counties to make the principality of Catalonia in 1137. When Aragon united with Castile in 1469, Madrid became capitol and Barcelona started a decline. During the civil war in the 1930’s it was a strong hold of Republicans. The current insurgency movement is not new to Barcelona, this activity led to the Catalan Revolt of 1640-52. In recent decades Barcelona has gain more autonomy from Spain and economically grown. It hosted the 1992 Summer Olympic games. Noted Gaudi architecture make it one of Europe’s most desired city to visit.

Regions of Barcelona…
Ciutat Vella
  • Barceloneta
  • Barri Gòtic
  • La Ribera
  • El Raval
Sants – Montjuic
Sant Marti
Inland Suburbs
Points of Interests in Barcelona…
Listed are some of the most interesting places to visit and see in Barcelona.
* UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may sort the table below by alpha name, type of site, classification of site, area and district of Barcelona
Sagrada FamíliaReligiousChurchEixample
Casa BatlloLandmarkGaudi Bldg.Eixample
La Pedrera - Casa MilaLandmarkGaudi Bldg.Eixample
Saint Paul's HospitalLandmarkHospitalEixample
Hotel MajesticLandmarkBuildingEixample
Palau de la Música CatalanaLandmarkAudiroriumCiutat VellaLa Ribera
Basilica of Santa Maria del MarReligiousBasilicaCiutat VellaLa Ribera
La RamblaLandmarkBoulevardCiutat VellaRaval
Plaça Sant JaumeLandmarkSquareCiutat VellaBarri Gòtic
L'AquariumAttractionAquariumCiutat VellaBarceloneta
Arc de TriompheLandmarkMonument ArchCiutat VellaBarceloneta
Parc de la CiutadellaParkCity Park & ZooCiutat VellaBarceloneta
DrassanesMuseumMarineCiutat VellaRaval
Day Trips from Barcelona…
  • Andorra
  • Besalú
  • Castellfollit de la Roca
  • Costa Brava
  • Figueres
  • Girona
  • Montserrat
  • Monteseny
  • Penedès wine region
  • The Pyrenees
  • Sitges
  • Sant Cugat del Valles
  • Tarragona
  • Tavertet

Transportation in Barcelona…