1929 WORLD FAIR
Entering the mountain
In 1929 Barcelona celebrated its 2nd World Fair, and this square with an impressive fountain rising in the center of the turn-about, was the entrance to it. The gate to the pavilions was flanked by two towers inspired in the belltower of the Cathedral of Saint Marco, in Venice. Here you can also see the former bullring Las Arenas, now a shopping mall that has kept the original outer skin of the building. Contemporary architecture lovers will love to hear everything about how architect Richard Rogers planned its refurbishment.
In the area of the 1929 World Fair you can visit the reconstruction of the German pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe (a must for any architecture lover!), located across the street from the beautiful Casaramona textile factory (now an Art Center).
CITY VIEWS FROM PALAU NACIONAL
The city at your feet
The impressive building of the National Palace, home to the MNAC museum is also worth a stop: the city views from there are spectacular.
Note that this tour does not include visiting the MNAC museum as it takes too long, but it is possible to add extra hours on request to fit it in.
When Barcelona was put on the map
Walk to the funicular station and ride it down hill to Poblesec to enjoy some tapas in a local off the beaten path bar: our favorite is tiny and has no tables, only stools around the counter. Or we can take a short subway or taxi ride from there to get somewhere else for a seat-down round of tapas.
MONTJUIC CASTLE BY CABLECAR
Ride a panoramic cable car to visit the Castle of Montjuic, from where you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best views over the city and learn about the wars and dictatorships that have savaged the city in the past.