Here in Barcelona we really are very lucky. Nestled in the north-western corner of Spain’s Mediterranean coastline we are blessed with excellent weather – hot summers and mild winters. Whether you plan on lazing on the beach, hiking up Montjuïc or the Serra De Corserola, going wine tasting in the Penedès wine region or discovering the many architectural gems in downtown Barcelona, you could not ask for a better climate. But, be warned: when it rains here it really rains! So here are some suggestions for places to visit within the city when enjoying the great outdoors is not an option.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
Not only is this a beautiful building, with exceptional views of the city below, but also the collections of Catalan art are incredibly diverse – with something for everyone! The museum is famed for its unique collection of medieval Catalan church frescoes.
Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038, Barcelona. Opening Hours: October to April (Winter) Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 18:00, Sunday and public holidays 10:00 to 15:00. May to September (Summer) Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 20:00, Sundays and public holidays 10:00 to 15:00. Closed Monday, except public holidays. Metro: (Plaça) Espanya (L1/Red Line and L3/Green Line). Website: www.museunacional.cat
Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA. Barcelona City History Museum)
The MUHBA museum is in fact spread over a number of locations throughout the city, each tending to focus on a specific element of Barcelona’s archaeological history. For fans of Roman history we recommend you head to MUHBA Plaça del Rei in the Gothic Quarter, where you can traverse the subterranean network of Roman ruins, that run below the (comparatively modern) Gothic streets above. It provides a fascinating snapshot of what life would have been like in Barcino, the Roman name for Barcelona. Check the MUHBA website for details of other locations.
MUHBA Plaça del Rei: Addresss: Plaça del Rei, s/n, 08002 Barcelona. Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 19:00, Sunday 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Monday. Metro: Jaume I (L4/Yellow Line). Website: www.museuhistoria.bcn.cat/en/node/647. General MUHBA Website: www.museuhistoria.bcn.cat
The city’s photographic archive is a treasure trove of pictures of Barcelona since photographic records began. It is home to over 2 million images (not all of them on display), and has a number of collections depicting how the city has changed over the decades.
Address: Plaça de Pons i Clerch 2 (2nd floor), 08003 Barcelona (near junction of C/Princessa and C/Comerç). Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 19:00. Closed on Sunday and public holidays. Metro: Jaume I (L2/Yellow Line) or Arc Triomfe (L2/Red Line). Website: www.bcn.cat/arxiufotografic
Museu del Modernisme Català (Catalan Modernisme Museum)
Address: C/Balmes 48, 08007 Barcelona. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 20:00, Sunday 10:00 to 14:00. Metro: Passeig de Gracia (L2/Purple Line, L3/Green Line and L4/Yellow Line) and Universitat (L1/Red Line and L2/Purple Line). Website: www.mmcat.cat
Address: Plaça Comercial 12, 08003 Barcelona. Metro: Arc Triomf (L1/Red Line), Jaume I (L4/Yellow Line) or Barceloneta (L4/Yellow Line). Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Monday, except public holidays. Website: www.elborncentrecultural.bcn.cat
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