Hipmunk City Love: Artists and Cultural Wonders of Barcelona

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Barcelona is a beautiful Spanish city and the cultural heart of Catalonia. It’s set along stunning Mediterranean beaches over picturesque waters that inspire, and scenic hotspots from grand architectural structures to historic quarters are scattered through the neighborhoods. Learn more about the famous artists who built Barcelona’s galleries and streets to greatness from surrealist painter Pablo Picasso to Catalan artist Salvador Dali and architect Antonio Gaudi.

Explore Streets of Masterpiece Architecture by Antonio Gaudi

One of the most beautiful structures of the city is no doubt Sagrada Familia. This Roman Catholic Cathedral is a masterful work of architectural splendor and stunning Modernisme design to combine Art Nouveau with Gothic tradition. Next to this wonder, Gaudi constructed another — Casa Ballto with mosaic façade and colorful dragon-scales that texture the rooftop. Take a walk around a traditional Catalan neighborhood for more of Gaudi’s designs throughout the L’Eixample district. Park Guell remains a great place to get acquainted with more of this architect’s one-of-a-kind works.

Stay at Casa Fuster Hotel Designed by Domenech i Montaner

Once an elegant estate designed by Domenech i Montaner, Casa Fuster Hotel is the most luxurious of Barcelona hotels along Paseo de Gracia with easy access to top architectural attractions in L’Eixample. This establishment was designed by a master architect at the turn of the 20th Century, and in 2004 the rooms were opened as part of a luxury hotel experience. The rich architecture and decor style an Art Nouveau design with white marble columns, floral ornaments, and Mansard roof for an added touch of French influence. Sink to sleep in a memory foam bed for a good night’s rest fit for nobility.

Walk in the Footsteps of Pablo Picasso at the Gothic Quarter

Wander a labyrinth of pedestrian streets and alleyways that open up into cobblestone squares of the Gothic Quarter. This scenic district in the old city centre hosts Roman ruins at the Temple of Augustus and Medieval architecture with historic towers and cathedrals. When in this old quarter, stop by the café Els Quatre Gats or “The Four Cats”. This eatery was frequented by Pablo Picasso in his early days, and characterizes the Catalonian expression “only a few people” with an intimate dining experience. Afterwards, walk the gallery halls for masterful surrealism at the nearby Museum of Picasso.

Set Out for Salvador Dali’s Hometown of Figueres

Don’t miss out on a chance for an excursion to the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in his hometown Figueres. It’s easy to reach this prized cultural attraction with the day-trips that embark from Barcelona. The museum itself is an art exhibition inside and out, as each room remains open to interpretation depending which way it’s viewed. That is, perception is key in the Dali Museum, as it’s captured this artist’s grand vision of a surrealist’s dream of reality.

The best way to see Barcelona is through the artists that built this city to grandeur and fame. Plan a stay with hotels in Barcelona near artist’s attractions and gorgeous structures. Capture masterful scenes of architecture and art when walking the paths of giants that built this Catalan city to greatness.

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