A visit to the Picasso Museum, which spans five large medieval mansions in the Gothic Quarter, and the Miró Foundation, created by the great rationalist architect Josep Lluís Sert in the middle of Montjuïc, should spark plenty of conversation about art, architecture, urban planning and commitment to the city.
Barcelona has a vibrant contemporary art scene, with an outstanding selection of galleries, art fairs and prestigious museums and art centers, such as the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, CaixaForum, the Joan Miró Foundation and the Tàpies Foundation. Visiting them in the company of professionals from the sector is an absolute privilege: we propose a route including those museums that best adapt to the traveler’s interests, a personalized tour of the city’s galleries, or meetings with artists.
But if you’re looking for creativity, innovation, skill and sophistication in Catalan haute cuisine, you can’t leave Barcelona without eating at the best restaurants in the world. A city where Michelin stars abound.
Romanesque masterpieces were rescued, such as Christ in Majesty, from the Church of St. Clement of Tahull, and transferred to the MNAC in 1920, where they have been ever since. This museum is not-to-be-missed: in addition to the magnificent collection of European medieval art, it is located in the National Palace in Montjuïc, which offers incredible views of the entire city.
The construction of buildings began—inspired by shapes from nature—appealing to an unusual sensuality and offering new ways of living. Gaudí, a leading artist of his time, shaped Modernism by devising a way to charm the city’s wealthy bourgeoisie families, creating fantastic places for them, such as La Pedrera and the magical Güell Park. However, his magnum opus is indisputably the Sagrada Familia church. Though he died before it was completed, he left behind instructions for everything from the tips of the towers to the candelabras on the altar. Incredible Gaudí. A truly special way to get to know Barcelona.
Fashion experts will accompany visitors to private showrooms, giving them the chance to buy Barcelona fashion before everyone else. And for those who want to visit the big names in fashion, we have prepared an itinerary with a selection of the most exclusive stores. We will also take them to the most important fashion events and shows. So that travelers come and… dress in Barcelona fashion!
A visit to the Theater-Museum, where many of Dalí’s most emblematic works are on display, provides the full experience of what his work meant to him. If we are to follow his journey throughout the Mediterranean, essential viewing includes Portlligat, where famous artist guests included Picasso, Duchamp and Lorca, and the medieval Púbol Castel, an homage in every way to his wife, Gala Dalí.
Barcelona is one of the cities in Europe that co-exists most naturally with its vestiges of the past, and whose origins it also superbly preserves. THE REAL THING invites you to embark on a fascinating journey in time where, though architecture, we will slowly reveal all of the secrets to the city’s history: the remains of the Roman Temple of Augustus; the splendor of Romanesque churches and monasteries, perfectly preserved; the outstanding example of Catalan Gothic that is the Church of Santa Maria del Mar; public buildings and palaces of the new social classes which emerged as a result of the wealth brought by the sea; the successive walls that stifled the city…
Come with us and fall in love with its beautiful masonry and its intense history.
You won’t want to miss our post-market plan either: a cooking workshop led by one of our chefs with whom we will cook—and eat—the delicious food we buy in the market.
And if you’re not in the mood for cooking, an alternative for after the market is to have a vermouth in one of the traditional bodegas which still maintains every bit of its authenticity: the soul of Barcelona.
THE REAL THING can organize a guided tour with a sports journalist, ensuring that you don’t miss a thing while you visit the club that has dominated the global football scene in recent years. But the real show is watching the club’s stars in action: Iniesta, Xavi, Neymar and, Leo Messi, who many consider to be the greatest player in the world. Should we book our tickets?
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A singular perspective of the city: dare to change your point of view and you will discover another Barcelona.