I loved writing an art culture post for my visit to Amsterdam, so I thought I’d do the same for you all today about Barcelona. I was pleasantly surprised by the rich art culture in Barcelona. Street are bright with various paint colors, beautiful statues fill open squares, and music is almost always fills the air. Not to be missed when you visit Barcelona, so click through to read my full guide!
- Street art in Barri Gotic. I had the funnest time shooting in the little side streets. Some walls were painted so full that you could no longer see the original colors underneath! Expect traditional graffiti but also real drawings at times, with oftentimes empowering messages for the passerby.
- Live music around the Cathedral. My travel buddy and I always enjoyed watching/listening to all the melodic sounds. Some of the artists we saw included a whole band playing Spanish music for dancers in the Cathedral square, a mesmerizing guitar player, and two men singing opera. Just wander around the Cathedral and keep your ears alert, you can’t miss it.
3. Parc Guell. We all already know how much I love Parc Guell, but I had to include it in this post as well. For anybody who loves art and art culture, you can’t miss this place. It’s like stepping into a different world, where the funky tiles and wavy lines of architecture start to look more normal than the nature surrounding it. Also don’t miss some of the murals (such as the zebras pictured above) when making your way up the hill.
4. Art galleries around the city. My travel buddy and I would spend hours stumbling upon and wandering into the little art shops we found along the way. We had the most luck in Barri Gotic, where we found a store filled with hundreds of glass blown ornaments, and right next door a space filled with bizarre human-like statues.
5. Statues in every major square. In almost every square around the city (the empty spaces between buildings which is where you tend to find the outdoor bars and restaurant sitting areas) there is a huge piece of public art. For example the photo above, left half, was taken in the Placa George Orwell, where we sat and had our dinner each night. These statues are huge, make sure to take a second to stop and admire them.
6. Houses and shops along Avenue Diagonal. Walking Avenue Diagonal was one of the best choices we made during the whole trip. Designer shops and beautiful buildings along the way are enough to fill any art lovers soul. I loved this quote in the window at Valentino, and the house pictured above right by Sagrada Familia.
Hope you enjoyed this post, art lover or not! Question: when you travel, do you like to take in the art culture through the traditional museums or through life in general? My answer has to be life in general! I didn’t visit a single museum in Barcelona, but I adored soaking up the graffiti covered walls and gazing up at stunning buildings. Let me know what you think below and thanks for reading guys.