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Barcelona: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Entrance Ticket

1. Barcelona: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Entrance Ticket

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) is located in the Palau Nacional of Montjuïc, which was built for the International Exposition of 1929. During your visit to the museum you’ll have the opportunity to see the works of artists of Catalan Modernism, including Gaudí and Casas. Admire masterpieces by great European Renaissance and Baroque painters, such as Tiziano and Velázquez. See the museum’s collection of photography as well. The collections are displayed on 2 floors and you should plan on spending a couple of hours at the museum to ensure that you have time to see it all. In addition to exploring the collections, you’ll have a chance to learn about the history of the building. Afterward, you can head up to the rooftop, which is the perfect spot for enjoying panoramic views of the city. Current Temporary Exhibition: Turner. Light is Colour For the English Romantic painter, watercolorist and printmaker Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) the elements of nature are abstract forces, with their own symbolism and meaning. This exhibition explores his fascination with meteorological and atmospheric phenomena, from the beginning of his work, in the 1790s, to the late 1840s. Current Temporary Exhibition: Annibale Carracci. The Frescoes of the Herrera Chapel More than two hundred years ago, the frescoes that adorned the walls of Rome’s Herrera chapel, painted by Annibale Carracci (1560-1609) and his studio, were torn down and never seen together again, until now. The murals are currently distributed among the Museu Nacional and the Museo Nacional del Prado, and the altar painting is kept at the church of Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli in Rome. Thanks to a collaboration between the three institutions, this spectacular pictorial ensemble is being presented for the first time; Carracci’s final, and least known, artistic creation.

Barcelona: Montjuïc, Raval and Gothic Quarter E-Bike Tour

2. Barcelona: Montjuïc, Raval and Gothic Quarter E-Bike Tour

Ride through Port Vell, Parc de la Ciutadella, the Gothic Quarter, and Montjuïc hill on this guided e-bike tour of Barcelona. Save your strength with the bike's electronic assist. Discover iconic landmarks like the Cascada fountain, Montjuïc Castle, and Pedró Square. Meet your guide and get set up with your high-quality e-bike. Start your tour below the Arc de Triomf, one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Then ride through Parc de la Ciutadella, the green oasis where you can see the sparkling Cascada fountain. Peddle to Barcelona’s Port Vell, the city’s historical port. Watch yachts bobbing on the water and pass the glitzy Maremagnum leisure center and Cristobal Columbus statue. Cruise through the Miramar and Joan Brossa gardens and pass by the Joan Miró Foundation.  Admire views of Montjuïc Castle as you make your way up the hill. Admire the views from the Sot del Migdia viewpoint before cycling down to Europa Square with its famous Olympic Stadium. Make your way to the National Palace viewpoint for sweeping city views. Ride down to Pedró Square and soak up the vibe in El Raval. Explore the charming Gothic Quarter, home to a labyrinth of little streets. See some of the city’s most impressive 15th-century architecture. Finally, loop back to your original starting point.

Barcelona: Night Tour on Sidecar Motorcycle

3. Barcelona: Night Tour on Sidecar Motorcycle

Discover Barcelona from the sidecar of a classic motorcycle, safely driven by your private guide. Take a spectacular journey through the architectural treasures, the glamorous avenues, and the fun-loving downtown districts. At night, witness how Barcelona turns on the spotlights for a brilliant sightseeing show. Feel the magic of the architectural masterpieces and experience the passion of the Mediterranean lifestyle. See many UNESCO World Heritage sites beautifully lit up, like Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, or Casa Batlló, with the opportunity to stop off and take pictures. Enjoy the slow-paced drive, giving you the chance to see everything. During the ride, listen as your guide explains the landmarks and ask questions via wireless communication devices in your helmets. Relax with hotel pick-up and drop-off in the city center.

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What people are saying about Palau Nacional

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4.5 / 5

based on 340 reviews

Stunning museum. View from it of the city is worth the price of going there. Beautiful artwork dating from ancient to 20th century brilliantly exhibited. Some exhibits only had labels in spanish and catalan that may be difficult for English speakers to grasp. Love cafe and fancy restaurant with a view.

So Many great works of Art Inside. The museum also had the Turner exhibition showing when I went. Spent about 4 hours checking out the Museum. Great day!

So much to see here, and it's possible to get totally lost in the abundance of beautiful art

Great location and the building is out of this world. A definite must see

It was the second time I visited Museu Nacional and really adore it!