What bloggers are saying about the new Marco Polo Pocket Guides

We launched our new series of Marco Polo Pocket Guides in 2018 and it has been wonderful seeing the positive response to the new updated guides. Here is a sampling from our favourite (travel) bloggers and what they are saying about the new Pocket Guides:

Jam and Clotted Cream

Devon and Cornwall guide:  “What I like about the guide –
It’s very family focused, containing lots of useful hints and tips on things to do with children. The ‘Great Places for Free’ section of the guide gave me some new idea’s for free days out and free activities to try – always handy as 3 children can equal a lot of money!

The guide contains a large pull out map as well as several road maps in the back of the guide, making orientation easy.

As a food blogger I’m always drawn to food and drink elements of guidebooks. Marco Polo didn’t let me down, with a comprehensive section on ‘local delicacies’ including stargazy pie, pasties and of course the famous cream tea – jam first obviously! Throughout the guide there are also insider tips on lovely cafe’s and restaurants to try. I love the fact they picked up on Woods Cafe in Cardinham Woods. They sell the most amazing homemade cakes…and pulled pork rolls too. Another one of our favourite family days out.” Read the full post here: jamandclottedcream.co.uk


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New York guide: “While traveling the world, I always used Marco Polo guide books in all destinations. I’m pretty much obsessed with them! If you’ve never been to NYC, I recommend picking up a Marco Polo guidebook before you arrive. In addition to good suggestions on entertainment, food & drink, shopping, and sightseeing, they also come with a great interactive app, and a pull out map. Plus, the photography in the book is stunning!” Read the full post here: sarahfunky.com

The Wandering Quinn

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Rome guide: “…after 2 days of seeing the sights, both on my own and on a tour I felt like I needed to see a side of Rome that wasn’t so touristy. I wanted to get under the skin of Rome a bit more, so on my last day I visited Trastevere and with the help of the New Marco Polo Rome Guide I explored a greener and quieter side of Rome which included Trastevere, Gianicolo Hill and the River Tiber. Despite the rain (apologies in advance for the grey photos), I had such a good time and I’m so glad that I ventured over the river into this area of Rome. — I found the New Marco Polo Rome Guide really helpful and are a few other short walks in there too that I would definitely do if I go back to Rome, plus its filled with information!” Read the full post here: thewanderingquinn.com

Sophie Cliff

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Barcelona guide: “Sam and I both remarked that it was really good fun to “get lost with a purpose” and that’s exactly how following this discovery tour felt – there was no marching from one location to the next, instead we got to take each destination at our own pace and amble around some areas of the city that were totally new to us.

Each of the new Marco Polo pocket guides come with 4-5 perfectly tailored discovery tours that help you get off the beaten track, and I think they may be my new favourite way to discover a different side to a city. We’re already trying to decide which one we might follow when we visit New York later in the year!” Read the full post here: sophiecliff.com

Hand Luggage Only

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Malta & Gozo guide: “A few weeks ago, the gang at Marco Polo Guides asked if we wanted to try scouting out some of their tips on our next trip (which piqued my interest straight away). Using their Malta and Gozo guide we decided to search for some of the ‘insider tips’ on the best things to do in Malta.

Suffice to say, I’m a real sucker for insider tips… Essentially, anything that means I get to make the most of my time on the islands (like those insider tips featuring some of the lesser-known spots in Malta and Gozo) is an opportunity I’ll always jump at while travelling.

After a little bedtime reading of the guide, I found a heap of recommendations that actually ended up saving my bacon on a few occasions. The tips on parking rules (i.e. how no parking or no stopping isn’t really shown with signs but instead with just the lines on the floor – which is totally different to back home in the UK) really helped and saved me a whole lot of unnecessary spend.” Read the full post here: handluggageonly.co.uk


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Devon and Cornwall guide: “There were no surprises for me, the guide includes everything that you would expect (speaking from a Cornish perspective), you’ll find all the most popular, picturesque and must see places but I was delighted to find some added extras too.

I particularly liked the Discovery Tours section towards the back of the book, this can be used as is or with the Free Touring App. These tailored routes help you to explore the region by guiding you from one awesome destination to the next. They also include details on cost and how long it should all take you. Some of the routes last a couple of weeks others are just a fun packed day trip.” Read the full post here: cornishbirdblog.com

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Marco Polo’s Top 5 Easter destinations for 2018 + GIVEAWAY

Easter is only two weeks away, and there is still time to book a last-minute trip to catch the first April sun in one of Marco Polo’s favourite Easter holiday destinations! Don’t forget to check out our Spring giveaway at the end of the post, for a chance to win 5 Marco Polo Pocket Guides of your choice and a FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 camera!

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Rome is perfect for a true Easter experience. Easter can be one of the busiest times to visit the Eternal city, but in recent years many people have taken advice not to visit at Easter, so there are plenty of hotel rooms to be had at reasonable prices. To hear the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica ring on Easter Sunday is an unforgettable experience. Those not too keen on the spiritual can benefit from free access to all of Rome’s archaeological sites and museums, as the first Sunday of the month falls on Easter Sunday this year. Though do be sure to pack your umbrella, as April tends to be one of Rome’s rainier months.


Not willing to risk the rain in Rome? Then why not head over to Sri Lanka? April is one of the best times to visit Sri Lanka, as the peak tourist is winding down before the monsoon season’s arrival in May. Sunshine, warm weather and beaches – not to mention the beautiful nature and fascinating wildlife – make sure that nobody misses the chocolate eggs. Whether you decide to stay in one place, or travel around the island, Sri Lanka will not disappoint.


Vienna is a great destination for an Easter break. While many locals head for the ski slopes, the city caters to those who stay – or arrive – with a multitude of Easter markets, chocolate and rabbits everywhere. Visit the Schönbrunn Easter market for some beautiful handcrafted souvenirs or take the children to the Prater area for some fun including the famous giant ferris wheel. Don’t forget to try Osterpinze, a local bread like pastry eaten during the Easter holidays.


Another guaranteed destination for sun is Cape Verde. The archipelago off the coast of Africa is a perfect alternative to the more familiar Canaries. The weather is a lovely and warm, and April is the ideal time for whale-watching. Also, there are some lively Easter festivities to be seen, as the locals ring in the Easter Sunday with a big party.


If a six-hour flight is not your thing, Barcelona is a good choice. Sure, the museums and shops have slightly awkward holiday opening times – mainly on Easter Monday – but there are still places that cater to the tourists. Be sure to check out the main Easter parades and processions on Good Friday, and on Easter Sunday you should stay in the vicinity of the Barcelona Cathedral – not to be confused with Sagrada Familia – for a true Barcelona Easter experience.


To celebrate Spring, Marco Polo is organising a giveaway! We are giving away a set of 5 Marco Polo Pocket Guides of your choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera to one lucky winner, chosen at random.

How to enter?

Simply share the story of your most memorable Easter / Spring travel moment in the comments below. You can earn more chances to win by liking our Facebook page and by following our Twitter and Instagram accounts and by letting us know in your comment that you have done so.

The competition is open from Thursday 15 March 2018 until Thursday 29 March 2018 at 12:00 GMT. We will contact the winner personally via email using the email address used to leave the comment so make sure to check that it is spelled correctly!

Good luck!

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  1. The promotion is open to UK & European residents aged 18 or over, excluding employees and their immediate families of Marco Polo, its agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion.
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  5. The Prizes: 1 x prize winner will receive 5 Marco Polo Pocket Guides of their choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera (RRP £64.99).
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Marco Polo Pocket Guide relaunch

Calling all trailblazers! Marco Polo has never been one to follow the crowd: since we burst onto the scene in 2012 and turned the travel publishing world upside-down, we have been pursuing a quest to create the best travel guide possible ever since! And now we are launching 30 ground-breaking new look pocket guides for 2018!


Along with all the regular content updates you’d expect from a relaunch – the guides also contain a new Discovery Tours chapter:

• Each book has 4 to 5 exciting, specially tailored tours helping readers get behind the scenes and head off the beaten track.
• The perfect planning tool – each tour has an overview box detailing the start and end points, distance, plus timing and costs involved – all the information an explorer needs at a glance!
• Each tour is plotted on an overview map highlighting the start point and final destination for easy orientation.
• A detailed flow chart with pictograms clearly shows the way – including distance indicators, sights to explore, views to enjoy en route and plenty of Insider Tips for
relaxing stops along the way.


Free touring app! The Discovery Tours are also available as an app – simply download any of the tours from the web link / QR code featured in each guide. The ultimate navigational tool to enjoy stress-free sightseeing.


Ground-breaking new look covers bring the guides bang up-to-date, so you won’t need to be shy about looking like a tourist! Fresh, simple, cool – the split line typography is designed to make you look twice and the bright colours will get you in the holiday mood!


The guides with Insider Tips! Showing the main sights in detail simply isn’t enough for modern-day travellers. Marco Polo specialises in getting you off the beaten track! Why follow the crowd when you can make your own path?


Relaunch titles available Jan 2018: Amsterdam, Bali, Barcelona, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Corfu, Costa Brava, French Riviera, Hong Kong, India South, Italy, Lake Garda, Mallorca, Malta & Gozo, Mauritius, Montenegro, Munich, New York, New Zealand, Rome, Sardinia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tenerife, Venice, Vienna.

Plus 4 brand new titles: Japan, Peru & Bolivia, Salzburg & Surroundings, Santorini.
All priced at £7.99.


Let Marco Polo show you hidden gems, lesser-known locations and stunning viewpoints where you can make memories to last a lifetime. Brush shoulders with the locals, eat the food that Grandma makes and seek out unique experiences at every turn.

Be a traveller, not just a tourist!

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Marco Polo’s 24 Holiday traditions from around the world – Day 9: Spain, Caganers

It’s Day 9 of our Advent Calendar and today we are looking into a very peculiar tradition from… Spain! Did you miss yesterday’s post? Check it out here!



Originally a Catalonian tradition but now practiced throughout Spain, a caganer is a small figurine of a man in the process of defecating. The caganer literally means the “crapper” and the figurines are featured in the traditional nativity scenes. There are many explanations for this tradition, but the most widely accepted one is that by defecating the caganers are quite literally fertilising the Earth and as such featuring the caganer in the nativity scene brings good luck. The figurine is usually depicted as a man dressed in traditional Catalan attire, though nowadays there are caganers – rather popular ones too – depicting celebrities and political figures, such as President Trump, or even the Pope.

Needless to say, the caganer figurines are well-beloved, especially by children and adolescents. If you want to ensure a few good chuckles at your Christmas party, just bring a caganer figurine home when you next visit Barcelona!


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Only in Barcelona

There’s no doubt about it: Barcelona (1.5 million inhabitants) is a place of fascinating contrasts. This major design metropolis with its award-winning post-modern buildings boasts the largest historic city centre in Europe after Naples, where you can lose yourself for hours.

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Let Marco Polo show you some unique experiences to be had in Barcelona:

Gaudí’s divine temple

Sagrada Família is the world-famous symbol of Barcelona. Let the gigantic columns and spectacular interior of the huge nave consecrated by the Pope work their magic on you.

Fairy-tale gardens above the city

Enchanting park with panoramic views: when creating the Parc Güell, Antoni Gaudí let his imagination run riot and revealed his universal genius as architect, landscape designer – and a pioneer of recycling.

Mediterranean spirit

Enjoy the flair of the Mediterranean metropolis on one of its many squares with a coffee or a cool beer. Plaça de la Vila and Plaça de la Virreina in Gràcia are particularly atmospheric.

Catalan-Caribbean sounds

The rumba catalana, an explosive mix of flamenco, Caribbean rhythms and rock, is the music of the Catalan gitanos and super-trendy in Barcelona right now. Meet the best bands every Wednesday at the Sala Apolo club’s ‘Rumba night.’

Popular mayhem

Throw yourself into the crowd on the famous Rambla – tourists and theatre-goers, culture vultures and purveyors of kitsch souvenirs, dolled-up opera-goers and agile waiters.

Lavish Art Nouveau splendour

Blossoms, tendrils, dragon heads: if you want to experience Catalan Art Nouveau in all its glory, head for the Palau de la Música Catalana, the most ornate monument to modernism.

Towering humans

At traditional castells, a popular sport in Catalonia, you are not only allowed to watch balance artists training – the courageous may even join in.

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Eat Like a Local Barcelona

Eat like a local in Barcelona with our guide to its native delicacies and traditional Spanish restaurants…

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Spanish specialities you should try on your visit to Barcelona: 

Allioli – fine olive oil mayonnaise with garlic, served with fish and rice dishes or grilled meat

Amanida catalana – salad with smoked sausage

Arròs negre – rice with squid (including the ink)

Bacallà – cod (prepared following various recipes)

Canelones a la catalana – cannelloni Catalan-style, filled with mincemeat, chicken breast and liver, topped and baked with bechamel sauce

Cava – Catalan sparkling wine, traditionally matured in bottles

Crema catalana – sweet egg custard, covered with a layer of caramelised sugar

Escalivada – cold starter of grilled peppers and aubergines in olive oil

Espinacs a la catalana – starter of spinach (or chard) with raisins and pine kernels

Esqueixada – popular starter made from raw cod, fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers and black olives

Fideuà – pasta paella with monkfish, squid, prawns and mussels, baked in the oven

Llagosta i pollastre – chicken with langouste, in tomato-hazelnut sauce or with almonds, chocolate, saffron and garlic

Pa amb tomàquet – bread, rubbed with garlic and tomato and drizzled with olive oil. For the Catalans, this starter is a national dish, a philosophy and a passion

Suquet de peix – Catalan fish soup, usually a mix of monkfish, sea bream, squid and other seafood

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Restaurants serving traditional Spanish cuisine:

Bar Mundial

This authentic tapas bar has been around since 1908. The establishment is situated on one of the prettiest squares in the Old Town and has a welcoming ambience. Its specialities are fish and other seafood. Closed Sunday evenings, Tuesday lunchtimes and Mondays | Plaça Sant Augustí, 1 | Metro: Jaume I (L4)

Tapas 24

Chef Carles Abellan is renowned as a master of experimental tapas and all of his food is first-class quality. Closed Sundays | Diputació, 269 | Tel. 9 34 88 09 77 | Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (L3)


An exquisite Michelin-starred restaurant at the Majestic hotel. Chef Fermi Puig spoils his guests with delectable and creative cuisine, serving Mediterranean dishes of the highest quality. The service is very professional and the staff are friendly and attentive. Menu from €95 | Closed Sundays | Passeig de Gràcia, 70 | Tel. 9 34 96 77 10 | Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (L2, L3, L4)

Casa Leopoldo

This Old Town restaurant has been a legend since the 1929 World Exhibition. It has a cosy and rustic atmosphere and serves traditional Catalan food. Closed Sunday evenings and Mondays | Sant Rafael, 24 | Tel. 9 34 41 30 14 | Metro: Parallel (L3)


This restaurant is situated in the heart of the Gothic quarter and serves delicious Catalan cuisine. All of the produce is sourced from ecological and organic agriculture or sustainable fisheries. Open daily until 11:30pm | Call, 17 | Tel. 9 33 02 30 03 | Metro: Jaume I (L4)

La Avia

A bohemian style restaurant serving traditional Catalan dishes such as bean stew, paella, squid a la marinera and homemade empanadas. Open daily | La Cera, 33 | Tel. 9 34 42 00 97 | Metro: Sant Antoni (L2)


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Low Budget Barcelona

Want to visit Barcelona without spending a fortune? Here are Marco Polo’s top Insider Tips:

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Low budget dining

Narrow, crammed, noisy, hip – and unbeatable prices: the modern Old Town eatery Can Nabo serves up a daily, filling and tasty all-day menu from €4.50, including a vegetarian option. On the menu are salads, risottos, fresh pasta, homemade pizzas or cakes. Open daily | Nou de Sant Francesc, 25 | Metro: Drassanes (L3)

La Avia: Design boom and nouvelle cuisine have left no trace at this familiar Raval eatery with bohemian style. The menu features traditional Catalan dishes such as bean stew, paella or squid à la marinera with potatoes and peas at dumping prices from €3.60. Tasty homemade giant empanadas cost just €1.20. Open daily | La Cera, 33 | Tel. 9 34 42 00 97 | Metro: Sant Antoni (L2)

La Candela: Market-fresh, imaginative cuisine at reasonable prices on one of the Old Town’s most beautiful terraces, on a charming square with historic ambience. Closed Sun | Plaça de Sant Pere, 12 | Tel. 9 33 10 62 42 | Metro: Arc de Triomf (L1)

Not pretty, but incredibly good value: near the Rambla, Romesco offers hearty fare: chicken with a side (€3.90), hake or cutlets (€4.90) and soups (€2.60). Closed Sun | Sant Pau, 28 | Tel. 9 33 18 93 81 | Metro: Liceu (L3)


Shopping on a shoestring

The outlet of the world-famous Catalan fashion chain Mango allows you to put together an entire new outfit for very little money. Carrer Girona, 37 | www.mango shop.com | Metro: Urquinaona (L1, L4)

Muy Mucho offers a large selection of trendy styled presents and decoration items, and no-one would guess how little they actually cost. Small pretty items start at €2–3. Rambla de Catalunya, 35 | Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (L3, L4)


Drinking and partying on a budget

Can Paixano: This is how you’d imagine a cosy tavern in the port area – hams hang from the ceiling beams and the walls are decoratively yellowed. Drinks are taken standing up, there are no chairs. House cava at rock-bottom prices of €0.80–1.20 per glass. Open Mon–Sat 9am–10.30pm | Reina Cristina, 7 | www.canpaixano.com | Metro: Barceloneta (L4)

You’ll be glad to hear that there’s a way to party away in the hippest clubs in town, such as the Shoko – for free! All you have to do is get onto the right guest list: one of the most popular is Shaz’s guest list: www.barcelonaparties.com. Watch out though: the invites are only valid for that specific time – latecomers have to pay up to €20. So get in line in good time, as long queues will form.


Cheap Accommodation

€19–25 is the price for double rooms (some en-suite) in the Garden House, a stately fin-de-siècle villa in the green residential quarter of Horta, only five minutes from the nearest Metro station. Garden, roof terrace, cosy lobby, guest kitchen. Familiar, easy-going atmosphere. Rooms are light and spacious. Bed linen, towels and WiFi are free, and there are women-only rooms too. 56 beds | Hedilla, 58 | Tel. 9 34 27 24 79 | www.feetuphostels.com | Metro: Valldaura (L3)

Hostal Girona is a friendly family-run guesthouse in a stately Art Nouveau building: original mosaic floors, stucco ceilings and furnishings with the charm of times past. The rooms vary in size (doubles €45–62), are renovated, have modern bathrooms, heating, air-conditioning and plasma screens; some have balconies. Rooms with windows facing onto the patio are quieter. 27 rooms | Girona, 24 | Tel. 9 32 65 02 59 | Metro: Urquinaona (L1, L4)


Free art exhibition

Take a look behind the scenes in Antoni Gaudí’s famous residential building, the Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera). To get to the free changing exhibitions on the first floor, take the unique ‘snail’ staircase – saving the entrance fee. Open March–Oct daily 9am–8pm, Nov–Feb daily 9am–6.30pm | admission €11, changing exhibition on first floor free of charge | Passeig de Gràcia, 92 | www.lapedrera.com/en/home | Metro: Diagonal (L3, L5)


Picasso on a Sunday

A number of museums open their doors for free on Sunday afternoons from 3pm; amongst them the Museu Picasso (www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en), the most visited museum in Barcelona and the Museu d’Història. If you choose the first Sunday in the month for your visit, you’ll have all day to explore for free.


Music by master-class students

Whether you’re into early music, classical or jazz: listening to the pupils and master-class students of the Catalan conservatory at their rehearsals in the auditorium is usually free. Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya | Padilla, 155 | Tel. 9 33 52 30 11 | www.esmuc.cat/eng | Metro: Glòries (L1)


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Marco Polo Pocket Guides around the world!

Marco Polo Guides have been all around the world… from the sublime to the ridiculous (we’re not saying which are which!) Here’s a selection of our top “I AM MARCO POLO” photos:


Migrant Expats - Marco Polo Berlin Pocket Guide

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Marco Polo Guide Montenegro

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Dublin Marco Polo Pocket Guide

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Marco Polo Rome Pocket Guide

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Marco Polo Las Vegas Pocket Guide

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Las Vegas Marco Polo Pocket Guide

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Lake Garda Marco Polo Guide

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Lake Garda Marco Polo Guide

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Malta Marco Polo Pocket Guide

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Marco Polo Pocket Guide Venice

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Mallorca Marco Polo Pocket Guide

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Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Barcelona! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Barcelona’s most important sights. 

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1. Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) 

The magnificent architecture in the Gothic Quarter is a testimony to Catalonia’s golden age as a Mediterranean power. A maze of dark, twisting medieval streets and sunny squares lined with revered churches and lavish palaces.

2. La Sagrada Família  

This cathedral with its gigantic towers winding their way skywards – which is still under construction today – has become the world famous symbol of Barcelona.

3. Las Ramblas

Like people watching? The famous promenade teems with a mix of tourists, theatergoers and pickpockets, culture vultures and vendors, elegant opera patrons and harried waiters. Las Ramblas is a non-stop human spectacle.

4. Palau de la Música Catalana

A flamboyant art nouveau concert hall – a lavishly decorated monument to Catalan Modernisme. The curved dome of the stained-glass skylight is uniquely beautiful.

5. Park Güell

Serpentine figures, crooked arcades and doric columns: it is no wonder that even Salvador Dalí admired Gaudí’s fairy tale park with a breathtaking view over Barcelona.

6. Casa Milà

Gaudí’s strangest, and most famous, residential building has a remarkable rooftop landscape and a panoramic view.

7. Illa de la Discòrdia 

(Or  Manzana de la Discordia.) Three of the main figures of Modernisme have created monuments next door to each other. The Casa Batlló, designed by Gaudí, is especially striking.

8. Museu Picasso

Housed in five medieval palaces on the elegant Carrer Montcada, Barcelona’s most popular museum provides an unforgettable impression of the artist’s work.

9. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

Catalonia’s art under a single roof – from the Romanesque period to the present day. The collection of Romanesque frescoes is unparalleled worldwide.

10. Santa Maria del Mar

Catalan Gothic in its purest form: the unique house of worship became famous all over the world through Ildefonso Falcones’ best-seller “Cathedral of the Sea”.


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