The Catalonian capital’s impressive tourist sights are popular for good reason. Rather than skip them in favour of seeking out lesser-known spots, here’s how you can enjoy the best of Barcelona, two ways.
Tourist hotspot: Picasso Museum
Barcelona’s Picasso Museum (above) is renowned for its vast collection highlighting the genius of the Spanish artist’s younger years, before he left Spain for France. Must-sees among the venue’s 4,250 works include masterpieces from Picasso’s so-called Blue Period, as well as Las Meninas, a series of paintings created in 1957. So popular is the museum that staff are now employed to oversee people in the queue, as tempers occasionally fray during the wait to get in.
Local pick: Fundacio Gaspar
A short stroll from Picasso Museum is Fundacio Gaspar (above), located inside the Gothic 15th-century Palau Cervello palace. This new venue is the brainchild of Moishan Gaspar. “Barcelona has been sleeping for the past 20 years when it comes to contemporary art,” he said when Fundacio Gaspar opened in 2015. This bold space, he added, is a wake-up-call and offers richly eye-opening experiences – such as its exhibitions of experimental artworks.
Moishan also happens to be the great-grandson of renowned Barcelona gallerist Joan Gaspar i Xalabarder. The latter’s Sala Gaspar gallery, founded in 1909, was a key pathfinder for the city’s art scene for decades.