No club in football history has achieved what Pep Guardiola’s men managed in 2009: six tournaments, six trophies. ‘Lose and you’ll still be the best team in the world; win, and you’ll be eternal.’
- Aristides Maillol, s/n, Les Corts
- Opening hours: Sep-Jun: Mon-Thu 9am-1.30pm, 3.30-6pm; Fri 9am-2.30pm; Sat 9am-1.30pm. Aug:
- Mon-Fri 8.30am-2.30pm; from 11am match daysTransport: Collblanc (M: L5); Palau Reial (M: L3)Price: €19-€225. Advance tickets for league games available from ServiCaixa
Montjüic cable car
The Montjuïc cable car links the city to the top of Montjuïc and is the most modern and attractive way to see the Barcelona skyline against the sea.
- Avenida Miramar, 30
- Metro: Parallel (L2, L3)
- May: 10:00am-7:00pm, June-Sep: 10:00am-9:00pm
- Return ticket €12.00, single ticket: €8.00
Said to be the biggest science museum in Europe, CosmoCaixa contains a Flooded Forest, a r flora- and fauna-filled corner of Amazonia, a Geological Wall, along with temporary exhibitions.
- Isaac Newton, 26, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
- FGC: Av. Tibidabo (FGC)
- Tue-Sun 10am-8pm
- Admission includes entry to the museum and temporary exhibitions: €4; free for ‘la Caixa’ clients and under-16s. Events: €2-€4; 50% discount for ‘la Caixa’ clients.
The best-smelling museum in town draws chocoholics of all ages to its collection of chocolate sculptures made by Barcelona’s master pastissers for the Easter competition; these range from multicoloured models of Gaudí’s Casa Batlló to characters from the latest Pixar film.
- Comerç, 36, Eixample
- M: Arc de Triomf (L1); Jaume I (L4)
- Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun & holidays 10am-3pm
- €4.30; €3.50 reductions; free under-7s
The main draw here is the Oceanari, a giant shark-infested tank traversed via a glass tunnel on a slow-moving conveyor belt. Other aquaria house shoals of kaleidoscopic fish where kids can play ‘hunt Nemo’. The upstairs section is completely devoted to children.
- Moll d’Espanya, s/n, Eixample
- M: Drassanes (L3)
- Oct-May 9.30am-9pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-9.30pm Sat, Sun. June, Sept 9.30am-9.30pm daily. July, Aug 9.30am-11pm daily
- €16.50; €11-€13 reductions; free under-4s
Located in the very heart of Barcelona, The Museum of Invention and Ideas offers a wide variety of content covering the fascinating world of invention and creativity. The museum consists of three areas: Societat Il·limitada, Reflexionàrium and Espai Absurd.
- Ciutat, 7, Ciutat Vella
- M: Jaume I (L4)
- Tue -Fri 10am-2pm & 4pm-7pm, Sat 11am-8pm & Sun & holidays 10am-2pm
- Adults: €7,children up to 4: free entrance. Children 4 to12, retired people, students and unemployed:€ 5
Tibidabo attraction park
A theme park with freefall Pendulum, hot-air-balloon–style ride, 80km-per-hour rollercoaster, bumper cars and the emblematic Avió, the world’s first popular flight simulator.
- Plaça del Tibidabo, 3-4, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
- Avinguda Tibidabo (FGC)
- Opening hours: check website
- Camí del Cel Mar-Dec €11 adults; €7 under 120cm; free under 90cm. Parc d’Atraccions (unlimited rides) €25, €9 under 120cm, free under 90cm
The perfect place to watch giant hippos, the prehistoric-looking rhino, sea lions, elephants, giraffes, lions and tigers. Child-friendly features include a farmyard zoo, pony rides, picnic areas and two excellent playgrounds.
- Parc de la Ciutadella, s/n, Ciutat Vella
- M: Arc de Triomf (L1)
- Mid Mar-May, Oct 10am-6pm daily. Apr-Sept 10am-7pm daily. Nov-mid Mar 10am-5pm daily
- €19; €11.40 3-12s; free under-3s
Chocolatería La Nena
La Nena is wonderfully cosy and especially great for waffles, crêpes, hot chocolate, fresh juices and ice cream. Savoury delights include sandwiches and toasted bread with various toppings.
- Ramon y Cajal, 36, Eixample
- M: Joanic (L4), Fontana (L3)
- Mon-Wed 9am-2pm, 4pm-10pm; Thu-Sat 9am-10.30pm; Sun 10am-10pm
This Scandi-inspired café serves all kinds of food for breakfast (including different scrambled egg dishes), and afternoon snacks such as home-made cakes and tempting sandwiches.
- Passeig de Sant Joan, 82
- M: Verdaguer (L4)
- Tue-Fri 8.30am-8.30pm; Sat 10am-9.30pm; Sun 10am-3pm.
If there was a café in the animated part of ‘Mary Poppins’ – you know, when they jump into the chalk drawing on the pavement – it would look like Pudding. Opened by a Frenchwoman based in Barcelona, Pudding was designed for spending the afternoon with the kids.
- Pau Claris, 90, Eixample
- M: Passeig de Gràcia (L2, L3, L4)
- Daily 9am-10pm
Ada Parellada’s cooking is always fun, fresh and original. It’s worth a visit to see how she has reinterpreted classic French and Catalan cuisine, with some delicious game dishes.
- Rosselló, 148, Eixample
- M: Hospital Clínic (L5)
- Mon-Sat 1.30pm-4pm; 9pm-midnight