Barcelona has long embraced the arts, with some of Spain’s most influential figures hailing from Catalunya—most notably, the architect Gaudi, the painter Picasso, and the surrealist Dali. Here are a few ways to see the works of these iconic artists.
Pablo Picasso honed his distinct style while living in Barcelona, and travelers can walk in his footsteps to some of the artist’s favorite haunts, including his art school and a cafe where he met with other notable artists of the time. To see a collection of his works, from when he was a child through his final years, visit the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter.
Antoni Gaudi’s numerous architectural marvels comprise some of Barcelona’s top attractions, including Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, and La Pedrera. Sightseeing tours of Barcelona often stop at all four, but those who pay close attention to detail will notice hints of Gaudi all over the city.
Dali’s birthplace of Figueres, a Catalan town just outside of Barcelona, is home to the fun and quirky Salvador Dali Museum, the house where he was born, and the cathedral where he was christened. Dali spent much of his time along the stunning Costa Brava, and travelers can combine a visit to the museum with an excursion to the Dali Museum-House in Port Lligat or the Pubol Castle, where the artist once lived with his wife, Gala.