Art in Barcelona

We crossed spacious streets, with building resembling palaces, in La Rambla promenade ; the shops were well illuminated and there was movement and life… I did not decide to go to sleep, even though I wished to, so I could rise early and contemplate, in daylight, this city, unknown to me: Barcelona, capital of Catalonia. -Hans Christian Andersen

Barcelona is the cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonia region in Spain. It is Gaudi’s architecture that is prominent in Barcelona, but upon arrival to this city, through the coach window, we noticed that even ordinary buildings have impressive intricate designs. It is no wonder that it is known for its art and architecture.

This is also posted in connection to Cee’s and Marsha’s Photographing Public Art Challenge and Sculpture Saturday

Still through the window of the tourist bus, we saw some buildings with ornate designs on its walls.

Some buildings have a bit more simpler design but still doesn’t make it less attractive.

But aside from architecture, Barcelona is a mecca of sculpture too. Their public art blends the old and the contemporary with some even leaning on eccentricity. This is also in connection to Saturday Sculpture Challenge

This is the iconic, 60m tall monument of Columbus at La Rambla.

This is the Onades (Waves) sculpture by Andreu Alfaro Hernández which can be found in Barcelona’s waterfront.

This is the “Dona i Ocell”, which means “woman and bird” in Catalan. A striking 22 metre high sculpture by Joan Miro.

The Head of Barcelona or El Cap de Barcelona is a surrealist sculpture created by American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

It was almost sunset when we alighted from our tour bus at La Rambla. Day or night, this avenue is filled with tourists, stalls selling souvenirs of the city, restaurants, pedestrians… it was really one of the most beautiful and lively streets I’ve ever seen.

We strolled past many impressive human statues and artists

And artists painting and selling caricatures.

The Teatre Principal is the oldest theatre in Barcelona, founded in 1579, built between 1597 and 1603. We went there for the Optional Dinner with a Flamenco show.

This was our Buffet dinner. Oh dear, if only we can have it all. Tapas galore… It was a nice way to taste the variety of foods that the area is known for.

Then we had a lively show at the same place where we had dinner. The historical Tablao Flamenco presented us with an awesome show. The music, singing and especially the dancing was intense, and we loved it.

A public art outside the venue.


  1. Marsha says:

    Teresa, what a lovely tour you’ve taken us on. I have wanted to go to Barcelona for a long time. Hard to get there right now, but how lovely it looks. I love the street views where people are happy. It is a gorgeous place and thanks so much for linking up with PPAC this week.

    1. Teresa says:

      It is such a vibrant place and I wish to go back when we are able to. I love it…it’s an artist’s world!

      1. Marsha says:

        Someone wanted to take me there years and years ago, but that relationship never panned out, so… I kind of go with the flow when it comes to traveling.

        1. Teresa says:

          When we went, I missed on going inside the Sagrada Familia and the Guelle Park, so I promised myself that I had to go back. Look it up in Google, I am sure you will love it too.

          1. Marsha says:

            I know I will. I wish we were all walking around there right now, don’t you?

          2. Teresa says:

            I know and sipping Sangria 🍷

          3. Marsha says:

            Sounds delicious. 🙂

  2. Toonsarah says:

    What a great and varied selection of architecture, art etc! I loved Barcelona on a very brief visit many years ago and would love to go back one day 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Same here. Once the pandemic is over…off to Barcelona it is 👍🏼

  3. Cee Neuner says:

    I so adore the artwork you captured in Barcelona. The wave is creative 😀 😀

    1. Teresa says:

      There were so many…I got so excited!

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