- By lisa
- On Nov 25, 2018
- Travel Tips
Take a look at our pick of the best things to do in Barcelona and start your trip to the city knowing you're checking out all the very best attractions, events and activities. We'd like to guide you to planning the best family holiday in Barcelona.
Things to do & activities in Barcelona
Discover Picasso’s early works at Museu Picasso
One of the world’s most important collections of Picasso’s work. Picasso, master of Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism, is one of Spain’s – and the world’s – greatest 20th century artists. He spent some of his most formative years (aged 14 to 23) in Barcelona, after which he went to Paris and revolutionized the art world. While you won’t find Picasso’s most famous works at this museum, this extensive collection traces his artistic development from his boyhood years to his final works from the French Riviera.
The art is spread across five medieval palaces, beginning with his boyhood pencil drawings, paintings of Barcelona landscapes from his art school days, and intimate portraits of his family members. Further along, there’s a copy of a portrait by Velázquez from young Pablo’s days in Madrid, when he learned to copy the masters at the Prado museum. Subsequent rooms reflect his time in Barcelona, when he hung out with an avant-garde crowd.
Impressionist landscapes, still lifes, and paintings of cancan dancers chart his life in Paris, before moving onto paintings from his moody Blue Period and a few Cubist works. Don’t miss the Mediterranean scenes from his twilight years spent in Cannes, or the ceramics in Room 16. Try to visit early on weekdays, as this museum gets very busy.
Discover world cultures at the Museu de Cultures del Mon
Treasures from around the world. Across from the Picasso Museum, two medieval palaces house the new-ish Museum of World Cultures, with masks, statues and ritual objects from Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Asia. The collection is haphazard but impressive, with most of the objects on display are steeped in deep spiritual significance.
The exhibition starts with guardian figures from Sudan, 15th and 16th century art from the court of Benin, fertility statues and objects associated with death rites and ancestor worship. There’s also an impressive hall of African masks, much of them elaborately decorated with cowrie shells and feathers.