Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona (must see)

Located at the inland end of Park de la Ciutadella, this imposing brick structure was meant to announce the architectural marvels found in the park itself. It was built for the Universal Exposition held in 1888, where it served as its main access gate, and is still impressive even from a distance.

The decoration consists of four monumental friezes: on the main face, depicted as a woman, Barcelona can be seen welcoming the nations to the Exposition while on the opposite side, she gives out awards to participants at the festival. The friezes along the sides include allegories of Agriculture and Industry, and of Trade and Art, respectively.

Done up in the Mudejar style, which has its origins in the distinctive Moorish architecture, the arch is colorful and quite unique overall, standing out from other similar arches like the famous one in Paris. The detail is just spectacular and the palm-fringed road running through it complements it in a beautiful way. Not only are the palms here some of the most attractive of the many species growing in the city, but they also bring a nice sway of fresh air.

While the public has no roof access, visitors can still enjoy great photo opportunities and watch the locals doing their thing: whether jogging, roller-blading, having picnics or a coffee break.

Tip:
Also look out for the many cafe options around the El Born area, and don't forget to try the Spanish cakes and other delicacies in the bakery shops nearby.

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Arc de Triomf on Map

Sight Name: Arc de Triomf
Sight Location: Barcelona, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk II   La Ribera Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Barcelona, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

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City Center Museums Tour

City Center Museums Tour

Barcelona abounds in museums with rich expositions that are both informative and entertaining. The city's 55 museums cover a plethora of subjects, from art to history to architecture to science to sports to war. Take this tour to explore the most acclaimed museums and galleries of central Barcelona

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
El Raval Walking Tour

El Raval Walking Tour

El Raval is a district in Barcelona which features many worth visiting attractions. The neighborhood is known as Barri Xinés, which means "Chinatown". El Raval is very lively during the day and quite awake all through the night, so visitors will always have something to do and see here. Be one of them and enjoy yourself in El Raval.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
La Ribera Walking Tour

La Ribera Walking Tour

La Ribera is a culturally rich, historic area of old town Barcelona. Centuries ago, it was a very well to do neighborhood and was inhabited by aristocrats, merchants, wealthy sailors, and Jewish money-lenders. Today, it is regarded as the Soho of Barcelona and offers trendy shops and cafes, a popular hangout place for tourists and locals alike. Follow this guide and explore the unique sights of La...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc is a hill in Barcelona, located just southwest of the city center and overlooking the harbor. Besides the great view, it also offers visitors many interesting and significant museums such as the Poble Espanyol, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport, and others. Here, you will learn many interesting facts about the history and culture of Catalonia,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

One thing that is clear about Barcelona is that this city doesn't sleep. Here you will find every kind of night club you might be looking for, from classy jazz to modern euro-techno. This walking tour is the perfect opportunity to visit the best discos and bars in the Gracia and Eixample districts of Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Barri Gotic Walking Tour

Barri Gotic Walking Tour

The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona seems like a cut above the rest. It boasts a number of famous buildings, cathedrals and monuments. The area has many peaceful squares where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. Take this tour to travel back in time and discover all the secrets of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km

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