19 Mar 2019
CULTURAL TOURISM.- Discovering Art and Culture
The Cultural Tourism wants to claim the role of culture
On the occasion of the declaration of 2018, by the European Union, as the European Year of Heritage, the Catalan Tourism Agency (ACT) during this year 2019 has decided to continue with the proposal of the Year of Cultural Tourism to claim and reaffirm the role of culture as a key factor in the differentiation and singularization of this tourist destination.
Culture is what makes each town unique. Discovering the multiple cultural expressions of a territory is what differentiates one trip from another.
The objective of this year is to give value to all cultural heritage, both the most internationally recognized as well as the local and what goes unnoticed. Thus, it is recognized that the cultural heritage extends throughout the country and seeks balance between the various territories of Catalonia, to ensure that the economic flows derived from cultural tourism reach everywhere and during all times of the year.
Catalonia, destination FOR CULTURAL TOURISM
Catalonia has a wide array of cultural activities which allow visitors to travel in the footsteps of mankind, from the Neanderthals to present day inhabitants, exploring the Iberian, Greek, or Roman periods and their respective architectural styles, up to the modern day, when architects have become symbols of the new Barcelona seeking a place in the world. To all of this, we must add a series of routes consolidated as tourist attractions like the Catalan portion of the Way of St James, the Cistercian Route, and the various routes related to cultural, industrial, and religious heritage, as well as the Ignatian Way. Furthermore, we cannot forget the infinite opportunities presented by the city of Barcelona or other unique cities like Tarragona, Girona, and Lleida (all connected by high-speed rail) or Reus, Terrassa, Tortosa, Vic, and Vilafranca del Penedès, which are ideal for urban tourism and combine attractions of cultural interest with various leisure activities. Don’t forget to explore the area’s world-renowned gastronomy and wine.
In your particular case, Barcelona, stands out as a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains, medieval quarters and the most beautiful examples of 20th century Modernism and avant-garde. It is no surprise that emblematic constructions by the Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. In addition, a wide cultural programme means visitors can enjoy exhibitions alongside a full programme of concerts, plays and dances.
Names such as Picasso, Miró, Tàpies and Gaudí have museums dedicated to their work in Barcelona. Pieces of art from all eras are housed in the History of the City Museum, the History of Catalonia Museum, the Modern Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA). Many other institutions offer artistic avant-garde pieces through both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre (CCCB) or the CaixaForum are just two examples.
At the end of the 19th century ,architects such as Gaudí, Doménech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch filled the streets of Barcelona with fantasy.
Several of the works by two of these artists have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. This is true for Park Güell, the Palau Güell, Casa Milà “La Pedrera”, the Nativity Façade and the crypt of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Casa Vicens and the crypt of Colonia Güell, all by Gaudí; and the Palau de la Música Catalana auditorium and Sant Pau Hospital by Doménech i Montaner.
Great offer of Museums in the territory
The more than 300 museums of Catalonia are places of identity, cohesion, and progress. They bring together roots and current reality. They are a good calling card for the country for the millions f tourists who visit it. They provide unique experiences and share an appreciation for remarkable relations, traditions, and collections which provide visitors with knowledge and enjoyment of the pieces they safeguard.
Museums on the map
An hour away from Barcelona, Vic (Paisatges Barcelona) hides a small marvel: the Episcopal Museum, which has outstanding samples of Romanesque sculpture and painting, as well as works ranging from ancient Egypt to the 18th century.
On the Costa Brava, the Girona Art Museum maintains one of the best collections of Romanesque and Gothic art in Catalonia, with important pieces such as the portable altar from the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes.
In this LINK there are proposals and suggestions to discover the Culture near Barcelona.