Barcelona Day Out 1

If you visit Barcelona for the day you could do worse than heading for Plaça España - within easy walking distance you have the MNAC (National Catalan Art Museum), Caixaforum (exhibitions and art gallery) and Les Arenas shopping centre. Les Arenas was the old bull ring and has a multicinema complex and lots of very decent restaurants at the top.

A short metro journey away is the Egyptian museum which is also very enjoyable.

There are audio guides for the collections

CaixaForum, the Cultural and Social centre of La Caixa’s Community Projects, is housed in what was once a factory.

Designed in the Art-Nouveau style by the architect Puig i Cadafalch, and it has become one of Barcelona’s most dynamic, active and lively cultural centres.

Through visits to the building, a gem of Barcelona’s industrial legacy, and to the exhibitions devoted to artists such as Dalí, Rodin, Freud, Turner, Fragonard, Hogarth and Cartier-Bresson, and thanks also to the concerts, lectures, literary events, multimedia art and many other activities put on there, CaixaForum has become a prominent beacon in the life of Barcelona.