A brilliant city in constant unrest
The warm and pulsating heart of this land will give you an incredible experience full of contrasts between what man has been able to shape with his ingenuity and what nature and the sea have imposed with their force.
Visiting Barcelona on an MSC Mediterranean Cruise is undoubtedly on the list of things to do in life. Its many facets, which coexist between past and future, and the colours of its different cultures so well combined, give rise to the avant-gardes worthy of attention making this cosmopolitan capital one of the flagships of the Old Continent.
With an MSC Excursion, you will be thrilled to see Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Familia, one of the most splendid works of Catalan modernism, which is still under construction. The original neo-Gothic project of 1882 was part of a transitional project between Art Nouveau and unusual solutions that Gaudí developed, devoting himself until the end of his days, to Jesus, Joseph and Mary. It's a representation of the Nativity that will leave you captivated.
Another MSC Excursion will take you through the gothic Barrio, the medieval quarter of the old and most authentic part of Barcelona, where you will enjoy the sights of splendid Gothic works and the traces left by the glorious Roman past. The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St. Eulalia with its pinnacles reaching the sky, will tell you about the history of the saints, while the Picasso Museum through a leap forward in time and the most significant works of the artist, spokesman for the twentieth century, will recount war and peace in Europe.
Undoubtedly the Rambla represents Barcelona. One of the MSC Excursions will take you for a walk down this street that embodies the cultural mix of the city. This fashionable boulevard will charm you with its liveliness, colours and people, in a kaleidoscope of attractions including musicians, living statues, shops and the Boqueria. The entrance to the market resembles the door to a separate world, which will capture you with scents and sensations you have never known. At the exit of the market, while on the Rambla, look out for Mirò's mosaic work and find the tile signed by the artist.