The Barcelona Forum of Cultures was an international event that took place in 2004. It was the first of its kind to be celebrated in the world as an attempt to advocate for causes such as peace, human rights and sustainable projects.
After the 1992 Olympic Games, it was the most ambitious undertaking to take place in Barcelona in recent years.
Nowadays, its former grounds have become a huge multipurpose area in Barcelona with squares, a marina, museums, skyscrapers and parks.
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A new area for Barcelona
As a major international event, the project called for an ambitious layout of new infrastructures that would revamp the all the area between the Besós river and Sant Adriá del Besós.
Currently, the space is mainly used for massive music events during the year like the Primavera Sound Festival and La Mercé, Barcelona’s biggest holiday.
The Barcelona Forum is open for everyone. It’s a popular spot for skating, jogging and a paradise for cycling, not to mention that it’s a lovely place to watch the sunset with the Barcelona skyline as a backdrop.
What to see in the Barcelona Forum
The Forum occupies an area of 30 hectares and it features a very mixed group of spaces.
The impressive Photovoltaic Plate stands out like a gigantic sculpture. It’s a nice place to catch the view of the surroundings and the Barcelona coastline.
Discover the Barcelona Pass
The Barcelona Pass is the ultimate key to Barcelona’s biggest attractions. This tourist card, available for 2 or 3 days, includes free entrance to more than 20 top attractions and an optional travelcard for unlimited transportation around the city.
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The Blue Museum is an interesting visit if you travel to Barcelona with kids. This giant, tringle shaped building, clad in blue hosts the Barcelona Natural Science Museum.
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The Forum area is generous with urban parks and squares. In fact, it holds the record for being the second largest square in the world. You can also visit the only sandless beach in Barcelona, called the Forum Beach (Banys Fòrum).
The Port Forum is probably the bussiest area in the whole complex. It features a mix of nautical and sports related stores, as well as a marina.
How to get to Barcelona Forum
Metro: Line 4, El Maresme I Fòrum Station.
Tram: Line T4, Fòrum Station.
Bus: 7, 41, 141.
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The best tours in Barcelona
Join this full day guided tour that includes a brunch and wine tasting at the Torres Cellars in the Penedés region, plus the breathtaking landscape of Montserrat and the stunning city of Sitges.
Admire the most famous monument in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia through this 1,5 hour guided tour that includes fast track entrance and visit to the towers for extraordinary views of Barcelona.
Enjoy Girona and Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown in this guided full day tour. Walk through the picturesque streets of medieval Girona and visit the Dalí-Theater Museum in Figueres, the biggest collection of the surrealist artist.
Get the best of Gaudí in Barcelona in one single tour. Experience the creative genius of Gaudí with this 4,5 hour guided tour that includes entrance to Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, plus an exterior visit to La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
Visit one of Barcelona’s most amazing landmarks in this 1,5 hour guided tour of Park Güell. Learn all about this magnificent modernist work by Gaudi, one of the places that make Barcelona a unique city.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Montserrat, one of the most special locations near Barcelona. This morning guided tour invites you to explore this mountain retreat, as well as its monastery, funiculars and mountain paths leading to spectacular views.
Enjoy Barcelona to the fullest with this guided morning tour, featuring the best of Barcelona. Explore the Gothic Quarter, the Gothic Cathedral, Montjuïc, Poble Espanyol and much more.
Experience the magic of the fabulous Girona’s historical center through the scenarios of Game of Thrones. Explore the medieval city, one of the settings of the famous hit TV show, in this 6 hour guided tour from Barcelona.
This 1,5 hour guided tour will give you instant access to Barcelona’s biggest landmark: Sagrada Familia. Enjoy the most impressive architecture and ornaments with a Fast Track entrance, no queues.
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