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Barcelona’s Macba fills with art the centre of El Raval

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) is one of the top museums of the twentieth century centres in Spain. Its importance and value lies not only in its design and artistic lines but also, in the role that the building of the American architect Richard Meier had and has is in the neighbourhood of El Raval, leading to the renewal of one of the most deprived areas of the centre of Barcelona and making it a place where art and creativity are expressed most strongly.

Mapa Macba Barcelona

Multicultural, restless, eclectic … the MACBA and its hyperactive square are a key element of contemporary culture in Barcelona. A trip to Barcelona is not complete without visiting one of its many exhibitions. Just enjoying the building, built on the former Casa de la Caridad de Barcelona, is a privilege: the effect of the light on the building’s glass panels pay homage to the light that can only be appreciated in the Mediterranean.

The creation of this museum comes from the idea of writer Alexandre Cirici, who proposed a museum project very similar to the MOMA in New York, but the project was frustrated by a series of antifascist manifestations. Nothing was heard of the MACBA project until the mid 80‘s. The project was integrated into the plan to renovate the neighbourhood of El Raval and was conducted between 1991 and 1995.

European Pop Art of the 50s, 60s and 70s, sculpture, collage, photography … MACBA offers a wide range of examples of first class contemporary art with more than 5,500 pieces.

If you book a hotel in the centre of Barcelona, arriving to the MACBA museum should be easy: a relaxed stroll down the Ramblas towards the Port of Barcelona will lead you through one of the most picturesque places of the city. The area is full of students, bars where to enjoy an aperitif and places where to simply enjoy watching the world go by.


The ideal is to book a hotel in Barcelona with restaurant so you can enjoy one of the meals of the day at the hotel: it will always be at a better price. However, venturing into the neighbourhood of El Raval and discovering those small restaurants and tapas bars in the area always have a special charm.