When the monastery on the square was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, a Roman cemetery with well-preserved tombs was found. In 2003, the square Plaça de la Vila de Madrid was redesigned by BCQ architects. The Roman necropolis can be reached via a bridge that spans the square.
The terrain on the hill Turó del Carmel was acquired by Ebusebi Güell in 1899. Antonio Gaudi designed the park, creating terraces and grotto-like colonnades. Güell planned to built a Garden City, but the project was canceled after WW1 sarted 1914.
The Parc de la Ciutadella was built in 1870 on the site of the once largest star-shaped citadel of Europe. In 1888 the World Exhibition took place here. Today, the park is the largest green space in the center of Barcelona. On the grounds, next to the zoo, is the Catalan Parliament.
The Tramvia Blau and the Funicular de Tibidabo lead to the 512 m high Tibidabo mountain. On the city side, there is an amusement park for children. On the back side you will find deep looks into the Catalonian hinterland.
Until the Olympics in 1992, Barceloneta was a social hotspot. For the Games the beach area has been redesigned, since then the quarter is very popular. There is a landmark sculpture on the beach, called "L'Estel Ferit" (the wounded Shooting Star) by Rebecca Horn.