MACBA, Barcelona's Contemporary Art Museum, is in the heart of the Raval district. MACBA is a must-visit for anyone interested in art, both for its cutting-edge events and exhibitions as well as for the highly impressive building itself. Located opposite the CCCB (Barcelona's Contemporary Cultural Centre) on Plaça dels Àngels, Macba is the Raval district's principal tourist attraction and one of Barcelona's most popular art museums.
Abstract art is very much to the fore of the MACBA's collections. A great way to get to the heart of abstract art, its symbols and its philosophy is with the MACBA's highly recommended guided tour, which takes you into the minds of its creators.
Among the artists permanently represented in the museum are Tapies, Oteiza, Rauschenburg, Calder and Chillida. There are also lectures, seasonal exhibitions and a programme of fun courses to take.
The MACBA building was part of Barcelona's explosion of jaw-dropping new architecture for the 1992 Olympic Games. It was designed by the American architect Richard Meier.
It's luminously white, and in the words of its website combines 'straight and curved lines to establish a dialogue between interior space and exterior illumination which filters into the galleries through large skylights'.
The MACBA also has a cafeteria and bookstore overlooking the Plaça dels Angels. Directly opposite MACBA across the square is CCCB, Barcelona's Contemporary Cultural Centre, a platform for fascinating multidisciplinary exhibitions and events.
Address: Pl. dels Àngels 1, Raval
How to Get there: MACBA is served by Catalunya metro station (red line) and Liceu (green line).
Getting to Barcelona: Barcelona is served by Barcelona El Prat Airport, and Renfe trains connect from all other major Spanish cities to Sants Estacio.