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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

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Barcelona´s best small art galleries


You´ve done Barcelona´s big and famous art galleries such as the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). You´ve marvelled at the works of Picasso and stared closely at the paintings and sculptures of Miró in their respective museums, and now you´re ready for something different – you want to explore those smaller and perhaps off-the-beaten-track galleries, full of local and emerging talent or alternative and contemporary exhibits. Here are some of our favourite smaller galleries – and what´s more, they´re all completely free to enter too.

Centre d´Art Santa Monica
Set over four floors, this alternative arts centre located at the bottom of La Rambla, could hold your attention all morning. There is usually one exhibit per floor, varying in styles and mediums, from photography and video to multimedia and even interactive installations. Many exhibits focus on a social message, and also feature local Catalan artists.
Las Ramblas 7

Palau de la Virreina
An excellent gallery also located near the top of the La Rambla, housed in an impressive palace (don´t forget to look up at the ornately painted ceilings once you´re inside) with changing exhibitions that usually focus on one artist. Exhibits range from interactive to contemporary installations and photography. Previous exhibits have featured work by Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Wei Wei, Canadian multimedia artist Michael Snow and British documentary photographer Martin Parr.
Las Ramblas 99

Angels Barcelona
Experimental art is showcased in this unique gallery space, located in the heart of the Raval area. Artists featured include photographer and videographer Richard T. Walker, local multimedia artist Lúa Coderch and New York visual and sound artist Tristan Perich.
Carrer Pinto Fortuny 27

This small gallery located near the Rambla aims to promote contemporary art, and brings together different styles and ideas. It showcases work by an established group of local artists, as well as emerging talent and international artists too.
Carrer Petritxol 5

Galeria 3 Punts
Located near our Enric Granados apartment, this gallery exhibits an eclectic range of work from sculptures and graffiti art to traditional watercolours and drawings. Promoting all forms of contemporary art, artists featured have included graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash and sculptor Gerard Mas.
Carrer Enric Granados 21

Planning on visiting any of these galleries? DestinationBCN offer comfortable boutique Barcelona apartments that make an ideal home away from home.

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