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Top 5 art destinations to visit by superyacht

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Barcelona

While modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s seven World Heritage-listed works (and seven additional basic works) definitely aren’t Barcelona’s only artistic draw, they are essential to any itinerary in the Catalan capital. And as Gaudí (1852-1926) was an avid walker (it suppressed his rheumatism while the curves of nature inspired his work), ambling between his masterpieces is somehow even more appropriate and a must if you're spending at least 24 hours in Barcelona away from your superyacht.

*Where to visit: *Your berth at OneOcean Port Vell is a short walk from Palau Güell, the palace of Eusebi Güell, Gaudí’s main patron. Continue north west up La Rambla and several blocks beyond it to Casa Batlló, arguably Gaudí’s most magical creation, with its fantastic façade, a roof in the shape of an animal’s back and a dreamy underwater atmosphere inside. A few blocks farther is Casa Milà, commonly known as La Pedrera (“the stone quarry”). Another day, continue northeast to Gaudí’s final project, the unfinished Sagrada Família, an enormous Roman Catholic basilica that might finally be completed within the first third of the 21st century. From here, hail a taxi to Park Güell, with its pink Casa Museu Gaudí (Gaudí House Museum), where the architect lived for 20 years.

Other notable Barcelona museums include the Museu Picasso, a reference for understanding Pablo Picasso’s formative years; the Fundació Joan Miró, a center featuring Catalan painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró’s work, as well as other cutting-edge contemporary artists; the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; the Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona, which specializes in Catalan modernism; and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

*Where to eat: *Two Michelin-star Arola, a restaurant with sea views inside the Hotel Arts Barcelona building, presents Chef Sergi Arola’s imaginative interpretations of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, focusing on tapas-style dishes such as spicy patatas bravas and mixed crab with minced egg and tomatoes.

Picture courtesy of Istock.com / Luciano Mortula

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