Known for its architecture, museums, and historical landmarks designed by the famous Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. If you are into historical sites, world-class restaurants, and also love shopping, Barcelona should definitely be on your list of must-see cities. Here is a short list of top things to do in the city.
- See the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Did you know that almost 3 million people visit the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia each year? Well, it’s no wonder since it is the most popular attraction in the city. The construction of this amazing building started in 1882 and it still remains unfinished. Combining Catalan Modernism, Spanish Late Gothic, and Art Nouveau designs, this church features a glorious exterior with religious symbolisms. Unless you plan on spending hours waiting in the line, make sure to purchase tickets online before your trip.
- Go to the Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló is a UNESCO-listed building from the 19th century and represents one of Gaudi’s masterpieces in the city. Originally designed as a private residence for Josep Batlló I Casanovas, Casa Batlló has been open to the public even since 2002. Its unique interior with decorative ceramic tiles and ornamental façade makes it one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Spain. Wi-Fi is available for visitors throughout the building. If you get hungry after all of the sightseeing in Casa Batlló, you can dine at the elegant two Michelin star Moments Restaurant that is located just a few steps away.
- Chill in the Sun at Barceloneta Beach
One of the most popular beaches in Barcelona among both tourists and locals, Barceloneta Beach stretches over 4 kilometers of coastline and is quite close to the city center. Come and enjoy walking on this sandy beach during the summer season. The promenade is full of many Spanish restaurants that serve fresh seafood and authentic Catalan dishes. There is also the Homenatge a la Barceloneta monument and a futuristic sculpture from Frank Gehry called “Peix d’Or”. Keep in mind that on sunny days, Barceloneta Beach can get crowded.
- Check out the Gothic Quarter
If you are looking for a place where you can roam around in the maze of cobblestone streets and look at the picturesque squares, Gothic Quarter should definitely be on your list of places to visit while staying in Barcelona. Go to the highest point in the center of the Gothic Quarter, Monte Tabor. You can also sit in one of the small cafes that have sidewalk terraces or purchase souvenirs from the cute boutiques and thrift stores. If you are lucky, you might get a chance to see a concert at Plaça del Rei town square.
- Take a tour of the Camp Nou
Camp Nou is probably the most famous stadium in the world; therefore, it’s understandable why it is considered being one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona. It has a capacity to seat 99 thousand people and it is the largest sporting arena in all of Europe. A tour of the ground is available for visitors and you can purchase tickets online or in front of the stadium.
- See the Magic Fountain
Situated just below the Palau Nacional and just a short walk from Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, Magic Fountain was constructed in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition. The truth is that not many residents of Barcelona believed in this project, but over the years when the fountain was finally completed and became a popular attraction among tourists, it was clear that this project was a major success. Today, there are numerous shows with live music performances here at the Magic Fountain.
- Visit the La Boqueria Market
A trip to Barcelona would not be complete without a visit to the worldwide famous and one of the largest markets in Europe, La Boqueria Market. This magnificent market features many stalls that sell everything from fruit and vegetables to fresh seafood, meat, and hundreds of other local products. Besides the stalls, there are also a few bars where you can choose dishes or light snacks from a traditional Spanish menu. Keep in mind that La Boqueria Market tends to get crowded, especially over the weekends.
- Go and see La Pedrera (Cassa Milla)
Located just off the Passeig de Gracia Boulevard, La Pedrera is the most famous Antoni Gaudí’s building in the city. It was built between 1906 and 1912 and is home to the Fundació Catalunya cultural center that is in charge of organizing all types of events throughout the year. Guests can take a walk around the terrace on the roof and admire the beautiful chimneys. It is open to public daily to guests who can use audio guides in different languages and explore the premises of this famous building.
- Take a walk through Park Guell
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Park Guell is definitely one of the most beautiful parks in this part of Europe. You can climb on the top of the hill and enjoy in breathtaking views of the city or maybe grab a picnic. If you are planning to visit the Monumental Zone, this part of the park requires a purchased ticket. It features the Hypostyle Room, the artificial Nature Square, and several pavilions. We advise you to reserve tickets beforehand since the lines at the entrance to the Monumental Zone are usually quite long.
- Shop at Las Ramblas
Considered being one of the greatest shopping streets in the world, Las Ramblas is located close to Plaza Catalunya and is a must-see place for everyone who comes to Barcelona. Visitors will find many restaurants and bars, as well as a number of street performers and high-end shops. This pedestrian street is also home to the famous Palace of the Virreina.