10 Things You Can’t Miss in Barcelona
10 Things You Can’t Miss in Barcelona
Barcelona is an amazing city with a lot to do, see and eat. You can find everything in there, mountains, sea, nightlife, great food, history, beautiful architecture and much more. With so much to do it can be hard to figure out what to do after leaving the airport. I’ll be sharing with you a list of places that you just can’t miss while in Barcelona and make the decision of what to do easier.
La Sagrada Familia
The Basílica I Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the masterpiece of the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. The church is stunning and your heart skips a beat the moment you step inside.
BUY THE TICKETS BEFORE HAND
The visits in the church are controlled and only a certain number of people can get inside at a certain time. This means that you can enjoy the visit more enjoyable because you don’t have to elbow waves of people as you try to gaze at this marvellous church. Buy the ticket online to get a discount and see available times. Get the ticket that allows you to visit the towers and make sure to visit the crypt (free entry).
A VERY FAMOUS PICTURE
The view from the terrace of Park Güell is one of the most famous in Barcelona. Do a quick search about Barcelona and you will find plenty of pictures taken from this location. From there, you have one of the greatest views of the city. Visit it early in the morning to witness a gorgeous sunrise.
The park has both a free and a paid area. If you arrive a bit early and are unable to enter the paid area, spend some time roaming the free part of the park. You will find several structures that are worth seeing, follow the paths up to get a better view of the city, from up there you will be able to see the tallest buildings of Barcelona (Hotel Arts and Torre Mapfre).
There aren’t enough good things to say about the paid area of the park. The stunning colours of the exotic structures and architecture resemble something of a different world and you will come home with thousands of pictures from all over the park.
The park has a lot of ups and downs and after a few hours, you can be exhausted so take it slow and bring some snacks.
Arc of Triomf
The Arc de Triomf was built in 1888 and it was the access gate for the Barcelona World Fair in 1888. Go through it and you will walk a passageway surrounded by palm trees on each side
Come enjoy a walk along the passageway between the Arc of Triomf and the Parc de la Ciutadella. In this walk, you can enjoy the sight of palm trees and street artists. There are often bubble men that fill the passageway with soap bubbles to the enjoyment of kids and grown-ups.
Parc de la Ciutadella
The Parc de la Ciutadella is a beautiful place that’s full of people and life. A place with great green spaces, a beautiful lake and lovely buildings. You can do much more than just having a pleasant break.
Once the largest fortress in Europe and then later, when the fort was taken down, it was the only green space of the city. In the park, you can find a beautiful lake, a stunning statue, the zoo and other fascinating buildings. Full of life and sounds, the Parc de la Ciutadella is the best place for you to have a rest after a long day of walking.
What To Do In The Park
The park is quite big and you have plenty to see, so make sure to take it slow and enjoy a nice walk in the park.
If you like picnics you should stop by the park, sit on the grass and enjoy a sunny day while eating something.
A beautiful fountain, a dragon’s castle and a giant mammoth. The park does not lack in things to take pictures of.
Enjoy the Music
There is always someone playing an instrument around the park, so enjoy both the sounds of nature and music.
Hire a boat for 30 minutes and have a different view of the park. This can be a fun way to rest your legs.
Have a rest, lay down on the grass and enjoy the sun. You will find a lot of locals sunbathing in the park.
The Gothic Quarter is the oldest part of Barcelona and many buildings date from the old Medieval times. Walk the streets of the Gothic Quarter and be transported back in time.
In this part of town, you can find a lot of small bars, restaurants and cafes. If you want to buy some souvenirs there are also plenty of shops along the streets. The Catedral of Barcelona, the City Hall and the Carrer del Bisbe are located in this part of town. From here, you can also get to Las Ramblas or walk along the port of Barcelona.
The Barcelona Cathedral is a beautiful Gothic cathedral and is the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. You can visit the church and the cloisters for free although there are times that huge queues form outside the church. If you come early in the morning you should be able to avoid long queues and enter without waiting long.
The Magic Fountain
The Magic Fountain combines light, colour, music and motion to create a spectacular show that you just can’t miss. Make sure to stop by when the sun has set so you can see the beautiful colours and water acrobatics of the fountain.
You can’t miss the fountain if you are visiting the Montjuïc’s area, but do see all the other interesting places of Montjuïc and leave the fountain for last. The fountain is beautiful at any time of the day, but when the sun sets you will be able to get an astonishing and unique show full of lights, colours, music and motion.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
A huge museum with a beautiful architecture, amazing art collections and an excellent view of the city from the rooftop. Even if museums are not your thing you must climb the steps and enjoy the view.
The Museum’s building is huge. This becomes apparent when you look up the hill; even from afar the museum looks big that makes you feel tiny. When you are in the plaza near the Magic Fountain and look up, you will see the three-level fountain imitating a waterfall.
The Museum is so high that you might need a moment to gather enough courage to climb this huge hill. Well, you will be pleased to know that there are escalators working on each level that will take up all the way to the top (hurray for technology!) Even if you don’t like museums you should stop by the museum terrace or you will miss a great view from the top of the hill of Montjuïc – trust me you don’t want to miss it.
Palau Sant Jordi
From the area of the Palau Sant Jordi, you can have a great view from the other side of Barcelona and watch planes landing and taking off from the airport.
This area is close to the Museum d’Art de Catalunya and it’s a very quiet zone because not many tourists visit it. Around the Palau Sant Jordi, you have the Botanic Garden of Barcelona and the Torre Calatrava (also known as Montjuïc Communications Tower).
Be careful of women with roses or flowers in their hands, outside the area, they will try to give you the flower and start touching you. This is a way to distract you while they try to get your wallet or other valuables so try to avoid them.
Built in 1877 and redesigned in 1904, Casa Batlló is one of many masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí. Make sure to visit in the evening to see the splendid facade come to life with light.
The price of the ticket to visit Casa Batlló might not be the most appealing because it’s expensive and can easily ruin your budget. Like many other works of Antoni Gaudí, once you step into the building you will feel that you have just been teleported to a new magical world.
The queue to buy tickets may get very long. If you don’t want to wait I’d suggest buying the tickets online because not only will you avoid the queue but you also use the fast track to enter the building with your ticket. Avoid the rush hour and enjoy the tour better if you visit Casa Battló in the morning.
During your visit you get an audio guide, free wifi inside the building and a smart guide which consists of a video guide of augmented virtual reality, all you need is your smartphone and you are all set to have a new way to see this marvellous masterpiece.
Video made by Casa Battló – official site
La Pedrera or Casa Milà is a declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it was designed by Antoni Gaudí. By night, you can see a light show on the rooftop of the building.
La Pedrera is another building designed by Antoni Gaudí and a World Heritage Site. The ticket is a bit expensive, but after taking the virtual tour you might want to pay it and do a tour of the building.
The facade of the building just doesn’t show how striking the building is and how superb the inside and each room is.