10 Things To See In Barcelona
This city is the capital of Catalonia and one of Europe’s top travel destinations. It offers attractions for everyone – museums, art, architecture, beach, parks and so much more. I have been to Barcelona twice and saw all the interesting parts of the city. So here is a list of my personal favourite things to see and do in Barcelona.
This church is a never ending construction site so you better don’t wait with your visit until it’s finished. Go now and see the beautiful architecture of Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece. You can see it for free from outside or buy a ticket to explore the inside including the towers. Make sure to purchase your ticket in advance online to avoid the long queue.
It is another artwork of architect Antoni Gaudi. You can find the park in the north-west of the city centre and reach it by bus or metro. Most of the park is free to enter but the Monumental Zone, where you can see the work of Gaudi, is only accessible with a ticket. Go early to avoid the crowds.
It’s the most famous street in the city and great for a walk or to do some shopping. It had plenty of café’s and restaurants so if you get hungry you will find something that suits you. If you look for souvenirs you will also find a lot in this street but it is more expensive so if you go other parts of Barcelona better check there as well. Many other sights and plazas are very close to La Rambla.
Bunkers del Carmel
These old underground military bunkers are still a hidden gem in Barcelona. Of course you won’t be alone because the 360° view over the city is incredible and it gets more and more popular with tourists and locals alike. Get there for sunset for even sunrise to see all the popular landmarks in a great light or go whenever during the day as it is the same amazing.
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, simply known as Barcelona Cathedral, is one of the prettiest churches in the city and so it sees a lot of visitors every day. It was constructed from the 13th to 15th century and is the seat of the archbishop of Barcelona today. Entry is free in the mornings and also in the late afternoon. Check the visiting hours here.
Casa Milà & Casa Battló
Casa Milà, also known as La Padrera (which means stone quarry), is another architectural piece of architect Gaudi which you can find in the shopping street Passeig de Gràcia. The whitish wavy house front is outstanding compared to other buildings in the street. If you walk down that boulevard you will find Casa Battló which is once more Gaudi’s work. The local name is Casa dels ossos which means the House of Bones. The front is decorated with mosaics and the windows have skulls as decoration.
This beach is one of Barcelona’s oldest and most popular beaches where tourists and locals love to spend time all year round. It is located in the quarter of Barceloneta which is a traditional fishing district where you can find delicious fish, sea food and tapas.
It is the oldest neighbourhood in Barcelona and a great place to get lost. Put your map away and roam through the little streets and winding alleyways. The Cathedral is located in the centre and many other important buildings can be seen here.
The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is the most well known market in Barcelona and very popular with tourists. Here you can buy fresh fish, meat, fruits and other products or eat tapas right at the market for lunch. You can find the market next to La Rambla.
Parc de la Ciutadella
This park is the only green space in the city of Barcelona and a great spot for relaxing, walking and having a picnic. There is a wonderful fountain and a lake where you can rent a small boat. The Zoo of Barcelona, the Museum of Natural Science and the Palace of the Parliament of Catalonia can be found in the park. You will need tickets to enter the attractions.
What are your favourite spots in Barcelona? Let me know in the comments.