March 2, 2016

Top Ten Things to Do in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations with its favourable weather conditions, attractive beaches, buzzing nightlife, tasty local cuisine and its marvellous culture and history, it’s not hard to see why. Here are the top ten attractions that will get you as passionate about Barcelona as the millions of tourists and locals alike.

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1. Park Güell

Gaudí’s brief for the design of what became Park Güell was to emulate the English garden cities. The park itself, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is magical, with twisted stone columns supporting curving colonnades or merging with the natural structure of the hillside. Its peak is marked by a large cross, and offers an amazing panorama of Barcelona and the sea beyond. The fantastical exuberance of Gaudí’s imagination remains breathtaking.


2. Las Ramblas

Barcelona’s most famous boulevard, Las Ramblas is a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona action at its best. The Ramblas is famous for street performers, including human statues, restaurants, and is a fantastic spot for shopping.

3. Sagrada Familia

A Giant Basilica designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudí, the building has been under construction since 1882 and they’ve still got another 30 to 80 years (depending on funding and resources) to go before it will be finished. Whether you’re an architecture fan or not, walking through the heart of this inspired structure is like being transported to a parallel universe, a divine sanctuary of peace and perfection.

Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia - Barcelona Spain

4. The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Barcelona’s biggest ornamental fountain, which was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, offers a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics and lights which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues. The Montjuïc Magic Fountain has become one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions and is where the “Piromusical” is held, a true balletic spectacle of water and light.

5. Picasso Museum

The museum has arranged Picasso’s paintings in chronological order from his early days to his final works. Arranging the paintings in this way gives you a fascinating insight into the development of Picasso thinking over time and shows how he developed the distinctive designs that he is famous for today.

6. Montjuïc Mountain

Montjuïc mountain is the perfect place for a leafy stroll with great views, aside from the natural surroundings and spectacular vistas, you’ll find buildings from the 1992 Olympic Games and walk through the Laribal gardens, designed by French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier

7. Barcelona Beaches

From the beach of Sant Sebastià, passing through Barceloneta, to the beaches of Nova Icària or Mar Bella – each has its own selection of chiringuitos where you can get a refreshing respite from the sun. You’ll love being able to lay down a towel and dive into the lovely Mediterranean waters.


8. Placa Reial

A beautiful square located just off Las Ramblas, it’s a must see for anyone looking for traditional Spanish and Catalan restaurants and is also home to some of Barcelona’s best nightclubs.

9. Seafood

No one leaves Barcelona without sampling the seafood. Many Barceloneta restaurants display a spectacular haul of fresh seafood every day for you to enjoy at least once during your stay.

10. Santa Maria del Mar

The church of Santa Maria del Mar, built in the 14th century, deserves an article in its own right as one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals ever built. The unique harmony and elegance of this church’s interior will take your breath away.

By Jacinta Frazzetto

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