Barcelona is one of my favorite cities to visit! In 2016 alone, I have visited twice: first in January for a solo leisure trip & in November for our honeymoon.
There are so many places and things to cover, you need at least 1-week to cover what Barcelona has to offer. Without any further ado, here are my Top 10 Must-Do’s for Barcelona:
1) Walk the neighborhoods: Many of Barcelona’s neighborhoods are lined with narrow walking streets that have small shops & stores. Take some time just to wander and get lost in the streets, where you can stumble across hidden treasures! Tip: grab a cafe con leche (latte) and people watch at a local cafe
2) Montjuic – Take the BCN metro funicular to get to the top of Montjuic where there are some of best viewpoints of any city I have ever been to! Follow the signs to the “Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya” (National Art Musuem of Catalunya) and this is where the best views of Barcelona will be. Take pictures, people watch, & hang out like the locals. Afterwards, take the stairs down towards the Magica Fountain & back to the hustle and bustle of urban living. Tip: Magica Fountain has a free light show at night on the weekends, one of the most popular things to see. Check the schedule to see when shows are playing
3) La Boqueria – The most popular food market in Barcelona that is located in the middle of Las Ramblas walking street. This market has every ingredient needed for a proper Catalan meal! If you do not feel like cooking a meal for later, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from that will gladly serve you tapas & seafood. When you arrive, grab a 1 Euro juice and stroll around the market until you find what you like! Tip: Open everyday, except Sunday from morning until late afternoon
Antoni Gaudi’s Playground – Gaudi is one of Barcelona’s most influential citizens. He was an architect during the late 1800′-early 1900’s and much of his building architectures can be seen througout the city, including:
4) Park Guell – about a 15-minute walk from one of the BCN metro stops, this park is a funky and colorful area that is one of the most visited sites in Barcelona. Tip – Find the lizard!
5) Sagrada Familia – a basillica designed by Gaudi in 1882, yet still not complete! When Gaudi passed away, the people of Barcelona picked up the work and will complete the project (hopefully, within next 10 years)!
6) Casa Batllo – One of the funkiest houses you will ever see in your life! Located right in the middle of Barcelona’s hip shopping area (Passeig de Gracia), there are several floors to view the Gaudi’s home designs that incorporate elements of nature and his funkiness interpretations.
7) Sant Jaume Square – The center of Gothic Quarter, this is an open area where much of the administrive buildings are located. Several cafes line the square & great for people watching.
8) Camp Nou – Home of Barcelona’s beloved futbol (soccer) team, FC Barcelona. If you are lucky to visit during the season, grab some tickets and go to a match! Even if you are not a sports fan, the atmosphere in the stadium is like no other. Tip: Camp Nou’s musuem is the #1 visited museum in Barcelona, Go Messi!
9) Xocolata Museo – aka the Chocolate Museum. If you have a sweet tooth, this the where master chefs have created various sculptures with just chocolate. As an added bonus, it is in located in the El Born area (another great walking area).
10) Eat! Enough said! So much to choose from!
This list has only a few of what Barcelona has to offer! The city has so much more culture, attractions, & food…let me know if I missed something that you think is even better!
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