Barcelona, the city known for its art and architecture, is a must-visit. Here we take a look at some of the best things to do in the Catalan capital.
Barcelona is a city that reveals many personalities through countless dynamic activities, quirky awe-inspiring architecture, historical intrigue, more than two miles of beaches, and a myriad of culinary tastes to keep even the most adventurous of foodies on their toes. Here’s a look at some of the best things to do in this iconic city.
1) Visit the Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most popular attraction, is a must-see. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi’s outstanding Modernisme architecture sets this basilica apart from Europe’s other churches. Gaudi gave shape to Christian beliefs through his design using nature-inspired forms and shapes inspired by nature. His immeasurable attention to detail left no stone unturned as even the light and colors have a special significance. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this transcendently beautiful work of art, and even take a guided tour that offers access to one of the Passion façade’s towers.
2) Discover Casa Batlló
Another one of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, Casa Batlló is definitely worth visiting while you are in Barcelona. The house, located in the heart of the city, is an adventure in itself as it is brimming with fantastic imagination and serves as an inspiration for your inner child. It is perfectly located within the city, only a short walk from Plaça de Catalunya, which connects to some of the main streets of the city. Here is where you can start a city tour and admire more gothic medieval architecture.
3) Take a day trip to Montserrat
Montserrat is an active monastery that is still called home by many monks today. This fascinating mountaintop sanctuary is believed to have been in use since Roman times, but the Monastery itself has a history that dates back to the 10th century which is evident in its design. Sitting at 1,236 meters (4,055 ft) above sea level, it’s the perfect escape for those who want to spend a few hours surrounded by nature. This magical place of pilgrimage is another must-see when visiting Barcelona and will be unforgettable.
4) Have some good old fashion fun at Port Aventura & Ferrari Land
Port Aventura is the perfect opportunity for some travel fun that the whole family can enjoy. Children may not always appreciate the wonderful intricacies of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, but they will definitely love one of Europe’s most iconic theme parks with its thrilling rides, Aquatic Park and Ferrari Land. Ferrari Land offers the full Ferrari experience, which means adrenaline-pumping events including the Maranello Grand race. Challenge your whole family to some fun on the 570-meter racing circuit. Also, aside from tons of exciting experiences for the kids, Port Aventura World hosts some great shows such as Bang Bang West. Pack your cowboy boots and stirrups because you are going to need them…Giddy up!
5) Park Güell
The original intention and inspiration for this park by Eusebi Güell was to create an estate for wealthy families in one of Barcelona’s most beautiful neighborhoods, with amazing views of the city and sea. Gaudi was the man who Güell deemed responsible for his illustrious vision of paradise and luckily today, you can admire the leftovers of the project as it was never fully completed and turned into a Public Park due to its exclusive and one of a kind character. Another wonder of architecture by Gaudi, it is a beautiful place to explore, as every piece of Gaudi’s realization is incredible. The curves of its natural beauty, the colors, and textures, even the park benches are brimming with attention to detail. And since 1984, the park has been recognized as a World Heritage site. Here are a few tips for planning your visit to Park Güell.
6) Be transported back in time in Medieval Girona
Girona is an independent city from Barcelona, although it is easily accessible by train and more than worth the time to visit. It is an ancient city with a rich history and is located at the point where four rivers converge, giving it its unique shape and charm. It has been influenced by the Romans, Moors and Visigoths, in the 12th century it became home to a Jewish community including great Jewish thinkers such as Mosse ben Nahman, oh and it was besieged by Napoleonic troops in the early 19th century. In other words, it is bursting with character and historical sites, a must-see for lovers of history and poetry.
7) Learn about more activities in Barcelona from a Local!
There are so many more activities to discover in Barcelona. When visiting a new city, it is always helpful to get an insider’s perspective so you avoid seeing only touristy attractions. So, we suggest to experience the life of a local. This way you can uncover some hidden gems and eat great food! If you want to find out more original ideas for visiting Barcelona then take a look here.