There are so many things to do in Barcelona
Barcelona, I cannot say it without singing it, full gusto in true Freddie Mercury style. Lucky for you, this encore is kept within my head as it’s rather high for my dulcet tones! You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in Barcelona, we’ve picked out our favourites, will you discover something new?
The city of Barcelona is the capital of Spains Catalonian region and is blessed with beauty, style, charm and most of all, Gaudi. The two are synonymous, Barcelona and Gaudi and what an indelible mark this genius made. His unique style, imaginative, creative and organic flair dominate our top things to do in Barcelona suggestions and for good reason.
So, prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude and grandeur of The Sagrada Familia. The construction of this masterpiece is ongoing, rumour has it 2028 may see its completion. An almighty work in progress and world masterpiece! Definitely, put Park Güell on your list and make time to wander the sublime rooftop of La Pedrera. In addition, Casa Batllo is surreally beautiful too!
Undoubtedly, all things Gaudi are a much-celebrated part of Barcelona and they will feature on everyone’s things to do in Barcelona list. Inevitably you should book well ahead to avoid long ticket lines. In peak season, don’t make the trip out to Park Güell without booking entrance to the Monumental Zone or you may at best be allocated a time slot some 5 hours later, or find there is no availability at all…
So, take a look at our things to do in Barcelona recommendations. It’s not just about Gaudi, although for many it may be the highlight!
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A giant Gaudi signature piece, a stunning design, innovative, creative, completely unique and stamped with genius… It’s the roof top with the wow factor, stern Centurion chimneys proudly guard the city, magnificent mosaics glisten in the sun. La Pedera means “open quarry,” hardly!
Take your time to explore the infamous La Ramblas, this busy boulevard is bursting with energy and life. Enjoy a coffee, people watch and stop to admire mime artists, living “statues” musicians and more. Don’t miss Boqueria market for an explosion of colour and a veritable feast of local delights!
Gaudi has created a fairytale delight, a feast for the senses, a playground within a peaceful space, harmonious with nature. Guarded by two enchanting Hansel & Gretal Gatehouses, see a magical mosaic monster, admire unparalleled views from the ornate terrace and wonder at Gaudi’s exceptional talents!
The Gothic Quarter
Lose yourself in the gothic quarter, a myriad of winding streets and alleyways, hidden squares and an eclectic fusion of old and new. See the Cathedral, discover Plaça Reial and have a drink in Els Quatre Gats, a Gotico institution where Picasso and Gaudi once raised a glass (or two!)
Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonian Region. Vibrant, lively and beautiful, this warm and welcoming cultural hub seamlessly blends historic with contemporary. Prepared to be wowed by the distinctive, unique and genius of Gaudi, get lost in the Gothic Quarter and amble along La Rambla…
Camp Nou, Barcelona
The largest football stadium in Europe, if footie is your thing take a tour. Go into the opponents locker room, see the trophies, look out on to the pitch, sit on the first team bench and get a selfie with the cup…Even better, experience a game and soak up the atmosphere firsthand!
La Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia, breathtakingly beautiful both outside and in, prepared to be wowed at the sheer grandeur, magnificence and awe-inspiring masterpiece that showcases the genius of Gaudi. From the elaborate facade, to the intricate reliefs, the stunning stained glass and more, but will it ever be complete?
El Puerto, The Waterfront
A lovely area for a nautical stroll, to breathe in the sea air, admire the yachts, shop, eat, drink, relax and people watch. It feels as though this newly regenerated area has brought the waterfront closer to the city. Take a boat tour, visit the aquarium, admire the art or just soak in the atmosphere.
Housed in a beautiful space amidst the Gothic quarter, you will find an impressive collection of Picasso’s works, with particular emphasis focused on his formative years. Learn about Picasso’s life, influences and passions, witness his changing style and emergence as a world class and much celebrated artist.
Take time to wander the alleyways and squares
Barcelona is a beautiful place to lose yourself and wander. We love the Gothic quarter, discovering hidden alleys, quaint squares, vintage shops and intimate cafes. It’s a city that I never tire of and feel it offers something for everyone. Whilst Barcelona is a photographers dream and an art lovers paradise, this special city oozes charm. A lovely mix of vibrancy, colour and energy combined with a warm friendliness and upbeat positivity.
In addition, if you have time, plan a day trip to Montserrat. The cable car across the valley offers spectacular views, see the Benedictine Monastery, the Black Madonna and time your visit to hear the choir. This is a lovely day trip and well worth the journey.
We used the Top 10 Barcelona (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide) to help plan our stay.
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