Whether you are planning a trip to Spain or not, there are several reasons you should consider to visit Barcelona. Indeed, Barcelona is often found on top of many traveler’s bucket list and it is one of the most popular favorite cities in the world. It is easy to understand why, Barcelona is a stunning city, rich in history and culture but also offering its tourists plenty of things to do. The city has all you are looking for in a perfect destination: Mediterranean beaches, beautiful modernist buildings, historic and cultural landmarks, and breathtaking views. No matter your interests, whether you are a fan of art, or have a passion for history, a football enthusiast or a foodie, Barcelona will surprise you!
If you are still not convinced about the fact that you should visit Barcelona if you get the chance to do so, here are some of the best things you should consider doing during your visit.
Pay A Visit To The Sagrada Familia
No visit to Barcelona can be complete without including the Sagrada Familia on your itinerary. This wonderful Catholic basilica designed by the local architect Antoni Gaudì is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Its architectural beauty is well-known around the world and it has become the symbol of this stunning European city. Despite being under construction for more than 100 years (and not expected to be completed until 2026), its grandeur and stunning beauty have never stopped to attract millions of visitors every year.
Enjoy the Beautiful Paintings at Picasso Museum
Barcelona has been an important city for the famous Spanish painter’s formation. Picasso moved to Barcelona as a child and lived there for several years. If you are interested in art, you should not miss out on a visit to this museum set up to remind the important relationship between Picasso and Barcelona.
Admire the Wonderful Casa Batlò
Another great example of Barcelona’s wonderful architecture and of Gaudì’s genius is the beautiful Casa Batlò. Built during the 19th century for a wealthy aristocrat, this building is special for its unusual looks: the several curves, natural forms, and tiles that remind of reptile scales have earned it the nickname of Casa del Drac, which can be translated into House of the Dragon. Even if you can simply admire the external facade, entering the building is well worth it, as you’ll get the opportunity to enter a unique building characterized by the special style that has made the name of the famous Catalan architect.
Relax at Barcelona’s Beaches
Barcelona is an amazing city because it provides you with everything you are looking for during a vacation. Take a break from museums and architecture and relax in one of the many beaches that the city offers. One of the most popular is the Barceloneta, located in Vila Olimpica, which hosted the Olympics in 1992. Try to get there early if you want some peace as during the afternoon the beach tends to get crowded with many teenagers and younger people escaping from the hustle of the city.
Wander Around the Gothic Quarter
The most visited neighborhoods, that you should not miss out is the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic in Catalan). Here you’ll find the beautiful Cathedral of Barcelona as well as several Roman ruins. Even if it will be probably packed with tourists, you should not prevent that from enjoying wondering about the stunning medieval streets and alleys that characterize the neighborhood. Even if the Sagrada Familia is probably the first image that will pop in your mind when thinking about Barcelona, the Cathedral of Barcelona, located in the Gothic Quarter is a lot older and more established. Make sure to pay a visit to this impressive landmark when in the neighborhood.
If you are looking for some nature, then you should be headed to Montserrat. Visiting this mountain and the famous monastery will make a perfect day trip that will satisfy your cravings for nature. Even if it is not particularly easy to reach it, the view and the experience are well worth the effort. Located around 60 km to Barcelona, you can reach it in approximately an hour from Plaza España (the main square) by train. Once there, you can make your way up by cable of the funicular and then enjoy the hike.
As you can see, visit Barcelona provides you with a great variety of things to do and explore. It is a city with a lot to offer to its visitors. This article outlined only some of the things you can do in Barcelona, and you might have noticed how varied they all are. What are you waiting for? Get ready for your next trip to this beautiful city!