Barcelona is a remarkable city full of vibrancy, immense culture, eccentric artistry, and stunning beauty. There is no reason one shouldn’t embark on an adventure to Barcelona, Spain. Choosing between the plethora of attractions can be a bit overwhelming in this city because there is just so much to see! These are the top 10 things to do in Barcelona for explorers while catching some of the major sights.
1. Sagrada Familia
This soaring highlight of Barcelona is a must see. Located north of the city center, the basilica “Sagrada Familia” stands 558 feet high into the clouds. You can’t miss this incredible human creation that is still being built to this day. If you love architecture, and even if you don’t, this is not to be missed.
Basic admission fee is 15 Euros per person. It is recommended to visit the official website to purchase your tickets in advance!
2. Visit the Gothic Quarter
Delve into the narrow streets of the medieval city, visit Barcelona cathedral, and remarkable architecture that won’t let you put your camera down. Located near the famous Las Ramblas pedestrian street, the Gothic Quarter is not to be missed on your visit to Barcelona. Not only will you find outstanding architecture and ancient roman ruins, but there are cute boutiques and plenty of tapas bars to explore as well.
3. Park Güell and Beyond
The park designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi is the epitome of art combined with nature. Visiting Park Güell will give you stunning views, impressive construction, and a nice time out of the busy streets of Barcelona. Constructed in the early 1900s this park is an important historic destination in Barcelona. If you are into a bit of hiking for some extraordinary views, beyond the park follow the trails to the top of the hill for an incredible view of the city.
Admission fee is 7 Euros per person. Purchase tickets online at the official website before going and aim towards the early mornings for less crowds!
4. Barcelona’s Paradise
Golden warm sand, beautiful waters, and Catalonian paradise can be found at Barceloneta Beach. Take some time to get your daily dose of vitamin D with locals and tourists alike. There are very few cities in Europe where you are able to get to the beach within walking distance of main attractions in the city. This beach is big, not too busy, clean, and a great place to relax from bustling Barcelona.
5. The View from MNAC
Some of the best views Barcelona has to offer sit at the very top of a hill in front of Plaça d’Españya. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya has a great collection of art and if you aren’t the museum type you don’t even have to go inside to benefit from the beauty of this building. Find a spot in front of the MNAC, get some photos, then sit and enjoy the landscape. Magnificent scenery, views over the city, and a free show in the evening from the magic fountain therefore makes it an attraction not to be missed! Make sure to visit on the weekend if possible to be able to watch the magic fountain show beginning at 9PM. During high season it can be pretty busy; get there early to reserve a good spot!
6. Las Ramblas
Full of street vendors, tourists, and shopping. While this pedestrian zone is the pick pocket zone of Barcelona it is still worth visiting! Cultural haven for cafes, shops to explore, and located adjacent to the gothic quarter; it’s the perfect spot to start from to enjoy the rest of the city. It’s one of those touristy spots you don’t want to miss!
7. Casa Batllò & Casa Milà
Both located on Passeig de Gracià, Casa Batllò and Casa Milà (La Pedrera) are stunning works from the incredible Antonio Gaudi. If you happen to be walking by one of these buildings, you will not miss them. Gaudi truly demonstrates his talent and originality through these pieces of architecture and there is nothing like them in the world. Tour the inside of the apartments for a fee or enjoy the outside view for free if time is limited!
8. Trying vegetarian, local, and organic cuisine
Typically in Spain we think that paellas and tapas is all they have to offer, but there is so much more than that! Surprisingly there is an abundance of vegetarian and organic choices throughout the city. Barcelona is becoming an organic haven for locals and tourists from all over. Healthy choices will not only make your travels more enjoyable, but also supporting local organic farms are just as important.
Suggestions; “Flax and Kale” – Mostly vegetarian with original dishes and a great juice selection, “Petit Brot” – 100% organic, raw, vegan cafe with modern decor, “Juice House” Delicious cafe, local ingredients, and great coffee
9. Arc de Triomf and Parc de la Cuitadella
Although not as well known as the Arc in Paris, the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona is quite spectacular in itself. It is situated near Parc de la Cuitadella with locals spending their days relaxing and enjoying some nature in the center of this bustling city. The details on the Arc are beautiful to admire and strolling along the pedestrian street on a nice sunny afternoon can make for the perfect day.
10. Experience Barcelona Night Life
During the summer seasons the night clubs are booming with dancing and socializing. For night life lovers, Barcelona will not disappoint. Head to Barceloneta beach or the gothic quarter and have some fun in one of the night clubs that don’t start getting busy until about 2AM!