Barcelona is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Spain and is the largest and capital city of Catalonia. Barcelona has become one of the world’s leading tourist, cultural, arts, and entertainment centers, thanks to its lavish culture, distinctive architecture, beautiful landscapes, and a large number of breathtaking landmarks. The city is also home to 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven of which were left behind by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudi.
Getting to Barcelona is easy. The city is well connected and perhaps the most inexpensive and the most comfortable way would be to train travel to Barcelona. Of course, some other options include traveling by car and if you are far away, or even from a different continent, an airplane is a valid option.
So if you’re willing to experience the uniqueness and excitement of Barcelona, here are some places to visit:
1. Basilica Sagrada Familia (Basílica y Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia) The large unfinished Roman Catholic church was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi and is probably one of the most unusual churches in Europe. Gaudi’s work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church is located in the northern part of the city and commands your attention with its twisted and tall towers, unique architectural style, and jaw-dropping creative interior design. The Sagrada Familia is truly a magnificent building and is an absolute must-see in Barcelona.
2. Park Güell Located on Carmel Hil, in Barcelona, it is one of the most impressive and interesting parks in the world. It was opened as a public park in 1926, and Gaudi’s flamboyant architectural style is on full display in this vast park made up of beautiful gardens and colorful architectural elements.
3. Montjuic A hill that overlooks the Barcelona harbor, offers a wide variety of things to do and see. Whether it‘s riding the Montjuic’s Cable Car, that offers you a scenic view of the city, visiting the Montjuic Castle, where you can enjoy exhibitions showing the Castle’s history, going to the Grec Theater Gardens, that features a famous amphitheater, or visiting Joan Miro Foundation museum, it’s ensured that you will have a wonderful experience. All of these attractions and more make Monjuic a place you can’t miss while staying in Barcelona.
4. Las Ramblas is a 1.2 kilometer long street in central Barcelona. It starts at Catalonia Square and stretches all the way to the harbor. It is filled with various types of shops, restaurants, and cafes which makes it a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. Walking along Las Ramblas, you will get a chance to visit one of the most famous and largest markets in Europe – La Boqueria, where you can buy local products or feast your senses with an array of foods. You will have an opportunity to see the world famous Liceu Theater or the popular Fountain of the Three Graces.
5. Gothic Quarter The Gothic Quarter is the center of the old city in Barcelona. The narrow streets and hidden squares are maze-like and are filled with buildings that date back to Roman times, trendy bars, clubs, and restaurants. You can also do a lot of sightseeing, such as visiting the Gothic Cathedral, which is located between Vía Laietana and La Rambla, the King’s Square, where you can visit the Museum of History of Barcelona, or the Royal Square where you can experience a lively, festive atmosphere and listen to the sounds of the Spanish guitar. If you’re an avid art lover, this a great place since you’ll have the opportunity to visit Picasso Museum.