BARCELONA: Top Attraction you MUST SEE!

by andreasnestoros

Barcelona is a must-see destination in Spain! Some would even claim it’s one of their favourite cities in the world, especially given how gorgeous Barcelona is. And, let’s be honest, it’s easy to see why with so many great and greatest things to do in Barcelona!

1. Sagrada Família

By far the most popular sight in Barcelona, this famously unfinished cathedral is one of the most distinctive buildings in the world, particularly because it is one of the only structures with a foot in both the past and the future. You could easily spend hours here, and it’s a must-see. It can become really crowded here now. So, to access the Sagrada Familia quickly and easily, book these fast-track tickets. You don’t want to travel all the way to Barcelona only to spend hours waiting in queue outside. 

2. Barcelona Cathedral

When people hear the more generic word Barcelona Cathedral, they immediately think of Sagrada Famlia, right? It is not, however, a cathedral in and of itself. 

This cathedral has a whole title. The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is far older and more established than Sagrada Famlia, and it is definitely worth seeing when in Barcelona. This Cathedral, which dates back to the 13th century, has a rich history and is one of the most impressive sights to see in Barcelona.

3. Park Güell

Park Gruell in Barcelona is another must-see if you enjoy Gaudi’s fantastic architecture. It features amazing views and vibrant colours that have become synonymous with a vacation to Barcelona. It’s easy to spend 3-4 hours here, and it’s well worth it. The view from the park is also worth the trek here, so make sure to get these Park Gruell skip-the-line tickets ahead of time to prevent disappointment or extremely long lines.

4. Arc de Triomf

There are other Triumphal arches scattered throughout Europe, and Barcelona’s version is well worth a visit.

5. Casa Batlló

Casa Batllo, another Gaudi masterpiece, is worth seeing just for its wonderful technicolour. It’s quite magnificent, and it’s one of the nicest Gaudi structures to visit in Barcelona. 

6. The Gothic Quarter

Explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter’s tiny paths and historic buildings. There are many walking tours available, but I believe it is better to take your time and travel at your own pace because there is so much to see, stores to visit, and cute places to stop for a coffee. The outstanding Pont del Bisbe bridge may be seen by walking down Carrer del Bisbe. Plaça Reial, a charming small square off Las Ramblas, is an excellent lunch spot. 

7. Tour of La Boqeria

On the way up the La Ramblas, you will witness one of Europe’s largest and most famous markets. (This was one of our favourite markets to visit.)

Here, you will see tourists and locals, as well as food from all over the world. There are also bars and restaurants. Their hard cheese and sausages are available for purchase. You can have fresh fruits or a fruit shake. You may have their fresh breads, among other things. This is a multi-sensory gastronomic experience.

8. Palau de la Musica Catalana

The gorgeously decorated performance hall, Palau de la Música Catalana, is located in Barcelona’s beautiful Sant Pere area. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, a wonderful representation of Catalan culture and heritage is a symbol of their history and legacy. The Palau de la Música Catalana, designed by famous architect Llus Domenech i Montaner, is a fusion of modern architectural brilliance and celestial majesty.

9. Bunkers del Carmel

Bunkers del Carmel also known as Turó de la Rovira, is a historic site located on a hill in the El Carmel neighbourhood of Barcelona, Spain. It is an open-air viewpoint that offers panoramic views of the city of Barcelona and the surrounding areas.

The site was originally built as an anti-aircraft battery during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. After the war, the bunkers were used for various purposes until they were abandoned in the 1990s. In the early 2000s, the bunkers were restored and opened to the public as a cultural and tourist attraction.

10. “El Món Neix en Cada Besada” mural

While this impressive mural sits tucked away just a few steps from the Cathedral of Barcelona, it often gets overlooked by visitors and locals alike. Created by local artist Joan Fontcuberta, the mural was put up in 2014 to commemorate the 300 years of history since the fall of Barcelona in the War of Spanish Succession in 1714.

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