Places to visit in Barcelona

When you travel to Barcelona, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Barcelona, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Barcelona to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Barcelona things to do can include exploring Barcelona attractions and visiting the places of interest.

This majestic piece of architecture was built by Catalan architect AntoniGaudí, whose best works are located in Barcelona itself, as a combined office block and apartment. It is indeed a unique structural masterpiece and plays host to concerts sometimes.

Built by Gaudí in his earlier days, this neo-Gothic structure has been recently renovated and reopened for public viewing. The architectural detailing gives us an insight into the period in which it was built.

This is one of Gaudí’s most unique work and also one of the queerest residential buildings in all of Europe. There is an organized tour here for you to discover all the different levels and the mix of art and architecture.

This beautiful palace was built by modernist architect Lluis Domenechi Montaner and was declared as a World Heritage Site in 1997. The palace itself is a beautiful structure adorned with breath-taking sculptures and also has a concert hall. Organized group tours are available to see this palace. 

Parcd’Atraccions – This amusement park in Mount Tibidabo draws adults and children alike. It has a number of high speed rides, ferris wheel, steam trains, all of which offer the most picturesque views in the area.

Font Màgica – The Magic Fountains are a big draw for the kids. The shows which typically last about 15 minutes are repeated at regular intervals every evening. The water takes up different forms, shapes, sizes and colours making for a visual treat and they are choreographed to a number of old, classic songs.

Zoo and Aquarium – Barcelona has a zoo as well as an aquarium where you and your kid can view thousands of species of animals and aquatic life in their natural habitat. There are fun, interactive enclosures and they also serve as good picnic spots. The aquarium is home to the infamously famous great white shark whose majestic beauty is bound to mesmerize you. 

If you have time to only visit one place of interest while in Barcelona, this should be it. Arguably known as Antoni Gaudí’s best piece of work, it is the most visited monument in Spain drawing hundreds of tourists every single day even though it is unfinished. The intricacy of the architecture is such that you can keep looking at it for hours at a stretch.

Known as Barcelona’s best Gothic church, the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar (Our Lady of the Sea) is simplistic and devoid of any kind of exaggerated decoration. Look out for musical recitals which take place here pretty often.

Another thing Barcelona is famous for is their home team, the Barcelona Football Club. This museum housed in Europe’s biggest stadium, Camp Nou is a comprehensive exhibit of the history of the club. You must also visit the rest of the stadium and watch a live match if the time and schedule permits.

This beautiful exhibit of Spanish architecture shows the different kinds of buildings one can see all over Spain, all in one place. Interestingly enough, it was originally built as a temporary exhibit meant to be there for six months only.

This beautiful museum for modern art is a stunning building in itself and also houses great works.

You can never be bored or run out of things to do while at Barcelona. The architecture, monuments, churches, museums, galleries etc. are just the top of the layer. The pristine beaches, where you can enjoy water sports, lounge around, develop a tan or bask in the glory of the surroundings. The promenades at these beaches have the best restaurants and bars where you can drink and eat as well as shops where you can pick up souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back at home. When it comes to seeing the sights of the city, you can decide to walk or go for any of the various organized tours which come with a guide who will brief you about the history of the place. It has been said, however, that Barcelona is best discovered on foot because you are able to stroll around and take in the experience as a whole and as authentically as possible.

For the adventure lovers, water sports, as well as hot air balloon rides and cable car rides, are organized. Both of these offer splendid views of the landscape. If possible, also take a short trip to Montserrat Mountains which are at a height of about 4050 feet. The views from here are ones that you will retain for a very long time. 

Best known for tapas, the Catalonian cuisine is rich and steeped in history. There are a number of restaurants serving local cuisine as well as other kinds of European and other continental cuisines. Try out tapas, PAELLA / FIDEUÀ, ALLIOLI, ESCALIVADA and CREMA CATALANA while on your trip. These are some of the dishes that you should not miss out on. 

Casa Calvet, Senyor Parellada, and Cervecería Catalana are some of the most popular eateries here.

Barcelona has a buzzing nightlife and a dizzying atmosphere, much to the party goer’s delight. There are a number of bars and nightclubs where you can get your dose of fun and frolic. The ambience and atmosphere varies greatly. In older parts of the city, some antique spaces have been converted to resemble pubs of the medieval times. Places like Michael Collins, Molly’s Fair City and Flaherty´s Irish Pub Barcelona boast of a lively atmosphere.

The newer parts of the city are home to nightclubs which are modern and young. Eating and drinking are complementary in Barcelona and bars serve tapas and alcohol in equal measure. The parties go on till the wee morning hours here and you will surely not be disappointed when it comes to nightlife thanks to the unending options. You could visit Razzmatazz, Danzatoria and La Terrrazza Atmospherical fun club for a fun night out. 

For those tourists stuck in a dilemma about whether to go sightseeing or shopping, you don’t have to make a choice at Barcelona. Most of Barcelona is lined with shops and most monuments are close to shopping quarters. Barcelona is a world-class, top-notch shopping destination with something for everyone. You can find something here that will cater to all sensibilities and preferences. The streets here have the best boutiques in the world for those looking for top international brands as well as fashionable and hip options for youngsters which are affordable. Sant Antoni Market, Mercat de Sant Josep/ La Boqueria and Fira Artesana are the popular street markets here.

On one hand, you will see that the oldest and smallest of shops have been around for decades and sell trinkets and souvenirs which are exclusive to Spain and on the other hand, you will find high-end retail outlets selling designer clothing from the best brands in the world. Barcelona Shopping Line mixes the best of both worlds. Maremagnum, L’Illa Diagonal and Centro Commercial deLas Arenas are the popular malls here.

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