Travel Guides: Barcelona City Guide
Barcelona is a city of breathtaking architecture that can be seen from the marvelous monuments to the historic districts.
The city has become one of the most popular destinations in Europe with a warm Mediterranean climate, rich culture and hearty cuisine. Its thriving food scene also makes it one of the top-rated cities for foodies.
Popular attractions and monuments
The Sagridia Familia is undoubtedly one of the main attractions of the city, if not of the mainland. This unfinished architectural masterpiece has now reopened its doors to visitors, who can marvel at the sheer scale of effort and creativity required for such a project. The facade is almost finished and visitors can tour the interior which houses the tomb of the infamous architect.
The Sagrada Familia may be the main attraction, but Barcelona Cathedral is also worth a visit. This enormous Gothic structure is a fine example of Catalan Gothic architecture from the 15th century. Entrance to the Temple and the cloister is free.
You can now also visit Casa BatllÃ³, the dragon-roofed building turned museum. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking new tour of Gaudi’s magical house. You can also discover the ultramodern space of the Gaudi Cube.
The Case Mila, a World Heritage Site, also known as ‘La Pedrera’, is another fine example of Gaudi’s work, which was restored and opened to the public in 1996. Another popular attraction is the Art Nouveau building.
Designed by Jean Novel, Torre Agbar is one of Barcelona’s modern landmarks and at 426 feet this impressive steel and glass structure towers over the city.
Art and culture
The Picasso Museum is one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions, showcasing some of Picasso’s early works with paintings, drawings and ceramics.
You can also visit the Palau Nacional (National Palace), one of the city’s main attractions and home to the National Art Museum of Catalonia. An impressive magic fountain sits at the front of the structure. The museum has one of the best examples of Romanesque art. It also houses a wide selection of Catalan paintings from the Gothic period.
Las Ramblas is a popular avenue with tourists, with plenty of shopping opportunities. You will also find many restaurants, cafes and market stalls in this area where you can find great souvenirs. There are also many hotels and bars, so if you want to stay in the central and bustling area this is the place.
For foodies, Barcelona does not disappoint. Offering a range of gastronomic delights that reflect the city’s artistic flair. In addition to classic dishes, you will find inventive cuisine unique to this city in many of the best restaurants.
For a delicious interpretation of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, head to La GastronÃ³mica located in Carrer de Calabria. If you are looking for a more refined and relaxed dining experience, you should try Rao, which serves modern Catalan cuisine using the best local ingredients. For a more laid back outing with great service and authentic Paella, head to Micu Maku.
Parc GÃ¼ell is a public park designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Opened in 1926 and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this urban park features many touches of Gaudi, who himself designed many mosaics and sculptures. A great place to relax, the park is full of winding green paths. A ticket will give you access to the area where you will find most of Gaudi’s works.
Barcelona has some great beaches, which are popular during the summer months. Barceloneta beach attracts the biggest crowds. Here you will find plenty of entertainment, food and drink options, as well as water sports such as kite surfing.
If you’re looking for a more laid-back beach vibe, you can head to Sant Sebestia located in the eastern part of town. It’s still bustling, but less than the main beach, and offers a lot more waterspout options.
As a major economic and tourist hub, Barcelona enjoys an excellent commercial scene. Offering an impressive mix of boutiques and international brands to suit all tastes. Head to Mercat Santa Caterina for a wide selection of shops. If you are looking for high end and big brands then head to Passeig de Garcia.