Things To Do

The Top 5 Things To Do And See in Barcelona

This cosmopolitan and bustling heart of Catalonia is popular with tourists all year round, and a proud place for locals. With fantastic art and architecture, and a rich medieval history, as well as innovative modern additions, Barcelona is certainly not short of things to do and see. Here we explore 10 of the unmissable things to do and see if you’re visiting this amazing city.
Park Güell
Park Güell is by far one of the most impressive public parks in the world. Designed by the famous and much-loved architect Antonio Gaudí, this beautiful park boasts some of his best pieces of work. Originally intended for families to reside in, Park Güell is now essentially an outdoor museum of colorful and playful Gaudi designs. Guests can tour the park at leisure and take pictures with the treasures that can be found scattered around, and even enter the tiny on-site Casa-Museu Gaudí – a museum and gift shop, which is also a Gaudi creation.
Visit the beach
Located on the coast of the popular neighborhood with the same name, La Barceloneta beach is Barcelona’s most bustling and touristy stretch of sand and sea. A must-visit if you’re in the city, it is a great place to enjoy some fresh seafood in one of many chiringuitos (seaside huts) or seaside restaurants. Visitors to the beach not only swim, but can get stuck into a variety of water sports, windsurfing and kite-surfing being the most popular options on this beach. Lively both day and night, and easily accessible, this beach is perfect if you still want to be close to the city’s main attractions.
A tour of the architecture
Gaudi’s outstanding pieces of work don’t stop in Park Güell. Just walking around the city visitors will be able to admire countless pieces of his architecture. Gaudí’s unique take on the Art Nouveau movement has produced some of the most spectacular buildings in the region, and visitors can easily spend a day touring the city to take pictures of his creations, and even enter a few of them. Amongst many is Casa Vicens, Gaudí’s first important building dating back to the 1880s. Also worth visiting are La Pedrera, one of his main residential buildings, and Casa Batlló.
Sagrada Familia
Another of Gaudí’s pieces of work, but unique in itself, the Sagrada Familia is his most-famous piece of architecture, and an icon of Barcelona. In construction since 1882, and with the end not even in sight, this is a working piece of art, making it a very engaging visit indeed. Not only is it a spectacular feast for the eyes from the outside, with beautiful views from each side, the Sagrada Familia also boasts a fantastic museum inside. For less than €20 you can admire the incredible interior, including the tower. An unfinished masterpiece, but beautiful nonetheless, visitors to Barcelona simply can’t miss visiting the Sagrada Familia.
La Boquería
This huge public market is one of the city’s most famous tourist landmarks, accessed around two thirds of the way up the tourism hub of Las Ramblas. The first mention of La Boquería dates back to 1217, and it still stands today as a vibrant and busy market. The grand iron entrance leads into what is one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets, selling a rainbow infused selection of fruits, and never-ending supply of exotic fruit smoothies and fresh lemonade. Visitors can even enjoy something to eat at the famous El Quim de la Boquería restaurant at the heart of the market.