Barcelona, located on the shores of the Mediterranean sea in northern Spain, is the most cosmopolitan and economically most active city in this country. It is welcoming, plural and diverse. Barcelona has it all, from Picasso and Gaudi to outdoor markets and stunning Gothic architecture. Check out our top sights and attractions in Barcelona.
“Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Barcelona’s biggest ornamental fountain, which was built in 1929, offers a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics and lights which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues.
A colorful fishermen’s quarter, the laid-back Barceloneta is lined with seafood restaurants and lovely beaches.
Barcelona’s most visited museum opened in 1963, revealing the works of Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century, spent a few years of his youth in Barcelona, and had a strong connection to the city.
Casa Batlló was constructed between 1875 and 1877 by the famous Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, and it’s located in Paseo de Gracia, a very central street in Barcelona, filled with some of the most expensive and exclusive shops and boutiques in the city, as well as some of the best Tapas bars and restaurants that the Catalan Capital has to offer. Gaudi was asked to renovate the main façade and internal walls of the building, ended up creating one of is most famous masterpieces. the roof representing the dragon of St George’s legend, It consists of ceramic tiles and glazed tiles on double attics, and plastic shaped ventilation shafts and chimneys. In the window, openings are pillars in the form of bones.
La Sagrada Familia is a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 (the cathedral is still under construction and will not be completed until 2027) and it’s one of Gaudí’s most famous works in Barcelona. Gaudi dedicated his life completely to the work of Sagrada Familia, made it the symbol of Barcelona.
Another one of Gaudí’s famous works, also known as “La Pedrera” (meaning “The Quarry”), it is a prominent attraction of the city, found in the beautiful central Gràcia district.
Camp Nou Stadium
The home to one of international football’s biggest teams in the world – Barcelona FC since 24th of September 1957, the date of its inauguration. With 98.787 seats, UEFA awarded Camp Nou the five-star stadium status.
One of Barcelona’s most famous attractions is Parc Guell by Catalan and Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, The Parc Güell is famous for its breakthrough ceramics decorated winding bank above the peculiarly Roman temples copied by the market hall. Gaudí has created with this park a fabulous forest. Park Guell today is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Please remember that only 800 visitors an hour are allowed in the park, so buying tickets in advance is highly recommended.
A 2 km (3.2 miles) long boulevard where it is customary to walk and take in the sights of the street artists, enjoy a cup of coffee or buy flowers. This street is busy throughout the day and night and is a famous meeting point for tourists. It begins at the Columbus Monument in front of the port and ends at the Plaça Catalunya. Dotted along the boulevard are the wax and erotic museums, the Palau de la Virreina information center and exhibition space and, of course, the wonderful Boqueria food market.
After admiring Gaudi’s and Picasso works head south and spend the rest of the afternoon at the beach. Once on the beach front, you can walk to all the beaches. It is quite a long way – 9 km of beaches in one continuous stretch. Our most favorite beaches are Nova Icaria Beach, attracting a mostly very young crowd. Though Barcelona beaches are artificial, In the early 90s the city decided to revamp their industrial coastline to accommodate tourists by importing sand from Egypt and create the beautiful beaches they have today.
“The haunting of history is ever present in Barcelona. I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it’s a woman who’s extremely vain.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Just So You Know…
- Drivers in Barcelona are considered among the worst in the world, so it’s safer to walk than drive.
- The Port of Barcelona is the largest port on the Mediterranean Sea.
- Go the Nudist Beach – Barcelona’s residents are not shy.
- All taxis in Barcelona are of the same color – black and yellow.
- Kosmopolis – A biannual literature festival that looks at Spanish-language art, film, poetry, and books.
- Fiestas de la Mercè is the most important festival in Barcelona – held on the 24th of September each year.
- Hunt bargains at the flea market of Els Encants – the market has been held here since the 14th century making it one of Europe’s oldest.
- Favorite Tapas / Restaurants – Bar Tomas with the best Bravas. Bar Castells with Good sandwiches and tapas. El Xampanyet with one of the best Tapas in Barcelona. La Clara with a great dining atmosphere.
- Favorite Cafes – Bar Kasparo quiet and cool place in the city center. Bracafe with a conservatory-styled front that invades the pavement and provides a perfect observation. Cafe De L’opera historic cafe on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas.
- Favorite Night Clubs – La Macarena with high-quality electronic music. Opium is the most popular beach club in Barcelona. La Terrrazza for the young, fashionable and international crowd. Carpe Diem Lounge Club is one of the most exclusive venues in the city.