Jetting off to Barcelona for a few days? Make sure you check out these great places to see in this beautiful Spanish city!
1. See the Sagrada Familia
Have you even been to Barcelona if you haven’t seen this unfinished church? The Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí’s most wonderful masterpieces, and when you see it in real life, you will understand why it has become Spain’s pride and glory. No photo can give this building justice of how spectacular it truly is!
2. Get lost in the Gothic Quarter
Spanning from Las Ramblas to the Mediterranean sea, lies Barcelona’s old historic quarter. The quarter consists of the oldest parts of the city, including several medieval landmarks and the remains a Roman wall. One of the most recognisable locations is Pont del Bisbe, a connecting bridge pictured above.
3. Eat at La Boqueria
Even if you aren’t a foodie, you will definitely find something to nibble on from this market. La Boqueria dates back to the 11th Century, but its current building and aesthetic was constructed in 1840, when the market was legally recognised. I couldn’t resist buying some of these chocolates, but I balanced it out by purchasing a fruit pot too!
4. Photoshoot at Park Güell
Park Güell is another place which Antoni Gaudí designed. His distinct style of architecture is so easy to distinguish as it is so colourful and modern for its time. His use of crooked lines and mosaic tiles make such a beautiful backdrop for some Instagram posts. Be sure to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and also bring suncream and water if you are visiting in the summer as it gets pretty hot!
5. Relax at La Barceloneta
La Barceloneta refers to the beach neighbourhood of this city. You will find many bars, restaurants, shops and of course the beach. The thing I enjoyed most about this area, is the fact that the beach is there for everyone. You’ll find sunbathers, volleyball players, sandcastle artists, gymheads sweating it out and best of all, puppies going for sandy walks!
6. View the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
7. People watch at Parc de la Ciutadella
Okay, I’m going to say it….This fountain is better than Trevi Fountain! It is just as grand, and detailed, it’s green with nature which I enjoy, and the best part? It has nowhere near as many tourists crammed around it. It was such a peaceful fountain, I recommend you to have a picnic here in this park and people watch for at least an hour or so, as it’s such a beautiful part of Barcelona.
8. Explore Casa Batlló / Casa Milà
Antoni Gaudí has two major apartments in Barcelona, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. As we were short of time, we decided to visit Casa Batlló as it is deemed to be the most colourful one, and it did not disappoint. My favourite part was the light well which was filled with blue tiles and sunlight. We booked our tickets in advance for the first slot in the morning, and despite the early morning, it was so nice to walk around the building with little people around.
9. Walk under the Arc de Triomf
I had heard of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe, but I didn’t know that Barcelona had one too..and if I can say so, a prettier and more colourful one at that! It was originally built to be the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair, but today, it stands as decoration upon Passeig de Lluís Companys. We managed to find some ‘wild’ green birds on the grass here too…go see if you can find them too!
10. Stroll along Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is a tree-lined street in central Barcelona with many shops, restaurants and bars. The 1.2 km pedestrian street is a great place to wander as you will see many landmarks including theatres, palaces and museums along the way, but be aware…there are many pickpockets about. You can easily point out the sketchy people who are looking out to steal, so make sure you have a hold of you bag securely, your wallet and phone is in a safe place and keep your eye’s peeled.
11. View the life of luxury at Port Vell
Port Vell is a waterfront harbour in Barcelona, which glistens with blue water and pricey boats. It has great views of Montjuïc, Hotel W Barcelona and Barcelona’s coastline, and also a walkway which leads to a shopping mall situated on the water. Closer towards La Barceloneta, we managed to find a huge yacht with a helicopter on board….how the other half live!