Spain’s Catalonia area’s capital city – Barcelona is a bright and vibrant city. Barcelona is full of wonderful architecture, cultural attractions, alluring nightlife, gorgeous landscapes, sunny Mediterranean seas, all with joyous vibes. This city is not only Spain’s popular destination but it is the most popular destination in the world. It attracts millions of visitors/tourists every year. This vibrant city in Spain, is everyone one like families, couples, singles, culture lovers, beach lovers, history & monument lovers etc. Know more about Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona. Spanish food is very unique and you will find many quirky restaurants in this city to try out. Plan a food tour in Barcelona by reading more on it. Read here to know about Tips and Tricks for Barcelona.
WHERE TO STAY IN BARCELONA
Now let’s go and check the Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona –
Basilica Sagrada Familia is the largest unfinished church in the world. The Roman Catholic church attracts 2.8 million visitors each year. Construction of this church started in 1882 and is still going on. Antoni Gaudi, a great architect took over this project and worked on this project until his death. It is believed that 70% of work has been finished to date. Current architects are following Gaudi’s patterns. This UNESCO listed, Sagrada Familia is in the northern part of Barcelona with 18 towers dedicated to different Biblical figure. Basilica Sagrada Familia is translated into The Basilica of Sacred Family. Exteriors of Basilica has lavish and impressive sculptures like Jesus’s birth and other religious depictions of the Bible. Tickets to visit Basilica can be purchased in advance by clicking here with skip the line option. Read more about to know about skip the line Sagrada Familia.
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ILLa de la Piscordia / CASA AMATLLER
This famous and amazing building was built by Puigi Cadafalch who combines neo-Gothic styles and some inspirations from houses of Netherlands. This building is standing along with Gaudi’s Casa Batllo and Casa Morera. Together these 3 buildings form a Block of Discord(Illa de la Piscordia).
It is a very famous building located in the center of Barcelona which is designed by famous architect named Gaudi. The style of architecture is modernist. The building was refurbished by Gaudi on a previously built building in the year 1904. Exteriors are decorated with multi-colored ceramics, glass, wave-shaped windows/balconies with uneven blue-tiled roofs. This is a UNESCO heritage site and a magnificent example of Art nouveau style.
LA RAMLA AREA
Barcelona’s most lively and famous street with full of tourists, culture centers/theaters, restaurants, cafes, street shopping, souvenir kiosks, florists. In short La Ramla street is a window to Catalunya culture. This is located in central part of Barcelona with a stretch of 1.2 km starting from Placa de Catalunya and ending at Barcelona port – Port Vell.
JARDI BOTANICAL GARDEN
This garden is spread among 14 hectares and is located between Montjuiic castle and Olympic Village. It has many shrubs/species from 6 different zones like the Mediterranean climate, Canary Islands, Southern Australia, South Africa, Chile, and California.
Barcelona hosted 1992 Olympic games. The whole Olympic events, games, and ceremonies took place in this Olympic village called Anella Olimpica. This village is located on the hill of Montjuiic.
MUSEU NACIONAL D’ ART DE CATALUNYA
It is also known by its short form – MNAC. Located on Montjuiic hill, it is famous for collections of Romanesque church paintings depicting Catalan art & design from 10th to 20th centuries. Check the calendar for special art showcase/events before going here. Requires to purchase tickets for visiting inside.
Port Vell or Port of Barcelona played a major role from ancient times and shaped Spain’s future. It is a famous tourist spot with a viewing gallery at 50 meters height. There are many operational traditional pleasure boats which sail around the Port Vell. Also, there is a broad wooden walkway with retail & leisure complex named Maremagnum. Main attractions to visit on Port Vell are Museu d’ Historia and Aquarium. There are many things to do at the harbor front.
CABLE CAR RIDE FROM MONTJUIIC HILL
Enjoy the panoramic views of Barcelona city and breathtaking views of the sea from the top of Montjuiic hill while riding through a cable car. There is a small castle at the top of the hill.
The Colombus Monument is a 60 m tall tower located at the end of La Ramla in Barcelona. This tall monument was constructed to honor Christopher Colombus’s first voyage to America. At the top of the monument, there is a bronze statue of Colombus. The statue of Colombus has a pointing hand towards sea which has many beliefs like people say, he is pointing towards America, towards his hometown but the most popular one is that pointing hand is towards the sea and is depicted as his achievement in naval exploration.
A symbol of modern Barcelona. It is a 38 story bullet shaped, cylindrical skyscraper which was built in 2003. This tower has glass facades which are illuminated with changing colors of the Mediterranean region. These colors change after some time intervals and so this place should be visited during evenings/nights.
PLACA DE CATALUNYA
The most lively square and the favorite meeting point of Barcelona. It is the heart of Barcelona which spread over an area of 5 hectares. There are famous shopping centers, department stores, luxurious hotels, bar & theaters. It is connecting old Barcelona city with new/modern Barcelona city. It is the main transportation hub of Barcelona. Major metro lines, city railway line meets here and this is the main transportation subway. City buses, Hop-On Hop-Off tourist buses, Airport express bus have regular bus stops at this junction.
DAY TRIPS FROM BARCELONA – MUST VISIT IN SPAIN
- Montserrat mountains – Click here to book day trip to Montserrat monastery and wine, tapas tour from Barcelona.
- Penedes Wine Region – Click here to book the Catalan coast trip with wine making process in Penedes valley and fishing village of Sitges.
- Costa Brava beaches – Click here to book full day trip to Costa Brava across Blanes or book half day trip to Costa Brava along with charming village of Tossa de Mar and tourist resort of Lloret de Mar.
- Tarragona – Click here to know why you should go for Tarragona day tour.
- Girona & Figueres – Click here to book full day trip to Girona and Figueres.
- Cadaques – Click here to book Cadaques village tour with Dali museum tour.
- Tossa de Mar
SOME GENERAL TIPS FOR BARCELONA –
- Barcelona is also famous among foodies and read this to know about Food tour in Barcelona.
- Barcelona has many things to do nearly more than 30 sights, like FCB club, Gaudi’s Buildings, Park Guell, Picasso Museum, Old Gothic quarter, Fundació Joan Miró, Gràcia, Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona City History Museum, Camp Nou and medieval markets of La Boqueria, City Beaches and more, which I missed due to lack of time. Know more about these places and make your trip to Barcelona slightly longer to cover all beautiful places.
- There are many budget-friendly hostel styled accommodations in Barcelona and backpackers love them as they are cost effective. We stayed in Barcelona for 2 days 3 nights.
- After Barcelona, we proceeded further to Valencia, Seville, Malaga, and Madrid.
- Now let’s explore the most unique, whimsical architecture, famous Basilicas, vibrant parks & sports clubs, bustling and lively nightlife of La Ramblas or stunning Mediterranean sea views/beaches.
- There are many Day Trips from Barcelona to Montserrat.
How to commute to visiting Top sightseeing Places in Barcelona?
There is a widely spread and convenient public transport system in Barcelona. There are many kinds of passes 2-day pass, 3day pass or weekly pass available which can be used in all local transports – tram, metro, bus, and some public boats. Tourist buses or Hop-On Hop-Off buses are another options for sightseeing.
How to travel From Barcelona to other cities?
-From Barcelona, we used Renfe trains(part of Eurorail network) to reach our next destinations. Rent a car or airplanes are another way to connect the cities of Spain. Click here to check some affordable train tickets to reach Barcelona and to commute to different cities of Europe.
What to eat in Spain?
Enjoy delicious tapas, Paella, Mediterranean cuisine in restaurants specially located at La Ramla. Read more about the best restaurants in Barcelona which you must try during your Barcelona city tour.
What to shop in Barcelona?
Handmade ceramics and pottery articles like ceramic jewelry, showpieces, tiles, Spanish olives, and Sun-dried Tomatoes.
Best season to visit
April to Late September (Early Springs to late Autumns).
Nightlife in Barcelona
List of famous nightclubs
- Macarena Club
- La Terrrazza
- Opium Barcelona
- Pacha Barcelona
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