No matter what attitude he decides to travel to Barcelona, one can safely go there without any prior planning or research. It’s just that history, the arts, culture and the urban environment have not only created a unique atmosphere there, but also provide an endless “list” of options for a completely diverse experience. Once in the Catalan capital, you will surely find not only attractions and landmarks to your liking, but you will find a bunch of other unexplored opportunities.
Here is an option for a tour of some of Barcelona’s most popular attractions, divided by interests:
• The Sagrada Familia, the Palau Guell, the La Pedrera / casa Mila, the Casa Batllo, the Parc Guell are infinitely inspiring to connoisseurs of architecture and genius. world-renowned Anthony Gaudi. The remarkable Art Nouveau style of the Catalan architect has become a symbol of Barcelona, recognizable everywhere. The cathedral under construction – the only one of its kind today, houses, Guell Palace and the park where Gaudí’s home is located, reveal in detail the unique style of the architect, whose handwriting can be seen almost everywhere in the city, and almost all souvenirs?
• Barri Gotic– the heart of the Old Town (Ciutat Vella), on whose territory all history buffs feel quite comfortable. The narrow streets with medieval buildings on the side of the Ramblas, whose ground floors now house many boutiques, lead to the impressive city cathedral “Santa Cruz and Santa Eulalia”. The Gothic Quarter is full of landmarks such as the Basilica of La Merse, the neo-Gothic bridge on the Archbishop’s Street (Carrer del Bisbe), the Church of Santa Maria del Pi, the Casa de la Ciutat and the Palace of the Catalan Autonomous Government. (Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya) – located in Piazza Sant Jaume, Plaça Reial, where you can sit for a short break in one of the nice restaurants before continuing your walk around Barcelona. And although recent studies show
• La Rambla – Barcelona’s famous street starts in Plaza Catalunya and leads to the Mirador de Colom in Port Vell (Old Port). It is home to the famous Gran Teatre del Liceu, but it is not the only reason for the strong artistic spirit that dominates the surrounding area. You can literally walk on the amazing street mosaic of Juan Miró in his characteristic surreal style, and the sidewalks are constantly occupied by many street artists, some really funny, others – a little strange and even scary.
The Café de l’Opera, located directly opposite the theater, has a preserved Viennese interior from the middle of the 19th century, and the place dates back to the 18th century. even during the Spanish Civil War. Several museums are located on the street and if you are in the mood to explore, you can choose the right one for you from Palau Guell (a block away from the Rambla), the Santa Monica Arts Center or the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona – Center d ‘ Art Santa Monica), the Museum of Wax Figures (Museu de Cera) and the Maritime Museum (Museu Maritim), located on the site of medieval shipyards (Drassanes). Another thing you should not miss to do while walking along the Rambla is to stop by the lively and colorful La Boqueria market.
• La Barceloneta, Port Vell and the marina in the coastal area of Ciutat Vella. Beaches, yachts, many bars and restaurants – this is what you will see in this area. Some of the restaurants are floating, and the most lively and pleasant ones become in the evening.
• In the same area is the Barcelona Aquarium – a very exciting attraction, especially for people traveling with children. Families can also visit the Zoo next to the Parc de la Ciutadella, which is within walking distance of the Aquarium. Not only children will admire the diversity of animals in the zoo, as well as efforts to maintain an environment as close to natural as possible. Be sure to visit the section with snakes and the hall with crocodiles… brrrrrr!
• El Born – the name of the neighborhood near Barri Gotic. It is especially famous for its medieval Calle Montcada, which now houses the Museu Picasso, as well as the particularly beautiful church of Santa Maria del Mar.
• Montjuik Hill rises above the port and is accessible in several ways, one of which is the Teleferic / Funicular lift from Port Vel. The walk there is pleasant, among exotic greenery and reveals views from above, inaccessible from anywhere else in the city. Montjuic is home to a host of Barcelona attractions, including the Palau Nacional, which houses the National Museum of Catalan Art, the Font Magica, Poble Espanyol, the Joan Miró Foundation and more.
• Camp Nou – no true football fan will miss a visit to the world-famous stadium, which is also home to Barcelona Football Club.
• Mediterranean cuisine . The delicious food occupies a cult place in the visit to the Catalan capital. It is not uncommon for some tourists to define it as the main destination of their trip, otherwise gourmet tourism would not be known to the world. ?It is easy to find good food in Barcelona and it is advisable to try as many different recipes as possible during your stay there. The seafood dishes in the restaurants around Port Vell are amazing, and not only there, of course. All sorts of themed restaurants tempt visitors everywhere in the city and only strong will and focused thinking will help you decide which one to choose, as well as save yourself from overeating.?
• Shopping areas. Unlikely, but still – in case none of the above ideas coincide with your interests and shopping is the only motive that can make you walk the streets of the city, then Barcelona is still the right place for you. Starting from the tangle of streets with Bari Gothic and Rambla shops, passing through Plaza Catalunya up Passeig de Gracia and Avenida Diagonal, you will see almost all world famous brands, some with more than one store offering different collections. Don’t miss the El Corte Ingles shopping center. Just be careful then with the excess baggage at the airport?
Well, as you can see, anyone can spend at least a week in Barcelona doing what they prefer, even if they don’t know in advance exactly how they want to spend their time.
If you happen to arrive in this city tired and reluctant to run around the sights, just the first night go out and walk along the Rambla, go to the nearby shops, and for dinner go to one of the nice restaurants around the marina. You will surely wake up the next morning in good spirits, full of burning impatience to start exploring the incredible cultural and historical treasures of Barcelona! And that’s where they never end.