Barcelona truly is one of the finest cities in Europe. The climate is hot and the people are nice, but there’s SO MUCH to do that you’ll be surprised!
10. Torre Agbar would be higher on my list if it were possible to actually go inside and check out the views from above. However, it is a private building (a bit like the “Gherkin” in London), so we must make do with views of the exterior from the ground. There is, however, a light show on the tower that occurs each night, which paints the building in many vivid colours.
9. Camp Nou is a football stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, which has been the home of Futbol Club Barcelona since 1957. With a seating capacity of 99,354, it is the largest stadium in Spain by capacity
8. Barceloneta Beach is known for its sandy beach and its many restaurants and nightclubs along the boardwalk. Over the past several years the quality of the sand on the beach has become a source of continued controversy. Read more about my time at Barceloneta Beach.
7. Montjuïc Castle is an old military fortress, with roots dating back from 1640, currently serving as a Barcelona municipal facility, built on top of Montjuïc hill in the city.
6. Park Güell is a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona. The park is picturesque in all seasons, but especially in the Iberian sunshine! Read more from my time in Park Güell!
5. Barcelona Cathedral, otherwise known as The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona.
4. Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera, is a modernist building in Barcelona and was the last civil work designed by Gaudí, built between the years 1906 and 1910. Casa Mila also features an amazing rooftop with Gaudi-inspired sculptures.
3. Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain located near the city of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. It is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range. You can take a cable car ride up and down to access the main peaks of Sant Jeroni, Montgrós, and Miranda de les Agulles. Read more about my day at Montserrat!
2. The Gothic Quarter is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. It stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere. It is a part of Ciutat Vella district and is known for its gothic architecture and atmosphere, as well as being the scene of many traditional Spanish cafés and butcher’s shops selling Jamon Iberico. Read more about my day in the Gothic Quarter!
1. The Basílica de la Sagrada Família, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, and was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It is not expected to be completed for many years yet but it nonetheless wows the tourists on a daily basis. Read more from my awesome experience at La Sagrada Familia!
I am sure you will agree with me when I say that Barcelona is one of the most interesting cities in Europe. Most of the attractions can be seen and done within a weekend, so don’t let the city’s often-expensive accommodation prices put you off from visiting!