Barcelona is the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region and is overflowing with culture so rich that dates back from many years before.
It is also filled with interesting tales from its hundreds of years history and has produced fine artist over the years. There are almost endless of interesting things to do in Barcelona and all you need is enough time to see these all. From art to food and from architecture to its festivals, Barcelona has it all.
1. Visit La Sagrada Família
Sagrada Família is possibly the most iconic tourist attraction in Barcelona and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best works of Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect, who is well known for it’s out of this world architectural design. This church is still however under construction even after its master passed away; they are hoping to finish it on 2026, exactly a century after Gaudí’s death.
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Sagrada Familia.
2. Snack away at the famous Mercat La Boqueria
Mercat La Boqueria or just simply La Boqueria is located at Ciutat Vella district and holds an entrance to the famous Las Rambla, a party place for the party people. La Boqueria is a huge public market that sells all assortments of fresh goods from seafood to vegetables. It is a well-known place for tourist as it has fantastic selections of cheap snacks you can buy on the go.
3. Taste and indulge on fresh seafood
Barcelona as we know is well located by the sea and is very abundant with fresh and local seafood. Do not miss the opportunity to taste their vast array of fresh seafood and indulge on its goodness. There are plenty of good restaurants you can check out in Barcelona that offers amazing seafood platters and as well Spain’s famous seafood paella. Another option is: you buy those fresh seafood from La Boqueria and cook them yourself if you are staying in an apartment hotel or hostel with kitchen facilities.
4. Wander around Gràcia
Gràcia is actually a district in Barcelona that compromises of several neighborhoods in it. However, you can find several amazing attractions in this location that you’ll be so amazed at how beautiful this disctrict is. Most of the well-known attractions in this district are the famous Gaudí-designed Parc Güell and Casa Vicens. There are several notable squares in this district that are worth seeing.
5. Bar hopping in El Raval
When I asked my Catalan friend from Barcelona if partying in Las Rambas is amazing and she said that it depends on what I like but she would not bring me there but instead we will party in El Raval which is just two blocks away. It is very close to the port and as well once dubbed as Barcelona’s “Chinatown”. Years later the place was transformed into an area historically infamous for its nightlife, cabarets and prostitutes. Century later again the place has changed but retained its beautiful architecture and is now a lively place home to different characters including artists, backpackers, students and more. There are also plenty of hip bars and thrift stores around this area.
6. Free Museums on Sundays
If you are an art buff or a history buff and is also interested on several archived things and is very fond of museums then in Barcelona you can go museum hopping till you drop but on Sundays. Museum fees in Barcelona on other days are quite hefty and might damage your budget but if you happen to be there on one Sunday, make sure that you visit some of this city’s amazing museums.
- Museu Picasso – it was one of my favorites, they have in display a lot of Picasso’s earlier works.
- Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – this is the national museum of Catalan visual art. It is also located in Montjüic, which is a very beautiful place to visit as well.
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – MNAC
7. Time your visit during festivals
Barcelona is well known for its amazing and lively festivities that are dating back from history. There are also several cool and hip festivals a lot of young people attend that are equally amazing. Be sure to check out this list of festivals in Barcelona before you book your flights and choose which is the best and interesting time for you to visit. I personally have been in Barcelona in June, which is where they, and a lot of other European countries, celebrate midsummer. It was Fiesta de Barceloneta when I was there and it was so lively and beautiful. I witnessed the castellers (human castles) and I’ve seen young people on the street of Las Ramblas with their devil costumes while dancing by the beat of the drums on their way to the Beach to see the fireworks.
About the Writer
Evan Kristine is the blogger behind Pretty Wild World – A Visual Travel Blog. A curious young soul who enjoys documenting all possible sorts of happenings and mishaps that comes her way. A life enthusiast who loves adventure stories with thrills and twists, a chef by trade and an over all lover of pretty things.
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