9 Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain That You Should Not Miss

By Kach Umandap - Howe February 27th, 2021 Posted in Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog No comments

You’ll never be short of things to see and do in Barcelona; a weekend break is just not enough time to fully appreciate this bustling and vibrant city. I could give you a list of things to do in Barcelona as long as your arm! If art and architecture are your bags, Barcelona has so much to explore – there is something for everyone.

9 Things to do in Barcelona, Spain The You hould Not Miss
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You’ve booked your flights, you’ve found the perfect apartment on the beach of Barcelona – and now you just need to know what to do when you get there! Well, don’t fear, because I’ve got you covered. These are some of my favorite cultural things to do in Barcelona.

1. Sagrada Familia

Probably the most recognized landmark in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia is unlike any other structure in the world. Pictures don’t do it justice; the sheer scale of Antoni Gaudi’s greatest work is breathtaking. No book will ever teach you more about its history and design than the museum which can be found in the basement of the Sagrada Familia. Its development from its construction in 1882 is well documented in a series of photos, videos, and drawings. It’s fascinating to see just how much Gaudi’s plans changed over the years as he continually tried to improve and push the boundaries of what was possible. The highlight of the museum is the model which depicts what the Sagrada Familia will look like when it is finished in around 30 years time.

Suggested Tour: Priority Access Guided Tour with Ticket

2. Parc Güell

Park Güell
Photo by Diriye Amey CC BY 2.0

Antoni Gaudi is synonymous with Barcelona. He’s one of the city’s most famous artists; an architect is known for the unique Catalan Modernism style. One of his most iconic and memorable works is the Parc Güell. This large public park is on a hill above the city and offers up stunning views of Barcelona towards the sea. It’s full of unusual buildings and the lovely wavy lines that are common in a lot of Gaudi’s works.

Suggested Tour: Fast-Track Guided Tour: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell

3. Less-Known Gaudi Sites

Photo by Blair-39 CC BY-SA 2.0

The various architectural works by Gaudi dotted around Barcelona are unusual enough as it is. But while the well known are on every tourist’s hit-list, there are plenty more to discover that might be a little less crowded. I love the Casa Batlló in the Eixample district, or if you want to get off the beaten path check out the Torre Bellesguard at the foot of Mount Tibidabo.

Suggested Tour: Gaudí Crypt in Colònia Güell with Audioguide

4. Plaça Sant Felip Neri

Photo by marimbajlamesa CC BY-ND 2.0

Known as Barcelona’s most romantic square, the Plaça Sant Felip Neri is found at the heart of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic quarter). Its a quiet and shady spot that’s popular with locals but doesn’t attract too many tourists. There’s a dark history in this pretty square, though. The lovely baroque church here was hit by a bomb during the Spanish civil war, killing twenty children inside. Today the church walls still bear the scars of this attack.

5. Church of Sant Pau del Camp

Church of Sant Pau del Camp
Photo by Richie Diesterheft CC BY 2.0

This gorgeous old church and a former monastery were founded in the 9th century. It has survived despite several attacks and subsequent restorations over the centuries. The crumbling walls are decorated with lots of green plants, and the little church in the El Raval district looks a bit like an oasis surrounded by modern buildings.

Suggested Tour: Private Barcelona Like a Local Tour

6. Art Museums

Photo by Victoriano Javier Tornel García CC BY-SA 2.0

Barcelona is spoilt for choice when it comes to art museums, which is why they have the Articket – a pass which combines six of the finest art museums the city has to offer for almost half the cost. This includes Fundació Joan Miró, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya- MNAC, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona – CCCB, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA and Museu Picasso. But if you only have time for one of these museums, my pick would be the Museu Picasso.

Suggested Tour: Articket: Art Passport Card for 6 Art Museums

7. Poblenou Cemetery

Photo by Ferran Pestaña CC BY-SA 2.0

Although a cemetery may not seem a classic tourist attraction, I do find them fascinating. Often, the older cemeteries of a city feature some great examples of the area’s architecture and art. Poblenou cemetery is no exception, with some really strange sculptures, mausoleums, and terraces of burial niches.

8. Chocolate Museum

Photo by EileenRose CC BY-ND 2.0

Museums don’t have to be boring– the Museu de la Xocolata is the perfect example of this. And who doesn’t love chocolate? This is a museum for adults as much as it is for kids – and it’s ALL about chocolate. Even the ticket to the museum is a chocolate bar! While the museum may be small in size, they pack a lot into it with wonderful models created from chocolate that look good enough to eat. There’s everything from the Sagrada Familia to Spongebob Squarepants! The museum is also educational and provides information on the history of chocolate including how it was first created and how it is made today. And to top it all off, the museum has a splendid cafe which serves wonderful hot chocolate and indulgent treats to take home!

 

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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