The city of Barcelona offers many attractions to satisfy the needs of everyone. Barcelona has the perfect combination of art, entertainment, and recreational activities. There are many galleries and museums, parks, beaches, mountains, aquariums, festivals, and architectural masterpieces for you to see.
# Sagrada Familia
Barcelona owes a large part of its fame to the innovative work of Antoni Gaudi. Sagrada Familia, the number one of all the attractions in Barcelona, was constructed in 1882, but to this day it is yet to be finished. What makes Sagrada Familia different from all other churches are the geometrical details, such as the figures seen on the tops of the towers. Gaudi´s unique style and use of organic shapes make Sagrada Familia an architectural wonder. Gaudi´s other pieces of work include Parc Güell, Casa Mila, and Casa Batlló.
# Arc de Triomf
The Arc de Triomf was built, by architect Josep Vilaseca I Casanovas, as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. The arch crosses over the wide central promenade of the Passeig de Lluís Companys, leading to the Ciutadella Park. It is an astonishing view close by the El Born district which is filled with many urban views and great restaurants and bars.
# La Rambla
La Rambla is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona. It is a pedestrian-only area in the city center. It begins near Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Christopher Columbus statue near the port. All along the strip, there are cafe`s and restaurants, flower and souvenir shops, and street acts. The street performers are what makes La Rambla famous. They can be found all the way down the pathway, every day of the year. It is a great place to people-watch because there is always something going on. On La Rambla, there is a mosaic done by Joan Miró. One can also visit Barcelona´s La Boqueria, a massive fresh food market. It is filled with bright, fresh fruit, pieces of meat and cheese, eggs, seafood, along with restaurants that serve freshly prepared foods. Just off La Rambla, Plaza Reial is a great place to grab something to eat and drink.
# Parc Guell
The Park Güell is a public park system composed of magnificent gardens and architectonic elements located in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. Eusebi Güell designed the park with the inspiration of Antoni Gaudí’s work, the renowned architect and the face of Catalan modernism. The park was built between in the early 1900’s and was officially opened as a park in 1926. UNESCO even declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí” in 1984.
# Camp Nou
Even if you are not a fan of sports, you must attend an FC Barcelona home game at Camp Nou. Camp Nou can hold almost 100,000 seats and is the 11th largest football stadium in the world. It is an amazing place to watch football due to the excitement and energy that fills the stadium. When one is walking to the stadium from the metro they are surrounded by die-hard Barca fans. If going to a game is not possible, there is a tour of the stadium which is recommended. Since tickets can be hard to find, please contact Barcelona-Home for details on how to obtain tickets.
Poble Espanyol is a museum that has become a small version of Spain. It is a town that has the architectural style and culture of different locations all around Spain. The museum covers more than 40,000 square meters that contain numerous shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs which are located in the plazas and streets. Walking down the hill from Poble Espanyol offers an amazing panoramic view of the city of Barcelona. Between Plaza Espanya Montjuïc and there is Barcelona´s Magic Fountain, a spectacular show with water, lights, and music.
# Tours, Festivals, and Events
Barcelona offers many different ways to see the city by means of bus, bikes and walking, all offered by different companies. All of the tours are used to inform you about the history of the city and its main attractions. The bus tour is recommended because it allows you to see many of the important attractions all in one day. There is also the Funicular, a cable car that takes you from Barcelona´s port up to Montjuïc. The Funicular gives a fantastic aerial view of the city.
The Spanish and Catalan cultures can be characterized by their fiestas, festivals, and celebrations. Throughout the year there are many different public holidays to celebrate festivals with music, fireworks, and dancing. If the opportunity arises, do not miss out on the celebrations and take part in the events that go on within the city. Barcelona is filled with excitement and new things to do and see.