Things to do in Barcelona
The capital of the Catalonia, Barcelona, is well known for its art and architecture. The architect, Antoni Gaudi has designed most of the emblematic buildings of Barcelona such as the church of the Sagrada Familia in Catalan modernism style. While roaming around the Gothic Quarter and El Born, you will taste the most excellent wines and tapas. Located on the mountain of Montjuïc, the Poble Espanyol is a mock Spanish village containing 117 full-size replicas of many famous buildings in Spain. The views from Montjuïc are outstanding. You should let yourself a little time to visit the Fran Daurel Museum, featuring Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tàpies, and Barceló. When the city gets too hot, there are some fascinating excursions. Montserrat monastery, a Catholic heritage, is a spectacular lodge at 1,236m/4,051ft with fantastic views. The MUHBA, Barcelona History Museum, presents several remains of the ancient Roman city.
The Sagrada Familia
, meaning the Holy Family in Spanish, is considered to be the most modernist church in the world. Sagrada Familia, with its stunning interior construction, has become a symbol of Barcelona, reflecting the splendor of Catalonia. Being the most visited attraction in Spain, it surely is worth visiting it. The columns that hold the internal structure of the basilica are designed as branches of trees. When you walk through the columns, you feel like you are moving through a forest. The towers of the Sagrada Familia can be visited as well. However, the entrance tickets to the towers of the Sagrada Famila are different from the main entrance. It is recommended to book the tickets ahead cause they sell out very fast. From the top of the towers, an amazing view over the entire city of Barcelona can be seen.
Located in the Eixample district, where wealthy people used to live in Barcelona, Casa Milà
famous for being the last work of the most renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, before he started his famous unending work named La Sagrada Familia. From the outside, the undulating balconies constitute a serie of waves, and each balcony and niches are reflected off in a different, uniquely different style, which is like an indicator of the authenticity and conviction of the architect.
Renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi has created many masterpieces in his life. However, no doubt, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà and the colorful Park Güell
are the most memorable ones among them. Park Güell, whose construction took 14 years, is one of the most touristic attraction points in Barcelona. At the entrance of the park, the stairway leads up to a majestic structure ornamented with columns. The big square serves as a balcony that overlooks Barcelona and the sea. Here, mosaic-covered benches look like waves. The curvy paths forming an unusual walking route are convenient places to enjoy nature during the walk and to understand Gaudi's art.
The Casa Batlló
is one of the most extraordinary constructions in Barcelona. Gaudí was given full artistic freedom and he designed the unconventional facade, unleashing the power of his creativity. Located in Passeig de Gracia Boulevard, in the district of Manzana de la Discordia, Casa Batlló was declared as the Unesco World Heritage in 2005.
The Camp Nou Stadium
, located in Barcelona, holds the title of being “the largest” stadium in Europe with its capacity of 99,300 spectators. Barcelona which is one of the most important teams in La Liga, plays half of its games in this stadium.
Castell de Montjuïc
offers a magnificent landscape from the 170-meter-height hill named Montjuïc. Besides its breathtaking view, it is located quite close to the city's attraction points such as museums, art galleries, nightclubs and Olimpic Stadium.
The Barri Gòtic, also known as Gothic Quarter
is one of the places that you need to add to your list related to Barcelona which has gained great fame regarding historical gothic structures. This vicinity is also known as the place where Pablo Picasso used to live and work in between 1895 and 1904. Additionally, Joan Mura was born and spent his youth here.
If there is more day to spend in Barcelona, it would be advisable to take a trip to theMontserrat Mountain
through day tours, departing from Barcelona. It is located in 40 km to the northwest of Barcelona. Especially during spring, it is highly recommended to visit Montserrat.
Palau de la Música Catalana
ThePalau de la Musica Catalana
is the famous concert hall in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Domaech i Montener and built between 1905 and 1908. The Palace of Catalan Music is considered as one of the most magnificent halls in the world and it hosts more than 300 concerts each year with nearly half million people attending.
is one of the largest aquarium in Europe since it houses 11,000 sea life forms from nearly 450 different kinds. The most important part of the aquarium, called Oceanair is an 80-meters in length glass tunnel, and it gives visitors the chance of taking a deep trip toward the blueness of nature.