What to see in Barcelona? This Spanish coastal city literally overflows with life, all kinds of attractions and art. An endless list of interesting activities awaits the eager traveler in Barcelona. There will certainly be no shortage of entertainment in the Catalan capital, as well as sunny days.
Sagrada Família – Barcelona’s most famous symbol
A visit to Barcelona would not be complete without a stop at the Sagrada Família. It is, after all, the most famous and sought-after monument of the city. Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí’s masterpiece is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is scheduled for completion in 2026. Contribute to the construction by purchasing a ticket that takes you up the towers with breathtaking views of the city.
Casa Batlló: House of Bones and Rainbows
It is easy to understand why the Art Nouveau house Casa Batlló (another of Gaudí’s buildings) is often compared to Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. Covered in shards of colored glass, it sometimes appears blue, sometimes green, and then shimmers like the surface of a lake. The house has no straight lines because, as Gaudí said, there are no straight lines in nature. But it boasts balconies in the shape of animal skulls and a tall staircase the color of the ocean. The result is wonderfully intimate…
The opportunity to relax in the middle of fresh greenery on a bench decorated with ceramic shards is always a pleasure. But even more awaits you in the original Park Güell on the slopes of Mount Turó del Carmel. The colorful oasis of calm is a real feast for the eyes thanks to the undulating shapes and glass mosaics – so typical of Gaudí’s style. The main entrance is occupied by a staircase leading to the Hall of a Hundred Columns. It resembles a large cave with stalagmites. In the park you will also find the house where Gaudí lived and where today the museum is located.
Casa Milà – a gem of Barcelona architecture
Casa Milà (or La Pedrera) is a unique building belonging to the UNESCO cultural heritage, built by Antoni Gaudí in his unusual style. It is his very last commissioned building before he embarks on the crowning work of his career, the magnificent Sagrada Família. Casa Milà dates back to 1905 and can be found on Passeig de Gràcia. Quite rightly, it is one of the most important buildings of the 20th century! And needless to say, it’s a real must-see in Barcelona!
Tibidabo: A mountain with a temple and an amusement park
If you look up in the center of the city, you will see the silhouette of a majestic temple high on top of a hill. The roof of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is decorated with an enormous bronze statue of Jesus, which can be reached by elevator. Sooner or later, you will also discover the charm of the amusement park and its stylish retro attractions, such as the Ferris wheel with colorful seats offering amazing views. Adults will enjoy the cultural significance of this place while children will enjoy the ride.
It is not as widely visited as the Sagrada Família, but it deserves attention. The huge Gothic cathedral rises against the narrow shopping streets of the “Gothic Quarter” and dominates the group of buildings enclosed by the Roman walls. Today’s name, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, was created to honor a girl who refused to give up her Christian faith. The building is charming with altar paintings and a mysterious atmosphere, as is the case with religious buildings. In addition, it offers a unique view of the city. Just take a short elevator ride.
Barcelona’s La Boqueria market
The famous La Boqueria market in a side street near La Rambla began in 1217 as a mere cluster of meat stalls. Currently, it consists of more than 200 shops, shouts of merchants, clinking glasses and warm welcome greetings. Its unmistakable atmosphere is given above all by the smell of sea salt and freshly fried fish, which will make all your taste buds dance. Today, you can buy practically everything here, from sausages to dairy products to fruits and vegetables.
La Rambla street
The pedestrian boulevard stretching from Plaza Catalunya to Port Vell is the perfect place to stroll. True, the selfie stick sellers don’t command the same charm as the florists who used to shop here. However, you can still be charmed by the cafes and candy stands offering crema catalana (the local form of crème brûlée) to taste.