Rich in culture and history, Barcelona is among the favorite destinations of tourists when visiting Spain and Europe in general. Fascinated with La Sagrada Familia? Well, brace yourself for some more adventure, culture-dipping, and sight-seeing as I list below the top things you should not miss when in Barcelona.
1. Walkthrough Picasso’s youth.
Picasso spent his childhood years in Barcelona and he remembered it as a vibrant and beautiful city. Visit Calle Reina Christina and stroll along Carrer de la Mercè to have a glimpse of where his family lived. Afterward, make your way to Museu Picasso to see a gallery depicting Picasso’s youth.
2. Check out Gaudi’s marvelous designs.
Aside from the La Sagrada Familia, there are a lot of other landmarks and buildings designed by Gaudi. Marvel at the grandiose architecture of the Casa Vicens, Park Güell, and the Güell Pavilions. Park Güell is an enchanting place that resembles an English garden city.
3. See the peak of the mighty Montjuïic.
Though not a popular tourist attraction, because it’s not so easy to climb, reaching the peak of Montjuïic, will reward you with magnificent views of the structures used in the 1992 Olympic games as well as a lighthouse facing the sea. A massive cemetery can also be seen from the top.
4. Frolick down La Rambla.
La Rambla is one of the most popular avenues on the planet. Among the wonderful things and people you can see here are human statues, a cultural center, a Joan Miró mosaic, artists, fortune-tellers, musicians, and dancers.
5. Don’t miss a concert.
There is almost always a concert happening in Barcelona. Some of the grand concert halls you can see here are the Gran Teatre del Liceu complete with red carpets, the L’Auditori that can seat 2,400 people, and Palau de la Música which is acclaimed for its Modernista architecture.
6. Try some fresh seafood.
Dine-in one of the finest Galician restaurant in Barcelona, Botafumeiro, and chow down its selection of yummy seafood served by perfectly-dressed waiters. Don’t forget to try their fresh oysters!
7. Be awed with Modernista architecture.
Everywhere you look, you’ll be amazed by the vibrant and marvelous Modernista architecture in Barcelona. It’s a feast for the eyes to see such amazing works of art come to life through these majestic structures. Some of this Modernista architecture that you should not miss are Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, Casa Amatller, and Casa Lleo Morera.
8. Join the street parties!
If you’re a party-lover, and you happen to be in Barcelona on a September day, then you’re at luck. It is during that time when Barcelona celebrates Festes de la Mercèe, which started as a religious parade that later on turned into a week-long party. It celebrates the Catalan culture and characterized by air shows, exhibitions, free contests, and firework displays.
9. Do the flamenco.
Drop by El Tablao de Carmen to experience doing this traditional Spanish dance. Don’t worry if you don’t have any dancing skills, the locals there would be more than willing to teach you.
10. Take some good pictures.
Of course, never go to Barcelona without bringing your camera with use. The city offers a rich culture and history and your camera will surely document how much fun you had in here.