On the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, we find one of the most admired tourist destinations in Spain. There is much to see and do in Barcelona, a city that offers all kinds of fun.
For those who would like to have insider information on what to visit in Barcelona, here are all the must-see in the capital of Catalonia.
La Sagrada Familia, the Symbol of the city
This Church, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, was designed by Antonio Gaudí and its construction started in 1882 thanks to the donations of Barcelona’s citizens. Gaudí was in charge of the project until his death in 1926, but the construction has continued until this day, following his plans.
The Nativity and Passion façades are impressive. The colourful stained glass windows offer the visitors entering the basilica an impacting visual effect.
We recommend climbing to one of its towers to enjoy the unforgettable city landscape. But to avoid queuing for hours, purchase the entrance tickets online .
The Parc Güell
Eusebi Güell, an important businessman of Barcelona, asked Gaudi to build an exclusive residential area for the wealthiest families in the city. But such was the concept of elitism, that the construction was abandoned in 1914. It became then a private garden that Güell would sometimes lend to the city for public acts. The city council acquired the garden when the businessman passed away and in 1926 it became a public park.
The design of this park keeps astonishing visitors, even a hundred years after its opening. The mix of styles, the round shapes and the colourful scenery surprise them. Colour is a key element in this garden: using colourful flowers and trees and unusual materials like ceramics, Gaudi created a fantasy-like garden, unique in the city.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Inspired by the most important European Parks (The Luxembourg Park in Paris being one of them), it was until the mid-nineteenth century the only public park in Barcelona.
You will find there large groves and small gardens, but also Barcelona’s zoo, for years home to the famous albino gorilla, Copito de Nieve (Snow Flake). Another attraction is its lake, where you can rent rowboats, an ideal activity to do with children.
Passeig de Gràcia
Considered the Golden Mile of Barcelona, the Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most important shopping streets in the city. However, it also features two of the most important modernist symbols designed by Gaudi: la Pedrera (its real name is Casa Milà and was an assignment by a wealthy family at the beginning of the twentieth century) and the Casa Batlló (built between 1904 and 1906).
Las Ramblas y Boquería
This street, another city symbol, runs from the Catalonia Square until the former city port. This avenue is bordered by restaurants and shops, and was famous for its many flowers and birds kiosks. Nowadays, a must-see is the Boquería, a traditional market where you will find local and exotic produces.
The city’s landscape from the Montjuïc
The best sightseeing spot to admire the city’s landscape is on the Montjuïc, a former military surveillance post. The Catalonia National Museum of Arts is also located there and you can enjoy an amazing Lights Show at the Magical Fountain.
What are you waiting for to visit Barcelona? To make the visit easier, book your car here and start planning your city trip.
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