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Barcelona is a clean, vibrant and fun city to visit. With a large variety of sites and activities to choose from, it’s no wonder it receives millions of tourists every year. These are some of our favorite sites and activities in Barcelona:
Walk the Architecture – Between the old Gothic Quarter, and the Modernisme of Gaudí, you fill a whole day of site seeing in Barcelona. The Cathedral, the Church of the Santa Maria del Mar, the small streets and squares, and the old port (Drassanes) are some of the main destinations for lovers of Gothic architecture. Lovers of Gaudí can also head into the mammoth work-in-progress of La Sagrada Familia, as well as some of his other landmark buildings scattered around the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona. At Paseo de Gracia, you will find two of his most iconic buildings, the Pedrera and the Casa Batlló. If you feel like walking a bit more, the Parc Güell is another fantastical ideation of Gaudí’s.
Barcelona Bohème – The Born district is bohemian, ecclectic and artsy. From small art galleries to artist studios, performance centers, and quirky stores and restaurants, just walking around aimlessly is a process of discovery.
Las Ramblas – This avenue is the most famous in Barcelona, and rightfully so: it’s wide, has street entertainment, and funnels droves of tourists from the neural center of Barcelona to the port. In between you will find the famous Boqueria market… a wondrous display of food, and food art, the Liceu Opera House, all sorts of outdoor vendors, from food, to flowers, and pets. The Palau de la Virreina for art exhibits, and some performances, and a bit off of las Ramblas, the incredible Palau de la Música.
Museums – A wide choice of museums, the most famous ones being: the Picasso Museum, the Miró Foundation, the MACBA (Modern Art), MNAC (National Catalan Museum). If you are travelling with kids, the Cosmo Caixa Science Museum and the amusement park in Tibidabo are good options.
The Beach, The Port, Barceloneta, Montjüic – Surprisingly, the Barcelona beaches are pretty clean. Lots of people watching, food shacks and beach sports. The nautical port also has plenty of restaurants, cafés, clubs and shopping centers to keep you busy on a hot afternoon, after a day on the beach. Moving north of the port, you’ll find the old fishermen’s neighborhood, the Barceloneta, with plenty of fresh seafood to be enjoyed. On the south of the port is Montjüic (Jewish Hill), which features a beautiful botanical garden, fantastic views, a cemetery, the remains of military fortifications, the Miró Foundation, the Mies van der Rohe house, and the National Palace at the bottom of the hill, near Plaza España.
Football/Soccer Fans – If you are a fan of the Barcelona Futbol Club, the Camp Nou is an obligatory visit, with a tour of the stadium, locker rooms, press room, and the museum. If you are visiting during the regular season, why not see a game? There’s as much fun to be had watching the players on the field, as there is watching the fans on the stands.