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The Best Things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a popular tourist destination, attracting tourists every single year. Not only will you find a variety of stunning examples of architecture but also some beautiful beaches. Both of which make it an ideal place to spend your summer.

Barcelona city and port at night time

The only trouble is figuring out which things you really want to do during your time in Barcelona. So, to help you, we have put together some of the best things to do in Barcelona, recommended by the locals who live there.


Look through the works of Gaudi

You can see the work of Gaudi throughout Barcelona, after all, it forms a large part of the landscape of the city. There are seven different sites that you can visit including La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Vicen, Palau Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and the crypt at Colonia Guell. All of which are definitely worth seeing. You can choose to do this via a guided tour or simply under your own steam. Whichever you prefer.


The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc – Wikipedia

See something magical at Font Magica

A magical sight, and one of the most photographed parts of Barcelona, Font Magica, or the Magic Fountain was created in 1929 and is found at the Palace of Montjui. Every weekend (and Thursdays during the summer months) those who visit the fountain will be treated to a 30 minute show where the water will be brought to life with a music and lights show.


Relax at the Parc de la Ciutadella

If you love parks, then Barcelona is a place for you. There are 68 to be found throughout the city and one of the most popular parks is Parc de la Ciutadella. Here you can explore the lake on a rowing boat or perhaps head to Barcelona Zoo to see some creatures up close and personal.


Visit the Picasso Museum

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona, the Picasso Museum is a must see for fans of beautiful artwork. Not only is it a chance to see some 4000 pieces of Picasso artwork but also learn more about the story of this artist and what inspired him to create some of the best known works of art out there.


Barcelona beach

Barcelona beach

Spend some time at the beach

Whilst many head to Barcelona for the history and culture of the city, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to forgo a bit of time at the beach. The city has 32km of Blue Flag beaches along the centre, with Barceloneta Beach the closest to the city. It is important to remember that if you head here, you will be doing so with a variety of other tourists too. Instead, why not head to Nova Mar Bella which may be slightly further out, but are 100% worth it.


Take a more modern approach to art with the CaixaForum

A world away from the more traditional and old school sights that you will see in Barcelona. This is a modern home of art. Contemporary arts, cinema, children’s art workshops and a whole host of events. This is a fantastic place to take the family, especially if you love being able to see views across the whole of Barcelona. Not only this, but it is completely free to enter.


Shop at El Born

Shopping is one thing that there is plenty of in Barcelona. Whilst many will head to La Rambla for their shopping, the locals will always recommend El Born district. Here there are a variety of shops that you can visit including a bookshop, art gallery and even a chocolate museum too. Not only this, but you will also find vintage shops, boutiques and medieval buildings too.


Learn to cook the Barcelona way

Catalan cuisine is truly delicious and is often something that people wish they could recreate at home. If you want to learn to cook the Catalan way, then you might want to consider taking a cooking workshop during your time there. There are a number of classes out there, both held in the daytime and evening, and whilst slightly more costly then you may normally pay out, they are truly worth it.


Remains of an ancient Roman salted fish and garum factory in the archaeological underground

Remains of an ancient Roman salted fish and garum factory in the archaeological underground – Wikipedia

Take in some history at the Barcelona History Museum

Not quite your typical museum, this three level building takes you through the history of the city. One of the most fascinating exhibitions is the excavations of Barcelona from the roman times which spreads across the 4000sqm. Whilst you have to pay for the entry, it is well worth the money.


As you can see there is plenty to see and do in Barcelona. Which makes it the ideal city break destination. Just make sure that you plan enough time in to see everything that it has to offer and you will have the best time ever!



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