Barcelona is known worldwide for its great architecture and lively city atmosphere. Barcelona has also hosted many international sports tournaments such as the Summer Olympics and is a favorite among holiday goers because of its Mediterranean climate and long sandy beaches. Yes, Barcelona sure is the hostess with the mostes and you can be sure to find a lot of amazing things to do in Barcelona during your visit to this vivid city.
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and capital of Catalonia. It is popular among tourists because of its beach culture, football stadium and bubbly city life. To witness the Catalan architecture dating back to 1800s, one must visit the Barri Gòtic. Many other buildings that show works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluís Domènech i Montaner can also be found here.
Barcelona is such an architectural city. There are few places in the world with this kind of modern architecture on display. For example the city is home to the extraordinary modernist Barcelona Pavilion, designed for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929. The pavilion is made of glass, steel and marble. Take the metro to Espanya and walk towards Barcelona’s Palace which is also situated here. Why not make it into a day trip and visit the palace as well!
Barcelona is home to many museums, you can explore the Ramanesque art at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia and contemporary art at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. There is also a Picasso Museum with over 4000 pieces made by the painter. Barcelona has a great variety of art museums.
Barcelona is a skate paradise. You will find the typical hangout for skateboarders outside MACBA. A nice bar to visit if you are a skater or enjoy skating culture is Bar Manolo. A nice place even if you are not into skating and just want to enjoy nice beer in a relaxed atmosphere.
To get away from the busy city, you can visit the Barcelona Zoo. This is especially a place for families and children. The Barcelona Zoo is home to a great number of different species and also has a terrarium one can enter without extra cost. For families the Barcelona Zoo is a must-see!
The Barcelona Aquarium is an aquarium with a Mediterranean theme. A great place to bring your kids, the Barcelona Aquarium has many activities for children, such as a themed play ground. For the real ocean experience there is an 80 meter long tunnel you can go through for an underwater experience. See all the 11 000 inhabitants in the Barcelona Aquarium, here you can see everything from colourful fishes and sharks to reptiles and crocodiles in this great aquarium.
Shopping is great in Barcelona for international brands, designer and traditional products. Not to forget, Barcelona is the perfect shopping destination for the second hand lover! La Rambla is one of the main streets to visit. There are also many areas where you can find small shops and boutiques if you want a more unique shopping experience, like on the street Carrer de Mozart in Gràcia.
The busiest of the beaches in Barcelona is without a doubt the ever so popular Barceloneta, here there are always people and activities going on. Along the beach there are several bars where you can relax with a drink in the shadow. Along the Barcelona coast there are several beaches that stretch for as long as 4.5 km. Enjoy beach and water activities at any of the seven beaches in Barcelona which are rated top among top ten beaches around the world. Sant Sebastià, Nova Icària, and Somorrostro beaches are the most clean and beautiful beaches in Barcelona with golden sand and sea water optimal for bathing.
The Barcelona stadium Camp Nou is home to one of the best football teams in the world, FC Barcelona. The stadium is the biggest in Europe and can hold almost 100 000 people. For the football enthusiast a visit to the Barcelona stadium is a must.
Barcelona has many great neighbourhoods to visit. Las Ramblas is probably the area that most tourists know of. This popular area has some great shopping but is also known for pickpockets, so hold on to your bags if you decide to go here. La Boqueria is a food market just off Las Ramblas, here you find super fresh produce in a great milieu. This Market is a great visit to see where the locals get their groceries. While in the area a visit to Plaza Real is a must, this is a safe haven from the super busy Las Ramblas, enjoy a sangria in this beautiful gothic square.
Another area that is not yet that touristic but very up and coming is Raval. Here you’ll find some great bars and restaurants like Ambar on Carrer de Sant Pau 77. This is also where the amazing design hotel Barceló Raval is located.
If you want to see the old part of Barcelona then take a walk to Gotico. Stroll along the narrow streets and enjoy the atmosphere and a cup of coffee in one of the many cosy cafes. When hungry make sure to visit the restaurant Oviso on Plaza George Orwall that serves great food at a cheap price.
If what you’re looking for is a good area for some drinks then head to Born. On Passeig del Born 34 you’ll definitely find some good places for a light meal and some great drinks.
Parc Guëll is the place to have a picnic on a sunny Barcelona day. Barcelona’s Park Güell was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí and eventually became Barcelona’s most unusual public park. The scenery is nothing less than exceptional.
Party lovers should not miss Nasty Mondays, an event held at Apolo in Parallell on Mondays. You don’t want to miss Nasty Mondays if you are spending a Monday night in Barcelona. Razzmatazz is another nightclub located in the industrial landscape of the city in a huge, unique building. Razzmatazz is five clubs in one, a music paradise for the party lover.
If you are into music festivals you should definitely visit Primavera Sound. It is one of the Biggest music festivals in Spain. The festival focuses on independent and alternative music, still it is known to have some of the biggest names on their line up every year. The festival takes place late may/early June.
A must while in Barcelona is to visit one of the many Cava Bars. Cava is for the Catalan what Champagne is to the French. But so much less expensive! The atmosphere in a genuine Cava bar is often busy, loud and everyone is standing around the bar, if you are lucky you might get a barstool. But otherwise it’s standing that’s the way to hang here. Get a bottle of 5€ cava and order some great tapas to go with it.
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, which consists of warm and dry summers and mild winters. The tourist season is therefore, open year around. August is the busiest tourist month of the year and can require further planning ahead than other times. Many major cultural events such as Gaudi’s masterpiece, boat rides, wine and cava, classical guitar at the Museus de la Música take place in winter and fall, when the prices of hotel and transport also drop down. In summer, you can enjoy local festivals such as Carnaval, Grec, and Festa Major, so it’s safe to say that you’ll always find things to do in Barcelona, whenever you choose to visit.
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