5 Interesting facts about Barcelona
- With 4.5km of coastline and seven beaches, National Geographic consider Barcelona to be the best beach city in the world.
- A quirky mix of Gothic and Modernist architecture, there isn’t a city in the world that offers the contrast of building styles you will find in Barcelona.
- Sports fans have a choice of venues to visit in Barcelona. Camp Nou, where Barcelona FC play their home games is one of the most visited stadiums in the world and a tour is highly recommended.
- The Olympic Stadium was first built for the 1929 International Expo and completely renovated when Barcelona hosted the premier sporting event in 1992.
- La Rambla is probably the most famous street in Barcelona but it’s actually made up of 5 boulevards which have joined together to create one 2km long promenade. This is why you will often here it referred to in its plural form of Las Ramblas.
Barcelona remains one of the most visited cities on the planet, and for good reason. With its special charm, there is so much to experience in this historic and beautiful Mediterranean city destination.
The list is endless of things to do and see is endless, from admiring architecture through to tasting an authentic paella. If art is your passion, then the MNAC is Catalonia’s national art museum with a complete overview of Catalan art from the 12th to the 20th centuries. It has art in many different forms from sculptures, paintings, decorative arts, and cinematic.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a day, then why not trek over to the mountains. Everyone knows about the beaches in the city, but the mountains of Barcelona offer exceptional views, all brought to you at the top of the mountain after a funicular ride!
This list has barely scratched the surface of what’s on offer in Barcelona, but it gives you a great starting point to build out your vacation and experience all the beautiful sights and sounds the city has to offer.
Here is our list of the top 9 things your should do whilst in Barcelona.
1. Visit the Sagrada Familia Church
The Sagrada Familia church is the most visited attraction in Spain, this is Gaudi’s most well-known masterpiece in the heart of the Catalan capital.
The compelling structure mesmerises its visitors with its sheer beauty and highly unique architecture, which is a combination of Gothic and modern.
Visitors to the Sagrada Familia are able to access different parts of the church including the museum, shop, nave, crypt and towers.
Opening hours for public visits are between 9am to 6pm during the winter months and until 8pm in the summer months.
Various guided and unguided tours are available along with audio-guided tours, entrance fees range from €15 to €29 with discounts available for groups and school parties.
Official website: http://www.sagradafamilia.org/en/
2. Parc Guell
Parc Guell is another one of Gaudi’s unusual creations and is located in the northern part of the city. Sculptures, mosaics and tiling are all on show in this picturesque and leafy park. The park was cleverly built on land high above Barcelona which gives visitors superb views over the city.
Official website: https://parkguell.barcelona/
3. Stroll along the Las Ramblas Boulevard
Las Ramblas is one of the most famous streets in the city at just over one kilometer in length.
The famous walkway is lined with trees and has all kinds of shops, bars, restaurants, street performers and colorful local characters.
For a nice stroll in the heart of the city, this is the place to go to.
4. Explore the Gothic Quarter
Located in the old quarter of Barcelona, on the right-hand side of the Las Rambas area, it is well known for its cobbled streets and high old buildings.
Picasso lived and worked in this area from 1895 to 1904 and famous local artist Joan Miro was born here and where he spent much of his youth.
5. Spend a day on Barceloneta Beach
Is the nearest beach to the cities centre and around 15 minutes' walk from the Ramblas area.
For seafood lovers this is the place to enjoy some of the freshest fish and seafood dishes anywhere in Spain. ( Take the Yellow Line on the Metro )
6. Visit the Camp Nou Football Stadium
For all footy lovers, this really is a must-visit. A regular home crowd of around 100.000 noisy fans makes this one the biggest football stadiums in the world.
7. Dine Out in Barcelona
Dining options in Barcelona are second to none as you will find just about every type of food you can imagine from budget burgers to luxury seafood.
The city boasts having around 20 Michelin starred restaurants run by some of the most revered chefs in Europe.
Head down to the port area if you're looking for the freshest of fish and seafood dishes, tapas are always a firm favourite, they are delicious bite-sized selections of different types of food and perfect way to try out a variety of food in one go.
8. Take part in one of Barcelona's famous festivals
Filled with dozens of tourist attractions, Barcelona holidays are perfect at any time of the year as you will always find something worth seeing or doing.
If you wish to immerse yourself in Spain’s culture, try taking part in one of the many incredible festivals in Barcelona.
9. Visit the incredible Casa Battlo
This was designed by Gaudi for a wealthy aristocrat and is often overlooked by travellers who are visiting the nearby La Pedresa ( another Gaudi treasure ).
Much of the house used to be rented out but is now thankfully a museum and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. What made Gaudi such an impressionable artist, well by visiting some of his most famous works around the city it may help you to understand this unusual and brilliant artist.
Official website https://www.casabatllo.es/en/
Barcelona Travel and Transport
After arriving at the El Prat International airport, there are several ways you can choose to get around Barcelona.
There are many car hire offers to be had online for companies that have offices at the airport. Car hire offers a great amount of flexibility and freedom you need to have to experience an enjoyable holiday. You are free to explore what you want when you want which is a great bonus when it comes to fitting your travel around your stay and not the other way round.
If you prefer another form of Barcelona transport because you may not be comfortable driving in a foreign country, then there are plenty of other options for moving around including a modern metro service, buses, trams, taxis or even bike hire.
Tours & Excursions
Recommended Accommodation in Barcelona
The 5 star luxury Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL is surely one of the best in Barcelona. Located in the Eixample district close to many of the cities top attraction. This trendy luxury hotel offers a whole host of first class facilities including a rooftop pool, Turkish steam baths and large elegant rooms Reviewer Rating: 9.0
The 4 star Hotel Pulitzer is a perfect mid range to choice. Ideal location in the heart of the L'Eixample district close to Barcelona's main retail and sightseeing areas. All rooms are stylish, modern and spacious. There is a first class in house restaurant serving authentic Mediterranean cuisines. The Hotel is within a minutes walk from plenty of bars, restaurants, clubs and a vibrant nightlife. The Antoni Tapies Foundation, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Palau de la Generalitat are also found within a 20 minute walk. Reviewer Rating: 8.9
You will not be disappointing with the Barcelona Central Garden Hostel located in the heart of the city. a short stroll from Gran Via, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Passeig de Gracia. This highly rated hostel has 10 comfortable rooms with laundry service, free Wi-Fi and a sun terrace. Reviewer Rating: 10.0