Barcelona is one of my favorite European cities, I’ve been 3 times already and I most definitely plan to go again in the next 18 months. There is so much that I love about the city, the climate, the landscape, the locals and of course, the incredible culture and architecture that is on display throughout the city. As the national language is Spanish, it would be a good idea to take Spanish classes before you go. Having been so many times, I feel pretty qualified to tell you which attractions you should be heading to if you opt for a break in the Catalan capital and here are my top picks.
La Sagrada Familia
This awesome cathedral is built in the Gothic style and was conceived by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. Widely considered his masterpiece, this intricate Sagrada Familia is actually still under construction and has been for more than a century. Despite its construction phase, you can still see and appreciate much of the cathedral and its fascinating design.
For the finest views of the city you simply must head up Montjuic, a prominent hill in the heart of Barcelona which peers over the great city’s harbor. To discover the mountain of Montjuic you should take a tour which will lead you to the top and give you expert knowledge about the city below. At the top of the mountain you will find a grand castle, fountains and you can take a cable car which will give you the best vistas of Barcelona that you are likely to find anywhere in the city.
Camp Nou Stadium
I love football and as the Nou Camp feels like something of a footballing mecca. The stadium is home to the World-famous Barcelona FC who have left an indelible print on the footballing universe. If you can get to a game then you will be able to witness the incredible atmosphere of 100,000+ fans screaming for their club. Even if you don’t manage to catch a game, I would urge you to take the stadium tour where you’ll get behind-the-scenes access to this giant among football stadiums.
The Gothic Quarter is the heart of Barcelona’s old town and stretches from La Rambla up to Via Laietana and it offers the perfect location to absorb the culture of the city. Here you will find mazy streets, old gothic buildings and lots of local cuisine and crafts. the streets are broken up with open squares where you will find old men playing chess, locals dancing and street sellers amongst many other cultural offerings.
The Picasso museum in Barcelona offers the most extensive collection in the World of the famous artist’s work. The museum was actually constructed whilst Picasso was still alive and the artist contributed many sculptures, paintings and even sketches to the art house. If you are an art fan then there is nowhere better to see the famous Pablo Picasso’s work than in this museum.
Barcelona has so much to offer tourists, regardless of what they are after and if you haven’t been to this beautiful northern Spanish city yet, then it is time that you add it to your list of places to go.