Beautifully cradled in the North Eastern Mediterranean coast of mainland Spain, Barcelona is one of the major global cities in the world with a relaxed pace of life, breathtaking architecture, boundless culture, a world-class dining scene and an unbeatable climate. No wonder the city has everything from sun-drenched beaches to bustling nightlife. What on earth could be as picture-perfect as Barcelona? It’s just perfect in every sense.
1. Walk Along the Bogatell Beach
Originally created for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992, the Bogatell Beach is a favorite among the city’s coastal visitors during the summer months but is equally appreciated by the tourists as well. One of the best things about the beach is it’s comparatively less crowded with better facilities such as a volleyball court, a ping pong table a basketball hoop and exercise equipment.
- Name: Bogatell Beach
- Address: Passeig Maritim del Bogatell, 80, 08005, Barcelona
2. Admire the Beauty of La Sagrada Familia
Any sightseeing tour wouldn’t mean anything until you visit the La Sagrada Familia (Basilica of the Sagrada Familia), one of the world’s most astonishing churches. It’s a true symbol of the city which inspires admiration, thanks to its sheer verticality. This is also one of Gaudi’s most admired works in Barcelona which has been under construction for more than 100 years.
- Name: La Sagrada Familia
- Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
- Phone: +34932080414
- Opening Hours: Apr-Sept 09:00 to 20:00, Oct-Mar 09:00 to 18:00
- Website: http://www.sagradafamilia.org/
3. Touching the Heights – La Catedral de Barcelona
The Basilica Cathedral (the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia) is the central place of worship and one of the most impressive Gothic buildings in Barcelona with a richly decorated façade and beautifully laced with stone intricacies. The octagonal, flat-roofed towers are one of the best examples of Catalan Gothic architecture, and the two bell towers at the end are a reminder of medieval and Renaissance style architecture.
- Name: La Catedral de Barcelona
- Address: Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
- Phone: +34933428262
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 08:00 to 12:45, 13:00 to 17:30, 17:45 to 19:30 & Sat-Sun 08:00 to 12:45, 13:00 to 17:00, 17:15 to 20:00
- Website: http://www.catedralbcn.org/
4. Admire Picasso’s Works
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona holds the most extensive collection of artworks by the renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The well-preserved courtyards, galleries, and the medieval staircases are as fascinating as the collection. The collection, for the most part, concentrates on the artist’s formative careers starting from his early childhood to his later Cubist canvases through to his final works.
- Name: Museu Picasso
- Address: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
- Phone: +34932563000
- Opening Hours: Tue, Wed & Fri-Sun 09:00 to 19:00, Thurs 09:00 to 21:30
- Website: http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/
5. Witness the Magic at the Magic Fountain
Source: Iván Melenchón Serrano
Built during the Great Universal Exhibition in Barcelona in 1929, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic is the city’s biggest ornamental fountain which puts on a spectacular display of music, water and the lights in every color of rainbow creating a spectacle of over 50 shades and hues.
- Name: Magic Fountain of Montjuic
- Address: Plaça de Carles Buïgas, Barcelona, 08038
6. Awe-inspired by the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
The National Art Museum of Catalonia is one of the most identifiable symbols of the city’s Catalan identity, known for its remarkable collection of Romanesque artworks, mostly the church paintings. Beautifully restored from the city’s less admired churches across Catalonia, are a significant collection of woodcarvings, frescoes and the altar frontals of the churches. The Gothic collection holds a considerable number of Catalan works, accompanied by a fine selection of some great pieces from the far territories ruled by the Crown of Aragon.
- Name: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
- Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
- Phone: +34936220360
- Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 10:00 to 20:00, Sun 10:00 to 15:00
- Website: http://www.museunacional.cat/
7. Appreciate the Work of Gaudi – Park Güell
One of the most notable works of Antonio Gaudi, Park Güell is a wonderful public park in Barcelona with a spectacular array of beautiful structures, colors, and shapes and which offers stunning views of the city. Though never fully completed, the artist’s fevered imagination lures thousands of tourists from around the world to admire his colorful works.
- Name: Park Guell
- Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla 3-5
- Phone: +34934725775
- Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 10:00 to 20:00
- Website: http://www.palauguell.cat/
8. Explore the Fauna of Barcelona Zoo
Conveniently located in the Parc de la Ciutadella, one of the most loved parks for the joggers, the Barcelona Zoo is a living spectacle of over 7,000 animals from 400 different species in their natural habitats. Enjoy the train ride as you discover its fauna – felines, primates, dolphins and tropical birds. The zoo also offers special displays of Komodo dragons, iguanas, and wild chameleons.
- Name: Barcelona Zoo
- Address: Parc de la Ciutadella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 to 19:00
- Website: http://www.zoobarcelona.cat/
9. The Splendid Oasis – Jardí Botànic de Barcelona
Source: Felix König
Sits conveniently on the gorgeous hillside of Montjuic, the Botanic Gardens of Barcelona is one of the largest parks in Spain where you can find the typical vegetation of the six different Mediterranean climate zones, characterized by dry, hot summers. The gardens are a splendid oasis of tranquility with magnificent views of the city.
- Name: Jardin Botanic de Barcelona
- Address: Carrer del Doctor Font i Quer, 2, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
- Phone: +34932564160
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 to 19:00
10. A Shopper’s Haven – La Boqueria
Source: Alain Rouiller
This is one of the largest and most impressive public markets in the world filled with all the rich bounty of fresh fruit and vegetable stands, and unlimited assortments of sausages and cheeses, sea critters, sweets and meat products. The fine bars in the vicinity serve the best breakfast in town.
- Name: La Boqueria
- Address: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
- Phone: +34933182584
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 08:00 to 20:30
Have a good trip and travel!