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Travel Guides: Barcelona City Guide

Barcelona is a city that boasts stunning architecture that can be seen from the marvellous monuments to the historical quarters.

The city has become one of the most-popular destinations in Europe with a warm mediterranean climate, rich culture and hearty cuisine. Its thriving gastronomical scene also makes it one of the top rated cities for foodies.

Popular Attractions and Landmarks

The Sagridia Familia is undoubtedly one of the top attractions in the city, if not the contintent. This yet to be completed architectural masterpiece has now re-opened to visitors, who can marvel at the scope of effort and creativity that goes into such a project. The façade is almost complete and visitors can tour the interior which houses the tomb of the infamous architect.

The Sagrada Familia might be the main attraction, but the Barcelona Cathedral is also worth visiting. This enormous gothic structure is a fine example of 15th Century Catalan gothic architecture. Entry to the Temple and cloister are free.

The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

You can now also visit Casa Batlló, the dragon-roofed apartment block turned museum. Immerse yourself in the stunning new tour of Gaudi’s magical house. You can also experience the state-of-the-art  space at the Gaudi Cube.

The Case Mila, a World Heritage Site, and also known as “La Pedrera, is another fine example of Gaudi’s work, which was was restored and open to the public in 1996. Another popular attraction is the art nouveau period building.

Designed by Jean Novel, Torre Agbar is one of the modern landmarks in Barcelona and at 426ft, this impressive steel and glass structure towers over the city.

Art and Culture

Palau Nacional overlooking the magic fountain

The Picasso Museum is one of the most-popular attractions in Barcelona, showcasing some of Picasso’s earliest works with paintings, drawings and ceramics all featured.

You can also visit the Palau Nacional (National Palace), one of the top attractions in the city and home to the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. An impressive Magic fountain sits at the front of the structure. The museum boasts one of the best examples of Romanesque art. It also houses a wide selection of Gothic period Catalan paintings.

Popular Areas

Las Ramblas is a popular Avenue with tourists, with plenty of shopping opportunities. You will also find many restaurants, cafes and market stalls in this area where you can find some great souvenirs. There are also many hotels and bars, so if you want to stay in the central, bustling area, this would be the place.

Food & Drink

Supplied: Micu Maku

For foodie lovers, Barcelona is doesn’t disappoint. Offering an array of gastronomical delights that mirrors the city’s artistic flair. As well as the classic dishes, you will find some inventive cuisine unique to this city in many of the top restaurants.

For a delicious take on Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, head to La Gastronómica located in Carrer de Calabria. If you are looking for a more fine-meets-casual dining experience, then you should try Rao, serving modern Catalan cuisine using the best locally sourced ingredients. For a more casual outing with great service and authentic Paella, head to Micu Maku.

Parks

Parc Güell is a public park designed by renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Inaugurated in 1926 and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this urban park features many of the Gaudi’s touches, who designed many of mosaics and sculptures himself. A great place to unwind, the park boasts plenty of winding green paths. A ticket will give you access to the area where you will find most of the works by the Gaudi.

Beaches

Barcelona boasts some amazing beaches, which are popular during the summer months. Barceloneta Beach attracts the biggest crowds. You will find many entertainment, food and drink options here and there are also watersports such as kite-surfing on offer.

If you are looking for a more chilled-out beach vibe you can head to the Sant Sebestia located on the eastern-part of the city. Its still bustling, but less so than the main beach, and offers plenty more waterspouts options.

Barcelona urban skyline overlooking the beach

Shopping district

As a major economic and tourism hub, Barcelona boasts a great shopping scene. Offering an impressive mix of boutique and  international brands for all tastes. Head to Mercat Santa Caterina for a wide selection of boutique stores. If you are looking for upmarket and big brands, then head to Passeig de Garcia.


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