“You’d have a hard time finding anything better than Barcelona for food, as far as being a hub.” – Anthony Bourdain
Barcelona is Catalonia’s vibrant capital and is a stunning seaside city that flaunts its sunny lifestyle and beauty. This city is made an alluring destination due to its breathtaking architecture, superb cultural attractions, and gorgeous scenery. The balmy Mediterranean climate of course adds to the charm.
Now let s explore this list of the best tourist places in Barcelona…
- La Pedrera or Casa Mila
Casa Milà is a UNESCO-listed site and is Antoni Gaudí’s most famous secular building. It is located off the elegant boulevard of Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample district. Also affectionately called the “La Pedrera,” translating to “The Stone Quarry”, Casa Mila is the building that resembles an open quarry. This flamboyant avant-garde dwelling was built between 1906 and 1912, and looks more like a sculpture than it does like a functional building. The natural stone façade’s each line is curved, with metal balcony railings that twin around in plant-like shapes, and rounded windows which are quite exquisite to look at.
- Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
This spectacular basilica is one of Europe’s most unconventional churches and is the most famous sight in the city of Barcelona. The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO-listed site and is located in the northern part of the city. It dominates its surroundings with the 18 spindly towers that soar high above all of the other monuments. Also, the Basilica of the Sacred Family is known in Spanish by its formal name – Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família.
Plan to visit Sagrada Familia Tickets here
- La Rambla – The Social Hub of Barcelona
On La Rambla, the heart of Barcelona’s social life is found. The Old Town is divided into two parts with this broad, tree-shaded avenue. From the Plaça de Catalunya, where the beautiful 12th-century Romanesque Convent of Santa Anna stands, La Rambla stretches all the way down to the port. This area has become one of the most popular hangouts in the city due to this wide street, which is lined with shops, features expansive pedestrian sidewalks, outdoor cafés, and restaurants.
- Barri Gòtic or the Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is known as the secular and spiritual center of the city from the past 2,000 years. Although you will still find the relics of ancient Roman buildings here, the historic monuments that are packed into this quarter best represent the Middle Ages. The medieval cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and stands on Monte Tabor, which is the highest point in the center of the town. Christopher Columbus was received by the Catholic Monarchs in this place only, after he came back from his first voyage to the New World. The administrations of the city have had their seat here since the 14th and 15th centuries.
- Palau de la Música Catalana or the Palace of Catalan Music
The Palau de la Música Catalana was built as a concert hall for the choral society named Orfeó Català between 1905 and 1908. The architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner designed it in the Catalan Modernista style. But this design puts function ahead of form in regards to this building, although it is characterized by the colorful palette and curving lines of style, unlike the works of Gaudi.
- Casa Batlló
The UNESCO-listed site named Casa Batlló is yet another amazing creation by Gaudí. It is one of the most characteristic Modernist buildings in the city. Designed as a private residence for the textile manufacturer named Josep Batlló i Casanovas, this is an amazingly ethereal mansion with its ornamental façade and freely swinging shapes. This is a dreamlike building that looks like a castle that has arrived from a surreal fairy tale.
- Parc Güell – The Surrealist Park of Gaudi
This splendid surrealistic park is cheerful, colorful and full of whimsy. It is another UNESCO World Heritage Site which was designed by Antoni Gaudí. The Park Güell was created between 1900 and 1914. It features great architectural elements in the signature style of Gaudí, and is beautifully landscaped. Scattered throughout the space are a colonnaded hall, Viaducts, grottoes, semi-closed conversation seats, and winding staircases. Decorated in multicolored ceramic fragments, these are creative structures. Panoramic views of the city and the sea are offered here by a spectacular terrace.
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- Camp Nou
Camp Nou is a must-see for football (soccer) fans, just as Modernista buildings are a must-see for architecture fan. The 99,354-seat stadium is home of the FC Barcelona, and is the largest in Europe and second largest in the world. Take the lively tour or attend a game here and visit the museum. For the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Camp Nou was one of the venues.
And that’ll be all folks! Happy journey to Barcelona. J