The city of Barcelona has an immense amount of attractive things for every taste. Historical heritage, cultural visits, leisure, restaurants, shopping… Condal’s city has a lot to offer to all the people that set foot in it, and today we’ll make a gathering of some of the most emblematic places of the city.
1. Basílica of Sagrada Familia
When we think of Barcelona, Gaudí with the Sagrada Família is one of the first things that cross our minds. This church, still under construction, is a great attractive due to its modernist character, being the biggest exponent of this movement. All the sculptures, the architectonic and decorative elements hide mysteries and interesting stories, and paying a visit both outside and inside can be a golden opportunity to know more about modernism and marvel with the immensity of this spiritual and artistic spot.
2. Park Güell
Another of the big works by Antoni Gaudí. The Park Güell, far from the centre noise, is the perfect place to enjoy more modernist pieces and the famous colour mosaics. Wandering through its gardens, observe the artworks and the architectonic and natural elements while you breathe some fresh air of the Collserola mountain is a perfect plan for a relaxing day in the Gracia district.
3. Ciutadella Park
Ciutadella Park is the biggest and most popular park in Barcelona, after the mountain of Montjuïc. In it, there’s a big area of gardens where you can spend a nice day, or even do a picnic if the weather lets you. In the same park, there’s also the Barcelona Zoo, and a small lake with boats to take a trip. You can also visit the Arc de Triomf, very close to the park.
4. The Ramblas
One of the most popular streets, if not the most one, in Barcelona. Full of stores with souvenirs, bars and restaurants for tourists and constant movement, you can walk through the whole street from Catalunya Square to the Barcelona Port enjoying of one of the most emblematic spaces of the city, and visit some mythical places like the Colón statue, the big Liceo theatre of Barcelona and the Boquería Market.
5. Boquería Market
Placed in Las Ramblas, the Boquería Market gathers the traditionality of markets in Barcelona, with lots of parades with fruit, meat, fish and fresh food, typical and colourful dishes, being an ideal place to wander and, if you’re hungry, buy some food. Visiting it, you can live a first-hand experience of the most authentic Catalan merchants’ environment.
6. Picasso Museum
Picasso is one of the most famous painters on a Spanish and worldwide level. In the Montcada Street, in the middle of the Gothic Quarter, this museum has more than 4.000 original works from the Malaga painter. It’s declared an interest museum by the Generalitat de Catalunya and it has permanent and temporary expositions that tell the personal and artistic story of Pablo Picasso, from his beginnings in the XIX century until his last works.
7. Casa Batlló
We go back to Gaudí, very present in the historic buildings of Barcelona, in this case to talk about the Casa Batlló. In the middle of Passeig de Gràcia, the most glamourous and commercial street in the centre of the city, the Casa Batlló is already impressive seen from the outside, with a naturalist facade full of details, colours and shapes to stay marvelled observing it. If you also want to get inside, you can also see the modernist furniture and the rooms like Gaudí designed them back in the day.
8. Camp Nou
When you ask a foreigner about Barcelona, one of the first things they say will be Barça. And why don’t see the centre where everything happens? The Camp Nou, the FC Barcelona field, has been a testimony of big moments in the football history, a lot of them gathered in the museum tour that the stadium has. For the football lovers, or simply those who want to know more about the Catalan team and the history of its players.
9. Barcelona Cathedral
This Gothic cathedral in honour of Santa Eulàlia, the Barcelona patroness, is the headquarters of the Archbishopric of Barcelona. It was built between the XIII and the XV centuries, and it’s been declared Property of Cultural Interest. Besides visiting it for the architectonic beauty of the building, it’s also the centre of much medieval history of Barcelona. Also, it has a Gothic cloister where thirteen white gooses live as a symbol of the Santa Eulàlia legend.
10. Port Olímpic and Barceloneta beach
In the list of Barcelona essentials, the sea could not be left out. The Port Olímpic, built for the Olympic Games of 1992, is a part of the alive history of the city. Besides, it’s very close to the Vila Olímpica, full of restaurants with the best paellas and seafood and also clubs and bars to enjoy the nightlife. Near that, there’s also the Barceloneta beach, the best place to spend the hottest days of the summer.
11. Palau de la Música Catalana
The Palau de la Música Catalana is another modernist and mythical building, designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It’s the headquarters of the Catalan Orpheus and the UNESCO certified it as World Heritage. As it’s a concert hall, if you’re lucky enough you can get tickets to enjoy classical music in a room with an exquisite sound.
12. Basílica de Santa María del Mar
Last but not least, another of the most popular churches in the Condal city, this time placed in the Born neighbourhood. This Gothic basilica has a very high architectonic merit, and also a very interesting story: the stones which form the building were taken from the Montjuïc quarries and carried all the way by the bastaixos, workers from the Barcelona port. Another piece of the amazing history of Barcelona.
Obviously, on this list, we haven’t been able to include all the essential wonders that the Catalan capital has to offer. What do you think we have left that should be included?