Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia in Spain. It is also Spain’s second most populated city and the largest metropolis in the Mediterranean Sea. As a tourist destination, Barcelona attracts millions of tourists each year. The city is best known for its vibrant culinary landscape, colorful streets, and stunning natural landscapes. Are you ready to take a virtual tour of beautiful Barcelona? In today’s post, we are listing down the best sights and attractions in Barcelona to add to your itinerary:
1. Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is Barcelona’s most famous boulevard. If you are planning a stop at Barcelona for your European tour, we highly recommend booking a stay at a nearby hotel in Las Ramblas. This way, you will not miss a single second of the action. And there are plenty of happenings you’ll get to see at Las Ramblas. Along the street are little shops that sell food, curios, souvenirs, and local products. Street performers in the most eye-catching costume provide entertainment to tourists all day long!
You will also find a link to a list of hotels on Las Ramblas if you are planning to stay there during your visit.
2. La Sagrada Familia
The La Sagrada Familia is the undisputed number one tourist attraction in Barcelona. This breathtaking building was erected in 1882 and is still under construction even today. In fact, the government said it would take another 30 to 80 years to complete the building. Renowned architect, Antonio Gaudí, designed the La Sagrada Familia. The La Sagrada Familia is the culmination of devotion, commitment, and dedication of the Barcelonans. The basilica attracts about 2.8 million visitors every year.
Montjuïc – which translates to “Jew Mountain” – is a shallow hill located on the southwest of Barcelona. The eastern part of the hill features a breathtaking cliff that makes a beautiful backdrop in pictures.
Near the foot of the hill is a bustling town. Some of the best attractions in Montjuïc are the Palau Nacional, the Magic Fountain, Pavelló Mies van der Rohe and the Poble Espanyol. For those who love to explore the great outdoors, we recommend checking out the Nou Jardí Botànic. This is a botanic garden that boasts of thousands of species of plants. The garden was created in the 90s, before the 1992 Olympics hosted by Barcelona.
4. Casa Milà
Casa Milà – also known as La Pedrera – is a building in Catalonia, Spain designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. This historical structure was erected between 1906 and 1912. This colorful building is considered as the most eccentric of all architectural creations by Gaudí. What’s unique about Casa Milà is the lack of a straight edge on the exterior of the building. Tours are offered so you can step inside this beautiful building. Inside, Casa Milà features some of Gaudí’s works, highlighting the beloved architect’s best works: Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlio and the La Pedrera!
5. Park Güell
If you love taking a leisurely stroll inside parks then we highly recommend visiting Park Güell. This is a fabulous park created by Antoni Gaudí. The park features a variety of stone structures, ceramic tiles in bold colors as well as the house that the celebrated architect lived in. Because there are lots to see, you should dedicate at least half a day touring the park.