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Top things to do in Barcelona

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Barcelona is currently ranked among the top destinations to visit in Europe. This is due to its amazing architecture, sunny beaches, friendly atmosphere, night life and tasty cuisine. It is also considered an extremely romantic city, with a range of activities and attractions to enjoy.

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We embraced the beauty of the capital of Catalonia last spring when we had the great chance to meet wonderful people. We take this opportunity to thank to someone special, who made our trip to Barcelona not just beautiful but amazing.

Top things to do in Barcelona

With a great architecture and dashing culture, Barcelona shares much more than pleasant cafes and lovely sunsets. This metropolitan city offers a multitude of points of interest and exciting activities, so we included below the ones we considered to be the most captivating.

blog pinExplore Barceloneta

This is a rustic and traditional Catalan neighborhood located directly along the beach. The narrow and winding streets reveal many stories of an old fisherman town, this is why no other neighborhood in Barcelona has as many seafood restaurants as Barceloneta. Also, it is important not to forget that some of the most nightlife activities can be found as well in this area.

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Barceloneta Beach is the most popular beach in the city. With more than 1100 meters length, this beautiful sandy beach incorporates numerous recreational options and various amenities such as gymnastics, volleyball and tennis areas, children games courts, drinks and ice cream kiosks.

blog pinGet lost in the Barri Gotic

Also known as old center of Barcelona this part of the town is filled with small streets and historical buildings. It is a walkable distance to cover this district, so allow yourself to get lost through this area, take some time and enjoy the tiny plaças (plazas), the Bohemian shops and the churches.

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Make sure you will reach the Catedral de Barcelona (Gothic Cathedral) and Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. They are within 10 minutes distance from each other. Touristic information about the Catedral of Barcelona you can find here and the timetables of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar are mentioned here.

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blog pinWander Gaudi’s Architecture

Barcelona is one of the most famous cities in the world for its architecture. Gaudi is Barcelona’s most famous architect due to its unique and remarkable style. Sagrada Familia is probably his most well known heritage and for €15 to €29 (depending on the ticket type) you can discover the basilica, have panoramic views or learn more about Gaudi’s life and work. Additional details about tickets and opening hours can be found here.

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Another notable site with over a hundred years of history is Park Güell. More than 20 years ago it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is probably one of the most touristic objectives in Barcelona. The entrance fee to visit the Monumental Core it’s €7.50 (the price will vary by adding guided tour) but the entrance to the Park remains free. The opening time and rates for Park Guell are detailed here.

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Spanish house

While strolling around the city don’t miss Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, they are well worth visiting.

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Casa Milà
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Casa Batlló

blog pinParc de la Ciutadella

This green area is located in the heart of the city and it is very popular among both tourists and locals. Parc de la Ciutadella offers peaceful and quite spots as well as entertaining zones comprising activities such as volleyball, yoga or game cards.

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The beautiful waterfall and lake (known as cascada), designed by Fontseré with the help of Gaudí, early in his career, it is a perfect place to chill out, have a drink and watch the street artists.

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If you continue to stumble across this park you will encounter the Catalan Parliament (Parlament de Catalunya), a building with a rich history dating back to the 18th century.

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blog pinStroll Las Ramblas

La Rambla is the most famous pedestrian street in the city, surrounded by trees, restaurants and bars. It is a nice atmosphere throughout the street where tourists, street traders and outdoor performers interact.

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blog pinPlaça de Catalunya

One of the most busiest squares in Barcelona, Plaza de Cataluna is a large plaza used most of the time as a meeting point. Grab a coffee and allow yourself to be surrounded by people and pigeons (at least for few minutes).

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blog pinPlaça d’Espanya and the Magic Fountain

This is one of the city’s biggest squares, the easiest way to the Font Màgica de Montjuïc (Magic Fountains) and to Montjuïc. As you may be interested in the illuminated fountain it would be useful for you to check the Magic Fountains lighting times here. Now that you are here don’t forget to visit Palau Nacional (National Palace), or at least to wander around.

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blog pinExplore the city by walk

Barcelona has amazing points of interest that will make your holiday memorable. On your way to the most visited attractions make sure to include moments just for staring to the surrounding architecture. You will be impressed by its beauty and uniqueness.

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Have you been to Barcelona? What was it like? You can share your experience in the comment section below!

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