The Best Places To Go in Barcelona Aug 11, 2017 by Sarah (Awesome Escape Blogger)
The dazzling city of Barcelona is one of the world’s biggest tourist destinations. The city is full of stunning monuments and whimsical side streets, as well as a heady combination of shopping, education, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts. Get ready for some time in the Iberian sun, because we’ve picked out some of the best things do when you’re visiting the city.
Dispersed throughout the city of Barcelona is a wondrous treasure hunt for the works of Antoni Gaudi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that assembles the greatest architectural achievements of the fascinating artist.. The elusive artist created an entirely unique style over his long career in Barcelona, including the infamous Sagrada Familia Church (still under construction to this day!) and the Park Guell, covered in alien murals with hidden symbols and puzzles. Everywhere you look, Gaudi’s imagination ran wild in his native city. It’s a great way to plan a walking tour around Barcelona!
La Rambla is a street in the center of Barcelona, stretching through the city for over a mile. It’s most popular during the day and early at night when La Rambla is full of charming vendors selling anything from flowers to newspapers to souvenirs. There are also restaurants and bars that line the street and several plazas and historic sites, including the Font de Canaletes, a famous fountain. Legend says that anyone who drinks from the fountain is guaranteed to return to the city!
The Gothic Quarter
Head from La Rambla to the Gothic Quarter, literraly right across the street. The Gothic Quarter is in the center of old Barcelona and most of the buildings date back from Medieval times, and some even as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. The labyrinth of alleys is a feast of enchanting balconies and courtyards. Just be careful if you choose to visit this part of the city, because it’s one of the two most popular pickpocketing areas in Barcelona, so tourists are cautioned to pay close attention to their valuables.
Museu Picasso is home to an extensive collection of 4,251 works by renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Highlights of the collection in the house are two of the artist’s first paintings, “The First Communion” (1896) and “Science and Charity” (1897). It was the first museum dedicated entirely to Picasso and is the only one that was built while he was still alive. And if you’re hunting for more museums, head over to the amazing museum of architecture, the Poble Espanyol!
Camp Nou is a soccer (football) stadium in Barcelona which has been the home of FC Barcelona since 1957. FC Barcelona is one of the greatest, maybe the greatest, football team in the entire world. They have the best players, including Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta! If you see a game, you’ll be in good company because the fans are renowned for their enthusiasm! The stadium is the largest in Europe and can hold 99,750 people. Besides being used for soccer games, it has hosted countless entertainers including Michael Jackson, Julio Iglesias and Bruce Springsteen. If you can, catch a concert or a game here while you’re visiting.
Montserrat is a mountain located near the city of Barcelona with engrossing views of the surrounding countryside from its three peaks, Sant Jeroni, Montgros, and Miranda de les Agulles. The mountain is composed of a gorgeous pink conglomerate and the highest point is 4,055 feet (1,236 meters) above sea level. You can take a tram to the abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and ride a cable car up the slopes. But if you like to hike, you can explore the mountain and a series of tiny churches on a variety of trails. You'll need the exercise after a week of sun and sangria in Barcelona!