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  • Writer's pictureWalter Ponce

Top 7 Attractions in Barcelona

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

Are you thinking of visiting Barcelona? Good choice! You will then visit my hometown :)

In this post I will tell you the essential tourist places to visit in Barcelona.

Without a doubt, Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan cities that you should take into account when choosing which cities to visit when you are going to travel through Spain.

This Catalan city has a lot to offer, so if you visit Barcelona, ​​take into account these tourist places to visit in Barcelona that will really surprise you.

Get a map of Barcelona and get organized, especially if you are going to spend just one weekend in the city, to be able to see the most important places that you cannot miss.

La Sagrada Familia

The original "Cathedral of the 20th century" by Antoni Gaudí, is the emblem of the city and the most visited monument. Its construction began in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026 (LOL), just 144 years later.

The exterior of the Sagrada Familia is truly overwhelming with its 18 projected, and the Facade of Glory, representing death, the last judgment, glory and hell, the Facade of the Nativity dedicated to the nativity of Christ, and the Facade of the Passion symbolizing the crucifixion.

What is most surprising about its interior, are the columns that look like real stone trees of impressive dimensions, and also from there, you will have access through an elevator to the top of one of its towers, where you can recreate yourself with a wonderful panoramic view of the whole city.

Tip: If you are a student or less than 30 years old, you will have a € 2 discount on all types of tickets. Don't forget to book your ticket online to avoid the queues.

Parc Güell

This immense park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, and is another of Gaudí's great works, about which we can learn more in his House Museum that is located within the enclosure.

The best way to end the day is to enter the park to enjoy a quiet walk, away from the bustle of the city, and discover a multitude of animal sculptures and tree-shaped columns, as well as the Calvary Monument that will give you the gifts better views.

At the main entrance you will find two little houses that look like something out of a story. One of them, the Casa del Guarda, usually offers exhibitions on the history of the park. One of the obligatory photos is the one of the central square of the park, with a beautiful staircase, and a 110 m long bench in the shape of a snake, made of brightly colored mosaic.

Another of the most emblematic snapshots is in the Gran Plaza Circular, which shows a panoramic view of Barcelona and its coastline. This square is known worldwide for its immense bench decorated with mosaics, one of the longest in the world.

Tip: Buy your tickets online for two reasons, they will be cheaper and you can enter the shift or time slot you prefer when making your reservation.

La Catedral de Barcelona

Add the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, as it is officially known, to the list of beautiful Gothic buildings in Barcelona. The church also known as the Cathedral of Barcelona or La Seu because it is the seat of the archbishop.

The cathedral dates from the 14th century and pays tribute to Santa Eulalia, Barcelona's patron saint, who was murdered by the Romans when they put her in a barrel full of knives and rolled her down the street. The entire church is adorned, with towers and spiers reaching up to the sky. It is one of the main tourist attractions and now has a gift shop that caters to visitors.

La Barceloneta

The city beach Playa de la Barceloneta is part of the central district of the same name, Barceloneta, in the old town of Barcelona, ​​the Ciutat Vella. As the oldest and most popular of Barcelona's city beaches, Playa de la Barceloneta is particularly popular thanks to its convenient location. The 1,100 meter long stretch of beach, together with the nearby Playa de Sant Sebastià, is one of the longest of Barcelona's city beaches.

It stretches along the entire Barceloneta district and extends to the Port Olimpic marina. Playa de la Barceloneta The Playa de la Barceloneta is the most famous beach in Barcelona. While many residents of Barcelona are drawn to the more remote beaches in the summer, Playa de la Barceloneta is the most attractive city beach for most tourists, as its central location means that it can be reached by public transport, by bike or on foot from the city center can be reached from.

In addition, the picturesque old town district of Barceloneta includes a large number of traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants, which despite their proximity to the beach promenade have retained their original character and are also very popular with the younger population of Barcelona. The Playa de la Barceloneta was also modernized on the occasion of the 1992 Summer Olympics and, in addition to numerous beach bars, also has several sports facilities, including table tennis, Beach volleyball and tennis fields as well as various surf shops and rentals. Like all city beaches in Barcelona, ​​Playa de la Barceloneta is also equipped with showers, toilets, changing rooms and information stands.

Plaza Catalunya

The always lively Plaza de Cataluña is the starting point for some of the main streets of the city, such as Las Ramblas, Paseo de Gracia, Rambla de Cataluña, Avenida de Portal del Ángel, Calle Pelayo or the rounds of University and Sant Pere.

The square is surrounded by shopping centers, shops, hotels, banks, bars and restaurants, making it an important shopping and leisure center as well as the usual meeting point for concerts, exhibitions and other celebrations.

Plaza de Catalunya is a very lively place at any time of the day, so it is the ideal destination to do some shopping or relax while watching the coming and going of passersby.

The terrace of the Corte Inglés cafeteria is the ideal place to contemplate Plaza de Catalunya from above.

Camp Nou

FC Barcelona is a football team known throughout the world, and the passion for its colors transcends all borders. So much so, that visiting the Camp Nou, the football club Barcelona stadium, is one of the most popular experiences. As you may have guess, I am a big supporter of the club.

The dimensions of the Camp Nou are 105 × 68 meters, which, added to a height of 48 meters and an area of ​​55,000 square meters (250 meters in length and 220 in width), make it one of the largest stadiums in Europe and the third largest in the world, after the São Paulo field in Brazil and that of Mexico City. The Camp Nou's capacity is 99,354 people.

The visit to the Camp Nou, Camp Nou Experience, begins with a "tour" of the stadium that follows the same route that the Barça players take from the dressing room and up to the pitch. In addition, you will be able to access the presidential seats, the bench and the press room, while the audio service tells the story of the stadium and the great victories of FC Barcelona.

Being at one of the 1st team matches is an incredible experience and you should not miss it.

Columbus Monument

The monument in homage to the discoverer Christopher Columbus stands in front of the port of Barcelona, ​​between La Rambla and Paseo de Colom. The sculptural ensemble is 56 meters high and inside the column there is an elevator with which you can go up to the viewpoint located under the statue's feet, from where you can contemplate Barcelona with a 360-degree view.

The statue of Columbus was built as the culmination of the works to improve the city's coastline, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1888. The monument was conceived by Gaietà Buïgas i Monravà and the statue is the work of the sculptor Rafael Atché. The set obtained the gold medal of the Universal Exhibition of 1888 and, since then, it has become an icon of Barcelona.

The image of Columbus, which represents the discoverer with his right arm extended and the index finger pointing towards the horizon, is located at the top of an iron column that has an elevator with which you can go up to the feet of the statue. Located in Portal de la Pau square, between La Rambla and the pier, the monument offers a panoramic view of Port Vell, Montjuïc mountain, the El Raval neighborhood and the Gothic Quarter.

Barcelona has many things to offer. I wanted to share with you the most touristic places so you don't miss them.

But the best part of visting BCN is going to places where only locals go. I will share with you my favorite spots so you don't miss them! Be ready! Adeu! (good bye in Catalan ;))



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