Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and is the second largest city in Spain, after its capital, Madrid.
Situated on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona attracts fun seekers and sun seekers from all over Europe and boasts a wide choice of treat things to see and do.
Ten awesome things to do in Barcelona include:
1. Barcelona Museums
If you are something of a culture vulture, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to museums in Barcelona. Some of the best include the Picasso Museum, which celebrates the life and works of this famous artist. His work is displayed in the magnificent Palau Berenguer d´Aguilar Museum. If you want to enjoy exhibits of typical Catalan Art, take a trip to the Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya near the Plaça España. The Joan Miro Gallery on Montjuic is also well worth a visit.
2.La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
No trip to Barcelona is complete without visiting the Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family), the most famous landmark in the city. Famous local architect, Antoni Gaudi dedicated over 40 years of his life to the cathedral, and the design is his own creation. The cathedral is still under construction and has been for over 100 years. Completion is due around 2030.
3. Barcelona Old Town
The Old Town of Barcelona, the Barri Gotic, dates back to Roman times. Some of the old city walls still remain, and the narrow streets feature a wealth of fascinating architecture. Barcelona Cathedral, although less famous than the Sagrada Familia, is also worth seeing.
4. La Rambla Pedestrian Street
La Rambla is famous throughout the world and is a pedestrian street with entertainers, food vendors, lively bars, cafés and restaurants and a vibrant atmosphere. Whether you want to buy home-made sweets, fresh flowers, fruit, vegetables or souvenirs, you will find it all in La Rambla. Sit at a table in a pavement café and watch the world go by – a great place to enjoy the very best of Barcelona.
5. Parc Guell, Barcelona
Three miles from the centre of town, Parc Guell is a 50 acre site designed by Antoni Gaudi for Eusebi Guell. The park was never completed but still includes mosaics, colourful flower gardens and sculptures by the great Spanish architect.
6. The Tourist Bus, Barcelona
Known as the Bus Turistic this hop on hop off bus is the best way to see the most famous sights in Barcelona. You can take either the red line running around the north of the city or the blue line running around the south. Both routes join up at the Placa Catalunya. Buy a day ticket for unlimited travel.
7. Michelin Star Restaurants in Barcelona
If you are something of a connoisseur when it comes to fine dining, you will be spoilt for choice in Barcelona. Michelin Star restaurants in the city include: Sauc ,Caelis, Moments, Dos Palillos and Koy Shunka for a choice of exquisite food with a Mediterranean twist.
8. Casa Batllo, Barcelona
Another of Antoni Gaudi´s creations, the Casa Batllo was built in the early 1900´s for the Batllo family. The house is now a museum with mosaics, glass and intricate iron work, with curved walls and colourful windows. Well worth a visit if you are interested in Gaudi´s work.
9. Montjuic Barcelona
Take a trip up to Montjuic or walk up the hill through the Venetian Pillars. Enjoy the Magic Fountain, the Joan Miró Museum, The Botanical Gardens, The Museum of Ethnology, The Catalan Museum of Archaeology and the Olympic and Sports Museum.
10. Excursion to Montserrat
Book an excursion to Montserrat which is just 30 miles from Barcelona, and enjoy stunning views, the Black Virgin Statue in the monastery´s basilica and amazing rock formations. Visitors can take either a cable car or a train to the summit. Well worth the effort.
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