Places To Go When In Barcelona
I have traveled to Europe many times before moving here and one of my favorite places to go is Spain – Barcelona to be more specific. While I have never been there in the prime season – the summer time – it is still a beautiful city to visit year-round. Many people may be wondering where to go while there so I decided to give you guys a list of 7 different places to visit in Barcelona.
1. La Rambla (Las Ramblas)
This is the center of Barcelona and where most of the (foot) traffic is. There are many different shops, retail stores, restaurants, cafes, street vendors, and more. I find it to be a must every time I come to Barcelona. The vibe is amazing and everyone is super friendly. La Rambla is about 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the cruise port which is roughly a 35-40 min walk. I have walked it before and it honestly doesn’t seem that long especially with the beautiful views along the way. There are also 3 metro stops along Las Ramblas which include Drassanes, Liceu, and Catalunya along with the Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus.
2. La Boqueria Market (La Rambla Market)
While you are on La Rambla, you absolutely have to go to the La Boqueria Market! Whether you go there to look, shop, or eat, it is definitely one of my favorite places in all of Barcelona.
Here you can find anything from sweets to fresh juices, fruit, street food, seafood, restaurants, meat, cheese, vegetables, wine, you name it. Everything here is amazing and incredibly tasty.
3. The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
This is a neighborhood just off of La Rambla that used to be a Roman Village back in the day. Most of the buildings are older while others have some more modern features which is what most of the attraction is about. There is a stunning Cathedral right in the center of it along with various courtyards for you to relax in peace all throughout this neighborhood.
The Gothic Quarter is a bit of confusing place to be, sort of like a labyrinth, which is why it is important to make yourself aware of your surroundings because you may get lost (I sure did, during my recent trip there). There are so many great places to eat, bakeries, art, and the nightlife is one of the best.
4. Arc de Triomf
There are a few different arcs in the world that are known to most people – like the one in Paris. This one in Barcelona is a civil monument and it was a gateway to the modern Barcelona (the late 19th century). It is not only beautiful to look at, but the surrounding area is amazing, too! You will be able to spot this bright orange arc, especially on a sunny blue-sky day.
There is an avenue or sort of walkway lined with palm trees which leads to the park. It is filled with street artists, skaters, cyclists, pedestrians, and giant bubble makers which makes the stroll that much more pleasant.
5. La Sagrada Familia
This is one of the most famous Basilicas in Barcelona and one of Antoni Gaudí’s famous works. As you can see from the photos, it is under construction and it has been that way since 1882 (there is no likelihood that it will be finished soon). Due to the large fences and crowds, it is hard to get a good look of the Basilica from up close. There is a park close by (Placa de la Sagrada Familia) which gives you a better overall view.
BEWARE: The tourists at the park can be a bit “too much” so, have some patience when it comes to taking photos. I have been to Barcelona a few times and still have not had a chance to go inside, but I do intend to soon. The detail of the work is amazing and it is a must-see for me.
6. Park Guell (Parc Güell)
As seen in many movies – including one of my favorites The Cheetah Girls 2 – this park is one of the biggest attractions in Barcelona. Speaking of Antoni Gaudí, the design of this park was also his work. Here you will find an amazing panoramic view, gardens, and beautiful art. While some parts of the park are free, the Monumental Core of the park which is also the most visited and most fragile part is not. Tickets for this part of the park range from 6€-8.50€ and I highly recommend reserving your tickets online before you go because they are limited.
7. The Carmel Bunkers (Bunkers del Carmel)
If you are looking for an adventure, a hike, some exercise, a stunning view, and a free panoramic view of Barcelona – this is the place for you. You will have a full 360º view and be 262 meters (about 860 ft.) high up in the neighborhood of Carmel. To get here you can take public transportation like the bus, metro, or even catch a cab, but the final climb has to be done on foot. It is a hike to get here from the center (which of course I did, being on a budget and in for an adventure), but it’s not too bad and totally worth it.
There are many places to visit in Barcelona – I have been here 3 times for a few days during each visit and I still haven’t seen it all. These are the basics and definitely, some must-sees. Some other places include Palau Güell, Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, Casa Milà, Parc de la Ciutadella, Gaudi House Museum, Casa Batlló, Camp Nou (whether you are a fútbol fan or not), and many more.
I hope you enjoyed this guide for places to visit in Barcelona! Have you been here before or will you be traveling here soon? Let me know in the comments along with your favorite place/most desired place to visit in Barcelona!