Barcelona has something for everybody. The city’s rich culture, food, and architecture will surely satisfy all travelers but if that is not enough for you, you can also enjoy the beautiful beach or go shopping. Here are my top 3 things to do in Barcelona:
1. Sagrada Familia
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The moment I saw the Sagrada Familia, it took my breath away.There is something magical about Sagrada Familia, even if you are not a religious person, you will still be stunned by it.
La Sagrada Familia is one of the most celebrated works of the genius architect Antoni Gaudi. The construction began in 1882 and it is still under construction. It is estimated to be completed in 2026.
Walking thru the magnificent doors into the Basilica is an unforgettable experience. The details, the openness, the natural art produced by daylight, and the view from the top are just gorgeous.
La Sagrada Familia is a must-see attraction for anybody so please do not miss it!
Entrance Fee: 15 Euro
Hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tip: Book your ticket beforehand and also get there early to avoid the crowd.
2. Park Güell
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A short walk up the hill brings you to this beautiful park with amazing views of the city below. The park is like a fascinating glimpse into a whimsical world of wonder. The walk up can be challenging for some but every step is well worth it.
Park Guell is another famous work of Gaudi. It was built in 1900 as a residential park but the project was ended up unsuccessful and it became a city park.
The charming entrance is just the beginning of a really magical place. Gaudi’s work is evident throughput the park and he mixes colour and sculpture with nature beautifully.
I suggest getting here early before the crowds to take a once in a lifetime picture shot.
Entrance Fee: 7 Euro
Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tip: Get here before 8am and you do not have to pay the entrance fee!
3. La Rambla
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La Rambla is a beautiful tree-lined street in the heart of Barcelona where you will see lots of restaurants, bars, shops and markets. Strolling down this lovely promenade, you will eventually end up at the pretty harbour of yachts and the beach area.
Along the way there are a few interesting sights you must visit such as the covered market called Boqueria Market and the Gothic Quarter. The market is a great place to try local foods and drinks. You can also easily access the Gothic Quarter and the old city area of Barcelona from La Rambla. You will be surrounded by a maze of little streets, plazas, restaurants and shops; all with a great profusion of Gothic architecture. I loved wandering the streets and getting lost to feel the heartbeat of Barcelona.