Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, it lies on Spain’s northern Mediterranean coast and is the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia. The city has become one of Europe’s most popular short break destinations thanks to its privileged location, its vibrant street life, its spectacular Gaudi architecture, its superb cuisine and its football team.
It has a huge number of attractions including a city centre which retains its medieval street plan; some stunning modernist architecture including several buildings by Gaudí – Spain’s most famous architect; dozens of museums including one dedicated to Picasso, another to Miró and yet another to Barça, Barcelona’s world famous football club!
There’s so much to see and do in Barcelona that in a weekend you’ll get enough of a taste for the city that you’ll be wanting to return over and over again. There are major arts exhibitions throughout the year and concerts and shows of different kinds happening all the time. The city’s geographical position also makes it the easiest (and cheapest) Spanish city to reach from the rest of Europe and there are direct flights from most cities in the world to its prize-winning international airport.
Barcelona is almost as lively at night as it is during the day and it has a unique, exciting atmosphere, which provides the visitor with a truly unforgettable experience.
Top 10 Most Popular Attractions in Barcelona
1. La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia is the most popular attractions in Barcelona, attracting nearly 3million visitors each year. It is designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudí. This building has been under construction since 1882 and they’ve still got another 30 to 80 years (depending on funding and resources) to go before it will be finished. Just imagine the dedication, devotion and commitment involved in creating a building for that length of time.
The mornings are busiest. Late afternoons are less crowded. How long does it take to visit? From the outside it takes about 30 minutes to see. The inside of the Sagrada Familia church takes longer. You might have to queue for 1 hour or more for tickets – and then you will need 1 or 2 hours inside to see it all. But it’s worth it. This unfinished basilica is one of the most famous buildings in the world and a top must-see sight in Barcelona.
2. La Rambla
La Rambla is another must-see, it is often called Las Ramblas, because it is actually a series of several different streets that all have a distinct feel. This is central most boulevard which cuts through the heart of the city centre and is a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona action at its best. It is Located just off Plaza Catalunya and leading right down towards the port and beach, visitors will find street performers, lots of bars and restaurants and the fabulous Boquería Market, a true feast for the eyes.
Las Ramblas is very pleasant to stroll down and enjoy the human heartbeat of Barcelona. If you have not strolled down it, you cannot say you have been in Barcelona. Las Ramblas is really a collection of various stretches of street with different names. During the day and early evening completely safe and free to visit. However, be careful of pickpockets on La Rambla and in the Metro stations nearby.
3. Montjuïc – Font Mágica Fountain
The Font Mágica Fountain is a “must see” Barcelona attraction and is situated on Montjuïc. Montjuïc is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top to the southwest of the city center. The eastern side of the hill is almost a sheer cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city’s harbor immediately below. The top of the hill was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which remains today. Another interesting sight is the Palau Nacional (National Palace), originally built as the central pavilion for the International Exhibition. The majestic building in neo-Baroque style is home to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). Montjuïc is also home to a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Olympics.
Magical Fountain is a beautiful show of light, music and water extravaganza that just can’t be missed. The Magic fountain was built in 1929 as one of the main attractions for the Barcelona World Fair and the Font Magica is still one of the most famous spots in Barcelona with an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually.
4. Casa Milà (La Pedrera)
Another one of Antonio Gaudí’s creations once again, Casa Milà (La Pedrera) hits the top 10 most visited attractions in Barcelona. Built between the years 1906 and 1910. This building used to be called Casa Mila but nowadays it’s more commonly known as La Pedrera which means “quarry”.
This colorful building is considered one of the artist’s most eccentric and enticing architectural creations with not one straight edge on the exterior. Tours of the interior and the incredible roof structures are available.
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