Top 10 Things to do in Barcelona
The lasting beauty of Barcelona is unmatched and full of spectacular fun things to do and see. You can enjoy street art, go out for a dance and watch some outdoor movies and you still won’t get enough of this city. Travelers can enjoy so much more while navigating the city’s treasured gems. The locals are also friendly can give a helping hand or two when it comes to the best things to do in their city. Here is a list of 10 things to do in Barcelona Spain.
You can indulge yourself with mouthwatering food and different cuisines in this magical city. Just take a stroll down Rias de Galicia for a chance to taste the best seafood in the city. Others are La Mar Salada and Can Sole. For some traditional tapas then head down to El Jabali or La Esquinica. And if you have a taste for fine wine, try Monvinic.
If you love soccer, Barcelona is home to one of the most iconic soccer teams in the world – FC Barcelona. Take a trip to the Camp Nou, where the world’s greatest footballer Lionel Messi plys his trade. If soccer is not your thing, there are plenty of other sporting activities that you can enjoy, from field sport to water sports. Some of the best areas to enjoy field sports and even play are the Stadio Olimpico and Anella Olimpica. You can also swim at the Piscina Municipal de Montjuic and skate at the Skating Club. Get to surf, boat and wind sail at some of Barcelona’s great waters at the Bogatell Beach, Playa de Somorrostro Beach and Nova Mar Bella Beach.
Barcelona boasts some high-end retail shops and malls that stock quality stuff and luxurious international brands. You can check out Diagonal Mar Centro Comercial, La Basilica Galeria and for some lovely ballerina shoes Kokua is the place to be. The biggest food market in Europe, La Boqueria, is also located here. With its numerous food stalls, crowd and fine architecture, it is really hard to miss it in the city. Another great market is the Santa Caterina Market.
4.Leisure and Recreation
For some relaxing time you can take a walk in the neighborhood of Passeig de Gracia. It is one of the most popular footpaths and roads in Barcelona. A walk in the morning while the sun rises or when it sets in the evening is always breathtaking as you will get to admire some of Gaudi’s works and the modernist architectures surrounding it. You can also relax at Parc de la Ciutadella. The Park has a lake and a zoo so you can boat around it as you enjoy the natural surroundings peacefully. For a relaxing dip in the summer Barceloneta and Sant Sebastia beaches are a few of the many best beaches in the city.
You can also tour historical museums and galleries for a taste of Spain’s rich culture. So, grab a camera and some snacks and head down to Picasso Museum and see some of his earliest works. The Museum of History of Barcelona is a must see for any historian, especially if you love the history and art surrounding the Roman ruins and other medieval landmarks. Most museums here have a free entry every Sundays after 3pm, so take advantage of the offer. Also free every first Sunday is the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. For some street art the Gothic Quarter has it all, from paintings to photographs stamped on walls and garages.
Nights in Barcelona often start at 10pm at most restaurants and bars, while clubs are often bustling with energy at around 2 Pm. So if you are one for late dinners and partying until 5 in the morning, then head down to Boadas Cocktail Bar and the Sutton Club, the dance floor is very spacious and – if other night clubbers are to be believed – they have the best DJ in the city. You can also enjoy the opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. The opera house is one of the finest in Europe and hosts some of the most renowned world performances.
This city is always busy with loads of music concerts, theatre and dance. You can visit the Palau Musica Catalana for a chance to experience the VIP treatment at some of their famous concerts. A cultural highlight of Barcelona, this place is one of the finest concert halls in the world. Other great places to enjoy some live concerts are the Gran Teatre del Liceu, L’Auditori as well as the magnificent Razzmatazz.
For the best places to stay in this city, you can check out the accommodations at Placa Catalunya, Las Ramblas and Gothic Quarter. The hotels here are close to transport, shops and best of all, they have great views of the city. However, if budget is a concern then stay away from the city center and look for accommodation at places far from it like Poble Sec or Montjuic/ Placa Espanya. Some of the hotels within and outside city limit but close to transport means are Hotel Pulitzer, Hotel Arts Barcelona and Ofelias Hotel.
Barcelona has such a beautiful terrain with breathtaking views from the hills and surrounding mountains. It is even more magical when the sun is rising early in the morning or setting later in the day. Its northern neighborhoods have several locations where you can view the city and its surroundings perfectly. The Carmel Bunkers at the top of Turo de la Rovira hill provides the perfect venue to see some of the beautiful landscapes of Barcelona. You can also go to Carretera de les Aigues which is located at the Serra de Collserola natural park. The 10 km trail is usually packed with runners, cyclist and regular wanderers, especially during the weekend.
10.Classes and Workshops
As a tourist, the main idea behind visits to new places is to learn a thing or two from the place and Barcelona has loads of stuff to learn in just a few hours, all at affordable rates. Mostly it is all about cooking or painting. So, take your time and chances at the Watercolor Painting Day Course, Barcelona Mosaic Classes and Cookiteca, a cooking class.
Whatever you choose to do, the fact remains that Barcelona will wow you!