8 Things to do in Barcelona ...


8 Things to do in Barcelona ...
8 Things to do in Barcelona ...

If you’re planning a city break to Barcelona, it can be difficult to decide what to do when you’re there because there’s simply so much happening. With the advent of cheap air travel it’s become an extremely popular weekend break destination. Easily one of the best places to visit in Europe, this city in Southern Spain has everything including fabulous Mediterranean weather. So here are 8 things to do in Barcelona that you really shouldn’t miss!

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Visit the Sagrada Familia

Visit the Sagrada Familia Photo Credit: Petra

Seeing this temple is definitely one of the best things to do in Barcelona, especially for any Gaudi fans. It’s an impressive building, as Gaudi’s intention was to build a church that could seat over 10,000 people, and it has twelve spires (symbolic of the 12 apostles) that all rise to over 100m. Take an elevator to the top and enjoy breathtaking views over the city.



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Barcelona has every shop you could possibly need: La Ribera is the home of hot boutiques selling clothing by designers like Gaultier, McQueen and Miro, but there’s a wide range of high-street shops and many stores selling vintage clothing, antiques and many other things.


Hit the Beach

Hit the Beach Photo Credit: Bea

There are plenty of things to do in Barcelona that will wear you out so why not relax and hit the beach? The city has about 5km of sandy coastline, and several nice beach areas. The Barceloneta Beach is the main hotspot but there are plenty of quieter places too. There’s even a nudist beach if you’re into that sort of thing.


See Some Art

See Some Art Photo Credit: tobym

If you’re looking for things to do in Barcelona, then you have to visit the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (the National Museum of Art). It showcases a thousand years of Catalan art and the mediaeval collection is particularly worth a look. There are plenty of other interesting places for art-lovers too, such as the Museu Picasso.


Go on Day Trips

Go on Day Trips Photo Credit: DShokur

If your trip only allows time for one day-trip, then go to Montserrat. The mountain is 40km northwest of the city, and at an altitude of almost 1000m there’s a Benedictine monastery built in 976 AD. The nearby-town Sitges is also worth a visit: it has lovely beaches and a fabulous nightlife, and is also very gay-friendly.


Enjoy the Food

Enjoy the Food Photo Credit: Gergely22

One of the best things to do in Barcelona is to eat in some of the many lovely restaurants, and the seafood and tapas are highly recommended. If it’s tapas you’re looking for, then you can hop from bar to bar sampling all of the best dishes. You won’t be disappointed if it’s a more formal meal you want, either. Most restaurants serve a mixture of local and mainstream cuisine, and the best serve only seasonal market produce.


Experience La Boqueria

Experience La Boqueria Photo Credit: peleon III

With food still on your mind – Barcelona is home to what is considered the best food market not only in Spain but on the continent. The locals say if you can’t find it at La Boqueria, you won’t find it. The market is an absolute riot of color and hive of activity. Tourists rub shoulders with locals and if you’re lucky you’ll spot some of the world’s most famous chefs fondling the produce.


Go to Tibidabo

Go to Tibidabo Photo Credit: sparklesmiledance

The sights from here are legendary and you can see Majorca on a clear day. Many people make the trip here for the wonderful Parc d’Atraccions, Barcelona’s funfair which has been thrilling the citizens for more than a century. It’s fantastic for families.

It’s not always easy to make the most of your time when you’re on a city break, but this list should help to point you towards the very best things to do in Barcelona. What would you do first?

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