5 Reasons to Visit Barcelona
When you think of Barcelona, what do you think of? Do you think of Flamenco dancing and amazing food? If that’s all you think of, then you don’t know half the story. Barcelona is the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia, standing out from the rest of Spain with an amazing culture and pride of its own. Visit places with amazing architecture and take sightseeing to a completely new level in Barcelona.
Here are our top five reasons why you need to visit the beautiful Barcelona on your next adventure.
1. Sightseeing in Barcelona: The Architecture
An obvious reason to start with, but Antoni Gaudi is the renowned Spanish architect that is responsible for setting the landscape of Barcelona apart from any other city in the world! Spend your days touring the La Padera, photographing the iconic balconies of Casa Batlló, stroll around his former residence at Parc Guell, then feast your eyes on the breathtaking Sagrada Familia! This magnificent building is still not completed, and won’t be until 2026, the completion of the building will mark 100 years since Gaudi’s death. You cannot go sightseeing in Barcelona and not visit this beautiful building, as it’s rich in religious symbolism, intertwined with themes of nature and unusual geometric forms. It’s one of the most visually arresting monuments you’ll find in Europe. I think it’s safe to say that you will not be short for places to visit with amazing architecture in Barcelona.
The foodie scene in Barcelona is creative and eclectic, fusing Catalan and Spanish traditions with global techniques and flavours. If you’re looking for some of the best places to find true Spanish cuisine in Barcelona, there are few food markets in the world quite like the Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas. This 19th-century building was originally designed to contain mainly meat and fish stalls. Today, shoppers can find everything from exotic fruit to rare spices under its covers. Visit Barcelona for the foodie scene alone, and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
3. For a Beach Holiday and City Break All in One!
It’s true what they say, Barcelona really does offer the best of both worlds. How many places can you visit in Europe and have the culture and vibrancy of a city break with the fun and relaxation of a beach holiday? Thanks to its location right on the Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona is a place where visitors can do typical city break activities and then spend the following day with a visit to the beach. Hire a boat for the day and visit Costa Brava and still be back in time for dinner! Visit Barcelona and make the most of the beautiful beach and city experience.
4. Sightseeing in Barcelona: Tibidabo
Recognise Tibidabo from Joey’s Western Europe backpacking story in Friends? This is hands down, one of the best places to visit in Barcelona. The hill is high up in the clouds, allowing you to overlook Barcelona and see the city from a completely different perspective. When turning left and right, you’ll experience picturesque views of the coastline that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see, serving as a more unique and independent way to take all of Barcelona in! Find an amusement park and stunning church found at the top of the hill, you’ve also got a bit of extra motivation to reach the summit. Tibidabo takes sightseeing in Barcelona to a whole new level.
5. Places to Visit: FC Barcelona, Camp Nou
While you’re in Barcelona doing some sightseeing, make sure you leave enough time to visit Camp Nou, home to the famous Barcelona Football Club. You can take a tour through the stadium and museum to relive some of the most iconic moments in the football clubs history. See all the club’s trophies, memorabilia, and original football shirts. Not only is this place home to one of the world’s most famous football teams, but Camp Nou is also the largest stadium in Europe with a capacity of just under 100,000.
Have we convinced you? There are many reasons why you should visit the magnificent city of Barcelona, and hopefully, our top five are enough to get you booking a trip there.
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