If playing hard is what you like to do, then Barcelona will not disappoint you. This eclectic city; the second largest in Spain and a major economic center, has something for everyone. Its privileged location in the Mediterranean coast, between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besos, make it one of Europe’s principal Mediterranean ports and a preferred tourist destination.
Once you step on it, Barcelona will embrace you. Its magic spreads from the sea to the mountains and its unique blend of culture, history and modernity, make it one of the most visited cities in the planet. Museums, theaters and art galleries of impressive high standard enchant even the most experienced travelers.
Las Ramblas: The Emotional Hub of Barcelona
If you are ready for a discharge of emotions, head to Las Ramblas. This three-lined walkway is popular among tourists and locals alike and it is divided in different sections: Rambla Canaletes, Rambla Dels Ocells, Rambla de Sant Josep and Rambla Caputxins. Street performers, statues, flower stands, book kiosks, and market stalls attract pedestrians that are always strolling around.
Other Points of Interest at Las Ramblas
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Monument a Colon
Barri Gotic: The Medieval Gothic Buildings
If you are looking for some history, head to the Barri Gotic. Located only a few blocks away from Las Ramblas, the Barri Gotic is home to a beautiful concentration of Medieval Gothic buildings dating from the 14th to the 15th century. It is the nucleus of Old Barcelona and features such buildings as the Catedral as well as pleny of cafes and bars to spend a relaxing afternoon.
Other Points of Interest at Barri Gotic
Palau de la Generalitat
Plaça de Sant Jaume
Plaça Catalunia: Where all Roads Start
Considered the center of the city, Plaça Catalunia is a large square in Barcelona, where the most important streets and avenues of the city meet. Tourists like this Plaça due to its fountains and statues and because it is a central location to everything in the city, making an excellent meeting point.
La Sagrada Familia: A Symbol of the City
Even if you are not a religious person, or are not into architecture, don’t miss La Sagrada Familia. This unfinished temple is one of Gaudi’s most famous works in Barcelona and also a symbol of the city. Construction of this temple started in 1882 and it is expected to continue from 30 to 80 years more.
The Picasso Museum and Other Museums: Barcelona’s Cultural Heritage
If you feel like visiting a museum, Barcelona has a lot to offer. The Picasso Museum contains an important collection of works from the early years of Pablo Picasso while the Museum of Modern Art offers paintings and sculptures from the Romantic Period. The City’s History Museum takes visitors on a voyage through Barcelona’s heritage while the Gaudi’s House-Museum features Gaudi’s work and memorabilia.
This hill that overlooks the city center is ideal for those who love art galleries and parks. With a unique atmosphere Montjuic is home to the main group of 1992 Olympic sites, a magical font or Font Magica which comes alive with a lights and music show during summer, the Spanish Village and the Museau Nacional d’Art among other things.
Barcelona Famous Events
Sónar by Day
Sónar by Night
Primavera Sound Festival
Barcelona Restaurants: Our Picks
Check out accommodations in Barcelona