12 Things to do in Barcelona

Quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life- that’s how one can sum up the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, Spain. A touch of modernity through Antony Gaudi’s perspective seen in his monumental designs and a warm and friendly set of people always ready to welcome the visitors- here’s how you can make the most out of your 3 day trip to the wonderful city.

Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history, it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it.  – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

12Barcelona Barri Gòtic

Also known as the Gothic Quarter, this is where the old town of Barcelona is situated. The streets are lined with iconic tall and old buildings characterized by narrow and hobbled lanes. This avenue is lined with the most famous and beautiful museums in its medieval district. For those who want to curb their shopping pangs, the Gòtic provides with a series of little boutiques, outlets with daily needs and chocolates o take back home! This is also the place that was home to the great artist from 1895 to 1904.

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11Museu Picasso

After visiting the Gòtic, the place that you should head on to is the Picasso Museum. Get ready to be awe-inspired by the prodigy’s collection of 4,251 artworks! The museum is extremely helpful for understanding the artist’s formative years and also his deep relationship with Barcelona through his adolescence and youth; continuing till death. You can’t give this one a miss!

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10The Nightlife

Experiencing the buzzing nightlife of Barcelona is a MUST! Here you can find some of the best clubs in the world like Opium, Shoko, Pacha and Catwalk that stay open till 6 in the morning!  So put on your dancing shoes and indulge in revelry all night long!

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9La Rambla

The most famous street of Spain, La Rambla is a place you can’t afford to not visit. The central most boulevard that cuts through the heart of the city is a vibrant and lively promenade where you get to see the action at its best. Attractions along the La Rambla are the human statues, live performances, wax museum, Erotica Museum, and Christopher Columbus Monument. For a tourist’s first visit, sitting on the Rambla with a jug of Sangria is an absolute must!

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8Parc de la Ciutadella

Movie buff? Well, the Ciutadella is like a dream come true! Decorated with amazing row boats and a larger than life fountain,  you are sure to get bewitched by its scenic beauty. A huge variety of vegetation and a zoo which is home to over 7000 animals can be a nature lover’s abode. So if you want to enjoy the romantic side of the park, you can visit the Lake, but if you are more inclined towards the flora and fauna, then you can visit the Museums of Geology & Zoology. After all, it’s great to gain a piece of knowledge!

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7The Food

You can never get disappointed with this city and when it comes to the food, it gets even better! If you’re a digger for seafood, you’ll be surprised at the variety of appetizing dishes Barcelona has got to offer. On the meatier side of things, you ought to try the Escudella- a stew made with pieces of meat, beans, potato, cabbage and pasta. If you are on the lookout for something vegetarian, Calcots are on the rescue! Barbequed and served with Romesco Sauce, these baby leeks are specific to spring and a major part of traditional parties.

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6The Beaches

Barcelona boasts of some of the best beaches in the world, including the Barcelonta Beach where you can see the sail-shaped  “W” Hotel. Not always sunny and shiny like usual beaches, you shouldn’t be surprised to be drenched in the rainy or dark overcast  skies. Sailing, swimming or simply basking in the sun are popular activities at the beach. Else you can also choose to sit back and enjoy a drink or two at the beach restaurants. Other beaches you can visit are the Icària, Mar Bella and Sitges.

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5The Game

Of course, its home to FC Barcelona and you got to check out Camp Nou where the crazy football fever is on. An experience like never before!

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4Montjuic

Aptly named, this is a hill located near the central area of Barcelona which is lined with a lot of attractions. This recreational space has experienced two of the most momentous times of Barcelona’s history- the Olympic of 1992 and the 1929 International Exhibition.

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3The Music

Anyone for concerts? Barcelona is loaded with live music venues. Razzmatazz and Apolo, to name the famous ones and also the Gran Teatre del Liceu is simply overwhelming.

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2Parc d’Atraccions del Tibidabo

A place for fun, entertainment and surprises, it’s time to take the adventure to the next level with rides for the young and the old, alike. The most endearing part of this amusement park is that you can view the whole scenic beauty of Barcelona- from mountains to oceans, thanks to its strategic location: the highest point of Barcelona. Those looking for adrenaline thrills are bound to test their nerves on the 360⁰ turns and plunges of the Hurakan. Don’t forget to check out the Haunted Castle, the Avió (the world’s first flight stimulator) and the Talaia along with its sudden leaps.

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1La Sagrada Familia

Captivating the tourist’s attraction is the renowned unfinished church, designed by Antony Gaudi which has been under construction since the 1880s to present date! A magnificent building with a lot of controversy around it, the basilica is something that always garners attention.

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You can’t say no to all those fantasies, can you?