Daydreaming of where you want to go next? Getting ready to pack your bags for your next trip to Barcelona? If so, let us help you plan your next great adventure around the world. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is an eclectic city full of sounds, flavors, scents, shows, events, and above all, some of the most impressive architecture you’ve ever seen.
All you have to do is walk through the streets to discover something beautiful — whether it’s a new dish or a new building with art nouveau details. With its incredible culture, Barcelona has yet to have a visitor who didn’t fall in love with the city.
Some attribute the tourism boom in Barcelona to the cultural variety that’s been sustained throughout the city’s 4000 years of existence. Some say that it’s because of the wonderful streets and avenues. But as these 10 activities to put on your to-do list will show you, the reality of Barcelona is much more spectacular.
Designed by famous local architect Antoni Gaudí and financed by entrepreneur Eusebi Güell between 1900 and 1926, this beautiful public park integrates nature with beautiful art nouveau details in its design.
During its construction, the park was designed to show a type of architectural futurism with multiple details that paid tribute to Catalan and Greek culture. One only needs to walk up and down its stairs and into its pavilions to experience the Greek influence that Gaudí and Güell designed to be a tribute to the Temple of Apollo in Delphi.
The Sagrada Familia temple is considered to be Antoni Gaudí’s magnum opus and is one of the finest examples of art nouveau architecture.
Every detail here is designed for maximal architectural and stylistic impact to achieve a perfect balance between form and function that can’t be found in any other building of its time. Interestingly enough, it’s been under construction since 1882.
The Barcelona Aquarium
Located on the San Sebastian Beach, this famous aquarium offers world-class experiences that everyone will enjoy. Here, you can swim with the sharks, take informative classes, enjoy temporary exhibitions of exotic species, see taxidermies of extinct species, and host birthday parties with the best that the sea has to offer.
Milà “La Pedrera” House:
This beautiful building was also designed by Gaudí for the influential Milà family at the turn of the century.
Despite the fact that the place is actually a sculpture that functions as a building, it has been the headquarters of multiple important cultural events in Barcelona. Choose a guided tour, and you’ll get access to even more information about the history and interpretation of this peculiar place.
Visit the Montserrat Monastery
Dozens of legends are hidden in the walls of this Benedictine abbey. Located on the Monserrat Mountain in the Barcelona Province, this Monastery has been converted into an icon of the region and a pilgrimage destination for believers and tourists alike. Immerse yourself between the walls and discover traces of the Renaissance, Gothic and Romantic architecture. The Monastery is an excellent place to visit if you like to let your imagination run wild.
If you’re looking for the perfect balance between tourism, culture, and the Barcelona spirit, take a day to discover the Ciutat Vella (Old City) neighborhood. Among other places, you’ll find tons of places to visit, including:
- The Liceo Great Theater
- The Catalan Music Palace
- The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)
- The Santa Mónica Art Center
- The Barceloneta Beach
- The Generalitat (Catalan Government) Palace
- The Barcelona City House
- The Barcelona Picasso Museum
- A Christopher Columbus Monument
- Barcelona Port
- The Barcelona Zoo
Museo Picasso de Barcelona
The Picasso Museum opened its doors to the public in 1963 and is located in the Ciutat Vella. It currently has over 4,249 Picasso paintings in multiple formats that range from painting to sculpture. What’s interesting about this museum is that it expands to encompass five huge palaces in the Montacada Street in Barcelona, each with different facades and works from the painter.
If you’re looking for glamour and high class exuberance in Barcelona, this neighborhood in the Ensanche district is for you. Here, you can witness the huge houses and luxury stores as well as the city’s most prestigious hotels including the Hotel Palace, El Gran Hotel Majestic, and the Mandarín Oriental.
The San Sebastián Beaches
Located just yards away from the Sant Miquel Beach, the Sant Sebastia beach is the perfect place to swim an relax. Just keep in mind that this beach and the Mar Bella Beach have nudist areas. If you’ve relaxed on the beach enough, you can take the local cable cars up to the Montjuïc Mountain from the San Sebastián Tower.
The Museum of Catalan Art
This museum, also referred to as the MNAC, is the number one artistic attraction in the city. Opened to the public in 1990, the combination of collections of the past that were housed in the old Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Catalan Art now offers an extensive collection of Gothic and Romantic masterpieces and the only numismatic collection in the world as well as exhibitions dedicated to photography, poetry, and engravings. The main building is located in the National Palace in the Montjuïc Mountain, so we recommend that you visit the museum after going to San Sebastián.
Are you daydreaming about the streets and beaches in Barcelona? No matter what, our list of 10 activities to put on your to-do list when you go to Barcelona will help you fill your days discovering everything that this city has to offer, though we should warn you that you once you go, you might not want to come back.
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