With a rich cultural heritage, rocking nightlife, scenic beaches, lip-smacking cuisine, and varied historical sites and monuments, it has all the elements to make it a perfect holiday destination.
Experience the true flavor of this Spanish city and all it has to offer, by setting forth on your travel escapade as a local. Here's more about the fascinating local attractions of this city:
La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona, but in actually consists of 5 boulevards joined to make one long promenade.
Barcelona is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most popular among them is The Basilica of La Sagrada Familia, an incomplete masterpiece by the world-renowned architect Antoni Gaudi. The construction of this church started in 1882, but was stopped post Gaudi's death. It was resumed later and continues even to this day!
Other must-visit sites include the National Art Museum of Catalonia (for a display of excellent Romanesque church paintings), modernist buildings like Casa Mila and Casa Batllo (with designs that impress every onlooker) and the Museu Picasso (that houses extensive artwork collections by the celebrated Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso).
Smart Traveler Tip: If you are visiting The Basilica of La Sagrada Familia, reach there before 9 a.m., which is their opening time, to avoid huge crowds that may come in later during the day.
Due to its proximity to the Mediterranean, Barcelona enjoys a great infusion of culinary culture. Cuisines specializing in seafood are a highlight in Catalan traditions. Try the mouth-watering food items like Tapas in the Els Pescadors restaurants. If you have a confused food palate, take a guided food tour. It will save you the crowded tourist spots and you could take your pick from the local authentic eateries. Yummy!
Fun and frolic can be a mantra for this city. Enjoy soul-stirring performances at the famous Tablao Flamenco Cordobes show. Groove to the music and party like never before at local clubs like Sala Apolo and Sala Razzmatazz. Take a long walk on the street of La Rambla, which is almost 1 km long. You can watch amazing street performers or shop away in the indoor market of Mercat de la Boqueria, or the Els Encants flea market which is unabashedly touristy but a popular local hub.
Sightseeing and Tourism
At a happening place like Barcelona, it is unlikely to get bored. The hustling bustling spirit of this city keeps you rejuvenated at all times. Among beaches, Barceloneta, Bogatell and Nova Icaria are local favorites. Spend some quality family bonding time at the The Magic Fountain of Montjuic that comprises of electrifying light and music fountain shows. Relax and listen to your favorite songs, read a book in Montjuic Park or the beautiful Green Heart of Barcelona. Park Guell is another artistic venture of Antoni Gaudi that will leave you spellbound. If you are a football fanatic, visit the Camp Nou, a stadium that is home to one of the famous clubs in the world, FC Barcelona.
The E-bike facilityallows you a 2.5-hour bike tour around the city. It is available on rental basis.
Get set to be mesmerized by the larger than life experience that Barcelona offers. Books your tickets and plan well in advance!