When it comes to Spain many people wrongly believe that Barcelona is the capital of Spain, this title instead belongs to Madrid but as Barcelona is such a stunning, lively city we can see why many people expect it to be the capital. Barcelona is located on the northeastern coast of Spain; it is the second most populated city in Spain and is the biggest and most populated city in Catalonia. In the city, there are almost 2 million residents and in the whole Barcelona City region, there are almost 5 million people living there. It’s an extremely popular tourist destination as often people must decide between a busy city break and a relaxing beach holiday, but Barcelona offers the best of both. You can spend some of your days relaxing on the beautiful beach, there are plenty of water sports and your usual beach holiday activities to take part in, but if you get bored of the beach too easily then there is all the action of a city break just a short drive away. There is so much to do and see in Barcelona that it has been difficult to narrow it down and choose 7 things to include here, but we’ve found the things that seem most fun and are most popular for you to try whilst you’re in Barcelona.
Spending the day sightseeing is a must whenever you visit any new city, whilst there will be specific things that you want to visit or take part in, we’ve found that the best way to spend your first day in a new city is a bit of exploring. If you’re nervous when it comes to traveling and are concerned about your safety wandering around a new city then there are free walking tours that are offered every day in Barcelona that you can join to get a feel for the city. If you want to explore by yourself there are also plenty of ways to do this too, you can go for a walk and just let yourself get lost, you can also go running around the city, this has become a popular tour but you can do this on your own too. If you have a driving license then using motorcycles has become a popular way to explore Barcelona, if you only have a provisional license then you can instead use a scooter, if you’re wanting to do this then we suggest you read this list of tips when exploring Barcelona by scooter from riderly to ensure you have the best experience that you can.
Park Guell is one of the most popular places to visit in Barcelona, it is one of their highest-rated attractions. It was originally meant to be used for housing for the rich, once this plan fell through it was instead designed to be a park. It has a very iconic colorful design that is a great place to get your aesthetic holiday photos. Surrounding the iconic part is a big, beautiful park which is the perfect place to go for a nice walk in nature. People on average spend 2 hours to a full day here, it’s up to you where you fit into this.
The Gothic Quarter is another popular place to visit in Barcelona, it is a very old place and the streets give off very medieval vibes. However, the Gothic Quarter is filled with trendy bars and cute restaurants so it’s the perfect place to spend a day and explore some of the places the locals would eat and drink. If you were a fan of Park Guell, then whilst you’re in the Gothic Quarter you’ll also be able to see the very first piece of art created by the man who designed Park Guell.
If you’ve heard of Barcelona then it is safe to assume that you’ll also have heard of Las Ramblas. It is the most famous street and is located right in the center of Barcelona, it isn’t particularly long, a little of 1km but it is one of the busiest places in Barcelona. This street is always bustling and you’ll be able to see and get photos with many performers, including human statues.
La Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is the most famous building in Barcelona and potentially even in all of Spain. It is a stunning building, you don’t have to be an architect to see this building and appreciate how complex and beautiful the design is. This building is so famous as construction was started on the project back in 1882, it was thought to be completed by 1930 but even now in 2021, it is still an ongoing project. The new estimated finish date is sometime in 2026, this is one of the longest ongoing constructions in history.
Barcelona Cathedral is another stunning building in Barcelona that has to be on your to-do list when you visit. Whilst the history is not as interesting as the Sagrada Familia, it is still another beautifully designed building and an iconic part of the city.
After all the walking and sightseeing you’ll likely want some time to chill, the perfect place to do this is Barcelona beach. Whenever you’re getting tired you can nip over here, grab an ice cream and enjoy the sunshine.
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