It is difficult to choose...
It is difficult to choose something you absolutely must visit in Barcelona, because this one is a really rich city (in all of the senses ;-))
However, I think there's something you really should visit: Les Rambles and Plaça Catalunya. Maybe these two places (very near one each other: in fact, Les Rambles begins in Plaça Catalunya) are the most representative ones of the diversity of Barcelona.
In Plaça Catalunya you will find the most rich offer to the tourist: Restaurants, fast-food restaurants, cinemas, shopping centers (El Corte Inglés, Fnac and much more), games centers... everything placed around a beautiful square.
In Les Rambles, a delightful avenue where cars have left their place to people, you can find dancers, painters, human statues and much more amusements for the tourist. Also, following Les Rambles down to the sea port, you can find the Columbus statue and the Maremagnum (the most visited commercial center in Europe).
The easiest way to go there is by Metro (subway), Line 3 (green). To go to Plaça Catalunya you should stop at Catalunya station, and to go to Les Rambles you can choose three stations: Catalunya (recommended: you can visit this square and then continue with Les Rambles), Liceu (at the middle of the avenue) or Drassanes (at the end, where you'll find the Columbus statue). If you like the sea, I recommend you to visit the Olympic Ville (Metro, Line 4 (yellow), Ciutadella-Vila Olimpica). Just go there and take a walk by the sea... it's lovely.
Taking a stroll through...
Taking a stroll through Barcelona's streets on Sunday morning, we came to an out of the way square, where these wonderful gegants wellcomed us. These giants take often part of folk festivities. Aren't they handsome!
The oficial languages in Catalonia are Catalan and Castellano (Spanish).In Barcelona all people can speak both languages,but also there are many people from other parts of Spain and also Latin American that are now living here.Don't be surprised in some small villages of Barcelona or other provinces in Catalonia to find that people don't speak spanish,just catalan.
Parc de Joan Miro
This park is a massive park, a little way down from the Placa d'Espanya. It has football pitches and sporting areas, and then an elevated section with a small lake and this huge statue by the Catalan artist Joan Miro.
The sculpture is called Woman and Bird (Dona i Ocell in Catalan) and is pretty typical of Miro. This is not my favourite Miro creation. Paris has a much better one in La Defense (see my Paris pages for this). If you like Joan Miro, then his Foundation (Art Gallery in Montjuic, Barcelona is a must see).
Use Metro Tarragona.
Large and beautiful
This is a big shopping mall, with a lot of different shops, restaurants and cafés. Whatever you are looking for you can find it here!
Don't do what we did though, going there on a Sunday, slowly wandering about, thinking that "it is nice with so little people in the mall, but when does the shops open?" The problem was that they didn't ofcourse, it was a Sunday! Anything