go to Las Ramblas, a street...
go to Las Ramblas, a street full of shops and outdoor cafes. Also, if weather permitting - walk to the coast and check out the beach. See La Sagrad Familia - a gothic church designed by Gaudi over a century ago which has become a symbol of Barcelona. taking a sky bucket to the coast line. I have a fear of heights... but I went anyway and forced myself to overcome the fear. I kept my eyes open and event took pictures.
At the heart of the old town lies the Barrio Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), centered around the Catedral and Plaça Sant Jaume. This plaza, once the power center of Catalonia's kings, is still the site of city hall and the administrative buildings of the government of Catalonia.
Not a cultural tip, and it may...
Not a cultural tip, and it may sound obvious, but get a guide map if you can. You can walk to a lot of tourist places by foot in Barcelona, but a map is necessary. A guide map will also show you the nearest Metro stops to the tourist places.
Barcelona by night.
Why not discover BCN at night by bike ?? Something different for a change.
Meeting point is Passeig Maritim, it takes you along all the popular places for about 2 hours. For only 18euro/person, bike, guide and aperitife inlcluded.
Barcelona's Farmer's Market
I had heard about this Mercat (market) but I had no idea until I stumbled across it during an early morning walk how magnificent it is. This is the ultimate farmer's market of all farmer's markets. I had never seen anything remotely like this in the US. The Mercat has stand after stand of various food items with the most beautiful displays. Fruit, vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, shellfish, nuts, dried fruits, candy, tapas, mushrooms, nuts, spices, breads, cheeses. As an amateur cook, I was in heaven. It is held every day, I believe. Go early - before lunch is best. The stands start closing down in the afternoon, some earlier than others.