Favorite thing: Most of the tourist spots in Barcelona are located in walking distance to La Rambla and in the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). A stroll through the narrow alleyways and along the broad avenues offers many hidden views of the city. Monumental plazas and fountains, cafes and bars invite for a short break.
Favorite thing: Barcelona is one of the most beautiful, exciting vacation destinations in all the world, and the best part about it is, no matter how long you stay there, you'll always be able to find something new to see and experience. Having lived in this city for a little over a month, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite destinations. Some are well known, while others are a bit off the beaten track. While I highly recommend these choices, my number one piece of advice for travelers to Barcelona is to seek out your own favorites to add to the list !
Finding your way about in Barcelona is not very difficult, but you should bear in mind some important references: The centre of the city is of course Pl. de Catalunya, to the south of which you can find the old town and most of the museums and other historical places of interest of the city.
The famous Rambla meanders from the Plaça de Catalunya down to the Columbus statue, just before the port. To the east of the Rambla you can find the beautiful and romantic Barri Gòtic and to the west, the Barri del Raval. From the Columbus statue you can follow Passeig Marítim (Seafront walk) to the east, past the Moll de la Fusta, and Port Vell, the colourful Barceloneta area and up to the Port Olímpic (Olympic Port). To the west, following Paral.lel you get to Plaça d'Espanya from where Montjuïc, one of the mountains of Barcelona, rises up.
The other mountain, Tibidabo, marks the northern limit of the city. The popular Av. Diagonal is another important landmark, since it runs diagonally across the whole city.
Between Diagonal and Pl. Catalunya is most of the 'Eixample' area ('expansion' in English), which arose from the famous 'Pla Cerdà' (Cerdà's city plan), aimed at joining the old town with the nearby villages, which are now part of Barcelona. These villages, such as Gràcia, Les Corts, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, etc. have remained untouched over the years and have kept most of their own historic and cultural identity. L' Eixample, with its square blocks of houses forming a grid pattern, has as its main boulevard the Passeig de Gràcia, where you will find the famous 'Pedrera' of Gaudi.
Other important landmarks are: Sagrada Família, Parc de la Ciutadella, Barri de la Ribera and L'Illa Diagonal.
Favorite thing: (photo:La Rambla) Just walk in the streets and look around, and admire the fantastic architectural reminiscences!Barcelona is famous for it's art.Just some artist :Picasso, Miró and Gaudi certainly.I advise the same as the books:The Old City, La Rambla, the seafront, Montjuíc,Güell Park.
take time out to discover as many of the wonderful neighbourhoods as possible. to an outsider everywhere in barcelona can be magical, it does have a pretty unique feel.
one amazing neighbourhood where many people spend an absolute lifetime is called gracia, it's just above the centre of town and is very much its own community with loads of great eating spots, bars and the excellent pair of verdi cinemas which also show great movies with the english soundtrack intact!
placa del sol at the centre of gracia has a great concentration of bars and gets really lively at the weekends, especially bar mond, centre of barcelona's pop phenomenon!
the gracia authorities are trying to quieten the place down about so outdoor drinking and eating may fade out soon which is a shame.
Fondest memory: my favourite thing about barcelona is spending all night having a laugh and then staying up to enjoy the sunshine the day after. sitting on a beach after my first sonar stands out in particular.
this photo shows how beautiful barcelonan sunsets can be too - taken from the barcelonetta end - great part of twon for little cafes and just wandering around chaotic streets.
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).
Fondest memory: 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.
When visiting Barcelona you should take your time! It's not possible to 'do' the cituy in two or three days, you better take at least one week to explore all that this city has to offer. I myself have been there so many times now, and each time i find out that there are still interesting things to discover!
The city has several intersting areas that you can visit: of course there's first the barri gotic: the old town with its small, dark little alleys, its historical buildings like the Carhedral and its beutifull placas like Placa Reial. Secondly there is the Eixamle ('extension.' It's the part of the city build during the Modernité, at the end of the 19 th. century and beginning of the 20 th. century, wich is build under influence of the city's great Modernité architects like Gaudi)In this area you can find Gaudi's famous houses like La Pedrera and of course the hughe, almost surrealistic Sagrada Familia. Third, there are two hills that you must Visit: the monthuic and the parc Güell. At the Montjuic you can find many interesting things: there's an old castle, there's a 'poble espanyol' (a little village with buildings that are exact copys of all kinds of spanisch typical architecture), you can find the Palau National at this hill, and last but not least, the estadi Olympic. The parc Güell, located on the other side of the city, is like an open air museum, containing a great deal of Gaudi's architecture style: beautifull, colourfull stutues, buildings and recreation facilities. It also gives you a magnificant view over the city of Barcelona! But there's still more to see: Near the harbour you find Barceloneta with its lovely little restaurants and pubs (where you can have tastefull 'tapas'), and the harbourdistrict offers a lot of nightlife possibilties (there are disco's and bars lying in the harbour) Near Barceloneta you can also find the Parc de Cuitadella (wich was once build for the Expo: there is f.e. a museu de Zoologia and art modern, and a zoo) and the olympic village (from the games of 1992). And, finaly you can visit the Tibidabo hill, which has a funny amusement parc at some 1000 meters above the city!
Fondest memory: There are so many great memmories of the city. The best thing to do is, when you have visited all the important sights, just to relax and hang around on one of the many placa's the city has, like f.e. the placa Reial or the placa Catalunya. Sitting there on the grass of the place Catalunya near the fontain, meeting other people there, having a drink and playing guitar, that was allright! Nowadays, though, the place Reial and Catalunya have changed a bit: there are some negative characters hanging around there, annoying others with their drugsdealing. That's a pity, but the police is starting to do something agaisnt it, so that the good atmosphere is going to return!
From all things I have visited, the most interesting one was the parc Güell. It is interesting for it's originality and for it's location: you enter the parc at a placa called 'Lesseps' and then you clim up the hill, by stairs, so that you finaly get on the top of the hill, where there's a cross, and from that point you have a splendid view over the city, while you yourself are in the middle of nature, mediteranean forrests, and the smell of Eucalyptus; a very pleasant sensation.
The harbour is really pituresque with bars and cafés. And: don´t miss the Ramblas as every travelbook will tell you. Actually, I thought this shopping mall to be a lot bigger but it´s amazing anyway since the atmosphere is great.
here´s a good site to get a overwiev of what to do and where to go in Barcelona:
Barcelona is a city with charming streets, busy with people and full of life. There is nowhere better to make Barcelona's acquaintance than La Rambla, the bustling avenue, famous for the vivid colours of its flower stalls.
Barcelona is the city of marvels. The old town, comprising the Gothic Quarter, the Ribera and Raval districts, and famed for its historical monuments, narrow streets and bohemian atmosphere, is a perfect place for a stroll. A wander through the maze of streets is essential in order to understand the different periods in the history of Barcelona and to admire its finest monuments: traces of the Roman wall glimpsed between well-preserved Gothic buildings, the remains of the Jewish Quarter, witnesses to the industrial expansion of the 19th century and the design of the 20th. Musicians in the medieval streets provide the ideal accompaniment.
The city also has the biggest selection of modernist architecture: a genuine open-air museum. Most of the buildings, built in this unique style, are in the Eixample, a district planned in 1860 by the engineer Ildefons Cerdà which constitutes a unique model of European urban planning. The Sagrada Família, the Casa Batlló, the Casa Amatller and the Casa Milà are some examples of this.
Barcelona is the only European capital with over four kilometres of beaches where you can enjoy the most modern amenities, the beaches are not far form Barcelona's historical and cultural landmarks, and they have opened up our modern and cosmopolitan city to the sea.
Today, the Olympic Harbour and the old port, the Port Vell, are some of the main meeting places, with many bars, restaurants, shops and recreational areas.
Barcelona is, without a doubt, a city of marvels: on foot, by bicycle or bus, it is a magnificent spectacle which you should not miss.
Fondest memory: If you estais in barcelona the obligatory excursions that to go they are the following ones:
-Gran Teatre del Liceu.
The Gran Teatre del Liceu returns in a venue rebuilt with great artistic and technological quality. It has a stage which makes it possible to present two or three works in repertory, it improves to the maximum the view of the stage from all seats, and also increases the overall acoustic level.
Building work began at the end of the 13th century and ended six centuries later. The oldest part of the cathedral is the doorway of Sant Iu; the façade, which was completed in 1890.
-La Rambla - Drassanes.
La Rambla is a lively and entertaining spectacle, justly renowned throughout the world. It begins at the Pl. Catalunya and continues down towards the Mirador de Colón, Columbus Monument, in the harbour, past long-established shops, cafés, the Palau de la Virreina, the Boqueria (the best market in the city), the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Pl. Reial and the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica.
The Columbus Monument is located at the bottom of La Rambla, by the sea. This major landmark was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition and commemorates the discovery of America.
Montjuïc was claimed by the city on the occasion of the 1929 International Exposition, when the mountain was developed and trade fair halls and sports installations were constructed as well as the parks and gardens which are to be found all over the mountain. Today it is the most important recreational area in Barcelona.
-Parc de la Ciutadella
On the edge of the Ribera district is the Parc de la Ciutadella, built on the site of the old military fortification from which it gets its name. Some of the old buildings from the fort are still in existence today, such as the chapel, the Governor's Palace and the arsenal, today seat of the Parliament of Catalonia, and the Museu d´Art Modern.
-Casas Lleó-Morera, Amatller y Batlló
Lluís Domènech i Montaner, architect.
Josep Puig i Cadafalch, architect
Antoni Gaudí, architect.
The Sagrada Família temple is Gaudí’s most emblematic work, the greatest exponent of his genius, and a symbol of Barcelona all over the world.
This is the work of the greatest scope in terms of size which Gaudí realized in Barcelona. It covers an area of 20 hectares, and the initial aim was to make it a garden-city in the English style (the reason why it was called a park).
Tibidabo is the highest point of the Serra de Collserola hills, an extensive woodland area that has been converted into a metropolitan park 500 metres above sea level. There is an excellent panoramic view of the city from the top.
Take a coach tour of the city
Visit the Neu Camp, Barcelona FC's famous ground - massive stadium, informative museum and lovely gift shop - fantastic for those little gifts for the football fanatics in the family
Fondest memory: The breathtaking views you can get from the mountain area near the Olympic stadium
1. climb to Parc Guell
2. Visit Sagrada Familia
3. The Picasso Museum
4. Stroll the Ramblas
5. Visit Nou Camp ... Go BLAUGRANA
6. visit the waterfront
heck there is just tooooo much to see
Fondest memory: visiting Nou Camp, sorry I am a futbol fan
You must see , The'Barrio Gotico' with the catedral...
Apart the Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell and the museums Picasso,Miro museum and MACBA contemporary art museum.
Fondest memory: Oh! I think i miss the nice Cafe con leche(coffe with milk) and jamon del pais con pan y tomate!
If you go to Barcelona, you must see the fountains in the middle of the city in the evening. Yhey are fantastic, yet can be extremely packed. Warning: do not buy any of the 'glow in the dark' or flouresent hoops as they dont work the next day.
Try and have a meal at the 'Hard Rock Caf'e', its a great experience.
Also check out the Gardens and the Harbour. The view there is spectacular.
You must also see the famous 'church' which is still not completed.
Barcelona is a very clen and tidy city with very wide streets and lots of 'plane-bark' trees lining the pavements. Some of Barcelonas architectre is amazing too!. Barcelona is very busy and hot.
Fondest memory: Just the whole city its great! Yet you can see most of the city in just three to four days!
Barcelona is recorded as a grimy, pinched city full of the smell of drains and casual cruelty.'
The epic of the Spanish Civil War is known worldwide; more present in the collective memory of Barcelona, though, is the long posguerra or post-war period, which lasted nearly two decades after 1939. The Barcelona of these years is best recorded in the novels of Juan Marsé, a grimy, pinched city full of the smell of drains and casual cruelty, in which any high idealistic expectations had given way to a fatalistic concern for getting by from one day to the next.
Barcelona was impoverished, and would not regain its standard of living of 1936 until the mid-1950s; food and electricity were rationed. Nevertheless, migrants in flight from the still more brutal poverty of the south flowed into the city, occupying precarious shanty towns around Montjuïc and other areas in the outskirts.
Reconstruction of the nearly 2,000 buildings destroyed by bombing was slow, for the regime built little during its first few years in power other than monumental showpieces and the vulgarly ornate basilica on top of Tibidabo, completed to expiate Barcelona's 'sinful' role during the war.
Some underground political movements were able to operate. Anarchist urban guerrillas such as the Sabaté brothers attempted to carry on armed resistance, and March 1951 saw the last gasp of the pre-war labour movement in a general tram strike, the only major strike during the harshest years of the regime. It was fiercely repressed, but also achieved some of its goals. Clandestine Catalanist groups undertook small acts of resistance and rebellion - underground publications, secret theatre performances.
Some Catalan high culture was tolerated: the poet Salvador Espriu promoted a certain resurgence of Catalan literature, and the young Antoni Tàpies held his first solo exhibition in 1949.
Appreciate the modernistas! All of them, especially Gaudi. Visit the Picasso museum, so you can see that he COULD paint in any style, but chose to invent a new one(co-founded cubism with Braque) Stroll the Ramblas from end to end, both by day and by night.
Do not fail to visit the Boquería market for a sensory overload on food! Eat octopus salad!
Fondest memory: Getting drenched in a downpour on the Ramblas at night...crying my eyes out in the museum part of Sagrada Familia as I saw what the place is really about...being there with Sarah in '89 and NOT staying at the pension next door to the 'New York Sex Club'
The guard with the sidearm at McDonald's saying that Americans are 'too trusting' and leave their purses in reach of thieves(OK, so I wanted a cup of 'regular' coffee!)See my Barcelona travelogue for more pix!