As capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, it’s no wonder Barcelona is up there on the list of the best cities to visit. It makes for a perfect city break and with so much to see and do, you will be entertained every second of every day. Here’s my top 10 things to see and do in BCN.
1. Marvel at the city’s award-winning architecture
Not many European cities can boast that it’s won an award for its architecture, but Barcelona can. And it’s all thanks to the famous architect, Antoni Gaudí. Check out some of his best colourful work at Parc Güell, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera.
2. People watch
Who doesn’t love to people watch?! And what better place to do it than in a city full of beautiful people. Head to Plaça de Catalunya, the central transport hub and the start of La Rambla, and take in the sights and sounds of locals and tourists.
3. Foodie heaven
Spain – and Catalonia especially – is known for its delicious tapas. Whether you’re a meat lover, fish fiend, or pro-veggies, Barcelona’s thriving tapas scene means there’s something for everyone. Some of my favourite spots are Can Paixano, Blai 9 and Pincho J.
4. Go to new heights
Get up above the city for a new perspective with a ride in the cable car from Port Vell to Montjuic fountain.
5. Best of both
Barcelona not only makes a vibrant city break but a great beach break too! Soak up the sun on the sandy beachfront and cool off with a dip in the Mediterranean.
6. Go to an FC Barcelona match
Even if you’re not a football fan – or soccer, depending on where you are in the world – it really is a sin to go to Barcelona and not see FC Barcelona play. The atmosphere in the stadium, which can hold just under 100,00 fans, is electric for the entire 90 minutes. And since you can get tickets for as little as €9, it won’t break the bank.
7. Go Gothic
Wander narrow cobblestone alleyways and explore hidden corners in BCN’s Gothic Quarter, where medieval statues take you back in time in the heart of the old city.
8. Shop til you drop
Home to some of the world’s best high street brands including Zara and Mango, Barcelona’s shopping district has something for everyone. Head to Passeig de Gracia and the streets just south of it for these as well as designer brands like Chanel to spend your €€€’s at.
9. Explore Basilica Santa Maria del Mar
Located in the La Ribera neighbourhood of BCN, the Basilica is one of the best pieces of Catalan Gothic architecture. Think massive stones dating from 1329 and towering ceilings.
10. Market madness
Get up early and check out the Mercado de la Boqueria, a huge market selling freshly-caught seafood, locally-grown fruit and veggies, olives and hot foods and classic Spanish jamón (ham).