Barcelona is one of the most exciting places on Earth. It is a sunny Mediterranean city with well-tended, rich greenery, palm trees and exotic flowers, at the same time, it is a modern, bustling city, a center for Spanish and international art and culture, with plenty of places to visit. It also has a colorful history and cultural heritage. If you ever visit Europe, Barcelona is a must-see.
In this article, we've collected the best places to go in Barcelona.
Walk Through the City
Metro and bus are fine, so are sightseeing trips and city guide information. However, it will be a memorable experience to walk along the streets of Barcelona. A bike is a great alternative, too; you can hire a bicycle. If you skip mass transport vehicles, you can sense the atmosphere of the place. Walk through the city must be part of your Barcelona activities.
In Barcelona, you can admire the impressive architecture, a distinctive style called modernisme; it is close to the English Arts and Crafts movement. It is a dynamic and exquisite style, with plenty of decoration; it replaced straight lines with curves. Several modernista buildings within Barcelona are the works of Antoni Gaudi, like Sagrada Familia, a large basilica; huge and ornate buildings like Casa Mila, Casa Calvet and Casa Batllo, or Palao Guell, a large mansion. Along with Gaudi, several modernista artists have created glorious buildings within Barcelona, like Lluis Domenech i Montaner, designer of Palau de Musica Catalana, a majestic concert hall, or Josep Puig i Cadafalch, creator of Casa Marti.
Barcelona is home to arts, literature, painting, architecture, performing arts and music. The city has magnificent theatres like The Gran Teatre del Liceu, a grand and sweeping place. Barcelona offers famous music festivals like Primavera Sound and Cruilla.
If you visit Barcelona, you want to see the Picasso Museum, one of the largest and richest collections of Picasso's works. Pablo Picasso was probably the most renowned painter of Cubism and Surrealism.
Fundacijó Joan Miro is one of the biggest museums of the planet, it boasts of the works of Joan Miro: more than 200 paintings, 150 sculptures and graphic artworks. Palau Robert has amazing exhibitions. Joan Prats and Galeria 3 Punts are famous galleries.
Raval, once a gritty neighborhood, is an artistic area now, much like Montparnasse in Paris or Greenwich Village in New York. Raval was a beloved setting for writers like Nobel Prize Laureate Claude Simon.
Museu d'Historia de Barcelona has several locations, each one displays the rich history of the city. There are dozens of museums in Barcelona.
Restaurants and Bars - significant part of your Barcelona activities
You can enjoy stellar restaurants, cafés, terraces and bars all over the city. Try local specialties like pintxos - tiny snacks -, empanadillas (a type of pie), seafood, tapas and vermouth. Rias de Galicia, Cachitos and Cal Pep are known for their lavish seafood. You can try Catalan cuisine at Cinc Sentits, or exotic foods at Dos Cielos. The gay center of the city is the Eixample, with bars like Plata Bar; a terrace at Axel Hotel, a dance bar Metro, and Arena for both sexes.
If you enjoy an active holiday, you can climb Montjuic, a forested mountain with incredible vistas of the city. Barcelona also has plenty of magnificent beaches like Barceloneta or Mar Bella.