The city really does has everything; whittling down what to do in Barcelona will be your biggest challenge. From the breathtaking modernist architect... Read More
The city really does has everything; whittling down what to do in Barcelona will be your biggest challenge. From the breathtaking modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, to the art museums displaying works by the likes of Picasso, Dalí, and Miró, culture buffs will never get bored. Add the food markets, the unforgettable gastronomic experiences, the world’s best soccer club, and the vast, sprawling city beaches, and you can be sure there’ll be plenty to keep everyone happy in Barcelona.
At the center of Barcelona’s old city lies the Gothic Quarter, a maze of narrow medieval streets packed with intriguing shops and cafés surrounding the Cathedral de la Seu, which is composed of Roman ruins and Gothic structures. Architecture buffs can’t miss Antoni Gaudí’s modernist structures, like Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Park Güell, and his masterpiece, the still-unfinished Sagrada Familia. A walk down La Rambla is an unparalleled way to absorb the city’s energy. This tree-lined pedestrian street starts near Plaça de Catalunya and ends at Rambla de Mar, by the water. Find newsstands, souvenir kiosks, street performers and sidewalk cafés along La Rambla, and stop at La Boquería, a magnificent food market, for a bite to eat. Head to Plaça d’Espanya, a grand square built the 1929 International Exhibition, to be welcomed by the Venetian Towers. Nearby, the Font Mágica de Montjuïc provides a beautiful spectacle of dancing fountains, lights and music in the evenings with the Palau Nacional in the background. For soccer fans, taking a tour of Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC, is a must.