What to See during your Barcelona holidays 2017 in Spain During your First Visit? Travelers often run out of time while visiting a place. They have to either catch a flight to the next destination or go back to their hometowns. However, if you aren’t able to visit all the must-see places in a city then it can be pretty disappointing. Going to to the most awe-inspiring places is a must. Especially, if you are in a vibrant and happening city like Barcelona. Thus without bothering yourself with what to see in Barcelona Spain during your first visit, simply refer to our list below. We have tried to include some of the most popular tourist attractions or places to visit to the great Barcelona.
Here is our exhaustive list that tells you what to see in your Barcelona holidays, Spain:
La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia is still an unfinished church designed by Antoni Gaudi. It draws the highest number of visitors every year during the summer holidays. Tourists from all over the world have this must-see tourist attraction in their itinerary. La Sagrada Familia has a unique construction style that makes it immensely attractive to visitors and this is why over 3 million visitors pay a visit to this unique church.
During the peak season people have to wait more than an hour to get inside the church; so it’s better to buy your tickets online to avoid the rush. Every ticket bought by the visitors doubles up as a donation towards finishing the construction of the church. Since the church’s construction is privately funded, it’s been over a century yet the church remains incomplete. The foundation stone for the church was laid in the year 1882 and during that the time Barcelona wasn’t crowded. You can visit the church and have a look at the intricate design of interiors. You are bound to appreciate the work of the extremely genious architect Antoni Gaudi.
La Sagrada Familia is fully open for the public since 2012 and till date only 75% of the construction work is completed. Basically, the entire construction of this amazing structure will get complete by 2026, which would also mark Antonio Gaudi’s 100th death anniversary. It’s been 144 years yet this magnificent structure doesn’t fail to charm people from all over the world. You can either take the bus tour or the metro to visit the La Sagrada Familia. You need to spend at least an hour or two so as to visit the interiors as well as exteriors of the church.
Magic Fountain show
The Font Mágica Fountain or simply The Magic Fountain attracts over 2.5 million visitors from across the globe. You might have seen thousands of fountains during your visits to various places but none can match the charm and beauty exuded by The Magic Fountain. The incredible mix of light, water and music will simply leave an indelible imprint on your mind.
Built in the year 1929, The Magic Fountain is one of the primary attractions during the Barcelona holidays World Fair. During the winter, light and water shows at the fountain are held every Friday and Saturday during the winter and from Thursday to Sunday during the summers. Great news is that the show at this fountain is free for all. You can take the metro station to Espanya to visit the Magic Fountain.
Art aficionados from across the globe come to visit the famous Picasso Museum, which is originally the house of the great artist Pablo Picasso. They lived in this house from 1895 to 1904 when Picasso’s father used to work as the art teacher. While staying in Malaga, Picasso already showed his leaning towards art; however, it was in Barcelona that he spent his formative years. Struggling as a painter, Picasso spent his early days in Barcelona and always considered to be part of this great city.
Even though majority of his paintings haven’t been kept in Barcelona but still you can have a look at the amazing collection of four thousand canvases and artworks from his early days. Through his sketches and paintings, you’ll be able to discover the path that led a young boy from Barcelona transform into one of the most influential painters of his time. You can take the metro to Jaume to reach the Picasso museum.
La Rambla street
As this street comprises of different section so you can also call it Las Ramblas. Visitors simply love to walk down this beautiful street that doesn’t seem to end as it continues all the way to Port Vell marina. You can start your walk from the central square Plaza Catalunya and walk all the way to Columbus monument at the Port Vell marina. Las Ramblas was never visually attractive but if you want to feel the pulse of Barcelona city then just take a gentle stroll down the road. You will get a subtle feeling that you belong to the city. However, you should be very careful about pickpockets as many incidences may happen at Las Rambla.
FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium and Barça museum
It’s the Mecca of football lovers as this is the home of the Barcelona Football team. It’s a great luck to see a game of your favorite team during their home games. Football lovers from different corners of the world come and pay a visit to The Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum. With above a million visitors round the year, The Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum is one of the must-see places when you are in Barcelona holidays.
Go shopping at the largest Nike store of Europe that is packed with a wide range of Barca merchandise. Isn’t that a great opportunity for all Barca fans? You can even get FCB scarves and shirts as souvenirs for your friends.
The Barrio Gotico
When you are in Barcelona holidays, the gothic quarter has to be in your itinerary as it’s the oldest part of this medieval city. The city of Barcelona originated from ancient Roman town Barcino and it houses some of the most breathtaking plazas, churches, markets and even museums. Here you can even have a look at the remains of the ancient Roman walls. You can even visit the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat or the Barcelona history museum, if you’re really look for some amazing facts related to the old town of Roman Barcino. You can pay a visit to the gothic quarter as well as the old city called Raval, Barceloneta and El Born.
This place comes under the UNESCO World Heritage Site and often referred to as the best collection of Gaudi’s work. It is one of the top attractions of Barcelona holidays. You will have to undertake an uphill climb of 900 meters before reaching the park on Carmel hill. However, you can take the walk only after you take the metro ride to Vallcarca. If you don’t have the mood to take a walk, take a taxi to the front gates of Park Guell.
This was the epicenter of the Catalan cultural movement that was based in Catalonia and Barcelona between 1888 and 1911. You should definitely visit the Modernist buildings. If you love architecture and appreciate the beauty of Antoni Gaudi works. You will find these three modernist building in the same block named ‘Illa de la Discòrdia’ – the ‘Block of Discord’. Isn’t that an interesting name? Well, it’s because every building look different from one another! The three buildings that make up the modernist buildings include Casa Amatller designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, the Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi and the Casa Lleó-Morera.
Summer is the best time to visit these buildings. The sun of Barcelona holidays let to enjoy some awesome time at the rooftop terrace concerts at La Pedrera.
Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol Spanish Village
The Montjuic hills along with all the parks are one of the greatest attractions Barcelona offers to the visitors. You can :
- Go to the fort on the summit known as the Montjuic Castle that has a very fascinating history
- Have a great view of the entire city from the hill top
- Pay a visit to the Spanish village Poble Espanyol: Originally built for the Barcelona 1929 World Fair and Universal Exposition
Original idea behind this village was to showcase the wide range of architectural styles of Spain. Then the festival became so popular that the government decided to keep it even after the fair got over. Attend the flamenco show and you will surely return with some pleasant musical memories from a magical village in Barcelona.
In Barcelona, things seem so different. For example, I know that it’s traditionally the least Spanish city, but you’d never know they had a monarchy, coming here as a tourist – as opposed to the U.K., where the Queen is probably the best-known animal, vegetable and/or mineral going when it comes to overseas visitors.