Places to Tick Off your Barcelona Bucket List
No matter how many times you visit Barcelona there is always something new you will discover each time you go.
The first time I went to Barcelona I took a night bus from Madrid, because I did not want to waste time traveling during the day. The trip takes around 6 hours, and that is enough to take a couple of interrupted naps during the ride. Waking up in a new city is probably one of the best feelings in the world for every traveler, I guess.
I have visited Barcelona on couple of occasions so I thought to make a list of my favourite places and sights you should not miss while you are there.
Parc de la Ciutadella
I always start the list with my favourite place in a given city. Parc de la Ciutadella used to be the only green area in Barcelona and it is the best place to spend an afternoon wandering around.
Locals for some reason are not impressed with this beach, since they have many to compare it with, but for me this place is divine. I love having breakfast on a windy day with the waves crushing sound in the background.
The Arc de Triomf
The Arc de Triomf is nothing like the one in Paris but it is a beautiful sight to visit. It was built in 1888 for a World`s Fair.
Many cities have signature parks but none of them is nowhere near like Parc Guell. The initial idea was to build a residential area for the wealthy people but somehow that didn`t work out and thanks to that we have this beautiful park for all of us today and it is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I am not a fan of markets but La Boqueria is unique and it is a paradise for food lovers. It is the perfect place where you can have a breakfast and the choice is big, from fresh foods and vegetables to street food.
Montjuic Cable Car
From La Barceloneta you can go to Montjuic Hill with a cable car. The 78 meters will give you a stunning panoramic view of the city. Once you are up the hill you can visit the museum or just enjoy a nice quiet walk.
Plaza d`Espanya is a very important square with many attractions and places of interest, and my personal favourite. The best way to get there is by metro if you are in the city center. It is just 4 stations away from Plaza Cataluna with the L1 line and 3 stations away with L3 line from Maremagnum. We walked to Placa d`Espanya, got lost and end up looking for the place for a long time and we ended up there exhausted.
La Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia is the most popular and the most recognizable attraction in Barcelona. This cathedral is impressive and it is still under construction. You can go inside as well but you need to book your tickets online in order to avoid the crowds. Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Church which was designed by Antoni Gaudi. Some say that the drawings that Gaudi had from the church were destroyed so for that reason the constructions are going slow. A great time to see the church is at night, it is a completely different experience.
Gothic Quarter is the perfect place to get lost and just enjoy the city. The narrow streets will open the doors to bygone era.
The Gaudi Houses
Casa Batlo and La Pedrera are only some of the most famous works of Gaudi. Both of these houses are close to each other and they are located on a very popular shopping street Passeige de Gracia. Again, if you want to visit these houses you should buy the tickets online especially if you are pressed with time. You can check the prices for Casa Batllo or the Bone House here and for La Pedrera or Casa Milla which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 here.
Las Ramblas is the main walking street in Barcelona and as a matter of fact it is very hard to miss. This is the perfect place where you can wander the street or just sit down and have a cup of coffee. This street has a unique energy with its street performers and craftsmen.
The best way to explore a city is on foot, but let`s be realistic that is impossible in Barcelona since it is a colossal city. You will need to use public transportation now and then. The best and the cheapest way is to get the City Pass where you can get between 2 and 5 day public transport ticket, Check the prices here.
Before you go to Barcelona you will hear people advising you to be extra careful of pick pocketing. It is a common sense to be extra careful wherever you are, even in your own city. I know that it might happen to someone but Barcelona is a safe city to visit and I even traveled solo on my first visit.
Where to stay in Barcelona?
Most of the times I was in Barcelona I was staying in a hostel and I have to say that they are not very good. Before you book your stay read the reviews and be extra careful with cleanliness, since that was the only thing that bothers me the most. Check availability on Booking.com since this is the best and the most reliable website that I always use for finding accommodation.
Another great option is to rent a place through Airbnb. You can find great rooms and apartments since there are a lot of great options. You can use this code to get $27 free AirBnb credit.
Barcelona is one of those cities that are packed with places that you must see on your first visit. This a huge city and no matter how much I want to explore cities on foot, exploring Barcelona on foot is impossible. You can find great tours, activities and best of all great discounts if you click on this link.
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