Barcelona is located on the northeastern coast of Spain overlooking the Mediterranean sea and is the second-most densely populated municipality in Spain. It is also the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Barcelona has a wide range of options and is known for its art and architecture by Gaudi, Dali, and Picasso, along with the beautiful beaches along the 4.5km coastline. If you’re wondering how many days you need in Barcelona, the answer is as many as you can!
La Sagrada Família
The Basílica de la Sagrada Família began work in 1882 and is currently still in progress due to the death of the famous Antoni Gaudi. The vision for this church is still a mystery and many different architects have been hired to complete the building in the style Gaudi would have wanted. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a visit inside one of Gaudi’s most famous masterpieces will take your experience to a whole new level.
If you purchase tickets to include tower access, you can choose to climb either the Nativity or Passion towers and use the elevator or stairs. However, the only way down is via the stairs!
Another one of Gaudi’s works can be found in Park Güell, one of the biggest architectural works in Southern Europe during its construction between 1900 to 1914. This amazing park has buildings, sculptures, and Gaudi’s distinct and colourful tile work and old home which is now open to the public as a museum. Named after Eusebi Güell, this rich entrepreneur had a great passion for Gaudi’s work and became his patron.
The park has free entry all day and you can buy tickets to visit the Monumental Zone and lookout points to take in the aerial views of the city from the top.
Also known as La Rambla (Las Ramblas consists of several stretches of Ramblas), this 1.2km tree-lined street is where many tourists identify with the city. Forming a boundary between the neighbourhoods of Barri Gòtic and El Raval, the street is lined with outdoor markets, shops, restaurants and cafes, and street performers. Stop in one of the many cafes along the way for some tapas before continuing down towards the harbour and beachfront.
This street and area are safe and there are usually extra police patrols during the busy summer months watching out for the pickpockets and petty crime. As with all cities, keep your valuables safe and enjoy the Ramblas!
FC Barcelona Museum
If you visit this museum, you’ll understand the undying love the FC Barcelona the locals have. Celebrate the history of one of the best teams in Spain with memorabilia of players, matches, and trophies. The museum is split into three sections with an audiovisual touch-screen, 3D cinema, and a section on the history of the club. This museum ranks as the second most popular in Barcelona, with only the Museu Picasso ahead of it.
Home to one of the most impressive collections of works by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso with over 3,800 works by the painter. The works are organised into three sections; paintings and drawings, engravings, and ceramics. A visit to the Picasso Museum allows you the understand the history of the artist, starting in his youth and continuing after his death. The museum represents a biography of the artist, born in Malaga, and who considered Barcelona has his home.
Often known as La Pedrera, Casa Milà was built between 1906 and 1912 and was the last private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Today, it is used for exhibitions and conferences, and also houses residential properties.
The significance of the work is very unique and was controversial for its time. With its stone walls and wrought iron designed frames for the windows and balconies, it’s worth visiting to admire another one of Gaudi’s designs.
Mercado de La Boqueria
La Boqueria is a public market with the entrance located on La Rambla, with all the freshest food available across the many stalls including cheeses, olives, meats, and fruit. If you’re looking to buy some ingredients or sample the tapas, you’ll find everything you need here. The colours, sounds, and smells of fresh food and activity will drive your senses wild!
This cathedral is a stunning example of gothic style, having been constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries. Seat to the Archbishop of Barcelona, the interior boasts high ceilings and arches, vaulted over the aisles and alter, allowing for a perfect view into the crypt.
If your ticket includes access to the rooftop, you’ll see the stunning views over Barcelona, the two bell towers, two lateral pinnacles, and a cimborio crowned by the Holy Cross.
Casa Batlló is a UNESCO World Heritage site and building in the centre of the city, designed by Antoni Gaudi. Considered to be one of his masterpieces, the building his striking detail and a remarkable modernist style. The locals have nicknamed it “House of Bones”, but don’t let this put you off taking a tour through the gorgeous rooms!