Top 10 Things to do in Barcelona, Barcelona Best Destinations, Best Europan Cities for Vacation
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the second largest city in Spain. Barcelona’s magnificent architecture is dominated by the work of the great Antonio Gaudi. Shopping, art, dining, and entertainment also feature prominently in this lively city. Here are 10 things not to miss in Barcelona. If you plan to European cities as a holiday destination, the capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second city should be on the top of the list of your visit.
1 Sagrada Familia Church
With its soaring, expressionist towers, Sagrada Familia is Antonio Gaudi’s most famous creation. And it is not yet finished! Begun in 1882, construction on the church continues, and is funded by Barcelona’s tourism industry.
2 Casa-Museu Gaudi
In his later years, Gaudi lived with his niece in this pink house that looks like something straight out of a fairy tale. The rooms in the house are themed, containing furniture, drawing, and portraits made by Gaudi himself.
3 Bishop’s Palace
A new structure begun in 1889 to replace the original palace, which had been destroyed by a fire, the Bishop’s Palace had a storied history during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Gaudi abandoned the work after the Bishop Juan Bautista Grau i Vallespinós died, and the palace was not occupied until 1961.
4 Las Ramblas
Barcelona isn’t just about architecture; shopping and entertainment also figure prominently. Las Ramblas contains market stalls and street entertainers. A fun area in which to spend a day, it’s also known to have its share of pick pockets, so hold your wallet or handbag closely.
5 Passeig de Gracia
Perhaps the most popular shopping street in Barcelona, the Passeig de Gracia is a sophisticated area providing shopping and dining to those wanting something fancier and quieter than the high spirits of Las Ramblas.
6 The Poble Espanyol
The Poble Espanyol is a collection of buildings showcasing architectural styles characteristic of Spain. A real village, with no motorized transportation, the Poble Espanyol was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition in Barcelona.
7 Picasso Museum
Pablo Ruiz Picasso lived in Barcelona as a teenager, and the city’s tribute to the artistic genius contains more than 3,800 works in its permanent collection. Located on the Carrer Moncada, the Picasso Museum first opened in 1963.
8 Gothic Quarter
Perhaps the best place in Barcelona to experience ancient architecture alongside the most modern structures, the Gothic Quarter is located on what once was an ancient Roman village. With its winding, labyrinthine streets and its 14th century cathedral, the Gothic Quarter is a very interesting place to lose oneself in the city.
9 Olympic Stadium
The former Olympic Stadium, built for the 1992 Olympic Games, is still a thriving athletic venue. With its capacity to accommodate 55,000 people, the home of the 1992 Olympic Games is also used for large musical and other cultural events.
10 Lover’s Day
If you find yourself in Barcelona on April 23, you are just in time for Lover’s Day, which is Barcelona’s own interpretation of St. Valentine’s Day. Commemorating St. Jordi, patron saint of Catalonia, as well as the deaths on April 23, 1616 of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, Lover’s Day is a heady mix of celbration and roses that caters to the true romantic.