Barcelona Must Do Travel Guide
– Park guell [free]
– Plaza de toros de las arenas rooftop [free]
– Museu d’hjstoria de catalunya rooftop restaurant [free access]
– Montejufc castle a park [free]
– Colombus monument [€3]
– Nativity tower of the Sagrada Familia [€19.30]
– Torre de colleseroia [€5.50]
Like most European cities, Barcelona is quite compact and you can visit all the attractions by foot. This is also the best way to discover the city and really get a feel for it.
The public transportations system is also excellent:
The metro T-10 ticket (10 trips for €7.50) is best for sporadic usage The Barcelona Card (from €33.30) is best for Intensive usage and museum visits.
Barcelona offers free wi-fi access in parks, libraries and museums Look for the blue BARCELONA WiFi signs
Barcelona is home to Gaudi’s work and a visit to Barcelona without seeing them is meaningless!
Ike Sagrada Familia
Perhaps the most visited sight in Barcelona, Gaudi’s incomplete work is definitely a top priority. The exterior is the most impressive. But if you want to go inside, buy your tickets online to avoid long queues and use the entrance by the facade of the Nativity – groups cannot enter here. The tickets are valid for specific time slots so make sure you get there 10-15 minutes before. While, you’re there, get the additional ticket to go up one of the towers. The Tower of the Nativity (Naixement) has a better view of the city.
Hours: 9:00-18:00 or 20:00 (seasonal)
Price: basilica €13,50, basilica + tower €19.50
ClostestStn: Sagrada Familia Stn.
This fairytale park is up on a hill offering stunning views of the city for FREE! there are two stations that allow access to the park. The main entrance is a 14-minute walk from Lesseps Stn. but requires an up-hill climb to go through the park. The other option is to come in from the top at Vallcarca Stn. and make your way down through the park and exit through the main entrance.
Hours: 10:00-18:00 or 21:00 (seasonal)
Closest Stn: Valtcarca Stn.
Gaudi’s first building in Barcelona, the interior is absolutely mind-boggling and the colorful chim- neys on the roof a nice reflection of the Park. There is usually a line to get in so consider getting your ticket ahead of time if you want to go in.
Hours: 10:00-17:30 or 20:00 (seasonal).
Closed on Mondays.
Closest Stn: Liceu Sin. or Drassannes Stn.
Like a mythical sea creature appearing from the depths of the ocean, Casa Batllo just appears in the center of the city, it’s scaly exterior contrasting with the neighboring buildings. It is as impressive from the outside as it is on the inside. Again, consider buying your ticket online.
Closest Stn: Passeig de Grada Stn
La Pedrera (or Casa Mila)
Another of Gaudi’s works, the undulating exterior of La Pedrera wifi surprise you as well. The roof is one of the most spectacular elements of the building. Again, consider buying your ticket online.
Hours: 9:00-18:30 or 20:00
Closest Stn: Diagonal
Columbus Monument on Las Ramblas
Situated on La Rambla, the central spine of Barcelona, the Columbus monument is hard to miss. For a couple of euros, you can go up in the tiny elevator and get a view of the city from the tiny observation deck. Is it worth it? That’s up to you.
Hours: 10:00-18:30 or 22:30 (seasonal)
Closest Stn: Drassannes Stn.
Montejuic Castle & Park
This is a 17th-century military fort up on a hill offering beautiful FREE views of Barcelona’s port. Hours: 9:00-19:00 or 21:0O (seasonal)
Closed on Mondays
Closest Stn: take the Montjuic Funicular from the
The Magic fountains
A spectacular display of color, light, motion, music and water works. Hours: irregular. Check their website.
Closed Mondays through Wednesdays
Hospital de Sant Pau
This is another spectacular example of Barcelona’s modernist architecture. This complex is being renovated so if you want to go inside, you must take part in a tour and wear a safety helmet. If not, just enjoy walking around the complex contemplating the exteriors. Hours: hourly tours from 10:00 to 13:00 (eng)
Closest Stn: Sant Pau/ Dos de Maig Stn
5 minutes on food from the Sagrada Familia
Many museums and sights are FREE on Sundays as wall as some public holidays. These holidays are:
May 18, Feb 12, Apr 23, June 3,
Sept 11 and Sept 24.
Some Museums that offer free entries include:
– Museu Picasso
– Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona
– Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
– Museu d’Hisldria de Catalunya
… and more!
If toe weather allows it, go for a picnic! Stock up at Mercat Santa Caterina (El Bom) and La Boqueria (La Rambla). Avoid toe front stalls which are usually more expensive and really venture in.
“Places to Picnic:
– Parc de la Ciutadella [Arc de Triomf Stn]
– Jardins de Mossen Cinto [Paraiel Stn]
– Parc I’Espanya Industrial [Placa de Sants or Sants Estacio)
– Parc de laberint d’Horta [Mundet Stn,]
– Jardins del Palau de Pedralbes [Diagonal Stn]
Eat & Drinks
Spaniards eat late. Lunch is usually between 1-3 PM whereas dinner is between 8 and midnight.
Menu del Dia
It’s best to eat out for lunch as you’ll be able to get the Menu del Dia for around €10.
Tips are welcome but not necessary at restaurants. Locals usually round the bill up or leave a few spare coins. If you think the service was outstanding, feel free to tip more.
– Paella / Fldeuá
– Crema Catalana
Don’t eat at La Rambla!
Walk Around and Be Safe
Barcelona is divided into several neighborhoods. El “Barrio Notice, The Gothic area of the city is bustling with life, bars, and shopping. Here you will see the ancient Roman wall, the medieval Jewish Quarter, the Cathedral de la Seu, Placa de Sant Jaume, Placa Reial/Placa del Rei. It is most beautiful at sunset. El Born. The trendy area with lots of bars and restaurants. Sights in this area: Picasso Museum, Arc de Triomf, Parc de la Ciutadella, Passeig del Born, Port Veil, Santa Marla del Mar, Mercat del Bom.
La Rambla. Most famous and colorful promenade in Barcelona which makes it a tourist trap and a chosen spot for pickpockets. Don’t miss Placa de Catalunya, Columbus Monument, Gran Teatro del Llceu, the giant Miro mosaic sidewalk at Place de la Boqueria.
L’eleample. Center of the Modemista movement. You’ll find La Pedrera, Casa Batlfo, the Sagrada Familia, Hospital de San Pau and the Passeig de Gracia.
Gracia Artsy and Bohemian, Gracia Is more authentic because of the limited tourist’s spots. If you stroll by here, go for a drink and a snack on one of the many outdoor terraces and picnics at Park Guell.
El Raval is Growing out of its bad reputation, El Raval is now the most multicultural neighborhood, with an artsy Bohemian vibe. There are plenty of bookstores to explore and don’t forget the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Arts).
El Barrio Chino. Nothing to do with Chinatown except for the mood that reigned there. Still a little seedy, petty theft and prostitution are common here. Take caution while in this neighborhood.
Barceloneta. The beachfront area is famous for seafood, paella and its Chiringuitos (or Beach Bars). Walk along the beach to the Olympic Port and the big golden Fish sculpture.
Montjuic. Located up on a small mountain, you can get a breath of fresh air and a great view of the city from here. Sights include the Fundación Miro, Olympic Installations, the Poble Espanyol, the Caixa Forum (for Contemporary Art), the Botanical Garden and the Magic Fountains near Placa d’Espanya.