8 Things to Do in Barcelona
Whenever I think of Barcelona, I automatically think of sunshine, architecture, nightlife and tapas. There’s always something to do in this wonderful city with so much history. Just walking outside each morning to get a morning cup of coffee will get you smiling. So, pop on your RayBan glasses, here are 8 great things to do in Barcelona (bar-the-lo-na in Catalan):
- See the many Gaudi-designed buildings that are like no other. Antoni Gaudi was born in 1852 and received his degree in Architecture in 1878. His designs were extremely unique and inspired by nature. Only seeing them in the flesh can describe the sheer beauty of these. The La Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s greatest creation and he been in construction since 1882.
- Take a walk down Las Ramblas to watch the street performers and market stalls (be careful for pick-pocketers). In the peak of summer Las Ramblas gets so packed with tourists you can hardly move. There’s a great buzz around with food stalls, street performers and cafes but keep an eye on your personal belongings, as I’ve had many a friend been pick-pocketed there.
- Stroll through the historic old town and its tapas bars off the main streets. Sit down at one of the tapas bars and make an effort with the hosts to learn about their culture. Drink the local beer and sample the local dishes. If you get offered offal make sure you try it otherwise you’ll offend the locals. Most importantly, get involved and have fun.
- The shopping: there’s a couple of shopping malls as well at the top end of Las Ramblas which houses some of the world’s great designers with some stunning boutiques and endless rows of shoes to keep any shopper more than happy.
5.Eat at the restaurants off the main strip. Stay away from the tourist traps and talk to the locals about where the good restaurants are. You’ll have a much better experience and it’ll be lighter on the wallet as well.
- Relax at some of Barcelona’s beaches. There’s a strip of sand near the boardwalk at the W Hotel which is popular with tourists (and some nudists). Otherwise you can head 15-20 mins out of the city to some relaxing beaches with soft white sand, however don’t leave any belongings in the car a the risk of being stolen (I can say from experience!).
- Take a tour through Nou Camp football stadium. The home of FC Barcelona, the stadium holds 100,000 screaming fans and is built into the ground. Standing on the grass was an amazing experience, picturing those fans cheering after a goal. I was also lucky enough to visit the change rooms and see the great Ronaldinho’s locker!!
- Visit the loads of museums in Barcelona. From the Museum of Contemporary Arts to Musee Picasso you will not run out of things to see and do.
If you want to avoid doing a pre-booked tour, a good way to see Barcelona (and most big cities) is by the hop-on, hop-off buses. These allow you to stop at your sites of interest and do a little bit more exploring before moving onto the next sight. Another great way to see the city is grab a bike and ride around, you never know where you might stop!! Get out there and enjoy this beautiful city for what it is – magnificent! Keep your wits about you like any big city and you’ll have an unforgettable time! Buen viaje y mucho suerte!