Congrats! You’ve managed to persuade your fave to take you to Barcelona or perhaps you’ve decided to book your own trip there (if you haven’t, play catch up with these seven excuses to visit Barcelona). Either way, I guess now you’re wondering what you should see and do. Well, wonder no more. Here are my seven pearls of wisdom (#7POW)…
♥ Bike Tour
I did this tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours on my first visit to Barcelona and loved it. It’s such a good way to see the different neighbourhoods (barrios) and to get a flavour of what the city is like.
The bikes are cool and easy to use (provided you know how to ride one, I spose), and the guides are down-to-earth. The groups aren’t too massive, so you’ll be able to keep up and hear what the guide is saying. We even stopped for a welcomed drink on the beach. Book ahead and find out more here.
♥ Basilica De La Sagrada Familia
Head to this popular spot if you want to be impressed. Yes, it’s touristy, but it’s for good reason. Gaudi created this impressive building, but never got to finish it. Years and years later it’s still not finished, but that just adds to the wonder. It’s expected to be complete in 2026, but don’t wait until then. Go now!
You can marvel at it from the outside and if you want you can pay to see the inside and climb to the top (highly recommended). You can choose to have a guide or to do it yourself with an audio guide (or I guess neither, but that’s pretty boring). Obviously as it’s a tourist hotspot you’ll find lots of queues. So, book ahead online. Seriously, you’ll be glad you did. You’ll get to skip the mahussive line and waltz in. #Winning
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona
♥ La Boqueria
Okay this spot also gets mega busy, particularly as it’s located off Las Ramblas (a super touristy strip that’s worth avoiding if you can – obviously apart from when you visit this place). However, the atmosphere is bubbly and it’s fun gawking at all the stalls. This famous market sells local foods, with the freshly made juices probably being one of the most popular buys. You can find out more here.
Address: Rambla, 91 08001 Barcelona
♥ Parc Güell
Barcelona is filled with quirky buildings and art thanks to Gaudi. Parc Güell is an open space that sits on a steep hill. It was intended to be an amusement park for the well-off (designed by who else, but Gaudi). However, it was opened up to the public many, many years ago.
Now, you’ll find amazing views of the city, pretty gardens and of course, Gaudi’s colourful creations. It’s free to enter, but if you want to see the Gaudi stuff up close you’ll need to pay. You can buy tickets in advance here. Head up with a picnic as the sun begins to sink for a low-budget, romantic option.
Address: Near Carrer d’Olot, Barcelona
FYI It’s a steep walk up to the entrance. Make use of the escalators if you need to!
Ah, my favourite part of the city as it’s where I got engaged during my first visit to Barcelona. Regardless of whether you’re hoping to pop the question (or to receive a ring!) spend at least half a day in this area. There’s loads to see, including a former Olympic Games site, views of the city, a Spanish village, a castle, fountains, preened gardens…you can find a handy list here.
Ride the funicular and cable car to the top of this giant hill, then take your time mooching down whichever route you fancy. Stop off at La Font Del Gat for a delicious lunch in what feels like a secret hideaway. Make sure you have some of the patatas bravas.
♥ Barri Gotic & El Born
To be honest most of the neighbourhoods in this city are cool in their own unique ways. However, if you’re short on time make sure you visit Barri Gotic, as well as El Born. Think gothic charm and cute boutiques that sit side by side hipster cafes.
It’s a bit of a maze to find your way round these two areas, but once you’re there just go with the flow, letting your eyes, ears and smell lead the way. Who knows, you might end up at this chocolatier…
There are so many adorable, little cafes in Barcelona, so stopping for a coffee every hour is almost compulsory. There are also lots and lots of tapas bars to suit all budgets. Think small dishes, but lots of them and a chance to try most of the menu. Taller de Tapas is a chain in the city and a little pricier than some, but they do serve up delicious choices. Plus, the décor is a bit more stylish than some of the traditional places. Wherever you end up, I’d be surprised if you had a bad tapas experience. Barcelona knows how to do it!
I guess I should add a disclaimer. There are so many more amazing things to see and do in this beautiful city, but these are my top seven recommendations.
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Have you been? Do you have anything to add to this list? Are you planning a visit? Lemme know! X