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12 Must-See Places in Barcelona

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Barcelona is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities for a reason – every bit of it will make you want to stay there forever. But, because most of vacations last only a couple of days, you cannot check out every part of the city, therefore we provide you with the 12 most interesting sights in Barcelona.

Park Güell

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Originally built as a residence of Catalonian upper class, the Park Güell is one of the most popular parks in Barcelona. Thousands of tourists visit the Park every year, particularly to enjoy in an impressive city view and to see the works of Antonio Gaudi, who was the site’s main architect. Even UNESCO recognized the Park Güellas culturally important and named it a World Heritage Site.

The Park now serves as a municipal garden aimed to give comfort and relaxation from the city rush. The colorful buildings across the garden give the visitors an impression that they entered a fairy tale world. The main terrace is probably the best example, with its multi-colored walls decorated with mosaics made by Gaudi himself.

The Park Güell rises above the city, thus giving a great perspective of Barcelona. Located in the northern part of the city, the Park gives a panoramic view of the most of Barcelona, from the residential blocks to the sea. Being among the highest points in the city, the Sagrada Familia and the Montjuïc Hill are clearly visible from here.

Montjuïc

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Overlooking the Barcelona harbor, the Montjuïc Hill rises some 180 meters high. All throughout the city history, the hill has been the place where the Catalan history was written. The 17th century Castle of Montjuïc stands on the place where first the fortifications were built, hundreds of years earlier.

The Montjuïc Hill had been the city stronghold every time a foreign army invaded the area. However, in the 20th century, during the Spanish Civil War, it served as a political prison. In turn, both the Republicans and the Fascists used it as the execution site.

Besides being the reminder of the Barcelona’s bad times, this hill is also popular as a landscape point. To the south, it gives a great panoramic view of the Mediterranean, while its northern part gives the fabulous city view.

The Hill was the venue of the 1929 International Exhibition, so many of the buildings around are from that era. The Olympic Stadium is one of them. It was the venue of the anti-fascist Olympic Games held as the alternative of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The Montjuïc Hill was again the center of the world in 1988, when the Olympic Flag ceremony was honored by the Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé concert.

La Sagrada Família

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La Sagrada Família is still under the construction, but has been, for decades, the biggest tourist attraction of Barcelona. Designed by Gaudi, it is an impressive mixture of Gothic and Catalan national architecture. The construction began in 1882 and the completion is scheduled for 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death.

Antonio Gaudi pictured the basilica as an allegorical link between the Earth and the Heavens and that is the reason why he insisted on the height. Its highest spire should be more than 170 meters high. So far, of 18 planned spires, 8 are completed. When completed, La Sagrada Família will have 3 symbolic Façades, each representing a part from the life of Jesus.

El Gotico and El Born

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Barri Gòtic or El Gotico is the area in the old town of Barcelona. Dozens of buildings in this area are from the Medieval times and were built in the Gothic style. The design of the younger buildings doesn’t differ much, making the Gothic Quarter a unique place in Barcelona. Its labyrinthine streets connect La Rambla with the Mediterranean coast, which is one more reason, why the area is crowded with tourists.

El Born is a district in the old town that separates the city with the Barceloneta beach. It has been the market center of Barcelona in the past and today is the home some of the most luxurious boutiques, not only in Barcelona, but in whole Europe.

Barceloneta

La Barceloneta is a district on the coast known for its sandy beaches. It used to be a part where fishermen spend their days, but since the second half of the 20th century, Barceloneta is the city’s busiest beach.

However, tourists don’t come to this neighborhood just to enjoy in the nature. The residential area is also worth visiting. Traditionally a working-class area, La Barceloneta gives you the real insight of the way of life of the majority of Barcelona’s citizens. Hundreds of tapas bars and cafes all across the district invite the tourists to feel the charm of Barceloneta and see Barcelona from another angle.

Museu Picasso

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One of the greatest artists in the history, the man who invented cubism, Pablo Picasso, lived and worked for several years, in Barcelona. The people of Catalonia wanted to pay him a respect for all that he’s done for the world, by opening a museum. The Museu Picasso was opened during the artist’s lifetime and has one of the biggest Picasso’s collections in the world.

The museum is located in the old town area of Barcelona, in a house built in the Medieval period. It has a permanent collection of over 3,500 Picasso’s works, separated by the periods in the artist’s life. There is also a library in the premises, which is free for everyone and which main subject is art.

FC Barcelona Stadium

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FC Barcelona is one of the most successful football clubs in the world. Founded in 1899, the Barça have been the champions of the world on several occasions. The club has always been amongst the best European sides, but they reached world fame in the last couple of decades. The three-time Ballon d’Or award winner, Lionel Messi is their biggest star recently.

Watching the Argentinean striker and his teammates playing is really a memorable experience. The biggest stadium in Europe, Camp Nou is the home ground of FC Barcelona. Its capacity is just a few hundred less than 100,000 seats, which are almost always occupied.

Tapas Bars

The Spanish cuisine became world-famous mostly because of the popularity of tapas. Tapas are basically snacks. They can be served either cold or hot and some of the most popular ingredients include olives, cheese, tuna, pork meat, and similar.

Traditionally in Spain, the last meal of the day is served late, which leaves a big gap between the lunch and the dinner. That is why many Spaniards love to go for a snack at some of the tapas bars. That explains why there are so many of them all around Barcelona.

One of the typical tapas bars is located in the historical El Born are of Barcelona. Euskal Etxea is a restaurant that offers a pleasant atmosphere in the centuries-old building and very attentive staff. However, the reason why the place is so popular is exceptional food.

Salvador Dali Museum

The Dali Theatre and Museum is located in the town Figueres, a bit further from Barcelona, but nevertheless worth of visit. Figueres is the home town of Salvador Dali and the museum is located in a former art gallery, where Dali’s first exhibitions were held.

The museum proudly presents a huge collection of Dali’s works, ranging from prints and paintings to sculptures. There are also many masterpieces of other artists that Dali collected during his lifetime. The artist is buried in the cellar of the premise and hundreds of people come to pay him respect every day.

La Rambla

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La Rambla is the most famous street of Barcelona. It separates the Barcelona’s old town in two, while connecting the Plaça de Catalunya with the Christopher Columbus Monument. It is the central point for tourists and is very popular among the citizens of Barcelona because of the many cafes, restaurants and boutiques, opened in the historical buildings along the street.

From La Rambla the visitors can enter the world-famous marketplace, La Boqueria. Tracing back its origin t the Middle Ages, this place still serves as the favorite shopping place for locals. It offers a variety of fruit and vegetables from all over the world, as well as meat products. Spanish ham or jamón is among the most popular items purchased by tourists here.

Casa Mila

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Antonio Gaudi definitely made his mark in the city and one of his most prized designs is the Casa Milà, or La Pedrera as it is called by the locals. The building was made in the early 20th century and was considered rather unusual. The controversies stayed till today, some think it is ugly, while others claim it’s the masterpiece of design. Nevertheless, the number of tourists visiting shows its popularity.

Gaudi’s inspiration for this building were sea waves and that is why there aren’t many straight lines in its structure. The house has five floors and on top of it there is a roof with chimneys resembling warrior helmets.

Sala Apolo

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The right place for party-goers is Barcelona’s Sala Apolo. Located in the port area of the city, Sala Apolo consists of several venues, making it possible to host several concerts simultaneously. The clubs work every day of the week and are always full.

Good music and cheerful atmosphere are the things that attract tourists to visit, but it is also very popular among the locals, especially on the weekends. Mondays and Tuesdays are reserved for popular dance music and in those days the place is the most crowded.

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