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Barcelona, Spain Highlights

Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain Highlights

story by: Inspire Spain, Portugal, Greece & Turkey


There is so much to see and do in Spain and Barcelona that you could become overwhelmed with choice. To help narrow down your options if you only have a limited time available, at House of Travel we have put together some of our favourite attractions or visitor spots so you don't miss out on anything.

  • Sagrada Familia – The unfinished church started by Gaudi.
  • Las Ramblas – A wide avenue running north from the waterfront. Famous for its street stalls where you can buy everything from lottery tickets to jewellery. Alive with buskers, living statues, mimes and the itinerant.
  • Gothic Quarter – The nucleus of old Barcelona. It’s a maze of interconnecting streets linking squares. Lots of cafés and bars as well as home to Barcelona Cathedral.
  • Park Guell – A Mr Guell commissioned Gaudi to build this park for local aristocracy. It’s fantastic to wander around, you’ll need half a day but it is worth it.
  • Montjuic – This is a hill overlooking Barcelona. You can take the funicular up to the top. Why not go for a swim in the1992 Olympic Games pool that’s up there. It has some of the most stunning views overlooking the City.
  • The Waterfront – Before the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona cleaned up its waterfront area, tearing down old warehouses and buildings, replacing them with a fun esplanade and marina area which is a great spot for cycling or walking by day and dining by night.
  • La Pedrera – Another Gaudi masterpiece. A combined apartment and office block. It looks like it should be at Disneyland. You can tour the building and go up onto the roof. There is also a small museum dedicated to Gaudi’s work.
  • La Font Màgica – In front of the Palau Nacional is not to be missed. You must go when it is dark for the best effect, it’s amazing and best of all it’s free. You can get a great view of the Palace, which is also illuminated at night.
  • La Boqueira – Don’t miss the La Boqueria, one of Europe’s oldest food markets, crammed with seafood, fruit, vegetables and sweet treats. It’s best to visit the market early in the day to avoid the bustling crowds.

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