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10 Things Not To Miss While Visiting Barcelona, Spain

Updated on November 28, 2008
Gaudi dragon fountain in Parc Guell
Gaudi dragon fountain in Parc Guell
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló
Casa Mila
Casa Mila

I love Barcelona. It is definitely one of my favourite cities to visit. So here is my top 10 ...

Parc Guell - The park contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings, all created by Antoni Gaudi. At the top of park is a terraced area with a wonderful view of the park and out over Barcelona. You should schedule at least a half a day to visit the park due its location and size, but it is well worth it.

Sagrada Familia - This is the amazing, unfinished church designed by Gaudi. From the outside, it is quite a sight to see, but if you do go to church, you must climb up to the top. The view from the parapets over Barcelona is breathtaking. Be warned, it is quite a hike up some very steep stairs. Also, you take the same route down so leave yourself plenty of time. We went late in the day and it was pretty dark when we were climbing down ... a bit hairy at times.

La Rambla - This busy street stretches for 1.2 km through the centre of downtown Barcelona. Lined with plane trees on either side, the pedestrian mall is full of a variety of street vendors and performers. Bars and cafes can also be found along either side, so you can sit and watch the world go by as you indulge in a churro con chocolate (see number 10).

Casa Batlló - This building was restored and remodelled by Gaudi and his often partner, Josep Maria Jujol. Locally, it is known as the House of Bones, as it has a skeletal look to the balconies and exterior walls. Most of the building has been covered in colourful broken ceramic tiles, with the curved roof looking like a dragon.

Casa Mila - Also known as La Pedrera, this apartment building was designed and built by Gaudi. Casa Mila apartment building is another of the artist's strange creations that shouldn't be missed. Its rippled facade curves around the street corner, while the cave-like balconies seem to flow into one another.La Pedrera is still divided into private apartments, but visitors can visit the strange rooftop "chimney park".

Barri Gotic - This is the centre of old Barcelona. Walking from La Rambla down to the Mediterranean is like winding your way through a labyrinth. There are many small streets opening into into squares, with buildings dating back to Medieval times. This is also where the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia can be found. This cathedral is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona, who supposedly suffered martyrdom when she was 13. Within the secluded cloister of this cathedral, 13 white geese are kept in her memory.

Museu Picasso - The Picasso Museum in Barcelona has one of the most extensive collections of works by Pablo Picasso. It is located in five adjoining palaces in the Barri Gotic. It is definitely one of the most popular and visited museums. When I was there, entrance was free on the first Monday of the month so the queue to get in was unreal!

Parc de la Ciutadella - This is the most central park in Barcelona, within which is the Barcelona Zoo, a lake, a magnificent fountain and several museums. The Catalan Parliament building is found at the very centre of the park. The Cascada fountain is found at the northern corner of the park. This arch and waterfall were constructed for the 1888 Universal Exhibition.

Cafè de l'Òpera - Probably the best bar/cafe in Barcelona. The building is one of the listed ones in Barcelona. It has maintained a lot of its original beauty, including a unique collection of mirrors from the 18th century that has been conserved to the present day and many parts of the decoration discovered under existing paintings. The current owners acquired the premises in 1929 and it has been open since, every day.

Churros con chocolate - Hot chocolate is to die for in Barcelona. This thick, rich, dark drink is often served with churros for dipping as the hot chocolate reaches almost a pudding consistency in some places. The churro, in its traditional form, is made when a freshly mixed batter is fried to a golden brown, dusted with sugar, and served fresh and crispy. If you have never tried a fresh and crispy churro that has been dipped in thick hot cocoa, then you certainly have not experienced the best that Barcelona, or Spain, has to offer.


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      Margaflores 6 years ago from Barcelona

      What about the Magic Fountains of Montjuic? or.. a trip to Montserrat? :D

      travelor if you're still looking for accommodation, although it's already June.. I'd recommend you this web-site

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      blackbv 7 years ago from Canada

      I went a number of years ago and booked a self-catering apartment through a website (which I cannot remember). There are some suggestions in other comments, so you may want to try those. Whatever you book, book in the city near the Ramblas so you are near all the places to visit. I can't think of anything not to do, and as you can see from other comments, there are plenty of things to do on top of my list of 10.

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      travelor 7 years ago

      we r planning to visit barcelona this june can u reccoment appartment where we can stay and "what not to do" things.

      its a family visit.

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      Benidorm 7 years ago

      Barcelona is my favourite city so thanks for the guide. I live 6 hours away but am considering moving there full-time.

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      Jeff Davis 7 years ago from California

      nice list my friend. especially the last one. echo de menos churros con chocolate...moving on to read more of your hubs. keep it up...

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      Rickturban 7 years ago from Kandahar Pass

      Parc Guell is absolutely amazing. It's an amazing mix of nature and modern contemporary art, it really is one of the most stunning and exciting places to visit in Barcelona, also the senoritas come out in force, ahh yeah!

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      Ramblas 7 years ago from Barcelona

      Good list but I would take away Las Ramblas, because there are lost of tourists and really not too much to see.

      I would add Montjuic and Tibidabo. From those places you have great view on the city

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      Natàlia 7 years ago

      Nice article!

      You have mention the main attractions of this great city! I’d suggest to you to visit this website, it offers great ideas to stay in Barcelona!

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      laulah 7 years ago from Barcelona, Spain

      You have managed to list all the main sights which is good if you stay for a short period of time.

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      May I add another 'must see'?

      The Columbus monument.

      There is a lift inside so that you can get to the viewing platform.

      I had a panic attack, owing to a mixture of claustrophia and vertigo ~ but it is still worth doing!

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Barcelona is a fascinating city. I love to walk around it. There is always something 'new' to see.

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      Misterlak 7 years ago

      Good hub! I love BCN and espacially the people are so laid back and nice x

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      Naina 8 years ago

      Pix are good.

      Barcelona is also a favourite destination of mine.

      It’s worth for every tourist to plan their holiday trip to this great place.

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      Fresh_Flower 8 years ago from London

      Must say that I like the swimming arena up in the hills of Montjuic. Montjuic also offers a great view over the city of Barcelona.

      Most important, a must for all soccer fans is to visit FC Barcelona's stadium Camp Nou...

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      Andrew 8 years ago

      Sorry forgot to add the url of the website its

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      Andrew 8 years ago

      Hi, I stayed in a private apartment when in Spain and can really recommend it.

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      beccas90 8 years ago from New York

      Spain is one of my favorite places to visit. I have only been a few times but always enjoyed it. I have not made it to Barcelona yet but this hub makes me regret being in the country and not getting there. Plenty of time left though.

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      johnmce 8 years ago from Brighton, UK

      was in barcelona last summer. the gaudi building is amazing

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      bbjane 8 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

      Barcelona is one of my dream place to visit... Thanks for sharing this article and I would love to share it to my list of friends. While in Barcelona, I'd love to stay with these hotels:

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      Girona Airport 8 years ago from Spain

      great post keep it up.I think you have mention all the important things.

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      Curious Traveller 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Heading to Barcelona very soon. Thanks for the excellent tips!