Barcelona is a city full of rich cultural and artistic styles, including some of the 20th century’s most famous architecture. With this said, it can be quite daunting trying to decide where to visit while in Barcelona. Well we have you covered, with our 7 must see sights in Barcelona you will be able to take in the highlights of the city while exploring different barrios (Neighborhoods).
Location: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, Barcelona.
Opening Hours: Nov-Feb 9AM-6PM; March 9AM-7PM; April-Sept 9AM-8PM.
One of the reasons so many people travel from around the world to Barcelona is because of the rich architecture that covers the city. In the heart of Barcelona stands one of the most famous Cathedrals, Sagrada Familia, a must see when you’re visiting. The construction of Sagrada Familia started in 1883 with Antoni Gaudí as the main architect, he continued to work for more than 40 years and left it barely a quarter completed. His unique design style, known as Catalan Modernism, embraced the non-linear shapes and patterns of nature and used a mix of different materials, making it a truly distinctive piece of art that has yet to be finished. The colors that shine through the stain glass windows and reflect throughout is truly something that you must see firsthand.
Barcelona’s Barrio Gotico, one of the medieval neighborhoods in Barcelona, makes up the oldest part of the city with a huge amount of history lying in this neighborhood. While only a few examples of medieval structures still remain, the old-world charm of the barrio is today found in the pedestrian-friendly back streets. If you’re looking for a more relaxing day spend the day walking around the narrow streets full of quaint unique shops. The neighborhood is mostly made up of winding narrow streets free of traffic and full of artisan shopfronts, cafes and restaurants, and the occasional small plazas often full of locals chatting and children playing. This neighborhood will give you a real sense of the Spanish culture and what it’s like to live in Barcelona.
Location: Carrer d’Olot, 08024, Barcelona. Opening Hours: Jan-Mar 8:30AM-6:30PM; April 8AM-8:30PM; May-Aug 8AM-9:30PM; Sep-Oct 8AM-8:30PM; Nov/Dec 8:30AM-6:30PM
Park Guell, one of Gaudí’s rarer works, is located in the northern hillsides of the hip Gracia barrio. The unique park was commissioned by Eusebi Güell who wanted to create a stylish housing association with a lush park to allow Barcelona’s elite to escape the crowded city. The lush park only ever succeeded in having two houses built within its grounds, one of which is now a museum that you can visit. The park grounds are full of stone structures, fountains, bending pathways through the lush plant life. Another highlight of the unique park is the mosaic curved park bench that gives you a skyline view of Barcelona.
La Pedrera (Casa Milá)
Location: Provença, 261-265, Barcelona.
Opening Hours: 9AM-6:30PM;7-9PM
Being one of the most prolific and best-loved Catalan architects, there are several other great examples of Antoni Gaudi’s modernist building worth seeing. Located in the heart of Barcelona stands La Padrera (Casa Milà) building, an area that is extremely easy to get to if you’re walking around the shopping district. As you might already be able to tell from the name Casa Milà, this was the home of Milà. Although we now see this building as a work of art, in the 1900’s Gaudí received a lot of criticism for the quirky building. This building is a must see when you’re visiting Barcelona due to its unique façade and the curvy rooftop which gives you a skyline view of Barcelona.
Location: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, Barcelona
Another one of Gaudi’s famous monuments is Casa Batlló, not far from La Pedrera. Casa Batlló will send your imagination running with mystical inspirations running throughout the building. Gaudi used a variety of different stone and glass designs to make the building stand out from the crowd.
If you want to really be able to see Gaudi’s style and inspirations then this is a must see building to visit.
Location: Carrer de les Carolines, 20, Barcelona.
Opening Hours: 10AM-8PM
Discover the vibrant Casa Vicens which, although one of the first houses Gaudi designed, has only recently opened to the public for the first time on November 16th, 2017. The home was commissioned in 1877 and is said to be one of the first Art Nouveau buildings! As one of Gaudi’s first projects, he put all of his passion and inspiration into making this home memorable with styles from all over the world.
Barceloneta & Arc de Triomf
Barceloneta is the city’s southernmost neighborhood, offering the rare charm of the seaside just steps away from the busy city streets. Here you can fully enjoy the fresh sea air, nautical views, and leisurely walks along the bars-lined boardwalk. The best way to explore the Barceloneta is by bike: taking a bike tour on the seafront is a great experience that worth the effort! While biking around the neighborhood you will quickly pass by the Arc de Triomf, does this remind you or a monument from another city?
Barcelona is definitely an excellent city for strolling and enjoying culture, art, shopping, nature, and some relaxation. Keep in mind that the food shouldn’t be overlooked here as well. Take your time to taste all the delicious tapas and remember that eating here means enjoying long leisurely lunches between 2 pm and 4 pm (when many businesses are closed) and late dinners after 9 pm.