Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia is one of the cities to see when being in Europe. Why? Because it´s one of a kind. It´s different. Maybe mostly because of Gaudís influence.
But what to do and see while being in Barcelona? Here are some tips and places for your Barcelona bucket list:
Sagrada Família – the uncompleted
The Sagrada Família is an unfinished basilica belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. No wonder. It would take months to see every detail of Gaudís masterpiece.
Park Güell – Masterpiece with a view
Gaudí built his Park Güell on the hills of the city . Mosaics and the unmistakable buildings characterize the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Casa Battló – Gaudí again
The facades of Gaudí´s Casa Battló are interesting and unique. The house is a reminder of the legend of St. George . The roof is shaped like the back of a dragon.
Casa Milà is one of the most famous buildings (besides the Sagrada Família) from Gaudí and is also called La Pedrera which means quarry house.
Barri Gòtic – Journey into the past
The Barri Gòtic is Barcelona´s oldest district. You find it in walking distance to the Las Ramblas. It´s not as crowded and loud as the famous street.
Calmness in the heart of the city
I particularly liked the the Cathedral of Barcelona. An old fountain, fish and geese are inside the inner courtyard. The noise of the city remains unheard here and it´s cool inside, which can be a relief.
Las Ramblas – turn night into day
The place to be in Barcelona. The street, which ends at the harbor is one of the city’s attractions. Street artists do their best to entertain, while (colorful) designer and tourist shops are next to each other. It´s the place to see and be seen.
Tip: If you love colors, especially colorful clothes, visit the Desigual and the Custo Barcelona stores.
Did I enjoy it? Well, walking along it once to the sea and back was enough. It is awfully crowded and I enjoyed walking the Bari Gòtic a lot more.
Mercat de La Boqueria
In the heart of Barcelona in Rambla, it is worthwhile to visit the Boqueria Market. Colorful, noisy and crowded. That´s the Mercat de La Boqueria. I was particularly interested in the supply of fresh fruit and smoothies. Exactly the right snack for a hot day in Barcelona .
Tip: When you decide to have lunch or dinner look for places offering Tapas.
The Hospital de Sant Pau
Built in the early 20th century, the Hospital de Sant Pau is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and has been included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Today it´s no longer a hospital but it´s definitely worth to visit this place.
Barcelona = color flash. Whether Gaudí’s colorful and detailed architecture or the shrill fashion. Barcelona is not a city for gray mice. Is Barcelona worth seeing? Sure. Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities of southern Europe and unique in any ways.