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Best of Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in Europe. And for good reason. It has just about everything you could want from a European destination: great weather, stunning beaches, rich history, culture, unique architecture, amazing food, and it's an energetic, vibrant city.

There is not a bad time to visit Barcelona. We have visited multiple times at different times of the year and have loved every season. Barcelona has a mild, Mediterranean climate which means mild winters and warm summers. It's really a year-round destination.

Here are some of our favorite things to see and do in Barcelona.

Explore Antoni Gaudi's Architecture

La Sagrada Familia

No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to this impressive Basilica. This is Gaudi's most popular work, and the most visited attraction in Barcelona even though it's not yet completed. It's been under construction for over 100 years. Construction began in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2030! Gaudi was a devout Catholic and he devoted the last 10 years of his life to this project. The stained glass is absolutely stunning. Purchase your timed entry tickets online to avoid a long line.

Parc Guell

Located in the fun neighborhood of Gracia, Parc Guell is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Barcelona. Parc Guell is a 45 acre garden complex that was designed by Gaudi that is definitely worth a visit. It is near La Sagrada Familia, so it's easy to see both of these sites. Save yourself a little cash, and a potentially long wait in line, and purchase your tickets in advance online.

Casa Batllo

Gaudi worked on the restoration of Casa Battle for 2 years in the early 1900's . Located in the Example district, this eye catching building is decorated with a facade of mosaic tiles which Gaudi collected from the garbage of a nearby glass shop.

Casa Mila

Also known as La Pedreera, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has a facade of limestone that was meant to look like a snowy mountain. Gaudi planned this building to be a spiritual symbol and included many religious elements like statues of Mary, Gabriel, and Saint Michael.

Picasso Museum

With over 4,000 pieces of art, there is a lot to see here. Pablo Picasso was born in the south of Spain and moved to Barcelona when he was 14 years old. Purchase skip the line tickets in advance.

La Rambla

You will likely pass through or near this 1.2 km long pedestrian only boulevard multiple times during your stay in Barcelona. La Rambla begins at Place de Catalunya and runs down to the waterfront near the Christopher Columbus statue. You'll find plenty of places to shop and eat here, there are usually street performers, and it's a great place to people watch.

Ride the harbor cable car

This almost 1500 meter-long aerial tram connects Barceloneta and Montjuic. You'll be treated to great views of the city and sea during the 10 minute ride.

Fountains of Montjuic

These dancing fountains are a fun, nighttime activity that we especially enjoyed on a warm summer evening. Be sure to get there early to secure a good viewing location.

Olympic Stadium

Barcelona hosted the 1992 olympics and you can visit the stadium built for this.

FC Barcelona Football Club

If you are a sports fan, check the schedule of FC Barcelona to see if there is a home game during your visit. There is nothing like the energy at a professional European football (soccer) game. You can also take a tour of their stadium and museum.

Watch a Flamenco Show

We enjoyed the show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes. It was worth the $90 for dinner and a show.

Beaches of Barcelona

Barceloneta Beach is conveniently located close to the city center and easily accessible via public transportation. This area can get very busy in summer months. There is a fun promenade reminds me a little of Venice Beach in California with cafes, shops and skateboarders


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