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How to Experience the Best of Barcelona?

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How to Experience the Best of Barcelona?

When it comes to experiencing the best of Barcelona, there are infinite possibilities and no single right answer. That said, there are a few must-dos that will make your trip to this beautiful Spanish city even more enjoyable. From stair-climbing at Barcelona’s Gaudi-designed monuments to eating tapas and taking dips in the Mediterranean Sea, there’s truly something for everyone.

To get the most out of your next trip to Barcelona, here are our recommendations on the 10 best experiences you should have while you’re there.

1. Visit Gaudi’s masterpieces

Barcelona is renowned for its modernist architecture, many of which were designed by the city’s most famous architect, António Gaudi. Gaudi’s most acclaimed work can be found at La Sagrada Família, his famous unfinished basilica which towers high above the city’s skyline. With its breathtaking spires and intricate paneled facade, it’s sure to be a highlight of your trip. Other notable Gaudi works within the city include Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, and Parc Güell.

2. Take a walk on La Rambla

La Rambla is one of the best-known streets in Barcelona and a great place to start your journey. Stroll down the promenade, lined with souvenir stalls, vendors, and trees, until you reach the Plaŀa de Catalunya at the end. Here, you can connect to some of Barcelona’s best sites, including La Barceloneta beach, Las Rambles Street Market, and El Born Cultural Centre.

3. Have a picnic in Ciutadella Park

Ciutadella Park is Barcelona’s largest public park and the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely lunch amidst the immaculately kept lawns, lakes, and gardens. The park is also home to a fascinating Moderniste building know as Casa de la Musica, as well as a number of cultural venues, such as Barcelona Zoo, Catalan Parliament and the National Popular Arts and Traditions Museum.

4. Check out La Boqueria Market

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is one of Barcelona’s biggest attractions and one of the world’s most famous markets. Meander through its bustling stalls full of fresh local produce and snacks. You can find anything from exotic fruits and vegetables to freshly made paella and mouthwatering churros con chocolate.

5. Explore El Barrio Gotico

El Barrio Gotico is one of Barcelona’s oldest and most attractive neighborhoods. Wind your way through its narrow cobblestone streets lined with medieval buildings and find hidden gems along the way. Check out Santa Maria del Pi, a stunning Gothic church dating back to 1319; explore some of Barcelona’s oldest tenements; and marvel at ancient artworks on display at the City History Museum.

6. Take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea

No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the famous beaches which line the city’s waterfront. Offering tranquil waters and stunning views of the city skyline, Barceloneta beach is perfect for a leisurely dip or a spot of sunbathing in summer months. You can also go kayaking or paddle boarding or simply relax with a margarita or a glass of sangria in one of the seaside chiringuito bars.

7. Check out the cutting-edge design

Barcelona is well-known for its cutting-edge design scene, so why not take it in? Head to ‘203 Design’ ( to discover some of Spain’s best contemporary furniture and home decor. Nearby “Mutable– Space for Thinking Applied Design’ ( is an exhibition space dedicated to thought-provoking projects that challenge design conventions. It’s also home to an excellent bookshop with carefully curated titles for design aficionados.

8. Enjoy tapas and sangria

Enjoying tapas and sangria has become something of a ritual when visiting Barcelona. Luckily, there are countless tapas bars within the city that serve up delicious dishes inspired by Catalonia’s traditions. Head to Boqueria market for some truly authentic tapas experiences or try Catalunya’s classic cava and calçots (grilled onion shoots).

9. Marvel at Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral (also known as La Seu) is a must-see for first-time visitors to the city. Soaring high into the sky at 145 feet tall and over 500 years old, the Gothic cathedral is an impressive sight by day or by night. Take a tour around the interior and admire its awe-inspiring stained glass windows, high vaults, grand altarpieces and chapels dedicated to local saints.

10. Wander off the beaten path

When you’ve ticked off all the major attractions in Barcelona, make your way off the beaten path to uncover cultural gems you won’t find in guide books. Wander around Born or Gràcia -both full of narrow streets and charming little boutiques- or visit Raval or Poblenou – two streets bursting with bars, restaurants and art galleries.

Barcelona truly has something for everyone and we hope this list has inspired you with all the amazing experiences it has to offer!

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How to Experience the Best of Barcelona?

Experience Adventure Like Never Before: Book Your Tour Today!