Barcelona is the Catalan city on the eastern coast of Spain. Known for its food, architecture, and night lift, Barcelona is the perfect travel destination. There are so many amazing nooks and crannies to explore in this beach city that it can be overwhelming. I have created the Barcelona City Guide to help you figure out exactly what you can’t miss!
I figured I would start this Barcelona City Guide off with the most in-your-face building in Barcelona: The Torre Glories. The Torre Glories (Formerly Torre Agbar) is an unmissable landmark in central Barcelona. This pickle shaped building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel. It is truly a site to behold, and a site to take “Leaning Tower of Pisa-esque” photos. The Torre is a beautiful site to behold at night as the whole thing lights up in different colors. However, this building is sadly just an office building, only to behold from the outside.
Arc de Triomf
Many of you have probably heard of the Arc de Triumph in Paris and probably one or two other places to be honest. The story behind the Arcs de Triumph is that every time the Roman Empire would conquer a new major city, they would erect an Arc to show that they have came and conquered. Pretty savage to think they killed a lot of people just to expand their empire and build a landmark. HOWEVER, this Arc was actually built in the late 1800s as an entrance to the Worlds Fair. Pretty cool in my opinion. Also, the park that surrounds the one in Barcelona is beautiful and full of children blowing bubbles. Definitely a must see.
Mercado de la Boqueria
Mercado de la Boqueria is a famous and amazing food market near the coastal areas of Barcelona. I spent HOURS just walking around this market looking at all of the beautiful food options. It was like walking into the most beautiful hallway of food in the world. I wanted to eat EVERYTHING. We ended up finding a paella place on the edge of the market to eat lunch at. This is one market definitely to come hungry to.
Parc Ciutadella was my absolute FAVORITE part of Barcelona, a city with so much to love. This park tops it all. It is a huge park near the Arc de Triomf that boast ping pong tables, bike paths, beautiful fountain, and THIS AMAZING ELEPHANT/MAMMOTH STATUE. This statue has honestly made for one of my all-time favorite travel pictures. This Barcelona City Guide would not be complete without mentioning this amazing park.
This one is pretty short. Try Sangria. It is the drink of the area. Think of wine mixed with the most amazing fruits. It’s delicious and you deserve it.
Eat Paella: A Must Do From the Barcelona City Guide
The Valencia and Cataluna areas of Spain are famous for some of the best food in the world, and let me tell you, the food lives up to the hype. Paella is the most famous dish to order in Barcelona, and you need to be prepared. Paella isn’t just a meal, it’s a feast. It is made in a human sized skillet. It consists of rice, vegetables, spices, and SEAFOOD. Being right on the coast, Barcelona has amazing seafood. Come prepared to order a paella to share.
Rent a Bike on the Pier
Barcelona is a HUGE city, and seeing it all is quite a large task. The best way to see everything on this amazing Barcelona City Guide is to rent a bike! The weather in Barcelona is truly beautiful and there are so many beach and pier areas to explore. A bike allows you to go anywhere in the city without completely killing your feet! There are many different shops, especially around the beach, that rent you these bikes for cheap. We loved them and they made for such cute pictures.
Barcelona City Guide Adventure Tip
Skip the bicycle and rent a Vespa! These little motorcycles can be CRAZY to drive around the Barcelona streets. It’s not easy, but it sure is fun. Make sure that you bring your international drivers permit though or they won’t let you rent one!
La Sagrada Familia
No Barcelona City Guide would be complete without mentioning La Sagrada Familia, one of the most famous churches in the world. However, there is one thing you need to know about it, while it is often open to the public, it is just as often closed for construction as the magnificent building is always improving. Despite the cranes, this church is indescribably beautiful and is in an easy location to visit.
Mojitos on the Beach
First off I should mention: All beaches in Barcelona are topless beaches. You don’t have to be topless to go, but don’t be surprised if you see people who are. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the beaches are absolutely beautiful. The best part about the beach is they have open alcohol rules! That means that there are people swarming all over the beach coming up and offering you an ice cold mojito while you are baking in the sun. It truly feels like you are royalty when the alcohol comes to you.
Go to a Futbol Game
Even if you don’t like soccer, you have most likely heard of Lionel Messi. Messi is considered one of the greatest players of our time. What’s cool is that you can actually see him play live for Barcelona! If you have never seen Spanish futbol fans in action, let me tell you, it is truly a sight to behold. There is nothing like the atmosphere created by crazed fans that fill up a stadium. Go see for yourself at Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona.
The final piece of the Barcelona City Guide that I wanted to mention is Parque Guell. Parque Guell is one of the most famous sites to see in Barcelona. Designed by the famous artist Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi’s amazing modernist architecture can be found all around Barcelona, but this park resides at the top of Carmel Hill, making it the perfect viewpoint for the rest of the city.
That’s it! That’s the Barcelona City Guide! Comment below your thoughts 🙂
Where to stay: Urbany Hostel Barcelona