Top Things to do in Barcelona

I’ve been in Barcelona for the past few months and I’m really enjoying my time so far. Despite being the tail end of winter, things haven’t really been too bad here, definitely bearable. That’s made it easy to get out and see more of the city without freezing my butt off. I’ve found a few places that are absolutely unmissable on any visit to Barcelona and despite visiting a few times, I can’t seem to get sick of them. This city is quirky, social and a wonderful place for shopping.

Park Guell:

This place has one of the best views over Barcelona and is filled with lots of quirky buildings. At sunset, you’ll see locals and tourists alike relaxing, often with music, looking out to the city as the sky changes colours. This is a wonderful place to escape the city, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the winding paths that are scattered across the park. There’s also the novelty of outdoor escalators to get you up the steep walk to the park.

The Old City:

As you walk around this part of town, you begin to feel like you’ve been transported to another time but then there are subtle reminders that you’re still in the current century. You’ll find cute boutique style shops, lovely restaurants, cafes, and bars dotted along the streets. This is a great place to just wander, snapping up photos as you please. It’s also a great place to find something to eat or drink and to sit and people watch.

The Beach:

Barcelona offers a lot of bang for its buck, as the city is on the end of a really gorgeous beach. During the summer months this stretch of sands becomes one of the most fun places in Europe. In the winter things quieten down but it’s still a lovely place to wander around. There are a number of high end restaurants and bars lining the seaside.

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia:

This is probably the most popular reason to visit Barcelona and for good reason. It’s absolutely stunning but still in construction. As it’s so popular, hoards of tourists tend to hang out here so make sure you arrive early to avoid massive queues. There’s a tour you can do of the inside that’s super worthwhile as it talks about some of the history of this gorgeous building. You can’t visit Barcelona without lingering for a little while inside here.

Barcelona is a fun city that has so much to offer. Whether you’re looking for a beach holiday or some serious shopping, Barcelona is the place to go. It’s going to be a sad day when I decide to leave, so for now I’m going to soak it all up.