A Tour Around Barcelona
If you visit this city, we totally recommend you to take a tour around Barcelona. In the previous article, we have talked about the Sagrada Familia and Gaudi’s Barcelona. This time, we want to expand our horizons and tell you all there is to know regarding the “Ciudad Condal”. We will explore the different areas of Barcelona where you can find different activities suitable for everyone.
Art and Culture:
Barcelona is known for having a great cultural heritage. Nevertheless, there are different areas that explore different timeframes of the historical background of the city. Neighborhoods such as “El Raval” and “Ciudad Bella” are in the middle of the city center. They are divided by one of the most representative streets of Barcelona “La Rambla”.
A tour around Barcelona and the Gothic Quarter:
Cathedral of Barcelona
Among the different areas of Barcelona, the oldest part of the city is the Gothic Quarter. One of the most important stops in this area is the Gothic Cathedral.
This church is also known as the Cathedral of Barcelona, which was built back in the XIII century. You can admire the amazing view from the outside, however, the interior is equally attractive.
The entrance fees start from 9€ per person. They include entrance to the Choir, access to the roof terrace, and a Virtual audio guide.
Take a quick peak at “La Boqueria”
A definite stop in this historic neighborhood is the Boqueria Market. This is one of the oldest markets in Europe. They have found documents confirming the presence of stalls selling meat as far back as 1217. Therefore, this market has existed for more than 800 years! It is also a hot spot where locals and foreigners meet to buy their local groceries. If you visit “La Boqueria”, you should stop by at least one of the many stands to taste the real local gastronomy.
Visit Gaudi’s first work
Located in the middle of the Gothic Quarter you have the “Plaza Real” or Royal Square. In order to admire the first project of Antoni Gaudi, it is better if you take a tour around this square during the nighttime. Look at the streetlamps where you will find the first of many works made by our Modernist genius. Back in 1890, “Plaza Real” was the center of Barcelona and nowadays, it is a very small square. We strongly suggest that you take a seat and enjoy the view of the contrast between the palm trees and the street lights. You will be looking at Gaudi himself.
A Tour around L’Eixample and Paisseig de Gràcia
Probably one of the most emblematic walks in Barcelona is Passeig de Gràcia. From “Plaza Catalunya up to “Diagonal”, you can find a walk worthy of royalty. This promenade includes various stops that have made Barcelona one of the most famous cultural capitals of the world. The work of Gaudi can be admired in several spots such as “La Pedrera” and “Casa Batlló”. Since the 1900s, this street has been one of the most exclusive areas to live in Barcelona. At present time, Passeig de Gràcia is known for being the Central Business District of Barcelona.
Visita el templo del FC Barcelona – Camp Nou
It is a fact that Barcelona has an incredible cultural heritage, however, the most visited museum in the city belongs to FC Barcelona. It is a definite must for all football fans. More than 1.5 million people visit this museum every year.
Beach and Water Sports Activities
The most famous and visited beach in Barcelona is the Barceloneta. The seafront promenade covers 580 meters of sandy beach where you can find different activities. Restaurants, sports areas, bicycle rental, and rental of sun loungers are the main activities if you want to spend your day at the beach. An interesting fact about the Barceloneta is that it is an artificial beach. During the Olympic Games of 1992, the City Council decided to create a beach to attract tourists. Therefore, they loaded sand from deep water and placed it on the beach.
Water Sports Activities
Walking around the beach in Barcelona, there are several places where you can find water activities. You can find diving, paddle surf, jet skis, flyboard, water bike and parasailing.
Barcelona Airport “El Prat”
A tour around Barcelona has become one of the most visited city tours in the world. Just in 2019, the Airport registered 52.6 million arrivals during the year. The airport is located 12 kilometers away from the city center. Nevertheless, the railway connection from the airport to the city has been drastically improved in the last 10 years.
The Barcelona metro has 8 lines, 161 stations and on Saturday nights they run 24 hours. Barcelona has probably the best public transport system in Spain. Getting from one place to the other using the Metro line is quite easy. We strongly advise you to buy a T – usual card, which has 10 trips included for only 11.35€. You can use the 10 rides whenever you want through zone 1 of Barcelona.
Food and Shopping
It is true that we would need to make another article to describe to you what Barcelona has to offer in terms of Gastronomy. However, we have chosen to write about one of the most emblematic places in the city.
El Nacional Barcelona
Located in the heart of Passeig de Gràcia, El Nacional is a must during your visit. It is the first restaurant in Barcelona with different spaces where you can enjoy traditional recipes from the Peninsula. They are all prepared with high-quality products and in a unique atmosphere. It reflects the social and cultural life of Barcelona. You can find four different restaurants according to your selection, each with a distinct touch of Mediterranean gastronomy.
A tour around Barcelona Shopping
In terms of fashion has taken huge steps in the last decade. It is one of the most influential new cities in the fashion world, sometimes pairing London or Milan.
This street has become one of the new hot spots of Barcelona for shopping purposes. Local brands such as Mikakus, Custo Barcelona, and Desigual have taken part in this fashion upgrade. From the named local brands, they are all quite affordable for all types of public. Nevertheless, you can also find local crafts and shops that are made by local people. In “La Rambla”, you can find not only fashion, but also an endless counter of souvenir stores, restaurants, and bars. The mix of commerce on this street can be sometimes overwhelming because there is so much to see.
Passeig de Gràcia
The most luxurious street for shopping. If you walk around Passeig de Gràcia, Gaudi’s work is not the only thing that stands out. Luxury Brands such as Prada, Luis Vuitton, Max & Co among many others light up this exclusive street with elegance. If you are looking for a more extravagant and professional shopping experience, then this is the place for you. If not, you can always take a walk around the most exclusive street in Barcelona.
If you are walking around Barcelona you can visit one of the following sightseeing spots. A tour around Barcelona is breathtaking.
Vista del castillo de Montjuïc
One of the most attractive views of Barcelona is the Montjuic Castle. Thanks to the privileged location of the Castle, on top of Montjuïc hill, visitors can enjoy superb views of Barcelona and its surroundings.
The entry is free on Sundays after 15h00 pm and the ticket costs 5€ otherwise. On top of the castle, there is a 360-degree lookout point.
From this spot, you can see a complete view of Barcelona with the Mediterranean sea as a background.
One of the most visited places in Barcelona and where people take the most amount pictures. Park Güell is one of the best viewpoints in Barcelona. In addition to green areas and many works of Gaudí, Park Güell has spectacular views of the neighborhood of Gràcia and the Sagrada Familia. Entry costs 8€ per person, but you get to visit one of Gaudi’s jewels in Barcelona.
As you have seen, Barcelona has an almost infinite amount of places to visit. We definitively recommend taking a tour through Barcelona’s diverse streets In case you are looking for a deeper insight into the history and culture of this city, you can also come to our Free Tour Barcelona where we hope to make your experience memorable.