Barcelona is a beautiful city, packed with colour and ornate architecture. There are 100’s of things to see and do here, but if, like me, you often don’t have time to do 100’s of activities, then hopefully my Top five will narrow things down for you!
1 – Park Guell
As you can see from the photo above, this place is stunning. My absolute favourite in Barcelona, it deserves to be no less than number 1 on this list. From the vibrant mosaics and enchanting animal sculptures in the monumental region, to the breathtaking views of the city in the free area of the park. This is truly an awesome place to visit.
How to get there? – Metro line 3 to Vallcara, then walk to Baixada de Gloria and take the escalator up the very steep hill (yes theres an escalator in the street!), and enter at the Passatge de Sant Josep de la Muntanya entrance.
How much? – FREE if you just want to take in the views of Barcelona and explore the greenery, €8 at the gates, €7 online for the monumental region displaying Gaudis works – be warned theres often a few hours wait before your can get in due to limiting numbers in the Park at once, so buying tickets online is definitely advised if you want to avoid waiting during the day
View from the Top! – photo above shows the view from the FREE view point in Park Guell
2 – La Sagrada Familia
No list of things to do in Barcelona would be complete without this. Another one of Gaudis stunning works and arguably the most famous, this extravagant temple of Catholicism is truly breathtaking. With construction starting in 1882, completion is expected in 2026, with the cathedral now in its final stage of construction. But don’t let that put you off, I mean you could wait another 9 years to visit or just go now, and appreciate the beauty and attention to fine detail this building elicits, even with the odd bit of scaffolding hanging around.
How to get there? – Take line 2 or line 5 on the metro to Sagrada Familia – you can’t miss it once you get off!
How much? – This varies deepening on what you want out of you visit, a basic ticket to get in starts at €15 but if you want to get to the tower tops for views of the city then its €24 – as always, best to book online if you know when you want to go to avoid the queues!
3 – Las Rambalas
This famous 1.2km tree lined street runs through the heart of the city. With Port Vell (our next destination) marking the southernmost end, and Catalunya at the northernmost end. There are dozens of things to see and do along this street, including visiting the Liceu theatre, Christopher columbus monument and exploring the gothic quarter. The artistic vibrant feel of Barcelona is felt nowhere more strongly than here, from the Miro mosaic beneath your feet to the japenese street art on the walls, make sure you give yourself time to explore and enjoy all the Las Ramabalas have to offer.
A word of warning however, the infamous Barcelona pit pockets often operate in this area so have your wits about you and your valuables out of arms reach! Also some areas of Las Rambalas are more known for being seedy than others, so keep this in mind when exploring at night!
How to get here? – to begin your journey at the northernmost point take the line 1 or line 3 on the metro to Catalunya. Alternatively line 3 will take you to the Liceu theatre, mid way down Las Rambalas, or you can take line 3 to Drassanes to begin in the south of the street.
How much? – FREE, unless you intend to visit specific attractions etc.
4 – Port Vell – Barcelona Old Harbour
This waterside port on the edge of the city is a beautiful place to stroll and admire the scenery. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants or head cross the bridge to the aquarium, which is one of the largest in Europe! Theres plenty of things to see and do in this harbour and you don’t have to spend a penny to just sit and enjoy this atmosphere!
How to get there? – Take metro Line 4 to Barceloneta and take a 10 minute walk to Port Vell, or take Line 3 to Drassanes for an equally short walk to the centre.
How much? – FREE, unless you go for something to eat then your looking at around €15 + for a meal
5 – Camp Nou – FC Barcelona Stadium
Ok, this won’t be for everyone. I admit, my boyfriend was definitely the reason we ended up here, it wouldn’t have been on my top list originally, however having been, it was pretty cool. I’m not a football fanatic, I watch the odd game, but even I could appreciate just how special this particular stadium is. If you are at all interested in football, then this is the ultimate stadium tour and I wouldn’t miss it on your trip! See the memorabilia, sit in the changing rooms, visit the heights of the stadium and appreciate how vast this place really is.
How to get there? – Take metro line 5 to Collblanc station and follow the signs to Nou camp, its just a short 5 minute walk away.
How much? – €25 euro if you book online, I would definitely recommend this as sometimes you can get offers and deals to reduce the cost as well!
So thats it, my Top five things to do in Barcelona. I love this city and it’s very near the top of my re-visit list! If you have any questions or suggestions, as always, please comment below, I would love to hear from you! 🙂