Whether you are a few hours from touching down to kick off your tour of Barcelona by car or you're still in the initial planning stages, looking for the best time of year to visit Spain, chances are that you have at least a basic idea of what you plan to do and see while abroad. If you are still looking to fill out your travel itinerary, look no further, as we have compiled a list of the top, must-see destinations throughout the vibrant and culturally diverse city of Barcelona.
By far the most iconic structure in all of Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia's intricate spires pierce the city skyline, displaying Spain's cultural identity with unmistakable definition. The basilica Sagrada Familia is the magnum opus of the famed Spanish designer, modernism pioneer, and architectural innovator, Antoni Gaudi. The basilica features some of the most intricate architectural design themes to ever grace this earth, inspired by the natural formations of a tropical forest, coupled with the more familiar gothic architecture. The exterior, like the interior, is so detailed that it can be gazed upon for hours without feeling redundant or uninteresting. Nearly 3 million people visit the Sagrada Familia each year, and for good reason, it's an absolutely mind-blowing structure, unrivaled in architectural prowess.
Another masterpiece from Antoni Gaudi, Parc GuŽll is one of the most emblematic destinations in Barcelona. The park overlooks much of the city, providing unmatched views of the wild colored, and skyscraper silhouetted skyline. The park houses the famous Salamander sculpture, as well as a host of houses and buildings designed by Gaudi. Parc GuŽll is one of the most photographed locations in Barcelona, and it makes sense, the beautiful combination of iconic architecture, stunning vistas, and historic impact, make it a must-see destination for any traveler.
Located at one end of the Palau National, Barcelona's iconic promenade, the Font Mŗgica, (Magic Fountain in English) was originally constructed in 1929 for the International Exposition, and is still as awe-inspiring as it was on day one. On selected nights, the fountain is illuminated by a spectacular display of colored lights, displayed through unique water patterns, and set to music. Visitors gather around the Magic Fountain, en masse, to see the exciting firework-esque display of, water, lights, and sound.
Fans of modern art rejoice, as Barcelona's Museu Picasso has over 4,000 works of art by the famed pioneer of Cubism, Pablo Picasso. The museum makes a point to accurately display the influence the city of Barcelona had on Picasso, and how it shaped his immensely complex, and long-developing body of work. Located throughout 5 adjoined medieval palaces, the Museu Picasso is the ultimate shrine to Picasso's legacy as one of the most influential modern artists to have ever lived. The Museu Picasso is easily one of the most cherished museums in all of Spain and handily makes our list as one of the top things to do in Barcelona. Travelers of all backgrounds and interests can find something that engages them here.
Spain has asserted its soccer prowess at an international level for many years, and even the most naÔve of fans understands that when it comes to soccer, Spain is home to serious talent. Arguably the most iconic soccer team of all time, Barcelona FC (known locally as Barca), plays their home games at the Barcelona stadium known as Camp Nou. The stadium is epic to say the least. With a seating capacity of nearly 100,000 people, Camp Nou claims the throne as the largest stadium in Europe. The Barcelona FC roster is stacked with the world's top player talent, and games are typically fully attended. Lucky travelers who happen to score a ticket to a game will not be disappointed - the sheer frenetic energy of the stadium is enchanting in and of itself and if you couple that with the most graceful display of soccer you have ever seen ... you are in for a thrill.
This magical Spanish city is littered with the architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi and many are considered the best things to see in Barcelona. Like the Sagrada Familia and the Parc GuŽll, the Casa Batlló is a one-of-a-kind structure which must be seen to be believed. Twisting stone curves reminiscent of tree branches and mushroom-inspired balconies crawl up the building like wild ivy, each component coming together to create a structure that looks like it belongs in a fairy-tale. For anyone traveling to Barcelona, checking out the Casa Batlló is a must. Architectural design has never been so engaging and inspiring as it is here.
Called the "heartbeat of Barcelona," Las Ramblas Street is a culturally diverse melting pot, representative of Barcelona's vibrant and colorful nature. The street runs from Plaza Catalunya, to the Port Vell harbour, and is lined with shops, restaurants, and street vendors. On a good day, Las Ramblas is bathed in speckles of sunlight; illuminating beams weaving through the verdant shaded tree canopy that borders the street like a natural archway. Take a stroll down this cultural causeway, and bask in the sights and smells of Barcelona's rich heritage.
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