It’s been nearly a month since I’m back from Barcelona and duh, I miss it so much. This city has mesmerized me with its charm, its lifestyle and its incomparable beauty. To me Barcelona has always been a big dream – a dream so big it almost felt surreal to finally be there and explore the city in real life. After publishing a little travel diary and a foodie guide, today I’m telling you all about the things you should do when you find yourself in Barcelona.
1. La Sagrada Familia
The first thing I saw once we set on to land in Barcelona was the Sagrada Familia. It is located in the middle of the city in-between two skyscrapers and all you can think about is how impressive this piece of architecture would look like once you stand beneath it. Well done Barcelona, well done. To me, as an admirer of Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada is the most amazing architectural piece I’ve ever seen. The 15€ entrance fee is definitely worth it and you should not miss this when you’re in Barcelona. I’d advice you to book your tickets online (here) in advance to avoid queuing and higher prizes. Also try to go there in the morning since it will be crowded with tourists as the day goes on.
2. Park Güell
The huge Park Güell is another thing Gaudí and Barcelona are famous for. You can either access the park for free or enter the monumental area for 7€. We did both and even though every inch of the park is amazing I’d recommend to buy tickets for the other area as well to make sure you won’t miss the magical Antoni Gaudí statues, buildings and designs. Again it’s best to buy your tickets in advance (here) and go in the morning to avoid queuing for hours.
3. La Pedrera (or Casa Milá) and Casa Batlló
The two Gaudí designed houses are incredible and definitely a must-see during every stay in Barcelona. I did not go inside since they were mesmerizing from the outside as well and the entrance fees were a tad too high for my liking – 20€ upwards for either one of them. However, people told me that going inside is well worth the money – especially for La Pedrera. As usual buy your tickets online (Casa Battló / Casa Milá) in order to get in a little cheaper and avoid queues.
4. Castell de Montjuïc and the Font Màgica
To me this definitely was one of the highlights on my trip to Barcelona. This is one of those rare things that take your breath away – special, magical and unforgettable. We decided to stroll up the little mountain at 6 pm with some snacks in our bags – then we sat at one of the stairs and enjoyed the view over Barcelona at daylight as well as the incredible light and music show of the Font Màgica that starts at 9 pm. One of the best things you can do for free, believe me!
5. Wander around Barcelona’s streets
Barcelona is one of those cities that are particularly great for walking. And honestly, there is no better way to discover the true lifestyle of a city/country than to stroll away from tourist traps. While we walked through the touristy places like Gothic Quarter and El Born, La Rambla and Barcelonetta Beach we made sure to go into as many side alleys as possible in order to find new things and real Barcelona-life. This was one of the things I enjoyed most because 1. It’s free, 2. it’s way more exciting than following the beaten path 3. I was more than happy to get away from crowds of people and see what Barcelona really looks like.