The city of Barcelona is a must-see in Spain. Gaudí’s architecture, Michelin-starred restaurants, medieval and Gothic architecture are only some of what the city has to offer.
Take a walk around the city and explore the architecture
Barcelona is a city known for its architecture: most of the city’s symbols were built and designed by Gaudí. Do not miss the Sagrada Familia, an unfinished cathedral located a short distance away from the city center. The cathedral’s interior is filled with thin, bony columns, colourful glass and murals, while its exterior has carved stone statues.
In the chic Eixample district you will find two other popular sites which were built by this architect: the Casa Batlló house and the Casa Milá. Casa Battló used to belong to a family who commissioned the architect to build an out-of-the-ordinary residence, which he did: the house has sandstone exteriors decorated with colourful mosaics, iron-wrought and skull-shaped balconies, rooftips decorated with ceramic-covered statues… The nearby Casa Milá has a large facade in the shape of a wave. This building can be explored during a guided tour around the patios and the rooftops.
Get lost in the city’s Gothic Quarter
Another district worth visiting is the famous Gothic Quarter. Located a short walk away from the city center, the medieval village of El Born, this area is known for its Gothic architecture. The easiest way to discover the gems of this neighbourhood is on foot: some of the most famous hotels in Barcelona are located in the area, a short distance away from most popular landmarks. The main attraction is the Seu Cathedral, a Gothic building with an adjacent cloister filled with geese. Check out the Plaça Reial, the district’s main square, if you want to relax and have a coffee while enjoying the views.
Visit the markets and taste traditional dishes
Spanish cuisine has seen a growth in popularity all over the globe, and many of those who choose to visit Barcelona decide to explore the city during a tapas tours. Tapas are appetizers that can be found all over the country, and each region has its own specialties. In Barcelona, it is common to find fried asparagus, stuffed peppers, cheese and seafood in tapas bars. If you want a more filling meal, head to any of the restaurants located off the Las Ramblas, closer to Plaça Catalunya: here you will find stews, grilled vegetables, and a variety of meat and seafood products.
If you are on a budget, then you can head to one of the city’s many traditional markets and stock up on ham, cheese, local fruit and vegetables and some fresh pastries. The most famous market is the Boquería market. Located off the Las Ramblas main street, this centric market is filled with traditional stalls selling local products and colourful refreshing drinks and many tapas bars, including the famous El Quim. Near Passeig de Gràcia you will find more upscale establishments dedicated to the haute cuisine: there are even a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants located nearby.