Things to do in Barcelona | Rahhala |
Many things to do in Barcelona but first let’s talk briefly about Barcelona before listing the 10 must-dos in Barcelona.
High spirits and vitality are found everywhere in Barcelona. This infectious capital of Catalonia, and second largest city in Spain exudes soul and energy, living life to the full. Barcelona’s verve is matched by its magnificent architecture, characterized by one man’s signature, Antonio Gaudi.
10 Things to do in Barcelona
1. Las Ramblas
It is a street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals, running from seafront through to Placa de Catalunya. Watch out for the mime artists and pickpockets, though keep a hand on your wallet.
The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said about La Rambla: “the only street in the world which I wish would never end.”
2. Sagrada Familia Church
In progress since 1882, La Sagrada Familia is perhaps Antonio Gaudi’s most magnificent achievement. As yet unfinished, due to Antonio’s death, although the ongoing construction and combination of Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms a masterpiece which is financed through tourism.
3. Casa-Museu Gaudi
A pink, Alice-in-Wonderland house is the setting for the Gaudi museum. It was built between 1903 and 1905. It was on sale but it attracted no purchasers. In 1906, Gaudí bought the house and lived there with his father and niece. Exhibits in the museum contain furniture, drawings and portraits designed by the great man himself.
4. Picasso Museum
It hosts one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. With 4,251 works exhibited by Picasso, the museum has one of the most complete permanent collections of works.
Picasso was born in Malaga, Pablo Picasso moved to Barcelona during his teen years. Though many of his greatest works are in private hands, the Picasso Museum is well worth a visit.
5. Bishop’s Palace
After being destroyed by fire, Bishop Juan Vallespinós commissioned Antonio Gaudi to design a new and more magnificent palace in 1887. Upon the Bishop’s death, Gaudi abandoned the project.
6. The Poble Espanyol
It is an open-air architectural museum, completed in 1929, the ‘Spanish Village’ is a compilation of buildings representing the collective architectural characteristics of Spain. It consists of 117 full-scale buildings,The village has become a gathering place to dine and be entertained. It also contains theaters, restaurants and a museum of contemporary art.
7. Gothic Quarter
It is the center of the old city of Barcelona, It’s an ancient Roman village, the Gothic Quarter is a contrast of contemporary and medieval architecture, incorporating the magnificent 14th century cathedral.
8. Olympic Stadium
It was built in 1927 for the 1929 International Exposition in the city. During 1992, the eyes of the world focused on the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona as they hosted the Olympic Games. Today is a popular athletics facility.
9. Passeig de Gracia
As one of the major shopping areas of Barcelona, it caters for the modest, and also those who prefer the more sophisticated boutiques, bars and restaurants also line the avenue.
10. Lover’s Day
On behalf of romance seekers, Barcelona obliges with its own version of St Valentines, known as Lover’s Day, celebrated every April 23rd.