Barcelona is best known for its adorable gothic quarter with its teeny atmospheric alleys, arches and beautiful churches and for the iconic work of Antoni Guadi – probably one of the most famous architects in the world.
There are a tonne of interesting and enjoyable things to do in Catalonia’s sensational capital, and aside from the petty street crime that is rife here and the herds of thuggish stag and hen parties that arrive from the UK and many other parts of Europe, there is nothing negative I can think of to say about this truly amazing city.
In order to get the most out of your time in Barcelona, here is an unexhaustive list of the best things to see and do in this majestic capital, although even if you just chose to mill about the labyrinthine alleyways of El Raval and the Gothic Quarter for your entire stay – I can guarantee you won’t get bored.
Barcelona’s main thoroughfare and home to a zillion professional pickpocketers and consummate bag snatchers is a broad and dynamic avenue that stretches from the coast to Placa Catalunya. Avoid eating and drinking along La Rambla and definitely be extra cautious with bags, wallets, passports, cameras, ipods, phones and any other valuables you carry. A stroll down La Rambla doesn’t have to end at La Policia describing the contents of your bag.
La Sagrada Familia
This exemplary monument started by Antoni Gaudi and as yet unfinished is like a work of Geiger hewn in stone. Work on the church commenced in 1882 and the halfway mark was reached in 2000. Completion of the project should take place around 2035.
The Sagrada Familia is a fantastical structure consisting of eight one hundred meter spires and an amazing amount of symbolism and detail. Nothing else in the world compares to Gaudi’s child. It may be a religious building but its surrealistic appearance makes it a compelling image for everyone from pilgrims to hippies. See images of the Sagrada Familia by clicking here.
From the top of Tibidabo – the hill (the locals like to think of as a mountain) you can take in glorious vistas that encompass the Pyrenees, Montserrat and the Mediterranean sea. The oldest funfair in Europe resides here – the Parc d’Atracciones, which doesn’t have any white knuckle rides but has possibly the most spectacular views than any funfair elsewhere in the world. Read more about Tibidabo by clicking here.