Barcelona is a hip and funky city, with architecture resembling that of Dr. Seuss. In this trendy city it can be hard to narrow down the sights to see, especially if you are only visiting for a weekend. Barcelona is a city that parties all night, and thrives during the day. There are beaches, clubs, bars, amazing dinners (paella…yummmm), and oodles of sights to be seen. In case you haven’t heard; there’s this guy, Antoni Guadi, who was an artist that architect and influenced Barcelona heavily into the unique masterpiece it is today.
Here are the tops sights to see when taking a trip to Barcelona!
La Sagrada Famiglia
Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece and the icon of Barcelona. This is a must-see when visiting Barcelona, and tickets to see the inside should definitely be purchased in advanced. La Sagrada Famiglia towers over everything in Barcelona, and is stunning to see in person.
Take a picture with the famous porcelain wall in Gaudi’s gorgeous park. Wander among the tree lined paths in what feels like a world created by Doctor Suess.
Another crazy Dr. Suess-esque building built by the one and only Gaudi! Buy tickets in advance to skip the line, or to visit one of the events they hold at night on their rooftop, giving a stunning view of Barcelona. Even if you don’t go inside, the outside architecture is amazing to look at.
Beautitul, and in the middle of the gothic quarter, this stunning building represents the older side of Barcelona, and hidden away just around the corner you can find the Roman Columns.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Another park to wander and roam, while seeing cute ducks and a marvelous fountain! Ride a gondola in one of the ponds, or listen to street performers while drinking a cold beer.
Past Parc Guell you can go trekking in the foothills of Tibidabo (get the “Friends” reference?). Heading up here means the most spectacular views over the city. There is the famous ferris wheel and amusment park that can make for a fun day trip with an easy going atmosphere.
This is the nearest place to go to the beach from the city center. Bring a towel and swimsuit (or lack of one, tops are optional!) and lay out for a few hours in front of the crystal clear waters.
Walk down the street and smell the Spanish food as you pass markets and street vendors in a colorful, bustling, and scenic part of town. Enjoy the beautiful buildings and the Catalan language as people walk along one of the most famous streets in Barcelona.