Things to do in Barcelona?
It’s difficult not to fall in love with the capital of Catalonia. The millions of people who visit the city every year are not wrong! Yet, it has not always had this almost magnetic aura. It was the Olympic Games in 1992 that led to the city’s transformation, when it underwent a high speed modernization program with major infrastructural work and the renovation of many of its neighborhoods. And revealed itself to the eyes of the world, showing what it had always been: a city of character, cosmopolitan, vibrant, eccentric, with a rich history and cultural vitality. A city-world, which requires many choices because the list of activities is long! A short guided tour to situate yourself...
Must-see in Barcelona
•There is no better symbol of Barcelona than this magnificent building by the architect Antoni Gaudí, a basilica on an unbelievable scale that dominates the city with its mind-boggling architecture: the Sagrada Familia. Started in 1882, its construction is expected to be completed in 2026, after works on a mammoth scale lasting 150 years. Whether from the inside or the outside, the Sagrada Familia is mystically fascinating!
•Gaudi made a lasting mark on the city, as can be seen with his three other legendary sites. Stroll around the magical Güell Park, where the architecture appears to blend into the natural surroundings, and enjoy the unobstructed view from the top of the steep path. Finally, do not miss the Casa Battló and the Casa Milà, two stunning symbols of Catalan modernism. To discover all of Gaudi’s works in Barcelona, you can also opt for a visit by electric bicycle in the footsteps of the Catalan architect!
•Several emblematic neighborhoods in Barcelona are worth a visit, but as a priority, be sure not to miss the Barri gòtic, the historic center of the city and a maze of narrow streets and small squares. It is crossed by the famous Rambla, a huge and lively avenue that is home to many businesses that leads to the seafront. Not to mention the Gothic gem of the neighborhood, Barcelona Cathedral.
•Barcelona is also home to many leading museums, such as the Picasso Museum, with a collection of more than 4,000 works. Paintings, lithographs, pottery, sculptures, engravings, and more. The full genius of the Spanish artist is revealed here in a city where he spent part of his youth.
•Finally, it would be a pity not to treat yourself to a quick dip in the Mediterranean: with almost 5 km of coastline, there is no shortage of beautiful beaches in Barcelona! Use the opportunity to pay a visit to Barceloneta, historically the neighborhood of fishermen and sailors, which is still very lively and popular!