The Catalan capital, Barcelona is one of the most interesting cities in Europe, it has a warm climate, a stunning harbour and the city is adorned with some of the most artistically designed buildings in the World. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful part of Europe and here are my top 5 favourites to help you out on your next trip to Barcelona.
Nou Camp Visit
The Nou Camp or ‘Camp Nou’ is home to Barcelona football club, one of the most iconic football clubs in the World. If you are in town when there is a game on then you should most definitely try to grab a ticket and join over 100,000 other fans in this monster of a stadium. Even non-football lovers will enjoy the atmosphere here. If there isn’t a game on then you can take a tour through the iconic stadium and gain behind-the-scenes access to changing rooms and even stand on the pitch.
Wander La Rambla
La Rambla is the street that runs through the heart of Barcelona that culminates in the beautiful harbour. The street is used for festivities and daily markets and you can spend hours wandering down the pedestrian-friendly area taking in the best of the city. La Rambla features several outdoor bars and restaurants to relax in with some local food and drinks while you watch the World go by. On a nighttime the street lights up with street performers and as the markets continue to trade food stalls and nightclubs on the side streets begin to open up. La Rambla is most definitely the pulse of the city and a great way to pass your time in Barcelona.
Visit the Gothic Quarter
Much of Barcelona was designed and pioneered by it’s resident artist and architect Antoni Gaudi and non-more-so than the beautiful Gothic Quarter. This part of town used to be the the centre of Barcelona and here you can find a labyrinth of streets with various small squares. Littering the streets are local shops like bookstores, small food shops, craftshops and small clothing stores that sit within the medieval walls of the quarter. In the squares it is not rare to see people dancing and enjoying a glass or two in the bars that are set up on the street corners and if you want a true taste of old Barcelona then this where you will find it. The Quarter also houses several old churches and government buildings and if you take a tour of the Gothic Quarter you can even gain access to some of these fantastic buildings.
The Picasso Museum
The Spanish painter Pablo Picasso is one of the most important and recognised artists in European history and in Barcelona’s museum dedicated to him they house the most extensive collection of his work in the World. Barcelona meant a great deal to Picasso during his life and this museum was actually opened whilst he was still alive leading him to contribute many personal works to the collection. Museu Picasso not only displays the artists paintings but also several etchings, practice pieces and sculptures and is one of my most favourite art museums that I have ever visited.