Being one of Europe’s most popular cities, Barcelona appeals not only to the city lovers but, also the beach goer in search of some Mediterranean sun. As many people say, ‘it has the best of both worlds’. With cheap flights from all over Europe here’s fifteen things you must do in the Catalonian capital.

P10602431. Get lost in the labyrinth of narrow street’s of the Gothic Quarter in search of the Cathedral. The Gothic Quarter has many peaceful plaza’s where you can enjoy a nice cold beer and a bite to eat.

P10601922. Sip cocktails on a roof top bar overlooking the city. Some of the best are; Skybar at Grand Hotel Central, La Isabela at Hotel 1898 and 360 Barcelo Raval Hotel.

spain-1349569_960_7203. Appreciate the intricate details of the Sagrada Familia of which work began in 1882 and remains under construction.

3. Indulge in some traditional Spanish and Catalonian tapas in the El Born district.

13560437794_2bfa7df440_k4. People watch in Barcelona’s busiest street, La Rambla. Be warned though, it’s not cheapest nor most authentic place to eat on in Barcelona.

football-stadium-62891_12805. Watch one of the best football teams in the world at Camp Nou.

P10600866. Explore the rooftop of Gaudi’s Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera or “The stone quarry”, a reference to its unconventional rough-hewn appearance. This building was the last residence built by the famous Antoni Gaudi.

barcelona-2395956_19207. After a long day pounding the streets of the city, rest those sore feet on one of Barcelona’s beaches.

P10504309. Sample the delights of the local markets. Make sure you take your wallet, we spent a small fortune in La Boqueria, the most famous market in Barcelona.

parc-guell-411936_960_72010. Wander around Park Güell. At the top of the park is  a terraced area where you get a wonderful view of the park and of Barcelona City.

P105053811. Blow bubbles in the park. For a few euros one of the buskers will happily let you have a go.

12. Experience art nouveau at it’s best in another one of Gaudi’s masterpieces, Casa Batlló.

P105076413. It’s not just Gaudi that holds all of the UNESCO cards in Barcelona. Hospital de Sant Pau is also a World Heritage Site and well worth a visit.

P105054414.  Take a stroll around Parc de la Ciutadella. This large green space within the bustling city includes the city zoo, the Palau del Parlament de Catalunya, museums, a small lake, and a large fountain.

3046949899_7a65038b6c_b15. Picture Pablo Picasso’s younger days in Museu Picasso.

Have you visited Barcelona? What were you highlights?

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  1. Some of these sound like so much fun, but not sure I’d want to go to Barcelona to chase pigeons. Hardly a “must do” activity, and if I wanted to I could easily do that in Chicago.


  2. I like how your post is more pictures and fewer words. It really captures the essence of the city despite the minimal words used. I haven’t yet been to Barcelona but it’s definitely happening next year. Thanks for sharing these suggestions, will bookmark them definitely!

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  3. Barcelona is my absolute favourite European city (so far, I’ve not visited them all hehe), so it’s great to see some of the things I’ve done make the list. Park Guell is beautiful, as is the Sagrada Familia 🙂 x

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  4. Ah this post brings back such great memories of Barcelona! The beaches, La Boqueria, Park Guell were some of my favourites. Visiting one of the oldest bars was quite cool as well – Bar Marsella (Absinthe bar).

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  5. Getting indulged in Gaudi architecture is a must in Barcelona. I loved my vacation there and I guess I visited all the Gaudi masterpieces that are scattered around in the city. Loved your pictures. I liked that you covered all the must-do’s in Barcelona including visiting the local La Boqueria market. Have a great time!

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  6. Very nice! The Philippines ruled by the Spaniards for 3 centuries, so as Filipinos we long to visit Barcelona to trace back our roots. In fact, in your photos, I can see similarities and influences. The details of their architecture is simply amazing.

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