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Best places and attractions in Barcelona
A trip to Barcelona can never be complete without visiting to the most popular monument in Spain, la Sagrada Familia. The Roman Catholic church is packed with the most amazing features each one contributing to the building becoming a ‘must-visit’ place.
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Sagrada Família
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A trip to Barcelona can never be complete without visiting to the most popular monument in Spain, la Sagrada Familia. The Roman Catholic church is packed with the most amazing features each one contributing to the building becoming a ‘must-visit’ place.
La Rambla is Barcelona's most famous boulevard. Here you wil find street performers, souvenir shops, characters (and also pickpockets) so watch your wallet while walking :) La Rambla is one of the most multicultural areas in Barcelona, regularly visited by millions of people from across the world. On any given day, you can expect to bump into people (literally) from at least 40 different countries (according to best estimates). Grab a seat on one of the many relaxing restaurant terraces and brush up on your language skills
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La Rambla
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La Rambla is Barcelona's most famous boulevard. Here you wil find street performers, souvenir shops, characters (and also pickpockets) so watch your wallet while walking :) La Rambla is one of the most multicultural areas in Barcelona, regularly visited by millions of people from across the world. On any given day, you can expect to bump into people (literally) from at least 40 different countries (according to best estimates). Grab a seat on one of the many relaxing restaurant terraces and brush up on your language skills
This is a light, music and water extravaganza that just can't be missed. Performances are nightly but times vary depending on the time of year. Magic Fountain Show times 01 - 06 January Thursday, Friday and Saturday 20:00 - 21:00 07 January - 28 February Closed 01- 31 March Thursday, Friday and Saturday 20:00 - 21:00 01 April - 31 May Thu, Fri and Sat 21:00 - 22:00 01 June - 30 September Wed - Sun 21:30 - 22:30 01 October - 31 Oct Thu, Fri and Sat 21:00 - 22:00 01 November - 31 December Thu, Fri and Sat 20:00 - 21:00
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Font Màgica de Montjuïc
1 Plaça de Carles Buïgas
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This is a light, music and water extravaganza that just can't be missed. Performances are nightly but times vary depending on the time of year. Magic Fountain Show times 01 - 06 January Thursday, Friday and Saturday 20:00 - 21:00 07 January - 28 February Closed 01- 31 March Thursday, Friday and Saturday 20:00 - 21:00 01 April - 31 May Thu, Fri and Sat 21:00 - 22:00 01 June - 30 September Wed - Sun 21:30 - 22:30 01 October - 31 Oct Thu, Fri and Sat 21:00 - 22:00 01 November - 31 December Thu, Fri and Sat 20:00 - 21:00
Another Antoni Gaudí's creations once again hits the list´s most visited attractions in Barcelona. Casa Milà o "La pedrera" which means "quarry". Gaudí was instrumental in completing this building and his characteristic wavy brick work and colourful tiles are also evident on this masterpiece. Find this amazing place north from La Rambla (Plaça Catalunya) 20 minutes walking distance.
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Casa Milà
261-265 Provença
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Another Antoni Gaudí's creations once again hits the list´s most visited attractions in Barcelona. Casa Milà o "La pedrera" which means "quarry". Gaudí was instrumental in completing this building and his characteristic wavy brick work and colourful tiles are also evident on this masterpiece. Find this amazing place north from La Rambla (Plaça Catalunya) 20 minutes walking distance.
El Parc Güell is a wonderful large park designed by Antoni Gaudí. You can enter the park free of charge however there is also an area called the "Monumental Area" which you would have to pay to get into. You will find more details below on the Monumental Area. When you visit the park you will see amazing stone structures, colourful ceramic tiles and the house were Gaudí lived. You can easily spend half a day on a visit to this park.
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Parc Güell
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El Parc Güell is a wonderful large park designed by Antoni Gaudí. You can enter the park free of charge however there is also an area called the "Monumental Area" which you would have to pay to get into. You will find more details below on the Monumental Area. When you visit the park you will see amazing stone structures, colourful ceramic tiles and the house were Gaudí lived. You can easily spend half a day on a visit to this park.
The museum has arranged Picasso's paintings in chronological order from his early days to his final works. Arranging the paintings in this way gives you a fascinating insight into the development of Picasso thinking over time and shows how he developed the distinctive designs that he is famous for today.
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Picassomuseet
15-23 Carrer Montcada
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The museum has arranged Picasso's paintings in chronological order from his early days to his final works. Arranging the paintings in this way gives you a fascinating insight into the development of Picasso thinking over time and shows how he developed the distinctive designs that he is famous for today.
If you are a football lover then this museum is a must see. It has wall to wall trophies, pictures and statues of the great players.
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FC Barcelona Museum
s/n C. d'Aristides Maillol
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If you are a football lover then this museum is a must see. It has wall to wall trophies, pictures and statues of the great players.
Lugares emblemáticos
The Montserrat mountain, near Barcelona, is an oasis of peace to escape out of the big apple. At 1236 meters high, this fairy tale like the spiritual retreat is the highest point of the Catalan lowlands. Surrounded by a natural park and shaped by nature’s elements, the Montserrat rock formations are a ‘must see’ sight, if not for religious reasons then simply for the breathtaking panoramic views across Catalonia. We suggest setting aside one whole day, it’s a truly spectacular place. Apart from the picturesque surroundings and gorgeous Santa Maria de Montserrat, the abbey itself, there are also two trails to take around the mountains with panoramic views of the valley. Get there as early as possible. The place is relatively small and gets crowded with visitors, The overall journey can take from 1.5 hours up to 2 hours from Barcelona, so don’t leave too late before you set out.
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Abbey of Montserrat
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The Montserrat mountain, near Barcelona, is an oasis of peace to escape out of the big apple. At 1236 meters high, this fairy tale like the spiritual retreat is the highest point of the Catalan lowlands. Surrounded by a natural park and shaped by nature’s elements, the Montserrat rock formations are a ‘must see’ sight, if not for religious reasons then simply for the breathtaking panoramic views across Catalonia. We suggest setting aside one whole day, it’s a truly spectacular place. Apart from the picturesque surroundings and gorgeous Santa Maria de Montserrat, the abbey itself, there are also two trails to take around the mountains with panoramic views of the valley. Get there as early as possible. The place is relatively small and gets crowded with visitors, The overall journey can take from 1.5 hours up to 2 hours from Barcelona, so don’t leave too late before you set out.
Barrios
The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona dates back over 2000 years and is one of the most talked about neighborhoods in the city—full of charm and captivating history. Of course, that means there is a lot to do and even more to see in this bustling neighborhood! No matter how much time you spend exploring, you will always stumble upon yet another enchanting square or mysterious alleyway. Read our suggestions for things to do in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona for some great local’s tips on some of the must-see spots around. However, don’t forget to make sure to leave spare time for getting lost! Learn About Barcelona’s Jewish Past El Call, Barcelona’s old Jewish Quarter, is one of the most beautiful areas of the Gothic Quarter. These are some of the narrowest streets in all of Barcelona, and they are also filled with a dark history that dates back to medieval times. The street of Sant Domenec del Call is at the center of it all. Here you can find the old synagogue, a few lovely restaurants, bars and cafes, and a lovely little square for relaxing. Explore Picasso’s Old Stomping Grounds When Picasso arrived in Barcelona, he was just a young adolescent of 14 years old. Thereafter, he was admitted to the Fine Arts school that once stood on Calle Avinyó. At that time, this was a very busy street of questionable morals that later inspired some of his work. Explore the funky shops and imagine what it might have looked like for a young Pablo Picasso. See Gaudi’s Very First Project Famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi also spent some time in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. One of his very first projects upon graduating was the street lamps of one of Barcelona’s grandest squares, Plaça Reial. Today, they seem small in comparison to the towering palm trees and a plethora of bars, clubs, and restaurants that populate the square. However, once you see them, you know you’re looking at the famous work of Gaudí. Experience El mercat de La Boqueria Though La Boqueria is technically just on the border of the Gothic Quarter, if you’re in the area it is definitely worth fitting into your plans. One of the oldest markets in Europe, the Boqueria is a colorful emporium of different products and sensory overload. Have a walk around, stop by El Quim de la Boqueria for a tapa, and above all, experience the hustle and bustle of this historic market in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. However, make sure to watch your things, pickpockets are on the look up for any distractions, please look after your belongings. See Barcelona’s Roman Temple Did you know that the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona has a Roman temple? It’s invisible from street view, however, many people never even realize it exists! The Temple d’August is hiding on a narrow street behind the cathedral and is open most days until 8 p.m. Inside, learn about the founding of Barcelona as a Roman colony and also where it got its name! Visit The Gothic Cathedral Of course, one of the most famous monuments in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is the 13th to 15th-century Gothic Cathedral. Yes, that’s right, it took nearly two centuries to build. From 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visitation is free. Furthermore, outside these schedules, you must make a donation to enter. Visit inside the church and be sure not to miss the patios and beautiful cloisters. 1Shop Around The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is home to one of the busiest pedestrian streets in all of Europe, Portal d’Angel. This wide street is lined with all the big brands. As you continue down it, you will also find smaller shops and independent names. Read our full post on shopping tips and where to shop in Barcelona!
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El Barri Gòtic
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The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona dates back over 2000 years and is one of the most talked about neighborhoods in the city—full of charm and captivating history. Of course, that means there is a lot to do and even more to see in this bustling neighborhood! No matter how much time you spend exploring, you will always stumble upon yet another enchanting square or mysterious alleyway. Read our suggestions for things to do in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona for some great local’s tips on some of the must-see spots around. However, don’t forget to make sure to leave spare time for getting lost! Learn About Barcelona’s Jewish Past El Call, Barcelona’s old Jewish Quarter, is one of the most beautiful areas of the Gothic Quarter. These are some of the narrowest streets in all of Barcelona, and they are also filled with a dark history that dates back to medieval times. The street of Sant Domenec del Call is at the center of it all. Here you can find the old synagogue, a few lovely restaurants, bars and cafes, and a lovely little square for relaxing. Explore Picasso’s Old Stomping Grounds When Picasso arrived in Barcelona, he was just a young adolescent of 14 years old. Thereafter, he was admitted to the Fine Arts school that once stood on Calle Avinyó. At that time, this was a very busy street of questionable morals that later inspired some of his work. Explore the funky shops and imagine what it might have looked like for a young Pablo Picasso. See Gaudi’s Very First Project Famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi also spent some time in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. One of his very first projects upon graduating was the street lamps of one of Barcelona’s grandest squares, Plaça Reial. Today, they seem small in comparison to the towering palm trees and a plethora of bars, clubs, and restaurants that populate the square. However, once you see them, you know you’re looking at the famous work of Gaudí. Experience El mercat de La Boqueria Though La Boqueria is technically just on the border of the Gothic Quarter, if you’re in the area it is definitely worth fitting into your plans. One of the oldest markets in Europe, the Boqueria is a colorful emporium of different products and sensory overload. Have a walk around, stop by El Quim de la Boqueria for a tapa, and above all, experience the hustle and bustle of this historic market in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. However, make sure to watch your things, pickpockets are on the look up for any distractions, please look after your belongings. See Barcelona’s Roman Temple Did you know that the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona has a Roman temple? It’s invisible from street view, however, many people never even realize it exists! The Temple d’August is hiding on a narrow street behind the cathedral and is open most days until 8 p.m. Inside, learn about the founding of Barcelona as a Roman colony and also where it got its name! Visit The Gothic Cathedral Of course, one of the most famous monuments in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is the 13th to 15th-century Gothic Cathedral. Yes, that’s right, it took nearly two centuries to build. From 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visitation is free. Furthermore, outside these schedules, you must make a donation to enter. Visit inside the church and be sure not to miss the patios and beautiful cloisters. 1Shop Around The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is home to one of the busiest pedestrian streets in all of Europe, Portal d’Angel. This wide street is lined with all the big brands. As you continue down it, you will also find smaller shops and independent names. Read our full post on shopping tips and where to shop in Barcelona!
To explore one of Barcelona’s hippest barrios Gràcia is one Barcelona’s most interesting barrios or neighbourhoods. Once a slightly dodgy area, it has now become the city’s trendiest district and one of its most sought-after too. It’s filled with hip bars, many Asian and international restaurants, as well as independent boutiques and unique shops. To enjoy the local artistic talent The main part of the festival is when the district’s neighbours come together to decorate their streets in the most creative way possible. This takes place a few weeks or even months before the beginning of the festival. During the event itself, visitors head to the district to discover these artistic decorations and prizes are awarded for the best. Previous year’s amazing decorations have featured a ski station with moving ski lift and fake snow, a zombie street, a Ghostbuster’s themed street, and a jungle street. To enjoy the local musical talent The Gràcia festival is not only about decorated streets however, a big part of it is music. Local groups from across the city come to the festival to perform each evening during the event. There’s every type of style represented here from indie and rock to Cuban, local folk music and popular Catalan songs. To enjoy the cheapest mojitos in the city At nights during the festival, most of the district’s bars and restaurants open up small stalls on the street, selling everything from beer to caipirinhas. One of the most popular drinks however are the mojitos, which are sold for just €3-4 (USD$3.50-4.60) each. Also look out for traditional Galician queimada, a drink made from aguardiente spirit, lemon peel, sugar, coffee beans and cinnamon sticks, which are set on fire. Carrer Verdi This lively street with a lot of shops and restaurants has been voted one of the best streets in Barcelona. Carrer de Verdi goes through the barrio of Gràcia so merely by walking all the way along this street, it is possible to get an overall image of the neighborhood and its people. Be prepared to stop every once in a while when you spot an alluring vintage store or a little café. You will find things you would never have imagined from this street. Some stores might be on the expensive side because of the location but you will surely have a good time even only window-shopping. Ecological shops Gràcia is the perfect place to buy organic food, eco-cosmetics, and clothing. The streets are full of tempting signs that will catch conscious a shopper’s eye. Vegan pastries, a small shop just for organic fruits and a hairdresser that colors only with henna. These are things that you are more likely to find in Gràcia than anywhere else in Barcelona. Plaça de la Virreina One of the most beautiful and intimate plaças in the whole of Barcelona, especially when walking from the direction of Carrer de Torrijos, is Plaça de la Virreina. The street is framed by trees and lights, the slightly uphill walk ending at the church. When reaching the plaça, there are many cafés to taste some tapas or take a glass of wine enjoying the surroundings. Many street artists perform here and if nothing more usually you can at least see a happy dog playing with his owner in the slowly darkening evening. Gràcia at its best. AND DON´T MISS Barcelona’s Gràcia Festival or Festa Major de Gràcia takes place in August each year for a week and is one of the city’s most anticipated events. Each district or barri in Barcelona has its own festa major or major festival, but one of the best and most anticipated is that of Gràcia. The Gràcia festival takes places every year in August and is one of the city’s biggest summer events, complete with decorated streets, bands, workshops and cultural events.
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Vila de Gràcia
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To explore one of Barcelona’s hippest barrios Gràcia is one Barcelona’s most interesting barrios or neighbourhoods. Once a slightly dodgy area, it has now become the city’s trendiest district and one of its most sought-after too. It’s filled with hip bars, many Asian and international restaurants, as well as independent boutiques and unique shops. To enjoy the local artistic talent The main part of the festival is when the district’s neighbours come together to decorate their streets in the most creative way possible. This takes place a few weeks or even months before the beginning of the festival. During the event itself, visitors head to the district to discover these artistic decorations and prizes are awarded for the best. Previous year’s amazing decorations have featured a ski station with moving ski lift and fake snow, a zombie street, a Ghostbuster’s themed street, and a jungle street. To enjoy the local musical talent The Gràcia festival is not only about decorated streets however, a big part of it is music. Local groups from across the city come to the festival to perform each evening during the event. There’s every type of style represented here from indie and rock to Cuban, local folk music and popular Catalan songs. To enjoy the cheapest mojitos in the city At nights during the festival, most of the district’s bars and restaurants open up small stalls on the street, selling everything from beer to caipirinhas. One of the most popular drinks however are the mojitos, which are sold for just €3-4 (USD$3.50-4.60) each. Also look out for traditional Galician queimada, a drink made from aguardiente spirit, lemon peel, sugar, coffee beans and cinnamon sticks, which are set on fire. Carrer Verdi This lively street with a lot of shops and restaurants has been voted one of the best streets in Barcelona. Carrer de Verdi goes through the barrio of Gràcia so merely by walking all the way along this street, it is possible to get an overall image of the neighborhood and its people. Be prepared to stop every once in a while when you spot an alluring vintage store or a little café. You will find things you would never have imagined from this street. Some stores might be on the expensive side because of the location but you will surely have a good time even only window-shopping. Ecological shops Gràcia is the perfect place to buy organic food, eco-cosmetics, and clothing. The streets are full of tempting signs that will catch conscious a shopper’s eye. Vegan pastries, a small shop just for organic fruits and a hairdresser that colors only with henna. These are things that you are more likely to find in Gràcia than anywhere else in Barcelona. Plaça de la Virreina One of the most beautiful and intimate plaças in the whole of Barcelona, especially when walking from the direction of Carrer de Torrijos, is Plaça de la Virreina. The street is framed by trees and lights, the slightly uphill walk ending at the church. When reaching the plaça, there are many cafés to taste some tapas or take a glass of wine enjoying the surroundings. Many street artists perform here and if nothing more usually you can at least see a happy dog playing with his owner in the slowly darkening evening. Gràcia at its best. AND DON´T MISS Barcelona’s Gràcia Festival or Festa Major de Gràcia takes place in August each year for a week and is one of the city’s most anticipated events. Each district or barri in Barcelona has its own festa major or major festival, but one of the best and most anticipated is that of Gràcia. The Gràcia festival takes places every year in August and is one of the city’s biggest summer events, complete with decorated streets, bands, workshops and cultural events.
La Barceloneta is a triangular spit of land that cuts into the sea boats in the old harbour, or Barcelona's Port Vell, on one side, and sandy beaches on the other. The neighbourhood, with its narrow, rectilinear streets, was built on a military grid structure to provide accommodation for the former inhabitants of La Ribera who had lost their homes due to the construction of the citadel. The houses were low-rise and small in scale so as not to obstruct views of the city. The Barceloneta was once the home of fishermen, people associated with the fishing trade and the metal industry, and is now one of the city's most visited and popular districts. In 1988, in pre-Olympic days, the decision was taken to demolish the old beachfront restaurants, known as xiringuitos, and public baths, heralding a process of opening the city up to the sea and the modernisation of an area which now offers first-class beaches as the main attraction for its visitors. On the sand and inside the neighbourhood, rows of restaurants and bars combine with the traditional images of locals sitting in their chairs in the street and narrow balconies displaying clothes drying in the sun.
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La Barceloneta
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La Barceloneta is a triangular spit of land that cuts into the sea boats in the old harbour, or Barcelona's Port Vell, on one side, and sandy beaches on the other. The neighbourhood, with its narrow, rectilinear streets, was built on a military grid structure to provide accommodation for the former inhabitants of La Ribera who had lost their homes due to the construction of the citadel. The houses were low-rise and small in scale so as not to obstruct views of the city. The Barceloneta was once the home of fishermen, people associated with the fishing trade and the metal industry, and is now one of the city's most visited and popular districts. In 1988, in pre-Olympic days, the decision was taken to demolish the old beachfront restaurants, known as xiringuitos, and public baths, heralding a process of opening the city up to the sea and the modernisation of an area which now offers first-class beaches as the main attraction for its visitors. On the sand and inside the neighbourhood, rows of restaurants and bars combine with the traditional images of locals sitting in their chairs in the street and narrow balconies displaying clothes drying in the sun.

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Pickpockets are focused on tourism. Watch your belongings
Pickpockets are very active in Barcelona. They are (usually) not violent but will try to rob you if you are absent-minded. -Watch your wallet when using public transport / in crowded areas.
Ta sig runt
"Hola Barcelona" is the easiest travelcard to move around
WHY GET A BARCELONA TRAVEL PASS Having an all-inclusive transport card with unlimited rides makes your holiday run like a clock. You get unlimited public transport on the metro, bus, tram, and funicular. There’s return airport transport via airport train, metro, or bus 46. There’s easy pickup at any metro ticket machine or Barcelona Turisme kiosk. HOLA BARCELONA CARD CARD PRICES Buying the Hola Barcelona Card online includes a 10% online discount included in the prices below. Hola Barcelona Card 48 hours: €13.68. Hola Barcelona Card 72 hours: €19.98. Hola Barcelona Card 96 hours: €28.80
Sedvanor och kultur
Our culture
-It´s not a mandatory to leave a tip a the restaurant / bar -To say hello to the women we give them two kisses and we shake hands to men We normally get dinner late night from 9 pm.
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How saving money
At lunch / dinner try to avoid touristic places. They rise the prices and the quality of food is regular. I will give you a list of wonderful and unknow places where eating for a few euros
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Useful phrases.
Hola / adiós (hello / goodbye) ¿Por favor, dónde está el baño? (Please, where is the wc?) ¿Cuanto vale? (how much is it?) ¿Dónde está...? (where is...?) Por favor / gracias (Please / thank you)