What to do in Barcelona: your personalized city tour – Kiwi.com



By using Kiwi.com’s Where Next social media game, our users built their own personalized tour of Barcelona, give suggestions and their own advice, and decide what to do and see!

Instagram hotspots: Barcelona through a lens

Famous Palau de la Musica Catalana concert hall, Barcelona – Shutterstock

Barcelona is an incredibly picturesque city, so let’s start by visiting some of the city’s must-see destinations. The famous Sagrada Família is the obvious starting point. Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece soars into the sky above the city, an extraordinary example of a Modernist approach to Gothic architecture, but it’s not even finished yet! That shouldn’t stop you though: one of Spain‘s most iconic buildings, right there? Get out that camera!

La Rambla is another place not to be missed. Okay, so it’s a bit of a tourist trap, but what big city doesn’t? It is a great place for people watching along its 1.3 km length, with locals, tourists, street performers, buskers, living statues, and more. Find a table in one of the many restaurants and cafes along its length and watch the world go by.

Place of spectacle, but also simply to admire the architecture, space and silence, the Palau de la Música Catalana, the only Art Nouveau concert hall in the world to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From its exterior, with its colorful frescoes and wild statues, to its incredible auditorium, a riot of stained glass windows, nature motifs such as fruits and palm trees, and a glass roof that floods the room with sunlight.

Finally, let’s relax on the beach. Head to La Barceloneta and Sant Sebastià beach to lie on the sand or splash around in the sea, watch the yachts in the harbor or enjoy fresh seafood or tapas in one of the many beach bars. A beautiful successful end of the day!

Get Connected: The History of the City of Barcelona

Passage Carrer del Bisbe in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona Passage of the Carrer del Bisbe in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona – Shutterstock

Okay, so we did the main sights; it’s time to dig a little deeper. We have three areas to explore today namely El Born, Gótico and Gràcia, so there is no time to waste!

Let’s start with El Born. It is an area of ​​medieval streets and squares, narrow and full of character, with specialty shops selling delicious things like coffee, meat and cheese, as well as a selection of cafes that turn into bars. wine and places for cocktails at night. If you’re not in the mood for that level of sophistication, head to Antic, a former theater that was reborn in 2003 when a group of artists turned the space into a social project. It’s now a cool outdoor bar where you can take a break before moving on.

Gótico is, unsurprisingly, the Gothic Quarter and, like El Born, is another labyrinth of narrow streets, this time opening onto squares such as Pla de la Seu which is home to Barcelona Cathedral. Stroll through the cloister among orange trees and flowers, or climb the tower for breathtaking views of the city. For a bit of artistic inspiration, head to Els Quatre Gats, a bar that was the usual haunt of the aforementioned Antoni Gaudí, as well as a certain Pablo Picasso, who held his first and second solo exhibitions here in 1900.

Finally, Gràcia, and it’s a little quieter area than the two mentioned above, but no less beautiful and no less creative. It’s not that central, but is about a 30 minute walk from Gótico and about 50 minutes from Barceloneta and the beach. There’s a bunch of independent art shops and galleries, and it’s also home to plenty of places that offer dance, cooking, yoga, and all kinds of creative stuff. It almost feels more like a small, friendly town than an area of ​​a big city, so it could be a good place to stay while you are in Barcelona.

Viewpoints: Barcelona from above

View of Barcelona from the Bunkers del Carmel (Turo de la Rovira) View of Barcelona from the Bunkers del Carmel (Turo de la Rovira) – Shutterstock

Otherwise there are tons of places to just hang out. You will likely be walking a lot during your stay in Barcelona, ​​so take a break and find a place to relax.

Parc Güell is an amazing place to start. On a hill it was originally intended as a housing estate, if you can believe it, but this failure has given birth to one of the most beautiful areas in Barcelona. Peaceful, colorful and once again designed by this man Antoni Gaudí, this is the perfect place to escape the noise of the city below. It’s even home to some beautiful birds, including eagles and parrots, so maybe you can make some colorful friends while you’re there!

Or why not take the Telefèric de Montjuïc – the Montjuïc cable car – and enjoy a two-for-one view; once when you take the cable car over the city, and again when you get to the top. It arrives at Montjuïc Castle on top of the hill it shares its name with, and once you’ve explored the 17th-century fortress, you can gaze from the hill over Barcelona and the bay below.

For a beautiful sunset, try the Carmel Bunkers. Built as an anti-aircraft gun installation in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War, this hilltop site in Turó de la Rovira was once closed, but now welcomes tourists. However, it’s still relatively secluded, so go there at sunset for some amazing and romantic views at the end of your trip.

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