Sightseeing in Barcelona
Park Güell is a stunning city garden. Created by Gaudi, it epitomises the architect's radical and fluid style, with amazing mosaic structures complimenting the surrounding woodland. The park has a magical feel, created by its intertwining columns and colourful patterns. Key features are the famous dragon fountain and Gaudi museum.
The Sagrada Familia is Gaudi's great unfinished temple which is a truly breathtaking site. This monument to the visionary architect soars above the streets of Barcelona and is the most unique and unforgettable structure you are likely to see during your Barcelona city break.
The Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) is a maze of narrow streets, grand churches and ancient ruins, among which you can find local markets, funky shops, cool bars and restaurants. From the Barri Gòtic you can easily walk to the famous Las Ramblas, a street which is home to many street performers & artists (check out the naked caricaturist!), outside cafes & bars and the Gaudi-esque food market.
The beach at Barceloneta is easily accessible from Barceloneta Metro station. There are also other nearby beaches at Nova Icària, Mar Bella and Bogatell easily accessible from Barcelona.
For fans of artist Salavdor Dali it's worth venturing further North to his former home in Port Lligat and also to visit Figueras, with surreal Museu Dali adorned by gigantic eggs on the roof.
Fun Seekers in Barcelona
If you fancy a ski break for a change, or are keen to show off your snowboarding skills, Barcelona is the ideal base from which to visit the beautiful slopes of Andorra.
Barcelona is a buzzing city that never really sleeps, If you want to dance the night away, there is an array of lively bars and nightclubs to visit.
For great nightlife check out the streets of the Barri Gòthic/Las Ramblas, Port Vell & Port Olímpic and Eixample, though you can find fantastic bars and clubs pretty much anywhere in Barcelona! Placa Reial (just off Las Ramblas) is full of outside bars throughout of year, perfect for chilling out in the warm evenings. If it's clubbing till the small hours you're after, then visit Jamboree (R&B/Hip Hop) or Sidecar (Indie/Rock), both located inside Placa Reial.
For something a little bit different, if you fancy a more sedate night out, hunt out a large brown door and ring the buzzer next to the sign of the pipe - this is the Pipa Club which is a favourite for late night drinking. Try heading further afield to Costa Brava's lively resorts, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar, with great beaches and fantastic nightlife. A chic spot to visit is Sitges, to the south of Barcelona. Once a fishing village, it's now a weekend escape for young Barcelonans.
The MACBA contemporary arts museum in Raval, an up-and-coming district due to the area's annual hosting of SÓNAR, the International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Sonar Music Festival, is popular with tourists. SÓNAR itself has made its name amongst clubbers as a music event with some of the best live acts and top DJs. The fashionable crowd congregate on Nova Mar Bella beach so head down there for fabulous beach parties or just for a spot of people watching.
To get a real feel for Spanish culture join in with a bit of live Latin dancing at La Paloma dance hall or if you are more of a wallflower, grab a seat and a drink at the Harlem Jazz Club to hear some of the city's best live jazz.
Activities in Barcelona
Top Tours in Barcelona:
GoCar Sightseeing Tour of Barcelona
Zip around Barcelona in this 'cool' and fun new car and explore areas inaccessible by coach tours...
Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Pass
Board the hop-on, hop-off bus to see all of Barcelona's exciting attractions at your own pace...
Montserrat and Winery Tour including Rack Railway
On this Barcelona excursion, visit the Codorniu Cellars and take a train ride to Montserrat...
Tapas and Bike Tour in Barcelona
Bike your way around the city of Barcelona and visit some of its popular tapas restaurants...
Morning Photography Tour of Barcelona
Take photos of the Casa Mila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and see other landmarks in Barcelona...
Family Fun in Barcelona
Barcelona provides the perfect combination of historical architecture, shops, fabulous Spanish restaurants as well as a nearby beach for the children to build their sandcastles (whilst you relax with a Sangria!).
There is plenty more in Barcelona to keep the whole family entertained, from the Aquarium in Port Vell with it's huge variety of wildlife, to tours of the Nou Camp football stadium. Cable car rides are the ideal way to view the sights of Barcelona and are fun for all the family. Why not take a ride on the Blue Tram to the middle of the mountainside then jump on the funicular up to Montjuic, the city's largest green space with fantastic views and a beautiful castle? Here, thrills and spills can be had at the Tibadabo theme park and you can visit the Olympic Stadium. Once you are ready for a bit of relaxation, visit the café lined marina and watch the world go by!
Perhaps the best tourist attraction in Barcelona for families is the Magic Fountain of Montjuic which delights visitors to the city with a fantastic music and light extravaganza in summer and winter - best of all its free!
Las Ramblas, the mile-long promenade from Placa de Catalunya to the harbour is probably Barcelona's most bustling area. Packed with cafes, shops and street entertainers you could easily fill your entire day in this area of the city.
Port Aventura Park
The Port Aventura theme park has something for everyone. Take a fascinating journey around the world to the exotic lands of China, Polynesia, the Far West, Mexico and of course the Mediterranean. Each land has rides, shows, shops and restaurants that are themed with native products, plants and artists.
Port Aventura Park offers more than 30 rides to suit both adrenaline-junkies and the smallest children. Test your nerves on the 8-loop Dragon Khan which reaches speeds of over 70mph, whilst Hurakan Condor stands at over 300 feet and lifts its riders slowly to the top before plunging them to the ground in freefall! Or try out the new roller coaster Furius Baco in the Mediterranean area of the park. This ride will speed up from 0 to 135 kmh in less than 3.5 seconds. To make it even more exciting it will drop to ground level, run through trenches, tunnels and even skim across the Mediterranean lake! And for the little ones, Port Aventura Park has a wealth of roller coasters, teacups, swings and more!
But it's not just about rides! Port Aventura Park has over 100 performances each day of dazzling shows; from Can Can dances, to Chinese Acrobats, Polynesian tribal dances and the award-winning Fiestaventura, a stunning midnight firework spectacular which takes place on the Mediterranean lake.
The park has a wide variety of restaurants in each land. You will find restaurants serving a la carte menus with full table service as well as fast food outlets for those who would rather not stop, and the little ones will just love the children's specialties!
Caribe Aquatic Park
This Caribbean water park guarantees non-stop fun for hours on end. Enjoy whizzing down breathtaking slides and rapids, surfing the waves in the wave pool, or winding your way down the lazy river. Lush Caribbean surroundings filled with palm trees, beach huts, cool reggae music, bars, restaurants and gardens will whisk you away to the heart of the tropics. Kids will have a ball in their special play areas, where everything is designed with their entertainment and safety in mind. And Baby Bungee is guaranteed to bring a smile to their faces!
Romantic Breaks in Barcelona
A romantic visit to Barcelona wouldn't be complete without a spot of Flamenco dancing in the Spanish village of Poble Espanyol. There's no better way to relax afterwards by taking in the beautiful scenery and famous sights of Barcelona on board a horse and carriage ride starting in Las Ramblas.
A perfect end to a romantic break in Barcelona can be found at the Mirablau Bar in Tibidabo which gives you stunning views of the whole city. Here you can enjoy the sangria and watch the fabulous Spanish sunset.
Top Tips for Barcelona
Finding your way around Barcelona is quick, easy and most importantly low cost! €6 will get you 10 stops on and off the Metro system which is an excellent way to get around the sprawling city, if your feet are tired from all the late night clubbing! Open top bus tours of the city operate throughout the day and allow you to hop on and hop off... ideal for those wanting a lazy pub crawl around the city!
Sport - Get cheap tickets for a Barcelona match at the Nou Camp Stadium at the stadium's ticket office 2-3 days before a match, you don't have to be a football fan to enjoy yourself as the atmosphere is amazing. Fanatics can even do a tour of the stadium for around €11.
Beer – The local beer is Estrella Damm which is reasonably priced and available on draft or by the bottle throughout Barcelona's many bars.
Shopping – Get off the Metro at Passeig de Gràcia and you've got Zara, Mango, H&M & Miss Sixty right in front of you! For more quirky shops explore the maze of streets in the Barri Gòthic.
- Please, thank you – Por favor, gracias
- How much? – ¿Cuanto es?
- Good morning/afternoon/night – Buenos dias/buenas tardes/buenas noches.
- Excuse me – Perdon
- How are you? – ¿Como esta?
- I don't understand – No entiendo
- Do you speak English? – ¿Habla usted ingles?
- I don't speak Spanish – No hablo espanol
- I would like… - Quisiera
- Is there a bank/post office near here? – ¿Hay un banco/correos cerca de aqui?
- Do you have…? – ¿Tiene…?
- The time – la hora
- A double room – una habitacion con cama matrimonial
- Where is…? – ¿Donde esta…?
- The train station – la estacion de ferrocarril
- The bus station – la estacion de autobuses
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