S and I headed off to Barcelona over the Easter Break for an amazing 5 days. We were lucky to score Barcelona as our destination in another Eurowings Blind Booking. Not only was it one of our top destination choices, but also one of the warmest possible cities in the Metropolis category.
As soon as we discovered we’d be heading to Barcelona, I began to research the top sights to see in earnest. There are so many beautiful landmarks to see in the city and fortunately we managed to fit in quite a few. I’ve put together a summary of the top sights we visited that I can definitely recommend.
La Sagrada Família
La Sagrada Família is the most famous landmark in Barcelona. Designed by famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, la Sagrada Família is a one of a kind combination of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. Although incomplete, the church has already been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The anticipated completion date is 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death. Art critic Rainer Zerbst said, “It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art” and I’d have to say that I agree.
Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic)
The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is the site of a former Roman village. The narrow, winding streets create a maze-like atmosphere in this beautiful, vibrant neighbourhood. The Gothic Quarter is home to several bars, restaurants, cafes and squares to relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings.
The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (often referred to as simply La Boqueria) is the most popular public market in Barcelona and is located just off Las Ramblas, the busiest pedestrian boulevard. The market carries seemingly every food under the sun – fish, meat, produce, cheeses, olives, and beyond. A popular tourist attraction, La Boqueria is usually swarming with visitors eager to snap photos of this lively market. To avoid the masses, go early in the morning.
Park Güell is a public park on Carmel Hill in Barcelona. Count Eusebi Güell originally commissioned Antoni Gaudí to design it as a residential park, but this never came to be. Instead, the area was opened as a public park in 1926 and is now a prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site under Works of Antoni Gaudí. The park features naturalist elements and organic shapes, as can been seen with the characteristic winding mosaic terrace that offers a stunning view of the city below.
Another of Gaudí’s famous works, Casa Batlló is known to locals as Casa dels ossos (House of Bones) due to its skeletal, organic quality. We didn’t pay to go inside, but the outside is stunning!
Casa Milà (La Pedrera)
Casa Milà (better known as La Pedrera) is the last civil work designed by Antoni Gaudí. This modernist building features an undulating stone facade and is known for its characteristic chimneys on the roof. We also didn’t go inside, but apparently the view of the city from the roof at sunset is spectacular. Next time for sure!
Arc de Triomf (Arco de Triunfo)
The Arc de Triomf was built as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas. The red brick makes it stand out from miles away. It’s stunning to see up close.
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La Barceloneta is a neighbourhood in Barcelona known for its restaurants, bars, and sandy beaches. It’s the perfect place to stroll on a sunny day, enjoy a seaside paella, or watch the sun go down.
Barcelona City History Museum (Museo de Historia de Barcelona)
The Barcelona City History Museum is dedicated to researching and exhibiting the historical heritage of Barcelona from its Roman origins to present day. The headquarters are located on Plaça del Rei in the Gothic Quarter of the city. The museum is well worth a visit to see the amazingly preserved underground roman ruins of the city.
I’ve included a map below of the sights I’ve mentioned above to help you plan your own sightseeing in Barcelona.
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What are your favourite sights in Barcelona? Which top sights should I make sure to see during my next visit?