Spring is a great time to travel, especially to Spain. Not only is the weather temperate, travel rates tend to be more moderately priced than summer’s high season. And if you want a destination that’ll give you more bang for your buck, Barcelona is a perfect choice. Barcelona has so many options to choose from, but here are five things that in my opinion you must see and do while you’re there. Before you go, you might want to compare the best hostels in Barcelona, since there are so many good housing options there.
1. La Sagrada Familia
Stunning doesn’t begin to describe Antoni Gaudi’s perpetually-under-construction church. Whether or not you’re into architecture, this dramatic building, which Gaudi started in 1883 and continued to work on until his death in 1920, is a must-see when visiting Barcelona. Climbing the stairs up into the spirals of La Sagrada Familia is definitely a workout and anyone who’s claustrophobic and/or afraid of heights, be warned, but don’t let that stop you. Between the views of the city and the amazing decorative details to be discovered throughout the trek upwards, it is very much worth the effort.
2. La Boqueria
It’s easy to spend a few hours wandering around this massive market filled with all kinds of fresh fruits, veggies, meats, flowers, and every other kind of Spanish delicacy. After cruising around La Boqueria for a while, stop at one of its tapas bars, like the popular Pinotxo Bar, to grab something to snack on while people watching.
Though Park Güell is probably the most famous park in Barcelona, I’m partial to Ciutadella Park (Parc de la Ciutadella), which features a large, beautiful fountain surrounded by sculptures. There’s also plenty of grass for picnicking, a lake for boating, and the huge stone mammoth near the zoo entrance makes for a fun photo op too!
4. Eat, Drink and Be Merry
You have to eat no matter where you are of course, but eating and drinking in Barcelona takes on more of a cultural experience than just fulfilling a basic need. Start your evening at a tapas bar, sharing some of these small plates of yumminess and glasses of Tempranillo with your friends (peña) and/or family, then move on to another tapas bar or two. Follow with dinner at a restaurant, think seafood and/or paella, then head out to one of the city’s best discotheques to dance off all of that delicious food you’ve enjoyed.
5. The Mediterranean
After busy days filled with sightseeing, there’s nothing like spending a relaxing day on the beach. You are on vacation after all! Besides being an art-filled, foodie haven, Barcelona is also conveniently located on the cerulean blue Mediterranean and offers many wonderful beaches, including the Barceloneta, which was chosen as the “third best beach in the world” by the Discovery Channel’s documentary “World’s Best Beaches.”
And for day trips, I definitely recommend a visit to the awe-inspiring Montserrat. Wine country is a short train ride away too, and a tour and tasting at Freixenet would be a wonderful way to spend the day.
Barcelona, Spain is one of Europe’s top travel destinations and the Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter) is one of the most-visited places in the city. The medieval part of the city, Barrio Gotico is packed with ancient buildings, has winding labyrinth streets, and even remains of Roman walls. On a trip to Barrio Gotico, enjoy all the sights, but make sure you don’t miss these must see and do things. Check out some Barcelona apartment rental when you’re in Barcelona.