Things to do in Barcelona
Enjoy a Spot of Sightseeing
There's plenty of inspiring sights on offer in this area of Spain. With cathedrals and buildings dating back hundreds of years, there's no other place like it. Gaze at the ancient and Gothic architecture, or marvel at the Sagrada Familia church. Designed by architect Francisco Paula de Villar, work began on this beautiful landmark in 1882 and the construction continues to this day. However, visitors will find plenty to explore and enjoy, with the crypt, nave, museum and towers all open to tourists.
Browse the Markets
Take your pick of some of the best markets in Europe. Try Sant Antoni Market if you're keen on your food and want to discover the local delicacies, or head to the more popular La Boqueria Market. You'll find everything from ready-made dishes and treats, to quality ingredients you'll need for whipping up authentic Catalan cuisine.
For Art Lovers
If you're looking to soak up some culture during your stay, you're in for a treat. Barcelona has some of the finest museums and exhibitions in the world. No visit to this city is complete without a trip to the Picasso museum, containing a host of the artist's most popular works. You'll also want to take some time to browse the collections at the National Museum of Art, containing thousands of Catalan art pieces dating back to the 11th century and beyond.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
If you're in town for more than a couple of days, be sure to break out of the city limits and explore the surrounding area. The Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountainous range near the city border, providing plenty of hiking opportunities for those who want to work up a sweat and see the city from a different angle. You've ample choice when it comes to beaches too. Make sure Nova Icaria, Bogatell, Mar Bella and Ocata should be high on your list.
Fabulous Food and Wine
Nothing beats a great plate of tapas and a sip of local wine. There's literally thousands of restaurants and cafes around, catering to all kinds of tastes and appetites. As you're in the heart of the Catalan region, you really ought to try the local cuisine. Take your pick from an epic range of tapas, or treat yourself to a traditional paella. Alternatively, delve into a bowl of fresh escalivada for a delectable salad.