Sure, Barcelona is full of sights – but which ones are the most exciting? Here are 11 tips and many addresses.
In Barcelona, the quirky Catalans come to mind with their independence efforts. In addition, the famous and still unfinished basilica ” La Família Sagrada ” by the architect António Gaudí (tickets must be booked in advance online, otherwise you are in the queue for hours) and the ” Fundació Joan Miró ” – the latter is the Museum of Modern Art dedicated to the famous artist Art at the foot of Montjuïc. But what makes this city, you only experience in neighborhoods such as the once-disreputable Raval and the lively Sant Pere / Born with their tapas bars and clubs …
On the first stroll over the “Ramblas”, the more than one kilometer long promenade in the center of Barcelona, one has the feeling, here the strolling was invented – after the first steps from the Plaça de Catalunya direction port. The most obvious idea is to spread the city map on one of the beautiful benches and plan it on. Or: board a hotel terrace for a drink while enjoying the breathtaking view over the Catalan metropolis. For example, in the bars of the hotels “Barceló Raval” (Rambla del Raval 17-21, www.barcelo.com ) and “W Barcelona” (Plaça de la Rosa del Vents1, www.w-barcelona.com ). Both locations have fabulous roof terraces.
If you want to get into the mood for a trip to Barcelona, check out the current concert and club program of “Sala Apolo” (Carrer Nou de la Rambla 113, www.sala-apolo.com ). And if you want to immerse yourself in the music and language of the Spanish region, look for the CD “I AMB EL SOMRIURE, LA REVOLTA” by Girona-born songwriter Lluís Llach ( www.lluisllach.cat ). The Catalans love him for his commitment to the Franco dictatorship and the suppression of the Catalan culture. You want to dance yourself? The teachers of Flamenco for Travelers are happy to bring you some flamenco!
One of the most beautiful flea markets in Barcelona is the “Encants” or “Fira de Bellcaire” near the Plaça de les Glòries. On several floors you can find great things at more than 500 stalls and strengthen yourself in various bars ( www.encantsbcn.com ). Do you love perfumes? The Catalan perfumer Ramón Monegal has a great selection (Carrer de Calvet 3, www.ramonmonegal.com ). “Dr Bloom” is a refreshing fashion label from Barcelona, the concept store is in the Carrer de Rec 20. All around, in the borough of Born, you will discover even more great little shops ( www.drbloom.es ). More fashion? At “Ese O Ese” there are great clothes and accessories (Avinguda Diagonal 577, www.eseoese.com ).
Many consider the ” Cerveceria Catalana ” the best tapas bar in Barcelona. Hungry people from all over the world queued until late in the evening to eat the delicious Huevos Cabreados: potato strips spiced with paprika, on which a fried egg runs (Carrer de Mallorca 236). If you love fish and seafood, La Paradaa Passeig is the place to go: in the snack-bar restaurant, choose the fresh fish just as you would at the market stall before it is prepared – prices by weight (Carrer del Consell de Cent 318, www.laparadeta.com ). The “Can Culleretes” of 1786 is the oldest restaurant in Barcelona and the second oldest restaurant in Spain. Here you will find traditional Catalan cuisine without Chichi at reasonable prices (Carrer d’en Quintana, 5, www.culleretes.com ). In the Basque restaurant “Sagardi” tapas of the special kind pile up on the counter: the so-called pintxos, refined mini sandwiches, which are held together with toothpicks. Afterwards the toothpicks are counted for billing (Carrer de l’Argenteria 62, www.gruposagardi.com ). The line in front of the door reveals where the best churros (donuts) are baked: since 1947, the “La Pallaresa” has also been offering delicious breakfast and ensaimadas (biscuits); this includes hot chocolate pudding (Petritxol 11, www.lapallaresa.com )!
Often overcrowded, so it’s best to go early: The market halls of the “Mercat de la Boqueria” – also called “Mercat de Sant Josep” or simply “La Boqueria” – are located on the Ramblas. There are impressive towers made of fruits and mountains of vegetables – a dream for all foodies (La Rambla 91, www.boqueria.info ).
High above the city is one of the city’s most beautiful sights – Park Güell , the garden city designed by Antoni Gaudí. In addition to the Sagrada Familia, the plant is the most important, unfinished structure of the star architect. Most of the park is accessible free of charge, only the so-called “Monumental Zone” with the tiled giant dragon at the entrance, the curved park bench and the market hall costs admission (8 euros). Enchanting: to lose yourself in the maze of paths, arbours and bridges of the fairytale garden.
The most beautiful part of Barcelona is for many miles of sandy beach. If you prefer something more solitary, stroll from the marina Puerto Olímpico in the direction of Poblenau – or hire a bike to ride along the promenade. On the way you will come across Chiringuitos, small beach bars, where you can make yourself comfortable with a café con leche or cocktail. In the quarter Poblenou you can eat nice and then with the metro drive back towards the city center.
Of course, going out can be wonderful in Barcelona! A chic place for a neat gin and tonic is the bar “Slow Barcelona” in Eixample – and at the same time the club with one of the smallest dance floors in the city (Carrer de Paris 186 www.slowbarcelona.es ). Jazz and blues on a small cellar stage can be found in the “Milano-Bar”, which is centrally located on a side street next to Plaça de Catalunya. You sit tightly packed in red armchairs at bistro tables and feel like you’re in a ’60s movie (Ronda de la Universitat 35, www.camparimilano.com ). Not really cheap, but because of the interior an experience is the “Bar Boca Chica” with Persian carpets, trees and a mirrored ceiling (Passatge de la Concepció 12, www.bocagrande.cat ). Changing DJs and a small dance floor can be found in “Café Royale” (Carrer Nou de Zurbano 3, https://de-de.facebook.com/CafeRoyaleBarcelona ). The “Pharmacy” is a lavishly decorated cocktail bar (Placa Reial 13-14-15, www.ocana.cat ). For salsa dancing locals love to go to “Antilla” (Carrer de Arago, www.antillasalsa.com ).
Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of the city? The small town of Sitges is only a 40-minute train ride away from Barcelona and charms with its narrow streets between white houses. It’s best to leave in the morning to be one of the first on the beach (“Platja de Balmins”) north of the harbor. By the way, textile-free sunbathing is no problem here ( www.visitsitges.com ).
When traveling to Barcelona, you have a wide choice: you can fly, of course, the fastest way, but travelers with fear of flying and / or time can also travel by car, bus (Flixbus, Eurolines), by train or comfortably across the water arrive on a cruise ship. We wish you nice experiences!