Hola y bienvenidos a Barcelona!
Barcelona is a great spot to visit with friends – we went there recently and rented an AirBnB near Urquinaona station – very central and cool neighborhood. In Barcelona there’s plenty to do in terms of shopping, beach-going, partying, eating around and sightseeing.
There are some obvious spots you need to see such as the Sagrada Familia but here is our top 5 of thing to do while you’re here- Enjoy!
This neighborhood is in the center of Barcelona close to the beach and the port. Here you’ll enjoy strolling among rollerbladers, runners and beach goers. It’s also a nice place to check out some art like the sculpture above “Homage to Swimming” by Spanish sculptor Alfredo Lanz.
Originally this park was set to be a complex with 60 houses, a church and a market – due to the high cost of this project only 3 houses and the park were built…. by Gaudi! Thanks to his brilliant mind he was able to blend nature and architecture seamlessly – come here for the views and to stroll around this Catalan marvel. You’ll want to make it up early to avoid the masses but it’s a must-see when in Barcelona.
Casa Batllo & Casa Mila
Casa Batlló – Casa Batlló is yet another wonderful creation from Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi. While the exterior facade will impress you the inside is even more marvelous. This house of over 50,000sqf was built between 1904 and 1906 and will still amaze you 100 years later. Only downside is the amount of people visiting it – Reserve online to skip lineups and look for any special event tickets – that will limit the amount of visitors and give you a little more space.
For Casa Mila – If you’re there in the summer go for the special evening events – You’ll get to see live music inside one of Barcelona’s most beautiful venues and sip a glass of cava – a great way to experience La Pedrera!
Eat some delicious Spanish ham – Jamón de Bellota
While you’re in Barcelona you’ll be enjoying plenty of delicious tapas, wine and seafood – but don’t forget to go into a Jamóneria: shop where you’ll find all sorts of different dry-cured hams.
Spain is known for its Jamon de Bellota – where the free-range pigs feed on acorns during the season. This makes for a uniquely nutty flavor in the ham. This is some of the world’s best ham and you’ll get it at a fraction of the price you’d pay back home – so indulge freely!
La Boqueria Market
Las Ramblas is one of the central avenues of Barcelona – Stretching from Plaça de Catalunya all the way to the sea and the statue of Christopher Columbus. Here you’ll find touristy bars, restaurants, street vendors haggling cheap knock-offs and pick-pockets. So watch out!
Halfway down the Ramblas you’ll find the Boqueria Market. Here you’ll be able to try all the local specialties and snap some beautiful pictures of the stands.
Thanks for reading!