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10 Awesome Places You Need to See in Barcelona, Spain

Sonali Pimpale Jun 3, 2019
Blessed with masterpieces by the ‘God’s Architect’, Antoni Gaudi, the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region is a hub for architecture connoisseurs, art lovers and sports devotees.

Marvel at Casa Batlló

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Casa Batlló was an ordinary building before Gaudi sprinkled his magic dust upon it. True to his belief that there are no straight lines in nature, you will be hard pressed to find more than a few straight lines in this extraordinary, winding work of art.
Gaudi has paid a tribute to the legend of St George and the dragon he slayed, with this colorful mansion.

The scintillating roof made of broken ceramic tiles depicts the spine of the dragon, the balconies appear as the jaws of a ferocious beast, and the bony windows are said to represent the hapless victims of the dragon.

Spend a Musical Time at Palau de la Música Catalana

An exceptional specimen of modernist architecture, a visit to the Palace of Catalan Music is a treat for both, your eyes and ears!
Lose yourself into the melodious symphonies of opera and folk music, and admire the intricate tiles and mosaics of the gorgeous structure. This is the only concert hall in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Be Amazed by Park Güell

The whimsical park is another product of Gaudi’s masterful handiwork, where his penchant for the natural form really shines.

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Beautiful mosaics are sprinkled artfully amidst the natural green of the park. Hansel and Gretel-like gingerbread gatehouses, huge columns shaped like trees, a 110m long serpentine bench, the dragon fountain, and the famous mosaic salamander are some of Gaudi’s best forms of work that draw visitors to Park Guell.

Gawk at Sagrada Familia

The most famous work of Gaudi, Sagrada Familia (Church of the Sacred Family) looks like a structure brought straight out of a medieval fantasy. Gaudi devoted himself to the construction of this gothic church, until he passed away in 1926.
Today, nearly 140 years after Gaudi became involved in the construction, some of the work is yet to be completed. The work is anticipated to be completed by 2026, which will mark Gaudi’s 100th death anniversary.

On completion, the imposing church will take the crown for the tallest church in the world.

Feel the Glory at Camp Nou Stadium

The largest stadium in Europe, and the homeground of the famed FC Barcelona, Camp Nou is a shrine for hardcore soccer fans! Catch a game with nearly 100,000 football fanatics; or go on a tour of the stadium, complete with the team’s hard won trophies, interactive displays of the team’s shining moments, and the massive field itself.

Admire Casa Milà

Another of Gaudi’s classics, Casa Milà captivates every visitor with its curved walls, and wavy interior patios.

The building, more famously called La Pedrera (the stone quarry) for the intricate stonework, is Antoni Gaudi’s last civil project, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Bring Out the Foodie at La Boqueria

Barcelona’s first local market, La Boqueria is a happy hunting ground for diehard foodies.

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The charming market teems with all kinds of fresh produce from fruits, cheese and vegetables to meat and seafood. Don’t forget to sample the Spanish delicacies manchego cheese, Jamón Ibérico, and the bacalo.

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Climb Atop Montjuïc

Montjuïc (Mountain of the Jews), named so after the Jews that once resided here, is a majestic hill that overlooks the Barcelona harbour.

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The hill itself holds many tourist attractions including the historic Montjuïc castle, the stately building Palau Nacional, erected for the 1929 International Exhibition, which now acts as the National Art Museum of Catalonia, two art galleries, the grand Olympic Stadium, and the resplendent Magic Fountain.

Ride a Ferris Wheel Atop the Tibidabo Mountain

Whisk away to the first, and highest amusement park in Barcelona at the top of the magnificent Tibidabo Mountain.

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The tallest peak in Barcelona is also a home to the beautiful church, the Temple de Sagrat Cor. Catch a lift to the top of the church to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the sprawling city, and the sublime Mediterranean Sea beyond.

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Soak up Vitamin D on the Barceloneta Beach

It wouldn’t do to forget the beach amidst Barcelona’s architectural marvels, would it now?
Get a tan at the Barceloneta beach and savour the tantalizing fish, seafood dishes, and the mouthwatering tapas. Also, don’t miss out the Nova Icària beach, the Mar Bella beach and the Stiges beaches.
This is just a brief taste of Barcelona’s many treasures. Some more things to do in Barcelona include, paying a visit to the Picasso Museum, Plaça de Catalunya, the Joan Miró Foundation, the Gothic Quarter, the Barcelona Cathedral, and strolling along the Las Ramblas street. History buffs can also explore the Barcelona City History Museum.