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5 of the best Barcelona tips for a spectacular city break

Barcelona has long been a fashionable destination that attracts tourists of all ages and interests from around the world. This article offers 5 excellent Barcelona tips intended to show some of the city’s finest museums, districts and other attractions.

Barcelona has a reputation for a rebellious nature, especially among other Spanish cities, due to many of its residents’ long-held push for independence from Spain. The independent and uniquely Catalonian spirit lives on throughout its music, food and culture. This is what continues to give it the edge that many find so attractive.

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Barcelona’s importance grew due to its lively port and beachfront. It remains a popular tourist destination, famous for its high-end shopping, restaurants, local markets, street performance, and vigorous atmosphere.

5 Inspirational Barcelona tips

Parc de Montjuïc

A wide and varied area comprising many stunning gardens and museums. The most prominent attraction is the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – MNAC, which has a collection spanning 1,000 years of Catalan art. Directly in front of the museum is the Magic Fountain, an unforgettable spectacle of water, light and music. As well as the Olympic park, do not forget to visit the medieval Montjuic castle.

Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is in the heart of the old town. It is one of the finest spots in the city to see authentic, traditional Barcelona life. Its winding streets surrounded by medieval architecture make this famous district one of our hottest Barcelona tips. Take in the allure of the nightlife and enjoy some of the city’s finest wine and tapas bars.

El Raval

The area that surrounds Las Ramblas has had a particularly varied history; it remains notorious for pickpockets and other characters of ill-repute. Despite this, there is a fantastic authenticity to it, particularly for those attracted by Barcelona’s bold and independent spirit. Nowadays, tourists can visit the MACBA contemporary art museum, the Sant Pau del Camp church, and the sprawling La Boquería market.

La Sagrada Família

Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia stands aloft in a city of exotic cathedrals as one of the world’s most unique buildings. Construction has been ongoing since well beyond his death. It has since courted controversy and disagreement about how construction should be continued in the absence of its principal architect. It is a magnificent sight, and its towers seem to stretch well into the sky, leaving people stunned by its size, attention to detail, and symbolic imagery

The district that gives its name to Barcelona’s most famous landmark also plays host to other modernist architecture, which you can see along Gaudí Avenue. There is also a dizzying array of tapas and pinxos to be enjoyed on various terraces overlooking the cathedral. 

Parc Güell

The last of our Barcelona tips is to climb the extraordinary Parc Güell hill. Here, you can appreciate fabulous views of the city amongst statues, decorative lizards, ceramic benches, pavilions and mosaics. This Antoni Gaudí designed park was originally intended to be a luxury residence project. It was later completed as a public park that has a fairy tale mood inspired by nature.

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A city full of memorable experiences

Barcelona is full of unforgettable things to do, particularly for the first time visitor. We recommend taking advantage of the many tour bus operators to get a full sense of the city and experience its remarkable variety.

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