Barcelona is one of those places in the world that attracts millions of visitors each year. The coastal city is a hit with people that want to have a break from their lives and relax in the sun. While others prefer to take a step back in time and explore its historical elements.
To be honest, you don’t need to have a reason to visit Barcelona. It’s just one of those parts of the world where people want to visit. If you want to make the most of your trip there, make sure you visit some (or all) of these fantastic destinations on your travels:
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
The number one must-see tourist attraction of the city of Barcelona has to be the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia! It’s a large Roman Catholic church that got designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, work on the church began in 1882. It’s still under construction and is, without a doubt, one of the world’s longest building projects. The build progress reached the midpoint back in 2010, with completion set for 2028.
The reason construction is taking so long is that it’s relying on private donations. By the time Gaudi died in 1926, less than a quarter of the church got built. And then, of course, the build took a hiatus while the Spanish Civil War was going on. Construction only resumed in the 1950s.
If you like the style and architecture of the basilica, you will love Casa Batlló! That’s because it’s another project of Gaudi’s, although this project got finished! Built in 1877, it’s essentially a remodel of an existing house in Barcelona.
Like most things that Gaudi designed, it’s hard to place the building in a particular style or architecture. Some say it has a bit of Art Nouveau while others suggest it has elements of Modernisme.
When I last visited the city, I was feeling a little peckish and fancied having a beer or two with some friends in the evening. I started making my way down to a bar that has the best tapas in Barcelona, and that’s when I came across the La Boqueria.
It’s a public outdoor market and is known for being one of the city’s biggest tourist landmarks. It has a diverse range of goods on offer, and you are likely to find almost every type of fruit, vegetable, and fish for sale!
The market dates back to 1217 when it was merely a small market with a few table stands. Today it’s a huge covered market – and a busy one at that!
Last, but by no means least, you need to head over to Camp Nou. It’s a stadium that is home to Futbol Club Barcelona. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of football or not, it should still be on your itinerary!
It’s the largest stadium both in Spain and in Europe, and can seat nearly 100,000 people. You can tour the grounds, check out the luxurious changing rooms and get a sense of what it’s like to play for one of the world’s best football teams. There is also a museum on-site.