When travelling to Barcelona, one of the objectives is to make the most of the time and go home with the feeling of not having lost the most important things of the city. It is a complicated task, we know it, so we are going to help with this selection of things you can do in Barcelona this spring.
-Take a walk their neighborhoods to discover the city
Barcelona although it is a large city, has a perfect size to walk. Forget for a day the tourist bus or the metro and walk it giving beautiful walks and picking up forces in its wide gastronomic offer. You can choose to visit the buildings and most important parks in the city as the Ciutadella, Joan Miró Park or the castle of Montjuïc. We encourage you to Ascend up to Horta, to know the charm of the District of Sant Andreu, to see a face of the lesser-known side of l’Eixample and enjoy unique panoramic views along la carretera de las aguas.
Many tourists tend to spend their days in Barcelona to visit the most centrally located districts (Born, Gotic, Eixample), but the city is much more. Gracia´s life at all times and in its streets you will find shops to satisfy your most consumerist side. Sarria still retains the charm of a small town and Montjuïc is full of parks and gardens where walking or have a picnic. But undoubtedly Poble-sec and Sant Antoni are the neighborhoods that most have been fashionable, above all by its great cuisine, leisure and quality.
But there is also the opportunity to get to know the city cycling. There are many routes that it runs through the city and they are suitable, whether you’re in shape or not.
-Gaudí and modernism.
One of the attractions is certainly admire the modernist architecture and the works of Gaudí in particular. You can find several examples of their work throughout the city, whether they are civil or religious buildings. The most famous are the Sagrada Familia, impressive on the outside and inside; the Park Güell, a magic place almost like a fairy tale that emulates an English garden, or la Pedrera. But you can miss the chance to visit other buildings of Gaudí which sometimes occupy a smaller place in the guides. For example, Palau Güell, la Casa Batlló, la Casa Vicens.
But Gaudi was not the only exponent of modernism that left its mark on Barcelona. Also worth a visit, for example, Casa Amatller and el Palau de la Música, from Puig i Cadafalch; la Casa Lleó Morera, designed by domènech i Muntaner or la casa de les Punxes. Another example is the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, heritage and whose gardens are an oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city.
Ascend to Montjuïc Olympic mountain
Montjuïc Mountain is perfect for a walk among the trees and has great views, but costs a bit more access to it, that why is less visited by tourists. There are the facilities that were built for the Olympic Games of 1992, including the Palau Sant Jordi or telecommunications tower designed by Santiago Calatrava. Those who have more energy and climb up to the top of the Hill will find the Estadi Olímpic and Jardí Botànic. At his feet, the plaza de Espanya is the most common access to the mountain, and you can also use to visit the Pavelló Mies van der Rohe and the CaixaForum cultural center.
You can also take a walk the Laribal gardens, designed by the French landscape architect Nicolas Forestier Jean-Claude. Don’t miss the nursery three Pins, cultivating all plants for gardens and municipal parks of Barcelona City. To descend, you can use the cable car that crosses the port of Barcelona from the viewpoint of Miramar, to the Tower of San Sebastián, in the beach of la Barceloneta.
-Reserve time for art.
In Barcelona, a walk through the Park is not only a relaxing experience, also may be an artistic journey. We Encourages you to take a walk around the lush gardens of the Teatre Grec and then go to the Fundació Joan Miró, one of the world’s greatest museums. It is home to a collection of more than 225 paintings, sculptures and 150 graphic of the Spanish surrealist painter, along with a series of works by his contemporaries.
Near las Ramblas you will find one of the jewels of the city, the MNAC (Museu Nacional dArt of Catalonia), with works of art touring through Catalan art from the Romanesque until mid-20th century, close to Paseo de Gracia You cannot miss La Fundació Tapies, and finally visit the Museu Picasso, occupies five large mansions or palaces from the XIIIth-XIVTH and host the formative years of Picasso works.
If you prefer the small galleries do not fail to visit the Palau Robert, offering great exhibitions and because the building itself, as well as important galleries scattered throughout the city.
-Discover the history of the city.
When you visit a city, it is advisable to find out a bit about their history to understand its buildings, urbanism, art and also something of the character of its people. Barcelona is full of different cultures and heritages, every step you make through their streets you will discover some vestige of those cultures and heritages.
You can get an idea of their wealth by visiting the Museu D´historia of Barcelona (MUHBA) that preserves the historical heritage of the city and exposes it in its various locations (the main are La plaza de Rei, the Call, the Temple of Augustus and the Refugio 307), brand new Centre Cultural del Born, the columns of Hadrian, the Royal Dockyards of the Maritime Museum.
You cannot miss the magnificent churches of Barcelona by artistic and architectural pleasure. Sant Pau del Camp is a rare example of Romanesque architecture, with a fantastic façade and a remarkable cloister, and the elegant basilica of Santa María del Mar which is perhaps the best example of Catalan Gothic survival. But the Gothic religious building by excellence is the Barcelona Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint of the city. Gothic, Majestic and with a faculty that is famous for its 13 white geese. 13 as the years that the patron had when she died martyred.
You cannot miss visiting Sant Pere de les Puel•les, Santa Maria del Pi (declared a Cultural asset of national interest in 1931 and were also held concerts of classical music and Sant Felip Neri, for many located on the most beautiful square of the city.
-Swimming in the Mediterranean.
Relax in the Sun and enjoy the Mediterranean breeze , there are 4.2 km of golden sandy beaches just 10 minutes from the center of the city and 4 main beach areas, which stretch the towel, planting the sunshade, smear cream. From the beaches of Sant Sebastià , Barceloneta, Nova Icària beach or Mar Bella. Each one with its own beach Chiringuitos (nocturnal too), where cooling during the day. But just a few minutes by train or a short drive away, you can visit other coastal towns with dreamlike beaches as the Famous beaches of Castelldefels – Gava.
If you love to shop then you’re going to love Barcelona! In Barcelona we have around 35,000 shops. The city is also home to the famous 5 km shopping line. The shopping line stretches from the top of the Ramblas, through Plaça de Catalunya along Passeig de Gràcia and up Avenue Diagonal. Much of the shopping line is pedestriansed making it a pleasant experience to wonder from shop to shop without worrying about traffic.
In the Barcelona shopping line you’ll find a huge selection of shops including many of the big names like Versace, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Bally, Cartier and Calvin Klein. Also find many high quality Spanish designer shops supplying a dizzy array of clothes, shoes, jewellery, apparel and accessories with chic European style.
-Taste the best of the Local cuisine.
Las tapas y los pinchos, dishes the size of a bite that are served on bread or in small dishes are a culinary trend in Barcelona, there are very elaborate, and some very traditionals, places where patatas bravas are the stars of the Charter or bars where better served beer, and always is a good time to take home Vermouth, of these historic Winery.
The gastronomic offers it, is very high quality and look for fun while we tasted tastes that make us travel to the most remote corners of memory. It is a kitchen, treated with a poetic sensibility, which seeks to recover the intensity of taste that seemed to be dead because of globalization.
Finally no one should leave Barcelona without taste our seafood. The city is known for its fantastic variety of seafood; let yourself be tempted by its rice and fish.