Top 5 things to do in Barcelona, Spain

Top 5 things to do in Barcelona, Spain

Arts & Culture, a white sandy beach, and great food make Barcelona the perfect city for a city trip. These are my 5 favorite things to do in Barcelona.

Park Güell

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Park Güell might be the place where most tourists in Barcelona gather. For a good reason, because it’s one of the most beautiful places in the city. You will see art and architecture by Gaudí everywhere, and the park has some great viewpoints. The houses of the entrance and the long bench are incredibly beautiful. If you climb a little further to the top of Park Güell, you will see fewer tourists and have an incredible view of the city.

Sagrada Família

Sagrada Familia
The impressive cathedral Sagrada Família is definitely the eyecatcher in Barcelona. Gaudí’s most famous building is still not finished, but breathtakingly beautiful. The inside of the cathedral is just as impressive as the outside, so get your ticket in advance and visit this stunning place.

Casa Batlló

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Let’s continue on the Gaudí-trip because you should definitely visit one of his apartment buildings: Casa Milà or Casa Batlló. I’ve visited both, and Casa Batlló is my favorite. The shapes are so weird (but awesome) and the building is very colorful!

Castell de Montjuïc

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The ancient Castell de Montjuïc is a fortress on a hill in the south part of Barcelona, next to the Mediterranean sea. If you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet, this is the place to be. Around the fortress, you will find some beautiful gardens with flowers and cactuses. On top of the fortress, you’ll have an amazing view of the city. And the best thing: there is no entrance fee!

Daytrip to Montserrat

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Do you want to escape the city for a day? Make a day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat! You can reach the famous Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey by funicular (the fast way) or with a cable car (long wait, but spectacular views). The Abbey itself is beautiful, but it can be very crowded. However, if you like hiking, make sure to climb to one of the viewpoints and explore the trails around the abbey. The views are incredible, and it’s not very crowded on the trails.

These are my favorite things to do in Barcelona. What would you recommend?

Where to stay in Barcelona?

In Barcelona, the options for hotels are endless. From affordable hostels to expensive high-end hotels. When you travel to Barcelona for the first time, you might want to stay south of the Avinguda Diagonal, in that case you’ll be able to walk to most of the highlights. Great neighbourhoods to stay in are Barri Gòtic, El Raval en Eixample. Booking a room or a bed in a dorm is really easy with These are some of my favorite places to stay:

– $ TOC Hostel Barcelona – clean and modern hostel with a pool.
– $$ Hostal Girona – private room with shared bathroom in a great location.
– $$$ H10 Cubik 4* Sup – Beautiful modern hotel with a pool and a terrace from where you’ll have a great view of the city.

When you prefer to stay in an apartment then you might want to check out the options on Airbnb. Have you never booked anything through Airbnb before? Use this link to get a great discount on your first booking.

Traveling in Spain

There are many great cities in Spain that are perfect for a city trip. My favorites so far (besides Barcelona) are Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, and Girona. Traveling by train is really easy in Spain, so you can easily explore Spain by combining those cities in one big trip.

Would you like to read more about Barcelona?

Get one of these great travel guides:

Fodor’s Barcelona: with highlights of Catalonia

Rick Steves Barcelona

If you’d like to read more about the Costa Brava, I can recommend these articles:
Top 5 things to do at Costa Brava | Spain
Hiking Camí de Ronda | Costa Brava, Spain

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