More than just the economic capital of the Catalonia province, Barcelona is a cultural hub like no other. With an artistic heritage most cities could only dream of, it should come as little surprise that there are more unique things to do in Barcelona than ever before. Of course, that means that there has never been a better time to visit. Here’s just a few of the many adventures to be had.
Roam Around the Famous La Rambla
One of the city’s main attractions, the avenue of La Rambla is everything Barcelona has to offer in a nutshell. The avenue comes to life with a great selection of food, shopping stalls, street performers, coffee shops and even the occasional animal parade. Animated throughout the day, the street is an ideal stop for those who prefer to recharge through human interaction.
Watch the Horizon with a Golden Age Explorer
At Plaça Portal de la Pau near the end of La Rambla stands a massive monument of Christopher Columbus. This 60-meter tall tribute to the great Italian explorer was raised in 1888 for the Universal Exposition and has remained there ever since. The statue is positioned on the site where Columbus returned to Spain in 1493 from his first journey to the New World, and Columbus is depicted pointing at the horizon, possibly to his hometown of Genoa. Point along with him, and you’ve got the makings of a great photographic souvenir!
Bask in the Unfinished Glory of La Sagrada Família
Perhaps one of the most unique things to do in Barcelona is admiring its architecture. La Sagrada Família is widely regarded for its aesthetically innovative basilica designed by the great architect Antoni Gaudí. Its construction began in 1882 and is still a work in progress. While it won’t be complete until 2032, La Sagrada Família is still bound to capture your imagination and instill you with a sense of wonder.
Indulge Your Inner Artist at the Pablo Picasso Museum
Although Pablo Picasso was originally from Málaga, Barcelona is where he really came into his own. This museum dedicated to the painter of Guernica holds over 4,251 of Picasso’s works in their permanent collection. The museum also features a fascinating rotation of temporary exhibits. Not only do the museum exhibitions emphasize Picasso’s undeniable talent, they also acknowledge his emotional connection to Barcelona.
Step Into a Different World at Park Güell
Also designed by Gaudí, the gardens of Park Güell offer phenomenal displays of colorful, ceramic-based architecture. The park was named after the entrepreneur Eusebi Güell, who sought the services of his friend Gaudí in creating this artistic park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park captures the unique artistic spirit of the city and is not to be missed.
Feel the Magic of the Night at Barcelona Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Many cities feel like entirely new places at night, and Barcelona is no exception. Indulge yourself in the nighttime atmosphere by seeing a magical light show for all ages at Plaça Carles Buïgas. The square comes to life as water dances amongst choreographed lights and sounds. With a history dating back to the Great Universal Exhibition of 1929, the show is a Barcelona mainstay that continues to delight audiences ninety years later.
Reach for the Sky at Montserrat Natural Park
Should you have a passion for nature, the Monserrat Natural Park is the place to visit. Only an hour’s drive northwest of Barcelona, the park offers a fantastic location to participate in hiking and trekking mountain excursions. Those with a keen interest in history should be sure to visit the Montserrat Monastery. Guided tours are also available to help you understand the importance of this natural park for the Catalan culture.
Kick Back at the Home of Football Champions
A visit to Camp Nou Stadium is a must for any fan of F.C. Barcelona. If your visit doesn’t quite line up with any scheduled games, consider taking a unique and in-depth stadium tour. Embrace the experience of visiting the stadium’s stands, tunnel, changing room, and more! Be sure not to miss the stunning collection of memorabilia and trophies on display.
Make Some Sweet Memories at the Chocolate Museum
If you have a sweet tooth and are a chocolate lover like many of us, the Museu de la Xocolata is the place for you. Upon paying the entrance fee, visitors will receive tickets made out of chocolate to enjoy during their visit. After this sweet welcome, guests will be offered insights into the history of chocolate and its manufacturing process. The museum also features chocolate sculptures designed by some of Catalonia’s most acclaimed pastry chefs! For something more savoury you should definitely try Barcelona tapas.
Explore a Place Where History Stands Still
The Museu de Cera features over 200 celebrity wax figures in a unique late 19th-century setting. In order to bring the experience to life, the museum has certain rooms where wax figures are positioned amongst the building’s original furniture. The museum, originally designed as the Bank of Barcelona headquarters, even allows you to step into a bank vault to witness a wax robbery scene.
Barcelona offers a multitude of activities guaranteed to please a wide of personalities and interests. Step into an extraordinary adventure and make it your own!
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