Welcome to our Barcelona edition of Friendly “Tourist attractions for dummies.” We already offer an abundance of information on what there is to do in this exciting city including 3 things to do, seasonal events, parties and festivals, where to go, restaurants, bars and nightlife, concerts, and beaches to visit amongst many others, which we imagine could be slightly overwhelming. However it’s true, Barcelona constantly has a jam-packed agenda and there’s always something going on the reason for which we would like to suggest our top 5 attractions to give you somewhere to start off if you’ve never been to visit before. Enjoy!
The unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the master-work of the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí has been dubbed one of Barcelona (and Spain’s) most top tourist attractions. It is a pure example of the unique contemporary architecture that characterises the city and visitors may look inside and climb the beautiful towers to catch a glimpse of the stunning view from the top.
Camp Nou stadium
The largest all-seater stadium in Europe, number three in the world, and for fans of the beautiful game, a must-see. Camp Nou stadium is home turf to FC Barcelona and the national Catalan team, and hosts many football events as well as major concerts. Stadium tours and the FC Barcelona museum are open daily where visitors can learn about the history of the club, contemplate temporary exhibitions, admire the trophy cases, take a sneak peak at the press room, and enter the pitch through the players’ tunnel. Ole!
Another one of Antoni Gaudi`s greater works and now a UNESCO heritage site, Park Güell features a municipal garden, a terrace being the focal point of the park, two Gaudí buildings gracing the entrance, sloping colonnades, viaducts, fountains, and statues, beautiful and original tiling characteristic of the artist, and his house with interesting furniture which has been converted into a museum, amongst further examples of his work. Furthermore, lucky visitors can climb the El Carmel hill to catch a fabulous panoramic view of Barcelona.
Non other than the famous avenue gracing the heart of Barcelona, a major attraction for tourists and locals alike. Lined with stalls, restaurants, cafés, newspaper stands, animals and flower stalls, all sorts of artists, the famous Boqueria market, museums, exhibition centres, amongst others and finishing off at the famous Columbus Statue La Rambla is a landmark of the city. Furthermore, this major street breaks off to smaller ones that lead to the district of Raval (red light district) on one side and the Gothic District on the other both rich in restaurants, cafés, and shops perfect for going shopping, dining, and going out in the evening.
Magic Fountain of Montjuic
La Fuente Mágica (Magic Fountain) dominates the top of Montjuic Mountain and graces the front of the National Art Museum. This attraction comprises an enormous fountain that is equipped with coloured lights and hundreds of jet which spray water into the air, and which is accompanied by a classical music selection during a free light show that takes place in the evening during the summer months providing a highly entertaining and beautiful spectacle. This attraction is unique to Barcelona so it is definitely not one to miss!
Anna – Marketing Team