Everything You Need to Add to Your Barcelona Bucket List!
Barcelona is a vibrant city that is filled with beautiful artwork, colorful streets, and delicious seafood. You could spend days just exploring the streets, visiting historic places, eating delicious food, and drinking endless amounts of sangria! Barcelona is such a treat! If you are planning your first visit to Barcelona make sure you check out these spots to fill your travel bucket list! From enjoying a glass of sangria while watching the sunset along the port to admiring the beautiful works of art by Antoni Gaudi! Barcelona has a bit for everybody so here are 10 THINGS YOU MUST DO WHEN TRAVELING TO BARCELONA!
MAKE SURE YOU ADD THESE TO YOUR BARCELONA BUCKET LIST . . .
1. Stand in Awe of Sagrada Famillia
One of Barcelona most famous churches is the Sagrada Familia. This is one of the most magnificent churches I have ever witnessed despite it actually being unfinished. This Roman Catholic Church was designed by Antoni Gaudi, a famous artist who is credited with designing several famous attractions in Barcelona. This masterpiece is a must visit while in Barcelona! So make sure you buy tickets in advance so you can avoid the lines!
2. Eat Authentic Paella
When traveling to Spain for the first time you must eat one of the most famous cuisines in Spain, Paella! This delicious dish that is essential to the Spanish culture and will be found all over Barcelona! Paella is cooked in a large pan and is similar risotto since it is made with rice, vegetables and lots of fresh seafood! There are many kinds of Paella to try, such as vegetarian, chicken, seafood, or one of my personal favorites made with squid ink or otherwise known as Paella Negra! Remember when you are searching for the perfect place to eat Paella try to find restaurants that will bring the Paella straight from the pan it was made in. If the paella is brought out on a plate rather than the traditional steel pan, do not eat there, since the Paella may not be fresh. One restaurant that I definitely recommend for trying Paella is Gaudim, which is located in the L’Example district. This was the best Paella I have ever tasted! Although a little pricey for traveling university students, the excellent food and service will definitely be worth your while.
Address: Carrer d’Aragó, 231, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
3. Go gaga for Gaudi
Antoni Gaudi a famous Catalonian architecture, that has designed some of Barcelona’s most famous architectural structures, from building such as Casa Batillό to Palau Güell. By walking down Paseo de Gràcia you will get the opportunity to go gaga for some of Gaudi’s most spectacular work. This street is lined with three picturesque homes that will make you fall in love with the city of Barcelona. So many sure to have your camera ready to snap pictures of Casa Mila and Casa Batlló! If you have time I highly recommend going inside Casa Batllo, the inside is a marvelous work of art as well!
4. Take a stroll through Park Güell
Park Guell is truly Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece since it features some of his greatest works. The beautiful tile work throughout the park will leave you in absolute awe. No wonder this park is one of the most photographed spots in Barcelona! This park also provides you stunning views of the city so it’s essential you visit this beautiful spot during your first visit to Barcelona! To be completely honest this park is one of my favorite places in all of Spain. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back to Barcelona! I could have spent day their just gazing at the remarkable tile work and beautiful flowers!
5. Take a Cooking Class
Food is such a big part of the culture in Spain so why not learn how to make some of your favorite dishes to bring home with you! Not only is eating Paella delicious but learning how to make it is quite an experience as well. Book a cooking class in Barcelona and learn how to make traditional Paella from a local Catalonian. The cooking class that I took was excellent. We learned how to make tapas, some sangria and a fresh pan of Paella! The chef and their staff started the cooking experience with a tour around the city where we landed upon the Mercado de La Boqueria. From there the chef showed us how to properly pick our fresh ingredients to put in our Paella. That means we bought a lot of fresh seafood, vegetables, and spices. Once we finished at the market we were taken to the chief’s kitchen where we learned everything we needed to know about making Paella. It was such a fun experience meeting other travelers while we ate and drank sangria all night!
Check out the Cooking Class we took to make delicious paella!
6. Shop down Las Ramblas
This famous boulevard is where all the tourists love to shop! Similar to Champs Elysees in Paris, this street will fulfill all your shopping dreams!
7. Eat tapas at Mercado de La Boqueria
While shopping down Las Ramblas, visit one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets, Mercado de La Boqueria! This food market is located in the heart of Barcelona and will provide you with an exciting food experience. This market is filled with thousands of foodies looking for the perfect food to try. While browsing the hundreds of food shops within the market, make sure you spot a place serving tapas! Tapas are essentially little bite-size appetizers that are another famous type of food in Spain. So find a spot to sit and devour some of my favorite tapas. I recommend trying Calamares (fried squid), Jamón Iberico (thinly sliced cured ham), and Pimientos de Padrón (fried green peppers) while in Barcelona!
8.Explore the Gothic Quarter and find the Cathedral of Barcelona
The charming gothic quarter is an area in Barcelona filled tons of local shops, restaurants and the Cathedral of Barcelona. You could spend a whole afternoon exploring these narrow medieval streets looking for a new place to eat or the perfect souvenir to bring home! Make sure you roam in the right direction to find The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. Also known as Barcelona Cathedral, is a gothic inspired church that filled with history since it opened in 1298! So take a break along the steps of the church and gaze upon the square in front. It is always fun just watching this area come to life.
9.Take a trip to the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor (Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
The Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor sits on the summit of Mount Tibidabo. This is the perfect vantage point to be able to see a view of the entire city of Barcelona. To reach Tibidabo, there are a few ways to go get there. The way I got to Tibidabo was catching a subway on the L7 line and got off at the Avinguda del Tibidabo station. Then you need to catch the Tramvia Blau (blue trams). Once you get to the lower station at Plaça Dr. Andreu, you will then take a funicular to get to the summit of Tibidabo. From there you will be able to see the beautiful Church and the excellent view of the City of Barcelona. If you would like to get a 360 degree view of Barcelona and its surrounding neighbor and valleys, then you must climb up to the top of the Church where the statue of Jesus stands. You will be able to stand underneath the statue and walk around to get a view of the neighboring valley and cities. It’s quite the trek up their but trust me the views will take your breathe away… Literally!
10. Sip Sangria and watch the sunset at the port
Can you even go to Spain and not drink endless amounts of Sangria? This delicious drink is traditionally made with red wine, mixed fruit, and orange juice. The popular Spanish drink recipe will vary depending on the region of Spain you are in. So might as well try them all! With this fruitful thirst-quenching drink, what can be a better way to end your day by having a glass of delicious Sangria while you watch the sunset along the port?
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