In 3 days, we were able to visit the essentials of Barcelona :
The Sagrada Familia
It is undeniably the symbol of Barcelona. It is a Catholic church dedicated to the Holy Family (Joseph, Mary, Jesus).
Inside the chruch, you can see the crypt where Gaudí rests
In the basement there is a museum dedicated to Gaudí and the construction of the church.
The building is still under construction (with an expected end date : 2026) and the money collected from the visits is used for financing the construction, as Gaudi said :
Opening hours : every day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (or 6:00 p.m. in winter)
Price : €25 / p (€7 extra for tours)
Nearest metro station : Sagrada Familia
You cannot visit Barcelona and miss the works of Antoni Gaudí, who is the main architect representing Catalan modernism.
Plaça de Catalunya: Catalonia Square
Former gathering place of artists, was partly destroyed during the civil war. Several important Barcelona avenues intersect here, such as La Rambla or Passeig. It is known to be the starting point of all streets.
Do not miss the Francesc Macià monument, which represents two staircases one above the other. There are also mosaics covering part of the square, which were designed by students from the Massana school.
It is the most important square in Barcelona
Nearest metro station: Catalonia
La Rambla is THE big avenue in Barcelona, which connects the Plaça Catalunya to old port. The street is 1.2 kilometers long. It ends at the sea, in front of the Christopher Columbus column (After the discovery of the Americas, Columbus returned to Barcelona in 1493 to report his journey. Today, he sits at the top of this 60-meter column , pointing at America
Boquería is a 6,000 square meter market, where you can find everything: fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, spices, sweets… It is the largest market in Europe. There is an expression that says « what you can’t find at the Boqueria market, you can’t find anywhere! »
Hours : Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Nearest metro station : Liceu
It is one of Antoni Gaudí‘s creations and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is a garden city with several curiosities and attractions. Park Guell is one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona.
Access : from Lesseps station (line 3), it takes 15 minutes walk. Adbice : It is recommended to access to the parc via Sant Josep de la Muntanya, where there is an escalator.
Opening hours : every day from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Price : € 10
Casa Batllo & Casa Mila (La Pedrera)
These are two works of Gaudi on the big avenue « Passeig de Gràcia »
Casa Batllo is a building renewed by Antoni Gaudi. It has a facade that can be seen as human bones shaped or as venetian masks. The monument is used today for exhibitions or private events.
Nearest station : Passeig de Gracia
Casa Milà is a building designed by Gaudi. Like many of his known works, it has an unconventional form. The facade is made of curved shapes.
Nearest station : Diagonal
Montjuic and its magic fountain
It is a hill whose summit forms a plateau with a view overlooking the port
Access : Take the funicular from Parallel metro station (L2 and L3) and exit at Parc de Montjuic station
The Montjuïc Fountain is located in Maria Cristina Avenue. It is the main element of a set of light and water games that illuminates the axis between the National Art Museum of Catalonia and Plaza de España.
At sunset, head to this fountain, there you will find a crowd waiting for the fountain show
Nearest station : Placa Espanya
Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomf)
It was designed by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas as the gate to the Universal Exhibition of 1888. Since then, it has been moved to Parc de la Ciutadella.
The nearest station : Arc de Triomf
You find here some institutional buildings such as the Headquarters of the Parliament of Catalonia, but also the Museum of Modern Art and the Zoological Park of Barcelona. The famous Universal Exhibition of 1888 took place at the Ciutadella.
The closest stations : Metro (Ciutadella – Vila Olimpica) / Tram (Wellington)
Hours: Every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Barcelona has 7 sandy beaches on over than 4 km.
At all the beaches, you will find several services (rental of deckchairs and parasols, lifeguards, showers, medical assistance, etc.)
Metro line 4 (Yellow) runs almost along the coast. You can, depending on the beach, get off at the stations (Barceloneta, Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica, Bogatell, Llacuna. Poblanou, Selva de Mar or El Maresme Fòrum). At worst, you will have to walk about fifteen minutes to reach the beach.
La Barceloneta is certainly the most known and busiest beach. It is also the closest beach to the city center. La Barceloneta is located in front of the mirador de Christophe Colomb.
Sant Sebastià is the largest beach in Barcelona. It is not very far from the city center. You will find a lot of people there, but less than Barceloneta.
Nova Icària is the family beach. It is quiet beach.
Bogatell is reputed to be very clean and quiet.
To find the beach for young people, head to Mar Bella : open-mindedness, meeting point of the LGBT community, there is also a nudist area there.
Nova Mar Bella beach is not the most beautiful of beaches, but it is certainly the quietest.
The furthest beach from the city center is Llevant. It is mainly frequented by families.