With a population of nearly 1.6 million (within city limits) and nearly 4.7 million in the urban area, it is the second most populous city in Spain and largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. It is regarded as one of the world’s major global city because of its influence in entertainment, education, culture, commerce, science and arts. Aside from being home to the beloved football team: FC Barcelona, its mild climate, delicious seafood (along with more than 20 Michelin-starred restaurants), many beaches, historical monuments and 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites make Barcelona the desired destination for tourists.
The famous street cleaves through the city’s center separating two districts: Gothic Quarter and El Raval. Many visitors frolic here to find tourist shops, hotels and street performers. Including in some of the attractions are the Font de Canaletes (popular fountain and meeting point) and mosaic by Joan Miró.
This is a must-visit spot for football fanatics. Fans of Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho can get to know their favorite team better by diving into their history archive and observing 5 Champions League Trophies. Apart from football, other major events have also taken place. With a seating capacity over 99,000, it is the largest stadium in Europe and second largest in the world.
The fountain which mesmerizes everyone with its incredible light, music and water works could not have been possible without the ambitious proposal made by Carles Buigas. When tourists come here, they get the idea why this fountain is ‘magical’.
Everybody knows the famous painter Pablo Picasso, whether they have heard him in humor or in serious discussions. He was fond of his city Barcelona and in this museum you’ll see through his 4,200+ art works how that relationship influenced his youth and resumed till his death.
Each of Gaudi’s works is splendid manifested as preserved buildings. Famous attractions like Park Guell, La Pedrera and Torre Bellesguard make you want to read more about him. Ofcourse, a tour of Barcelona cannot be complete without viewing his colossal masterpiece: Sagrada Familia.
While this market opened in 1840, it is believed that food peddlers were here since 13th Century selling meat. The place emanates exciting aromas of meat, fresh produce, fresh juices, wines and desserts. Some of the top choices are manchego cheese, salted cod (bacalao) and jamón ibérico. If not enough, there are more bars and restaurants around the market.
The city prides itself of having fantastic concert halls, apart from live music venues. Choices are Gran Teatre Del Liceu, L'Auditori (hosting not just classical, but jazz music and other world music performances) and Palau de la Música Catalana. Tourists may be surprised to know some programme tickets are not as expensive as they seem.
Raval is the cultural hub of the city. It is a cosmopolitan area with urban, hipster attitude decorated with street art. In terms of getting a taste of culture, the area includes CCCB, Biblioteca de Catalunya, MACBA and renovated Filmoteca (art-house cinema). As the locals like to call, ‘Revel in the Raval’. It even has its own La Rambla!
Barcelona city view