Barcelona’s list of attractions is a very diverse list. Barcelona is not famous as a tourist hub for one or two places but a multitude of them. Be it architecture or sports, beaches or mountains, the geographical location and the rich culture and history associated with the city makes Barcelona a goldmine of tourist attractions. This article tries to cover Barcelona attractions of all kinds, suiting people of all ages, mindsets and tastes.
1. La Sagrada Familia
Any tourist list on Barcelona would be incomplete without this mention. La Sagrada Familia is an unfinished Roman Catholic Church designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudi. This basilica is famously known for its architectural genius, size and exhaustive construction. It is expected to be completed by 2026 marking the 100th death anniversary of Antoni Gaudi and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaudi can be considered as the reason why Barcelona attracts many architecture enthusiasts, with his works such as Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, which are all located in Barcelona and visited by millions.
2. La Ramblas
This is one of the busiest streets in Europe and the world. Walking down the street is the best way to get a picture of local Barcelona and its native residents. The street is up and kicking all day, all night! This promenade runs down to the sea and is filled with tiny kiosks, cafes, restaurants, bars, historical buildings, street performers and theaters. This Barcelona attraction is also infamous for attracting most of the low life in the city and probably no other street is as famous as La Ramblas for pickpocket!
3. Camp Nou
Football Club Barcelona is the first thing to cross anyone’s mind when Barcelona is mentioned. So it would be a shame if you don’t visit this football stadium and witness the love and passion Barcelona has over football. Camp Nou is the largest stadium of Europe and alongside the stadium is the FC Barcelona museum which has various collectibles belonging to the football club. If you are a soccer or football fan and visiting Barcelona, don’t come back without visiting this attraction.
4. Museu Picasso
This is the first museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso and the only one opened during his lifetime. The museum has an amazing collection of 4,249 works of Picasso and mainly features art works belonging to the period 1890-1917, which define his youthful and formative period as an artist. Walking tours are available which will take you to places like the restaurant where he would meet people and the art school he studied in to know how much of love and attachment Picasso shared with Barcelona.
5. Barceloneta Beach
The Summer Olympics of 1992 changed the face of Barcelona beaches and transformed them into popular beach attractions of Europe and the world. One such beach among the 9 beaches is the Barceloneta beach. This is the most visited and the most crowded beach of all the 9. The beach is famously known for its action, parties, bars and restaurants, mostly a youth attraction in Barcelona.
The above mentioned Barcelona attractions are just a speck of what you can expect as a tourist in this wonderful city. It is the fourth most visited city in all of Europe next to London, Paris and Rome and attracts more than 7 million visitors every year!
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