has an exciting history and culture, which can be experienced across the country. The two most popular and well-known cities are Madrid and Barcelona. Whilst Madrid is located at the heart of Spain, Barcelona is on the Mediterranean coastline and if you have never been – you should visit!
The largest city on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of Spain’s most vibrant destinations, particularly during the summer! Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions…
Almost every Barcelona sight-seeing tour will take you through the glorious strip that is Las Ramblas. Las Ramblas is one of Barcelona’s most famed streets, known for its colourful markets, its popular street entertainers and its thriving bars and cafes. Las Ramblas is bustling throughout the day and into the night, and travellers should be sure to visit Mercat De La Boqueria, a market that is renowned for its fresh food and tasty tapas.
Watch out for pick-pockets.
La Sagrada Família
At the top of your Barcelona check-list should be La Sagrada Família. This basilica is an architectural wonder and has been somewhat of a work in progress for the last 130 years! Designed with several towers and facades, the structure of La Sagrada Família is a sight to behold and takes in over two million visitors per year. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Take the lift up one of the spires, and make your way back down via the spiralled staircase. Go slowly!
Barcelona is a city packed with museums and you should give yourself a chance to explore at least one of them. The city’s most visited museum is the Museu Picasso, a gallery that displays the early works of Picasso. Other wonderful museums include the acclaimed CaxiaForum, a museum of science and nature (which boasts live animals and a rainforest), the Museu Marítim and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Cataluny.
There is no entrance fee for under 18s at the Museu Picasso, so it’s a good one to visit with the family.
A sea of calm high above the city, a trip to Montjuïc is perfect for travellers looking to escape the bustle of the main city. Montjuïc hill comprises of iconic sights, luscious botanic gardens and various museums, all set alongside amazing views of the city of Barcelona and the ocean beyond. While here, don’t forget to visit the Palau Nacional, the Magic Fountain and the Castell de Montjuïc.
If you’re not up for the big trek up the hill, consider taking the cable car from the port.
Esglesia De Santa Maria Del Mar
The Esglesia De Santa Maria Del Mar is Barcelona’s spectacular medieval church of Our Lady of the Sea. This church was blessed in 1384 and its Gothic origins will excite both architectural enthusiasts and history buffs. The church’s interiors are not to be missed when sightseeing in Barcelona; its gargantuan columns, stained windows and sweeping, tall ceilings are simply stunning.
A guided tour is just 8€ and includes access to the crypt and the rooftop.