We spent 3 days in Barcelona and it was magical. I can't wait to go back - if only for the food!
If you are planning to go to Barcelona this year but don’t know much about the city and what it has to offer, then read on. Learn about the best places to stay, how to get around and the top sightseeing spots for an experience you will never forget.
Where to stay
When it comes to places to stay, Barcelona has some of the most luxurious hotels in Europe. There is Hotel Majestic that is located in the Passeig the Gracia. This 90 year old hotel has a rich history and it has a lot to offer. It is also near two of Gaudi’s most famous buildings – namely La Pedrera and Casa Battlo. Casa Fuster is yet another place where you will definitely enjoy your stay. Designed by a famous Catalan architect, this hotel has spacious rooms with some of the most beautiful architectural designs.
Other popular hotels are Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Alma and Hotel Arts, the last one offering more than 400 rooms, 5 splendid restaurants and many more.
How to get around
If you’d like to get to see more of the old city, then going on foot is probably the best choice. However, the city is very big so you might want to take a subway. The city has 6 main lines which will get you to the main districts in Barcelona. You also have many buses you can take to see the city or you can choose to go with the Barcelona Bus Turistic, a double-decker that will not only provide you with maximum comfort, but it will also show you the most attractive tourist sites in Barcelona.
If you don’t want to mingle with people in buses, then you can also take one of the numerous taxis in the city, or you can rent a car for a few days and drive it yourself.
What to see
Barcelona is such as beautiful city that picking just a few places to see is a difficult choice. However, there are a few attractions you definitely shouldn’t miss. For example, there are no Barcelona holidays without the famous Sagrada Familia built by Gaudi. There are other marvellous buildings built by this world-class architect such as Park Guell, Casa Vicens or the famous crypt Colonia Guell. You can also visit places where the notorious painter Pablo Picasso walked when he was young, such as Reina Cristina, or you can go to El 4 Gats, where artists such as Picasso and Dali gathered.
If you are interested in live music there are certainly many places in Barcelona that will more than satisfy your ears. There the music venues Apolo and Razzmatazz or the Gran Theatre del Liceu. Palau de la Musica Catalana is yet another great place to admire both its modernist architecture and great concerts.
For the best Barcelona holidays, you now know where to find a comfortable hotel, how to travel through the city and what places are a must-see!
Forever travelling and trotting the globe, Sarah Black has a passion for all things cultural and one day hopes to turn her hobby into a career.