10 Things to do in Barcelona.
Barcelona is such a beautiful city filled with incredible architecture, unique art, and stunning culture. It’s one of the best cities in Europe and one we definitely suggest adding to your list of places to visit. From some of the most beautiful buildings in the world to mouthwatering churros and stunning beaches along the Mediterranean, Barcelona really has it all. Whether you’re an art lover, foodie, or just like getting lost in a new city, Barcelona certainly won’t disappoint. Here are the ten best things to do in Barcelona:
1. Wake up early and go to Park Güell: Park Güell is one of the most iconic spots in the city. With its beautiful mosaics and sweeping city views, it was one of our favorite spots in the city! If you get there before “opening hours” it’s free! You can also go after “opening hours” and you won’t have to pay either. We got there right at sunrise and watched the light spill over the city. Even though we were there super early, there were still quite a few people there, so we’d definitely suggest going right at sunrise if you want to experience it without the crowds.
2. Take a photo at The Kiss of Freedom: The Kiss of Freedom is one of the most incredible murals we’ve ever seen! It’s made up of personal photos of people experiencing their own moments of “freedom,” and then they were all put together in a mosaic to show two people kissing. It was only meant to be a temporary installation, but it’s so moving that the city decided not to take it down. It’s absolutely worth stopping by to see!
3. Visit Palau de la Música Catalana: This stunning concert hall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that hosts operas, symphonies, and other musical events you can attend; however, if you want to just tour the building, you can only get in between 9 am - 3 pm and have to take a guided tour. Unfortunately, we got there around 5 pm, so we couldn’t get in, but it looks absolutely beautiful. There’s also a small terrace outside that is perfect for a unique Instagram photo op. Book your tickets for a guided tour here.
4. Go inside Casa Batlló: Another one of Gaudí’s masterpieces, Casa Batlló was originally a house that he turned into a true work of art. When we were there, the outside was covered in scaffolding, which was pretty sad, because we couldn’t see any of the stunning facade. Hopefully that’s down soon though. To go inside, it costs 25€ per person and we suggest booking your ticket ahead of time to avoid waiting in line. You can also head over to Casa Milà for another one of Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces.
5. Visit La Sagrada Família: You can’t go to Barcelona without seeing Gaudí’s epic masterpiece La Sagrada Família. The detail and beauty of the church is absolutely breathtaking. It’s by far one of the most intricate and detailed buildings in the world. It’s been under construction since 1882 and it’s expected to be completed in 2026, meaning it will take almost 150 years to complete! It costs 17€ to get in with a basic ticket, but guided tours are also available for a bit more. We suggest getting your tickets online ahead of time and going first thing in the morning to beat the crowds. It’s definitely worth going inside, because the design, colors, and stained glass windows are unlike any other building in the world.
Tip: To get the best photo, go to the park across the street, Plaça de Guadí.
6. Check out Catedral Barcelona: The Barcelona Cathedral is located in the heart of the Gothic District, which is one of the most beautiful areas in the city! The facade of Catedral Barcelona is another one of the architectural masterpieces in the city.
7. Grab a snack at La Boqueria: La Boqueria is a market that has been around for over 100 years. It has everything from fresh fruit and smoothies to candy, cheeses, and meats. It’s a great spot to explore, grab lunch, and taste a lot of different types of foods. Even if you don’t try anything, it’s still worth wandering through just to see everything.
8. Relax at Parc de la Ciutadella: Walking around Barcelona can get pretty exhausting, so take some time to rest at Parc de la Ciutadella. You can row boats in the lake, visit the zoo, have a picnic, or take a photo in front of the iconic fountain.
9. Enjoy some of Picasso’s greatest works at the Picasso Museum: Picasso is one of my favorite artists and one of my favorite parts about Europe is all of the incredible, original pieces their museums house. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona houses the most extensive collection of Picasso’s artwork. The Las Meninas series is incredible to see with your own eyes. Entry is free Thursday afternoons from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm and the first Sunday of every month from 9:00 am - 8:30 pm. Or you can buy tickets for the other days here.
10. Watch sunset from Bunker del Carmel: The view from Bunker del Carmel is absolutely beautiful and gives you 360 degree views of the city. It’s about five minutes from Park Güell and you can easily get there by bus, taxi, or you can just walk up the hill. It’s the perfect place to go to watch the sunset over the city.
Where to Stay:
Cotton House Hotel: We absolutely loved our stay at Cotton House Hotel. It’s on our list of top five hotels we’ve ever stayed in. Everything from the design to the food to the hospitality is absolutely above and beyond. The interior design of the hotel is what all of my dreams are made of. And the breakfast was absolutely divine! They offer gluten-free and vegan options and the most delicious baked goods. I didn’t think I needed cake for breakfast, but the cake and cookies they have are so delicious.
The views from the rooftop pool are beautiful! You can even see La Sagrada Famiília from there. It’s an amazing spot to spend the afternoon and escape a bit of the hustle of the city while still enjoying the views of the city. Cotton House Hotel is located right in the heart of the city, so it’s the perfect place to stay so you can easily walk outside and explore the city. We absolutely loved our stay there and hope to go back again soon!
BOOK YOUR STAY AT COTTON HOUSE HOTEL HERE
Barcelona is such an amazing city and there are so many things to do there that I’m sure you could go back again and again. What are your favorite things to do in the city?