You have arrived! Airports, planes, shuttles and taxis, you are now in one of the most amazing cities in the world, what to do, what to do? You may have noticed that the "Spanish" people are speaking does not sound like the Spanish you learned in high school. Don't worry, the native language in Barcelona is Catalan, while most people speak traditional Castilian spanish in Spain, if you travel to some rural parts you will probably hear Catalan. Don't get frustrated, enjoy it, it is a beautiful language sounding like a blend of Spanish and French. Now that you are prepared for any language confusion, here's the inside scoop on great walks, places to visit and things to see!
The Best Neighborhood Walks
Las Ramblas: This is the main "drag" in Barcelona that attracts tourists and locals. It has everything from great restaurants, nightlife, a huge food market, and its also a straight path right to the beach!
Bari Gotic: This is the Gothic Neighborhood in Barcelona. The cobblestone streets, and gothic style buildings towering around you make it picture perfect. Many artists, including Picasso, have spent years of their lives working there.
La Ribera: Also known as El Born, La Ribera is quickly becoming one of Barcelona's most popular areas with boutiques, cafes and plenty of things to do and see, this neighborhood is a must.
L’Eixample!: A beautiful neighborhood engineer dreamed up by urban planner, Ildefons Cerdà, it is a delightful area filled to the brim with art nouveau style architecture, stained glass, intricate wrought iron and so many more beautiful details. This is where you will see Gaudi's Casa Mila and Casa Battlo.
The Best Tours:
La Boqueria: An awesome market located right off Las Ramblas, stop here to see some beautiful food and eat an authentic lunch at one of the counters!
La Sagrada Familia: Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished legacy, a church that is still being finished today, that was begun in 1882! Its a jaw dropping experience that you will never forget.
Museu Picasso: Having spent almost 10 years of his life in Barcelona, Picasso produced many works there, it is only natural that there would be a museum dedicated to holding so many of his masterpieces.
Beaches/ Port Olimpic: The port was rebuilt right before the 1992 Olympic Games and is a great place to walk up and down the marina. The beaches are incredible, it is such beautiful thing to be sitting on the beach with an entire city right at your fingertips.
Park Guell: Another amazing masterpiece by Gaudi, this park will blow you away. The organic nature of the structures, intricate mosaic tile work, and views will make it so you never want to leave.
Parc Del Turo Del Putxet: Same views as Park Guell, and it is free!
Tibidabo/ Park d’atraccions: In order to get to TIbidabo you have to take a cable train to get up on the mountain, which has the most amazing views to the top where there is a wonderfully nostalgic amusement park at the top and of course more beautiful views.
Located at the bottom of Tibidabo, Mirablau also has amazing views.
El Palau de la Musica Catalana: A beautiful art nouveau style concert venue, originally built a a residence.
Museu d’art Contemporani de Barcelona: So much amazing contemporary art in one place, plus the building is beautiful.
There is so much more to pack into your Barcelona schedule, it is a city of never-ending nightlife, beautiful architecture and just a few hours away from the feet of the Pyrenees Mountains!