Barcelona’s Wishlist is as long as its sunny days and includes everything from Messi to Gaud, soaring structures to buildings made of people, going to the sea to indulging in fresh fruit. This city skillfully combines the most cutting-edge displays with its medieval past.
However, recently, lodging and sightseeing costs have risen significantly. Not to worry! You can still come see us without spending a fortune.
For when you decide to return, here is our list of the top and most readily available 11 things to do in Barcelona:
1) Explore the Roman remains of Barcino
Being built by the Romans, you can expect to find their remains scattered around. Sometimes these ruins are right in front of you and other times… well, you have to find those hidden places.
These are some of the free sites I recommend to help understand the origins of the city:
Roman city wall: This should be your first stop after you arrive. It is on Avinguda del Litoral, near the Barri Gòtic neighborhood. Roman city wall is famous for the medieval walls built over it, which you can still see.
Roman aqueduct: You will find it near the end of the city’s Metro line 3. This particular one was built in the 1st century and brought water from sources far north of the city.
Roman Domus: The Domus of Sant Honorat at Carrer de la Fruita, 2, and the Domus of Avinyó at Carrer d’Avinyó, 15, are two Roman homes that recently welcomed visitors. The wall murals on the house on Avinyó Street are its most notable feature.
Roman necropolis: In the 1950s, a surprising burial site was uncovered at Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, beyond the walls of the Roman city.
Temple of Augustus: You certainly don’t foresee discovering the ruins of a 2,000-year-old temple hidden inside a building. After entering the home at Carrer del Parads 10, you will find four imposing columns at the highest point in the Roman City.
City History Museum: The primary location in Barcelona to visit and learn about the Roman legacy is here. Baths, lanes, homes, and wine cellars were discovered during the excavations of Barcino in the 1930s and 1960s.
2) Enjoy the views from a hilltop
Barcelona is located between the sea and the mountains with Collserola Hill as the perfect backdrop. So, finding a place to climb up for a view is never a problem.
My favourite free sites to get that perfect panoramic photo include Montjuïc Castle, Tibidabo, Turó de la Rovira, MNAC terraces and Park Güell. Montjuïc Castle is famous for being the site of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. Whereas, Tibidabo is the most popular hiking spot in the City.
Likewise, Turó de la Rovira and MNAC provide free panoramic views of Barcelona. Park Güell is perhaps more known for its Arc de Triomf.
3) Take a Free Walking Tour with a local company
I recommend you to take Gothic Quarter Free Walking Tour and Gaudí Free Tour. It’s because free walking tours let you see the most popular sights, learn about the history, and get an authentic feel for Barcelona.
4) Culture yourself out at a museum
Culturing yourself out at a museum provides you with so much to learn and see. Whether it’s the Picasso Museum, Frederic Marès Museum, City History Museum (MUHBA), Maritime Museum, Barcelona Design Museum, Natural History Museum (Museu Blau), you can experience so much of the city by going to a museum.
5) Marvel at the Magic Fountain show
For your pleasure, I want to introduce you to the Inland Spain Magic Fountain Show, a spectacular light and sound show that is guaranteed to please your senses.
The most significant feature of the Magic Fountain is that it was funded privately. It has been running every night since December 1992 and is the same cost as a cinema ticket.
6) Admire the Catalan Art Nouveau facades
The Catalan Art Nouveau facades have their own style which is almost impossible to confuse with the Parisian Art Nouveau.
Places like L’Ateneu Barcelonès, Casa Callís, Casa Padellàs, Casa Batlló and the Casa Lleó Morera are a few examples of this style. These places may be small but they should not be missed if you seek this particular decoration. Barcelona has many other examples of Art Nouveau facades as well.
8) Get religious at Gothic churches
If you seek to explore the beautiful Gothic architecture of Catalunya, you could go to the cathedral. However, before committing yourself in the centre of Barcelona, you may visit some of these other beautiful churches including Santa Maria del Mar, which is located near the Port Vell district and has a glass roof with eight levels. It was built in the 10th century by order of Ramon Berenguer IV (Barcelona’s first documented ruler).
Similarly, Cathedral of Saint Eulalia & the Holy Cross, Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi and Basilica of Sant Just i Pastor are highly recommended for you to observe.
9) Relax at one of the city beaches
There are wonderful beaches all around Spain, but Barcelona is home to some of the best beaches in Spain and it’s worth visiting them.
The best beaches found at Barceloneta (with the Barcelona Zoo) include Sitges, Sant Sebastia, Castelldefels and Salou. Sitges beach is known for its white sand and rolling waves. Other beaches are more family-friendly with shallow water, better swimming conditions and more activities available than the others.
10) Travel to the past at El Born Cultural & Memorial Centre
El Born Cultural & Memorial Centre is a museum dedicated to the history of Barcelona. It was opened in 2013, El Born CCM is much more than “just” a museum. Visitors can immerse themselves there in the life of Barcelona around 1700.
Visitors can explore through various exhibits, which tell stories of the city from its ancient times to today. Throughout these exhibits visitors can also find answers to many questions about the city’s past and its history.
11) Have a picnic at Parc de la Ciutadella
Are you looking for a place to spend a relaxing afternoon with your family? Parc de la Ciutadella is probably one of the most beautiful and peaceful parks in Barcelona that you can visit.
It is full of old trees, flowers and an artificial lake. It has two cafés which are moderately priced and the perfect spot for a picnic, especially on warm summer days.
Beside these wonderful spots, the monumental cemeteries, Park Güell, Museu Picasso, Fundació Antoni Tàpies and Poble Espanyol are all free to explore.
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