The Obvious and Not-So-Obvious Things to do in Barcelona
Barcelona remains one of the most popular destinations to visit in Europe, attracting over 32 million people per year and it is easy to see why. This historic city, with its incredible architecture, energetic nightlife and famous beaches make this an attractive holiday destination for tourists. Barcelona also has a fantastic array of restaurants, including 24 Michelin-starred eateries such as ABaC, a three Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the city.
While it is exciting to see a different side of the city, there will be some things you won’t want to miss when you visit Barcelona. La Sagrada Família, Park Güell and La Catedral, for example, should all be on your must-see list. However, there are also some fascinating places that you can see in Barcelona that are not as obvious choices for tourists.
For example, you could pay a visit to the Museu Nacional de Art de Catalunya where you can admire the breathtaking views of the city as well as an amazing array of modern art. Don’t forget to check out the stunning waterfall!
The Jardins de Rubió i Lluch are also worthy of a visit, from the legendary Quim to sweeping gothic vaults of the Biblioteca de Catalunya, this medieval hideaway is a great place to relax, people watch and have a picnic in the sun. And if you are looking for stunning views, look no further than Palau Güell where you can observe colorful chimneys and spectacular views of the city.
If you love Gaudi, a visit to Casa Calvet is in order. Take in the detailing and the quirky nod to mushrooms, and if you are lucky, you may even see the original lift, too.
Looking for even more great views of the city? Then you must check out the Bunkers del Carmel, which are situated in the foothills that overlook this unique city. But if you just want to hang out in Barcelona, then why not pay a visit to the ANTIC theatre where you can find a large open-air terrace surrounded by stunning old buildings reminiscent of Barcelona’s Old Town.
The El Jardí bar is a cool venue that is a real oasis in an otherwise hectic part of town where you can relax and enjoy a drink underneath the orange trees.
There are lots of different festivals and events that take place throughout the year in Barcelona for you to enjoy during your visit as well, from St. John’s Feast Day and PRIDE Barcelona. You even have world-class poker championship events taking place in the city such as the PokerStars Championship Barcelona, which attracts people from all over. The Dutch-born poker pro Fatima Moreira de Melo declares Barcelona is hands down her favorite destination on the international poker circuit.
There are so many reasons to visit Barcelona this summer, from the fantastic food and bustling bars to the awe-inspiring architecture and views. It is an ideal location whether you are traveling solo, in a couple, as a family or with friends. While there are some places to visit that are “typical Barcelona,” there are also some places to visit that are not immediately obvious and will make you look and feel like a local!