This is gonna be hard to narrow down as there are so many beautiful places worth visiting in this Catalan city. I have enjoyed pretty much everything that we have done for 6 days being in Barcelona. I had originally planned a 2-3 day visit, then spend my other 3 days in a nearby city, but my plan changed as soon as I laid eyes and set my foot on Barcelona. This city is full of character, history and every corner is just simply instagram-worthy.
Without further ado, here are my TOP 5 MUST-SEE/ACTIVITY IN BARCELONA (in no particular order):
- SAGRADA FAMILIA – An absolute must-see!!! This is a magnificent work of art despite being in an unfinished state. This is one of Gaudi’s most remarkable work, and contribution, not only to Catalonia, but to the entire world. I have seen many marvelous architectures, but none of them made me feel the way I did upon entering the structure. I don’t know exactly what I felt, but I knew I almost wanted to cry at that moment. I was beyond thankful to Him for having the opportunity to visit this place.
- PARK GUELL – is another work of the great Antoni Gaudi. I have truly enjoyed walking around the park early in the morning while overlooking at the city. It is a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill. This park is the reflection of Gaudí’s artistic plenitude, which belongs to his naturalist phase (first decade of the 20th century). During this period, the architect perfected his personal style through inspiration from organic shapes. He put into practice a series of new structural solutions rooted in the analysis of geometry.
- GOTHIC QUARTER – Wandering and getting lost in the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter was my absolute favorite. I gotta be honest though, it looks shady AF at night, but if you just make sure to be alert, and keep your belongings close to your body, walking around the quarters would be one of your best memories in visiting Barcelona.
- SUNSET AT BARCELONETA/MEDITTERANEAN– this was a tour/experience I had booked through Airbnb (link). Our host Marc was very accommodating, and had a great playlist of music that really made the experience even more enjoyable while drinking some Estrella damm beer, and cheese, while basking in the Mediterranean sunset in a wooden boat. The tour gives you a breath-taking panoramic view of Barcelona.
- LA BOQUERIA – Well you guys know, #foodislife, and there isn’t a better place to experience the taste of Barcelonian cuisine than at the Mercat de la Boqueria. Make sure to experience a freshly cooked paella right in front of you. It is by far the best paella I’ve had for the 6 days I was in Barcelona. I had eaten paella almost everyday, and simply nothing beats the one that you’ll find in this fresh market. Unfortunately, I was too full to try other food after eating my paella, but if you are looking for the best Tapa in town, Canete, located along La Rambla simply has the best tapas, although it is quite on the pricier end, it is worth every penny!