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Top 10 Things To Do in Barcelona

Barcelona was at the very top of my list of places to visit for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure why I grew such a strong affinity for a city I had never been to but for some reason I always felt it calling to me. Maybe I lived there in a past life. My Spanish teacher in high school always said in the U.S. we live to work but in Barcelona they work to live, and they even take afternoon siestas. That is pretty much all I needed to know.

Now after having finally taken my long-awaited trip to Barcelona, I can say that it lived up to all of my expectations and more. I fell in love with the culture, the architecture and of course the FOOD. Having done extensive research leading up to the trip and packing my days full to the brim with every possible activity, I officially present to you my top ten 10 things to do in Barcelona.

1. La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia

If you only plan on doing one “touristy” activity in Barcelona, this needs to be it. I’m not a big organized religion person but the sheer magnificence of this architectural feat is enough to leave you with all types of awe-inspiring feels. Antoni Gaudí began building this Basilica in 1882 and it is projected to be completed in 2026.

2. Barceloneta Beach

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Barceloneta Beach

You cannot visit Barcelona without taking a dip in the beautiful blue Mediterranean waters. However, don’t come here expecting a quiet relaxing day at the shore. This beach is all about fun in the sun. It will likely be packed with people still keeping the party going from the night before. I recommend hitting one of the many beach bars right on the sand so you can sip on some Sangria while you get your tan on.

3. The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

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La Boqueria

La Boqueria is one of the worlds oldest open-air markets, dating back to 1217. It is a gastronomical landmark where you can try all types of Catalan cuisine and grocery shop with the locals. Go in the morning and grab a quick, mouth watering breakfast at El Quim. Then stock up on homemade candy and savory treats.

4. El Born

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El Born

One of Barcelona’s liveliest neighborhoods and home to some of the city’s oldest buildings is El Born. With cobblestone streets lined with little shops and outdoor cafes and restaurants, there is something to be discovered at every turn. Here you will also find the Picasso Museum (make sure to get your tickets in advance to guarantee entry,) Also you can see the Santa Maria del Mar, a gothic style church built between 1329 and 1383.

5. La Rambla

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La Rambla

This famous pedestrian boulevard is a tourist hot spot but its history and attractions make it worth seeing. I would equate it to the Times Square of Barcelona but instead of skyscrapers and flashing billboards, you get gothic architecture and a beautiful tree lined promenade.

6. Eat

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If you go to Barcelona you should absolutely be indulging in the food culture. The first sandwich I sunk my teeth into induced a massive foodgasm. That being said I’ll let you in on my favorite spots to please your palette. El Casal for tapas, Santa Maria Del Mar Restaurant for Paella, La Lluna for a nice dinner and La Pizza Del Born for late night food.

7. Park Güell

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Park Guell

If you’ve ever dreamed of jumping into the pages of a Dr. Suess book, Park Güell is for you. This public park is another one of Gaudi’s major works and one of the most magical places in all of Barcelona. Marvel at the beautiful mosaic structures and climb to the top of the park for an incredible view of the city.

8. The ‘Transbordador Aeri del Port’

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View From The Transbordador

This cable car running from Montjuic to the beach is hands down the coolest way to see the entire city. The Transbordador is located across from Hotel Miramar and is 7 minute ride that provides breathtaking views. (Do not confuse with Teleférico de Barcelona.) Pack a bathing suit and a towel so you can hit the beach after you take the cable car down.

9. Go Clubbing

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Opium Nightclub

I’m so glad that I finally made it to Barcelona after the height of my clubbing years were behind me. Otherwise, there is a good chance that I never would have seen daylight on my trip. The underground club scene is huge and can take you on a debaucherous journey until the wee hours of the morning. If you’re up for some wild partying head to Opium.

10. Arc De Triomf

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Arc De Triomf

Built as the main gateway to the 1888 Barcelona World Fair, the Arc De Triomf is a gorgeous masterpiece to be seen. It is surrounded by a large park where you can picnic, watch street performers, or enjoy regularly held pop up events.

That’s a wrap on my top 10 things to do in Barcelona. I hope you love every bit of it as much as I did. Enjoy!

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