The street stretches from Placa de Cataluyna square to the coast where the statue of Colombo points his fingers to the Mediterranean, both sides are houses but mostly business shops, many famous brands and restaurants are also located here. At the end of the road, there are quite a lot of street artists, dressed up with many famous and weird and eye-catching characters. You can walk all day here, find for yourself the costumes or souvenirs of bearing bold Catalonia culture, sometimes drop by at the roadside eateries or find a small alley to enjoy a cup of delicious coffee or joining a concert, that’s great, isn’t it?!
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Walking on Las Rambla street you can also visit the famous Boqueria market (located in the middle of the street) which is considered one of the best markets in the world, selling a lot of fresh seafood, jamon and fruits… There are also other attractions such as Cathedral of Barcelona, Monument Columbus, Palau Güell (Güell Palace)… located close to Las Rambla, or visit Plaça Reial Palace to avoid the crowds on this road. Note that you need to pay attention with your belongings because Las Ramblas is also famous for its pickpocketing.
El Born Area
This area concentrates many streets with a bit of modern style and a lot of art value in Barcelona. It also gathers a lot of restaurants, Tapas eateries, art galleries, cafes with strange style. El Born is also home to the Santa Maria del Mar church, the symbol of the Catalan Gothic architecture, or the Santa Caterina market with the colorful Gaudí-esque dome, which is famous only after Boqueria Market.
Coming to Barcelona without visiting the Camp Nou stadium means that not going to Barcelona, that’s not too say exaggerate because football is simply a religion in this country, and the Camp Nou is a cathedral of all people in this land. Barcelona is the city of football, you can see many the authorized shops of the club everywhere in the city, souvenirs, photos of the players, about the club with thousands of items, even in every alley, corner, in every small store or even hostels.
Coming to the Camp Nou, you will witness the festive atmosphere, and if you can buy tickets to watch a match of FC Barcelona, it is so great, otherwise you can buy the Camp Nou Tour, exploring a round of the stadium, visit FC Barcelona museum, facilities and set foot directly on the Camp Nou lawn. The tour ticket is € 23 and can be purchased online here or purchased anywhere in the city, only need catching a Metro trip and in front of you is already Camp Nou.
The architectural constructions of Gaudi
The Gaudi’s buildings are one of the most prominent features in this city. Architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) is a son of Catalan and also the father of Catalonia modernism, 7 of his architectural works have been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage since 1984 – 2005.
Below are 7 buildings:
- Casa Vicens
- La Sagrada Familia Cathedral
- Guell Park
- Casa Batllo
- Casa Mila
- Bellesguard (Casa Figueres)
- The church of Colonia Guell
You can spend a whole day to visit the architectures of Gaudi, the first is the still-unfinished La Sagrada Familia Cathedral (ticket price of € 15) and addtional € 2 if you want to take the elevator to the top of the church . Then there is the “Fishbone” Casa Batllo building (ticket price of € 21.5), the Casa Mila building or La Pedrera (€ 20.5 / person), these three buildings are quite close together so you can take a Metro trip to get here or even walking to see the streets.
Then, you take Metro to M. Vallcarca station and then walk a bit to visit Park Guell Park which is recognized by Unesco as a world heritage, it’s a magnificent complex built for the nobility with exquisitely carved and engraved with stone, the entrance fee is quite cheap compared to the remaining constructions of € 8. But you can also visit here for free because the city of Barcelona allows visitors to enter for free for an hour before dark, then have to buy ticket. If you have time, you can continue to visit the rest of Gaudi’s works.
One thing missing if you miss Barri Gothic (The Gothic Quarter), the area with the narrow streets with fashion shops, restaurants close together, feeling a bit like a neighborhood with vibrant bars in Hanoi Old Quarter at night. There are also many ancient churches around here, admiring the typical Gothic architectures.
This is an entertainment complex located on Tibidabo hill, you can take Metro to Av Tibidabo station and then take Tramvia Blau to Plaça Doctor Andreu station and finally take the cable car to go up the hill. Another simpler way is to take the Tibibus T2A shuttle bus from Plaza Catalunya straight to the top of the hill.
From the top of the hill you can see the whole beautiful city of Barcelona below, then join the games at amusement park, especially suitable for families with children.
Barcelona beach and port
Walk till the end of La Rambla walking street and you’ll see the Barcelona port with lots of small boats docked here, along with a shopping mall opens 365 days a year names Barcelona World Trade Center (where you can go if you unfortunately your vacation on Easter occasion) connected to the shore by a beautiful wooden bridge that could be assembled to allow boats to pass.
Some popular beaches such as:
- Barceloneta: To experience a truly beach in Mediterranean, you can not miss Barceloneta beach, just a short walk from La Rambla boulevard, visiting the Port Olímpic to enjoy typical local seafood dishes, walking a long the beach to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at the beach with lots of visitors and sunbathers, participating in water activities.. There is also a leaning tower of Homenatge a la Barceloneta, the unique sculpture of fish Peix d’Or (Goldfish) by Frank Gehry.
- Playa Olimpico: Located just adjacent to Barceloneta beach, you can get here by stopping at the last station of Via Olimpico via the metro line L4.
- Playa Nova Icaria: This beach seems to be more active because it is more truly beach, sandy beaches are long and wide, people come here to sunbathe, swimming also very crowded.
In the evening, the beaches are really exciting, bustling with a lot of nightlife bars. If you go with a large group or even traveling alone but like the hustle and bustle, you can join a lot of foreign friends at your hostel to come here, experience to understand more about life in this city at night.
Museums in Barcelona
Barcelona has many beautiful and famous museums, especially the Picasso Museum (Address: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain / Hours: 11AM–9PM; Monday: Closed), admission ticket is 11 euros. This museum exhibits many of Picasso’s works and collections during most of his painting years. The next famous museum is the Fundació Joan Miró (Address: Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain / Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11AM–7PM), which displays the works of art of Joan Miró and many other artists. Joan Miró is also the creator of The CCCB (Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona), creating a new trend in Barcelona’s art, more modern and diverse.
If you are interested in the history of Catalan region, you should spend time to visit the Catalan Art Museum (Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain / Hours: 10AM–8PM; Monday, Tuesday: Closed), or Museum of the History of Barcelona (Address: Plaça del Rei, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain / Hours: 10AM–7PM; Monday: Closed) with many artifacts and antiques back from the The Roman Empire era. In addition, the Maritime Museum (Address: Av. de les Drassanes, s/n, 08001 Barcelona, Spain) displays a lot of huge ships from the Middle Ages, and especially the admission is free.
It is true that Barcelona has too many places to go, so many interesting things to explore. In addition to the above locations, you can consider to visit other options such as Plaça d’Espanya Square, Magic fountain of Montjuic (Address: Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1, 08038 Barcelona, Spain) to watch water music performances (usually takes place on the evening of Thu, Fri, Sat depending on the season). Then there are several nearby attractions such as the village of Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc, The National Art Museum of Catalonia (Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain / Hours: 10AM–8PM; Monday, Tuesday: Closed), and the Olympic Stadium.
Barcelona blog: Day trips from Barcelona
Montserrat is a rather rugged mountainous area about an hour from Barcelona by train. The highlight of Montserrat is a small monastery in the middle of the hills, the scenery is very spectacular. This monastery is a stop for pilgrims from around the world.
If you like hiking, the trails in Montserrat is also great, takes about 2 hours to climb to the top mount Sant Jeroni, from here you can enjoy 360-degree panoramic view of the Pyrenees snowy mountain and the Mediterranean Sea. To get to Montserrat you can take the train or buy day tours.
Girona is like a medieval city still exist in Spain, everything here is kept almost intact. In addition to scenery and architecture, Girona is also known as a city of cuisine. El Celler de Can Roca restaurant (Address: Carrer de Can Sunyer, 48, 17007 Girona, Spain / Hours: 12:30–2:30PM, 8–9:30PM; Monday, Sunday: Closed) has always been voted as one of the best restaurants in the world, to have a seat here, you may have to reserve in advance for a year!
Barcelona travel guide blog: Shopping in Barcelona
As mentioned above, Barcelona is one of the cities with the cheapest living costs in Europe, and can not help but shopping here. For Zara believers, Barcelona is a dream destination because this is the hometown of the one of the world’s most prestigious fashion brands. The price of Zara in Spain is almost always the cheapest in the world, but extremely diverse in product models.
For the Cule devotees (loyal fans of FC Barcelona), it is a joy to be immersed in a sea of souvenirs, shirts and all things bearing the image of the club. Do not feeling lost the money when choosing to buy the items here because you do not have many chances to see them at the second time, and buying will enrich your FC club only!
Of course there are many other things such as souvenirs, traditional products that are exquisitely made and sold in shops on La Rambla street, in big squares like Cataluyna, Passeig de Gracia avenue is always has many shopping malls and big brands are concentrated here. Don’t forget to smile and say “Hola Hola” to everyone, and say “Gràcies” when you say goodbye!
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, from and to Barcelona you can refer to
- Aerobus BCN – Shuttle Bus Transfers Between El Prat Airport (BCN) and Barcelona City Center
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