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Top 10 Must See

1 Comment 24 May 2011

Top 10 Must See

Whether you are in Barcelona for a few days or a few weeks, be sure to visit these hot spots and hidden gems.

A good starting point to see the sites listed below is Passeig de Gràcia near Avenida Diagonal, walking down into the center. Passeig de Gràcia is lined with amazing architecture, from Hotel Casa Fuster all the way down to Plaça Catalunya. All you need is a METRO MAP and CITY MAP to help you get around. Barcelona is best explored by foot, but if you want a quick tour of the highlights, the tourist bus is a good option.

 

1La Pedrera
Passeig de Gràcia 92 / Metro Diagonal  

Be sure to visit La Pedrera on a clear day. The rooftop has a great view and is one of the most fascinating parts of this Gaudi masterpiece. Walk a few blocks down to see Casa Batlló.

2Casa Batlló
Passeig de Gràcia 43 / Metro Passeig de Gracia  

The facade is breathtaking both day and night. The interior is not necessarily worth touring.

3Plaça Catalunya
Metro Catalunya  

The center of the universe in Barcelona. Pick up a city map at the information booth in front of Corte Inglés, Plaça de Catalunya 14. Just continue on Passeig de Gràcia past Corte Inglés to hit the shops in Portal De L’Angel.

4La Rambla
Metro Liceu  

A stroll down La Rambla provides endless entertainment. Stop in the infamous La Boqueria market about half way down – a work of art in itself! For an inexpensive and impressive panoramic view of the city, go to the top of the Columbus Monument, located at the lower end of La Rambla. Enter at the base (not for the claustrophobic!).

5Gothic Quarters & La Catedral
Metro Jaume I  

Put your map away and enjoy getting lost in the winding streets of the Gothic Quarters, just behind La Catedral. It is the best way to discover all the hidden corners.

6Palau de la Música Catalana
Palau de la Música 4-6 / Metro Urquinaona  

Tucked away on a small street off of Via Laietana, you’ll most likely need a map to find this beauty. The exterior is just as impressive as the interior, definitely worth a guided tour.

7Arc de Triomf & Parc de la Ciutadella
Metro Arc de Triomf  

A stroll past the Arc de Triomf will take you to the Parc de la Cuitadella. Have a picnic in one of the many green gardens or rent a row boat on the lagoon.

8Sagrada Familia
Mallorca 401 / Metro Sagrada Familia  

The ultimate “must see” – there’s absolutely nothing like it!

9Park Güell
Metro Lesseps  

A great spot for a picnic or wandering around. It’s far from the center and located uphill, so you may want to consider going there by metro, bus or taxi. On your way back, it’s a nice walk down into the lovely Gràcia district, where you’ll find many popular plazas (i.e. Plaza del Sol, Plaza de la Virreina, Plaza Vila de Gracia, etc.).

10Plaça Espanya & Montjuic
Metro Espanya  

The top of the steps in front of the MNAC Museum offers a great panoramic view of the city as well as a nice spot to enjoy the sunset. There’s a magic fountain show at night (click here to view the show schedule). The Joan Miró Museum is also nearby.

 


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