Even though there is a lot of tourist information available online, it is still very difficult to know what is worth visiting when visiting a new place. For a while now I have been planning my trip to Barcelona, Spain. I am really excited however when I find a local who wants to share with me the places they like to go visit. Still a little bit like having a local guide you through Barcelona. Recently I had the privilege of speaking with Vincenzo who lives in Barcelona. I also asked him why he likes Barcelona, Spain. Read on to find out what to see and do in Barcelona, Spain .
If I only have one day to spend in Barcelona, what tourist attractions should I see? Or in other words what are the “must see” tourist attractions in Barcelona, Spain?
Although Barcelona is not a very big city, the number of attractions offered is huge. In order to enjoy the Catalonian capital for a day it is advisable to stick in the old town, walk around the “Gothic” area and visit the Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar church and the “Born” barrio is also a must.
Barceloneses enjoy a 250 days-of sun-a year so the chance to be there on a bright shiny day is high; stroll along the 5 kms stretched sand beach and enjoy the landscape and surely you do not want to leave the city before heading to the incomplete La Sagrada Familia already an Unesco Heritage jewel.
Barcelona, Spain – La Sagrada Familia
Photo by: Vincenzo Castrogiovanni
Now let’s say that I have planned to spend a couple extra days in Barcelona, Spain. What else is worth visiting besides the “must see” attractions?
Barcelona is branded as the “Modernist” city, a local definition for the art nouveau movement (1890–1910). If you are lucky enough to be in the city for a weekend or longer it would be a remarkable experience to check Antonio Gaudi’s works part of the modernist circuit of attractions. The architect’s seven buildings are: Parque Güell; Palacio Güell; Casa Mila; Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell. If you are still interested in the architecture it is worth to visit the old hospital Sant Pau which is 8 minutes walk from La Sagrada Familia.
Barcelona, Spain – People relaxing on the beautiful La Barceloneta beach
Photo by: Vincenzo Castrogiovanni
What is your favorite thing to see in Barcelona?
I am very fond of the Born quarter, its small private galleries, ateliers and cosy bars, spending an afternoon there would give you the best experience of “living like a local”. Nevertheless what I most enjoy is a stroll along the miradores of Barcelona. Tibidabo, Turo’ de la Rovira and Torre Baro’ offer the best viewpoints over the city.
Barcelona, Spain – People watching the beautiful panorama of Barcelona at night from Turo de la Rovira
Photo credit: Wikipedia
Can you recommend a few restaurants for great local food in Barcelona? How about a few places for great desert?
The level of quality of food served at local restaurant is very high and may not be too expensive. If you want to savor the top Catalan dishes you should head to Petite Comite’, Chicoa and Fonda Galeg. Besides you should be involved at least once in some Tapas Tours and taste an enormous selection of small dishes. My favourite tea room is Caleum in Ciutat Vella (Old Town).
Can you give me a few reasons why you like living in Barcelona, Spain ?
Barcelona is a relatively small city offering a multi ethnic community, top level social activities surrounded by very well maintained historical buildings. The geographical positions is ideal also to spend a day by the beach, go to France (3 hours away) for a day trip, reach Andorra and Pyrenees in just a few hours’ drive or go for an escapade in the unique Catalan countryside.
About the author: Vincenzo Castrogiovanni is the marketing manager at Taxi Leader a Barcelona airport taxi transfer agency which provides private cabs and minibus to and from El-Prat main airport and Girona. Booking an airport taxi is an ideal move to reach the city during your stay in the Catalan capital especially if you have luggage and your kids with you.